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Treatment Designed for Youth: A Look into Our Online Teen Program

With Lanie Schachter-Snipper, Registered Psychotherapist, National Director of Outpatient Services, EHN Canada

And Dayna Browne, MSW, Clinical Lead for Healthy Minds Comprehensive Teen Program, EHN Outpatient Services

The discussion points for this webinar include:

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Amidst a dramatic spike in youth seeking support, EHN Canada offers a unique program designed for teen mental health treatment

Toronto, ON – According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, one in five, or 1.2 million, children and youth in Canada are affected by mental illness.

As the isolation and anxiety caused by the pandemic takes a toll on young people’s mental health, more Canadians aged 14-18 are looking for treatment. In response, EHN Canada, the leading network of private mental health and addiction facilities across the country, has developed its new virtual mental health program for teens – the Healthy Minds Teen Program launching October 4, 2021.

Lanie Schachter-Snipper, National Director of EHN Outpatient Services, says that “historically, EHN has treated adults 18 and up. But there are upwards of 20,000 youth who are on waitlists for mental health services, and it’s higher since COVID-19 started. This is a dramatic spike in need and there simply aren’t enough services to support them. The mental health community—and communities in general—are really struggling to meet the needs of our youth.”

The Healthy Minds Teen Program is delivered virtually through EHN Outpatient Services and utilizes evidence-based treatment practices to support improved mental health outcomes for teens and their caregivers. The program is designed to effectively help those with mild-to-moderate mental health symptoms such as depression and anxiety. It’s anticipated for Healthy Minds to provide treatment for up to 150 youth per year.

Dayna Browne, Registered Social Worker and the program’s Clinical Lead, says, “For youth who have been glued to screens for the past two years, it’s really hard for them to now transition back into the interactive classroom, into the real world. They have been so socially isolated. Because [this program] is in a group setting, it’s really designed to be conducive to youth connecting. They’re going to learn from each other.”

The six-month online program consists of nine weeks of individual and group therapy (three hours per week) led by a Masters-level clinician who specializes in child and youth mental health.  To help the teens maintain their recovery after the intensive nine weeks, the program also includes a 14-week aftercare program with biweekly group sessions.

Browne explains: “Aftercare is a unique feature of this program. It’s really about equipping youth with the right tools, especially in such a constantly changing environment. A key component is: how can we teach youth those practical skills in a lasting and memorable way?” Included in Aftercare is the Wagon app, an interactive virtual tool with teen-appropriate, gamified content to help participants track their recovery and continue achieving new goals.

EHN Canada understands the need for families to heal together so the EHN Health Minds Teen Program also includes treatment for caregivers. As the youth are receiving treatment, their caregivers also receive 12 hours of education and coaching to help them learn the skills necessary to support their teens with ongoing recovery. The caregiver program is offered in a group setting to encourage skill transfer within families and to facilitate stronger bonds, connection, and co-operative relationships.

Other features that make the Health Minds Teen Program unique and effective include evidence-based approaches such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); bi-weekly progress reports; and a discharge summary with treatment recommendations.

EHN Outpatient Services’ Healthy Minds Teen Program is available to youth between the ages of 14 and 18. Teens must have access to a laptop or tablet (smart phones are not adequate for these programs), a private space, high-speed internet, and a willingness to engage in group sessions. EHN Canada is also proud to partner with New Start Foundation to provide funding to those who qualify for financial assistance. To find out more about this new program, visit


EHN Canada is the nation’s largest private network of industry-leading mental health, trauma, and addiction treatment facilities, each with a passion for providing quality treatment for Canadians. We are committed to both caring for our patients and supporting their loved ones. With over 100 years of collective experience, our inpatient, outpatient, and online programs are offered across the country, providing essential compassionate care to patients wherever they are.
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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation – Recognizing the Residential School Legacy

If you’ve been paying attention to the news over the last while, you’ll be aware that Canada is marking a milestone this month. The country will recognize September 30th as the first ever National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Granted, there’s been a lot in the media when it comes to the federal scene, not the least of which are Indigenous issues. Whether we’re talking about those on First Nations reserves not having clean drinking water, or murdered and missing Indigenous women, the national news feed is filled with First Nations, Inuit and Metis concerns.

