The Mental Health Impact & Service Use of Ontario’s Young People Since the COVID‑19 Pandemic: Differences Between Those With & Without a Mental Health Diagnosis

Speakers: Ashley Radomski, Postdoctoral fellow, and Mario Cappelli, Senior Clinician-Scientist.

As the COVID‑19 pandemic persists, there has been a general decline in young people’s mental health. The pandemic has uniquely affected young people with and without pre-existing mental health concerns but has similarly exposed the desire for mental health care, exacerbating the long-standing rates of unmet needs. The abrupt shift to virtual service delivery and online self-help supports has impacted the continuity of care and help-seeking behaviours of young people. Join us in a discussion with Dr. Cappelli and Dr. Radomski on their research that explores the services young people have been interested in and have received since the pandemic—highlighting the differences between those young people with and without a mental health diagnosis.

Dr. Mario Cappelli is a Child Clinical Psychologist who has spent the last 25 years working with children, youth, young adults, and their families. He is currently the Senior Clinician Scientist at the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child & Youth Mental Health and is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. Dr. Ashley Radomski is a CIHR Health Systems Impact Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child & Youth Mental Health and the CHEO Research Institute. Ashley has over 10 years of clinical research experience discovering new ways to close the gaps in mental health -care for both children and adults.

With funding from the Government of Canada

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