Asian Family with parents and youth representative of any number of families from diverse backgrounds that are Skylark clients

Being a parent can be challenging at the best of times. It can be heartbreaking when your child is in crisis; it can also be bewildering and make you feel powerless.

Often you may feel there’s something wrong without being able to put your finger on what it might be. Your child’s behaviour may be changing in ways and for reasons, you find hard to understand. Before you know it, the whole family dynamic has changed for the worse, and everyone is affected.

Skylark is here to help you navigate these challenging times. For some children, the path to becoming an adult is rockier than for others, which isn’t surprising when you consider the pressures involved in growing up. Everything from peer pressure to drugs and substance use issues, to coming to terms with sexuality can impact a young person’s well-being. On top of all of that, mental health issues begin to appear in adolescence but can go unrecognized because so many changes are happening overall.

Young people between the ages of 15 to 24 have the highest incidence of mental illness of any age group in Canada.

We’re here to help children, youth, parents, and families get back on track. We can help in two ways: through programs and services we provide ourselves, and by referring you to programs provided by other organizations.

If you’re seeking immediate help and it’s not an emergency, visit one of our Walk-in Clinics where you and your child or teen can be seen without an appointment, for free, and by one of our highly trained therapists. Often we can make a tangible difference in just one session, but we can also refer you to other services if needed and Walk-in can be used more than once if necessary.

Here are some of the issues we are able to address. By clicking on the red links you’ll see some of the Programs and Services we deliver to meet the complex mental health and developmental needs of children, youth and families.

  • School problems –  if your teen won’t go or is suddenly failing
  • Mental health– your child or teen seems depressed, anxious, or is practising self-harm
  • Drugs – if your teen comes home drunk or high on a regular basis and that behaviour is affecting their everyday functioning
  • Identity – if your child or teen wonders about gender and/or sexual orientation
  • Complex special needs – if your child or teen has a set of very complicated problems including a developmental disability and another issue that makes it hard for you to manage or to find help
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