Therefore, it stands to reason that Canada’s federal government would declare a national day to commemorate the country’s Aboriginal peoples. Let’s take a closer look at what led up to the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and what it means for all Canadians.

How did the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation come to be?

The timing of the new legislation proclaiming September 30th as a statutory holiday is significant.

This year’s initiative to declare a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was driven primarily by the discovery on May 27th of the remains of Indigenous children that had attended a residential school. Two hundred and fifteen unmarked graves were found on the former site of Kamloops Residential School on Tk’emlups te Secwepemc First Nation in British Columbia.

Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, formed in 2008 to document residential school system history and its impacts on Indigenous peoples, was told 51 students died at Kamloops. However, the local First Nation knew the number was far higher, as the use of ground-penetrating radar in Kamloops proved.

By the end of June 2021, hundreds more unmarked graves were found at or near two other former residential schools – St. Eugene’s in Saskatchewan and Marieval in British Columbia. As the body count climbed to more than one thousand, Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders across Canada began to speak out about the injustices of the residential school system. Public pressure also grew, and federal lawmakers moved to make September 30th a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

When was the federal holiday created?

Legislation that launched the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation passed fairly quickly after the discovery of the mass graves at Canadian residential schools such as Kamloops. Bill C-5 formally became law on June 3rd, 2021 and came into force on August 3rd. Members of Parliament voted unanimously to finish debating quickly so the bill could be fast-tracked through the Senate.

With this new designated day for recognition, the federal government is signalling that they’re taking the tragic legacy of residential schools and the ongoing impact for Indigenous individuals very seriously. September 30th, 2021 provides an occasion for all Canadians to remember the harm done to thousands of children forced into residential schools, and the lasting inter-generational trauma caused for their families.

Having a statutory holiday to mark the impact of this aspect of Canadian history allows individuals across the country to come together to publicly pay tribute to residential school survivors and victims. It’s a time to honour the memory of the children whose bodies have been found in unmarked and mass graves, reaffirming that every child matters.

In fact, the creation of the holiday stems from the Canadian movement entitled “Every Child Matters”. This campaign developed during the years that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was collecting personal painful stories from some 7,000 residential school survivors and almost 5 million related records.

What is the significance of September 30?

September 30, 2021 will be the first chance the country and its occupants have to formally recognize and commemorate the history of the residential school system. This date is significant because it’s been known in recent years across Canada as Orange Shirt Day – when all Canadians are encouraged to wear orange in honour of residential school survivors.

This annual event grew from a reunion and commemorative project in May 2013 in Williams Lake, British Columbia related to the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) Residential School operated from 1891 to 1981. Orange Shirt Day was inspired by a moving story told by former student, Phyllis (Jack) Webstad, about how the new orange shirt her grandmother gave her to wear at school when she was age six was taken from her.

Wearing orange is designed to promote conversations between First Nations, governments and local communities. Orange Shirt Day demonstrates that individuals who are First Nations, Inuit and Metis matter. In turn, it assists to build bridges and further reconciliation efforts.

The creation of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation was one of 94 separate recommendations, or calls to action, made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada in 2015.

The TRC’s recommendations were made “In order to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation . . .” Call to Action number 80 reads:

“We call upon the federal government, in collaboration with Aboriginal peoples, to establish, as a statutory holiday, a National Day for Truth and Reconciliation to honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”

It shouldn’t be forgotten that residential schools were in operation for well over a century, housing children from four to 16 years of age. Canada’s last residential school closed its doors in 1996.

Is September 30 a statutory holiday in Canada?

