Child Youth and Family Mental Health
We provide the following urgent and crisis services for children and youth experiencing serious emotional, behavioural or psychiatric difficulties.
Anyone can call anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for risk management triage, support and referral. This contracted service maintains a database of support services available throughout Vancouver Island.
Families and community members may access this team by calling the Vancouver Island Crisis line at 1-888-494-3888.
IMCRT is a collaboration between CYFMHS, Adult Mental Health and Addiction Services and Greater Victoria police forces. Mental health clinicians work alongside social workers, nurse and plain clothes police officers to provide a rapid, mobile and community-based response to children youth and families in crisis. Read more about IMCRT.
Early Psychosis Intervention (EPI) services focus on early recognition and intervention for children, youth and young adults who appear to be experiencing a decline in function related to possible early psychosis. Treatment is most effective when it is started early. Anyone in the community may refer to this program. Read more about Early Psychosis Intervention.
Crisis nurses, physicians and mental health clinicians may refer to this specialized service for children and youth up to and including age 16 who would benefit from a one-time psychiatric evaluation. Read more about Urgent Psychiatric Consult.
Access Services provides crisis response and emergency services, crisis counselling and connects to appropriate Mental Health and Addiction Services programs, hospital and/or community treatment and recovery services for all age groups. Read more about Central Island Access/Crisis Services.