Help-Seeking for Children with Mental Health Problems: Parents’ Efforts and Experiences Academic Article uri icon

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  • Parents who contacted 1 of 15 children's mental health agencies in Ontario, Canada reported on where and why they were seeking mental health services for their 4- to 17-year-old children. Parents contacted an average of four agencies (± 1.7; range = 1-14) in the previous year. Approximately one-half of parents were looking for either multiple types of treatment, or help for different problems, across agencies. The complex pattern of help-seeking evidenced in our study likely increases the burden on the mental health care system and on families, and may reduce the likelihood that families will connect with the most appropriate treatment.


  • Reid, Graham J
  • Cunningham, Charles E
  • Tobon, Juliana I
  • Evans, Barrie
  • Stewart, Moira
  • Brown, Judith B
  • Lent, Barbara
  • Neufeld, Richard WJ
  • Vingilis, Evelyn R
  • Zaric, Gregory S
  • Shanley, Dianne C

publication date

  • September 2011