September 30th has been designated as a national holiday and employees that are federally-regulated within the meaning of the Canada Labour Code will have a paid holiday. This refers to workers in both the public and private sectors, including in industries like banking, broadcasting, postal delivery and air and rail transportation.

It’s been left up to individual provinces and territories to decide whether they plan to recognize the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Only seven jurisdictions will offer partial acknowledgement. British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Yukon and the Northwest Territories confirm they’ll give provincial employees a paid holiday on September 30th. In Manitoba it will be considered a “day of observance,” in essence, having the same effect as a statutory holiday.

While New Brunswick and Saskatchewan will not observe the date as a holiday, certain workers in these provinces will have a paid day off. Namely, city staff in Moncton, Regina and Saskatoon as well as University of Saskatchewan employees.

In Alberta, Quebec and Ontario, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation will not be named as a statutory holiday. As of September 20, the other provinces were still deciding.

How to observe the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation?

On September 30th, there are many ways to pay tribute to residential school survivors and the numerous children who never made it home to their families and communities.

Canada’s Aboriginal inhabitants – First Nations, Inuit and Metis – live in cities and on reserves across the country. This means there are often Indigenous Friendship Centres and similar organizations in off-reserve communities. These centres are organizing individual methods of observance for September 30th. Check with your local centre to see what is offered in your area. You can also check in with larger institutions to see if they are hosting commemorative events. Attending organized observances is a good way to mark the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Educating ourselves further about the history and legacy of the residential school system is another route to remembrance. These days, there’s a plethora of information that’s readily accessible online and at in-person learning forums – from First Nations educational resources to university-level courses and much more.

Of course, wearing something orange for Orange Shirt Day 2021 is a very simple and recognizable approach to observe the date and acknowledge the trauma for residential school survivors. You can also purchase items such as bumper stickers and flags to display, perhaps with the ‘Every Child Matters’ logo.


It’s estimated that approximately 6,000 children died while attending residential schools, despite incomplete official records making this number difficult to determine. Those young ones who made it home to their communities are now parents and grandparents. For years they’ve told tales of terrible abuse at the hands of the Catholic church and other religious organizations that operated these institutions.

In the words of the Canadian government, September 30th “seeks to honour First Nations, Inuit and Metis survivors and their families and communities, and to ensure that public commemoration of their history and the legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is an important beginning for the country to heal.

Residential school survivors and others wanting support can call the National Indian Residential School Crisis Line at 1-866-925-4419.


Dickson, Courtney and Watson, Bridgette. (2021 May 27) Remains of 215 children found buried at former B.C. residential school, First Nation says. CBC News.

Dhir, Arjun. (2021 September 9) Canada: An Overview of Canada’s New Statutory Holiday: The National Day For Truth And Reconciliation.

Globe staff (2021 July 16) Kamloops, St. Eugene’s, Marieval: What we know about residential schools’ unmarked graves so far. The Globe and Mail.

Orange Shirt Society. The Story of Orange Shirt Day.

Reynolds, Christopher. (2021 May 29) MPs pass bill creating national day for truth and reconciliation. CBC News.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. (2015) The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.

Union of Ontario Indians (2013) An Overview of the Indian Residential School System.


National Recovery Month: Why It Matters for Everyone

September is one powerful month. More than January, it’s often seen as a time of new beginnings, new routines and renewed energy. And that’s what makes it the perfect time to celebrate recovery in every way, shape and form.

What is Recovery Month?

Every year, the dawn of September marks the beginning of Recovery Month, a long-standing national observance that promotes the benefits of prevention, treatment and recovery for substance use and mental health disorders. It also celebrates those in recovery while honouring the contributions of treatment and service providers. The goal is to educate people and spread the word that behavioural health is essential to overall health. But most importantly, it’s to help those who are struggling to get the treatment they need to live a healthy and rewarding life.

