Women pushing children in strollers

Merrymount

“I’m very proud of our partnership,” said Sherin Hussien. “I can tell the Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre is having a positive impact on the community. I think our future together is bright.”

Merrymount Children’s Centre is an accredited Children’s Mental Health Centre that provides around-the-clock family capacity building and support services, for children aged 0 to 12, across Middlesex, Elgin and Oxford counties. Merrymount provides a wide-range of crisis, respite, prevention and early intervention mental health services and programs to strengthen children and their families. All Merrymount programs are tailored to the individual needs of the child and the family to support with a focus on family capacity building.

Healthy emotional and social development in childhood lays the foundation for building strong mental health and increasing resilience throughout life. Early intervention services in children’s mental health are similar to that of physical health; just as we treat a cold before it becomes pneumonia, Merrymount addresses initial behaviour or emotional problems before they become more complex and deep-seated, requiring more intensive interventions. If mental health issues are left untreated, treated late, or treated poorly, negative consequences can result including school failure, strained relationships, violence, hospitalization, and family breakdown. Merrymount works with families to ensure their issues are addressed as early as possible.