With wait lists of up to one year across all children’s mental health agencies, our Walk-in Clinics meets a real and urgent need. In many cases, Skylark’s expertly trained clinicians can make a tangible difference in just one session, but we can also refer clients to other services if needed and Walk-in can be used more than once if necessary. At Skylark, we provide free mental health services for children, youth and their families – no health card required and no appointment necessary.
Service is provided on a first come, first serve basis. End of day attendance can be particularly busy and we regret the times we may be unable to guarantee same day service if there are more clients than available therapists. You should arrive one and a half hours prior to closing. In the event that we aren’t able to provide same day service, we’ll make an appointment at another time that’s convenient for them.
Many parents and caregivers find it helpful to consult with a therapist without their child present and are welcome to visit Walk-in on their own.
Skylark ‘what’s up’ Walk-in Clinic
65 Wellesley Street E.
Unit 500, Toronto
Closest Subway Station:
Wellesley St & Church St
YouthCan Impact Walk-in Clinic
40 Orchard View Blvd.
Unit 102 (lower level), Toronto
Closest Subway Station:
Yonge St & Eglinton Ave
Please arrive 90 minutes before closing to allow yourself time to fill in the paperwork and meet with the therapist for an hour. For more information and hours for each Walk-in Clinic, you can expand each section below by clicking on the name.
Located at 65 Wellesley Street East, Unit 500, we are open 5 days a week and see children and youth, ages 0 to 25 and their families.
|Monday||2 pm to 6 pm||(please arrive by 4:30)|
|Tuesday||10 am to 2 pm||(please arrive by 12:30)|
|Wednesday||12 noon to 8 pm||(please arrive by 6:30)|
|Thursday||2 pm to 6 pm||(please arrive by 4:30)|
|Friday||9 am to 2 pm||(please arrive by 12:30)|
Skylark Children Youth and Families has partnered with East Metro Youth Services, Yorktown Child and Family Centre, the Etobicoke Children’s Centre, Griffin Centre and YouthLink to create Toronto’s only city-wide adolescent mental health walk-in counselling service – ‘what’s up walk-in’.
When visiting our offices at 65 Wellesley Street East after 6 p.m., you need to enter an access code on a panel just outside the building entrance. Enter the numbers 1030, then press ZERO to reach our receptionist, who will then buzz you in. Questions? Call 416-482-0081 x 333.
If your child is under 12 years of age and you are separated or divorced and have joint custody or legal proceedings are ongoing regarding custody we will need written or verbal consent from the child’s other parent in order to meet with your child. We can, however, meet with you, without your child until said consent can be obtained. If your child is under 12, and you have sole custody, you can consent to services on behalf of your child.
The Skylark YouthCan Impact Walk-in can be found at the lower level of 40 Orchard View Blvd in Unit #102. It’s barrier-free and accessible.
For ages 12 to 25 years.
|Monday||10am to 2pm||(please arrive by 12:30)|
|Tuesday||2pm to 6pm||(please arrive by 4:30)|
|Wednesday||4pm to 8pm||(please arrive by 6:30)|
|Thursday||2pm to 6pm||(please arrive by 4:30)|
|Friday||10am to 2pm||(please arrive by 12:30)|
|Saturday||10am to 2pm||(please arrive by 12:30)|
When visiting our offices on Saturdays, please call 416-482-0081 x282.
At Skylark, our YouthCan Mental Health Walk-in Clinic, located at our Orchard View site is part of a two-year innovative project – the result of cross-sectorial partnerships and funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and private donors. We are proud to partner with CAMH, SickKids, Sunnybrook and Toronto East General Hospitals, East Metro Youth Services and many other mental health organizations to offer better and more appropriate healing environments for young people, keeping them out of hospital emergency rooms.
In keeping with our approach of engaging youth in all aspects of their treatment, the young people have played a major role in how this project was developed, which types of clinical services are offered, and how the research team will evaluate success.
At Skylark’s YouthCan Impact walk-in clinic, we offer a range of services including brief solution-focused therapy, peer support, system navigation, access to Internet-based tools, and onsite access to psychiatric services.
“These clinics will be a one-stop shop, providing immediate access to evidence-based mental health care in the community,” says Dr. Peter Szatmari, Chief of the Child and Youth Mental Health Collaborative at CAMH, SickKids, and the University of Toronto. “By co-locating service providers from hospital, primary care and community agencies in a youth-friendly setting we can better address barriers that are most apparent for youth.”
From CAMH press release d/d Jun 8/16
The Skylark YouthCan Impact Walk-in provides mental health and substance use counselling services for youth between the ages of 13 to 21. We speak with youth about many issues including depression, anxiety, bullying, sexual orientation, stress, substance use and many other concerns.