Now in its 32nd year, Recovery Month has perhaps never been more welcomed than it has in 2021. In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experience a mental illness or addiction problem. In fact, by the time they reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have—or have had—a mental illness, and those numbers have only increased since the pandemic began. Unless people receive proper treatment, the impact of substance abuse and mental health disorders on a person’s economic, social and work relationships can cause debilitating personal and financial hardships that can seem increasingly challenging to overcome.

Through seminars, documentaries, public service announcements, awareness walks and shared stories, communities band together to bring hope. And every year uncovers new resources, new data and new treatments available to help improve awareness and access, along with preventative education to improve outcomes all around.

The History Of Recovery Month

In September 1989, The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration launched National Recovery Month to increase awareness around mental health and addiction, and year after year it has gained momentum nationally. In Ontario, the first annual recovery campaign was hosted in 2006 and since then, cities throughout the country have welcomed the notion with open arms by dedicating and celebrating their own recovery days throughout the month.

How Does EHN Canada Recognize Recovery Month? 

Aside from providing essential mental health and substance use disorder treatment programs, EHN has helped lead the charge of Recovery Month across Canada, through support of and participation in sponsorship of city-specific Recovery Days in Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa and Winnipeg.

We have also created EHN Online to support virtual treatment efforts—the perfect complement to Online Recovery Day being celebrated across the country on September 22nd. Offering intensive virtual mental health and addiction solutions, our online outpatient programs provide barrier-free and easily accessible support to those who need it most.

EHN Online’s Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOPs) are for those who are:

What EHN Online can help with:

Alcohol and Drug Addiction – Our Substance Use Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is designed to help individuals stop or reduce harmful drug or alcohol consumption, improve their health and social function, and manage their risk for relapse.

Mood (Depression) and Anxiety – This IOP is for individuals struggling with mood or anxiety disorders like depression, anxiety or panic looking to manage or alleviate symptoms. The supported and structured treatment experience allows patients to make meaningful changes in order to sustain long-term recoveries.

Workplace Trauma – The IOP for workplace trauma was created specifically for individuals with unique careers that tend to cause a disproportionate amount of anxiety, trauma or addiction. It provides a safe and informative place to help begin the process of understanding and healing from work-related trauma.

Teen Mental Health – The Healthy Minds Comprehensive Teen Program was designed for teens aged 14-18 (Grades 9-12) who are struggling with symptoms of mental health disorders, like depression and anxiety. It provides a safe space for teens to connect with other teens who are experiencing similar feelings. It also includes a caregiver program to help foster a cooperative and informed healing environment at home.

How Can I Support My Loved Ones In Recovery?

When it comes to addiction, family members are profoundly affected. Not only does it damage family dynamics, erode trust and weaken communications, it brings on a whole host of painful emotions for the person suffering and the family alike. In fact, family members often know there’s a problem long before their loved one who is suffering does.

The frustration in most cases comes from getting the person to admit they have a problem with alcohol or drugs in the first place. Equally frustrating is the hopelessness families feel in response to the substance abuse. But there is hope. One of the best ways families can help their loved ones achieve and maintain sobriety is with some guided help. And EHN Canada has just the solution.

Our Family Program is designed to help loved ones gain a greater understanding about the process of both addiction and recovery through lectures, films and discussions with compassionate clinical staff.

EHN Canada’s 3 Half-Days Family Program:

For more information about EHN Canada’s family recovery programs, including dates and rates, click here.

Looking For More Ways To Get Involved In Recovery Month?

Attend an event – Virtually every province in the country is celebrating Recovery Month. Look for online, as well as in-person recovery events in your city.

Share your story – If you or someone close to you is suffering, talk about it on your social media platform of choice and add the #RecoveryMonth hashtag. Not only does each success story help educate and improve understanding, it provides answers to those who have questions and want to get the help they need.

Help others – Try to connect individuals in need of care to professionals who can provide them with much-needed treatment programs. If you’re already in recovery, you could reach out to organizations to learn more about what you can do to help individuals who might not be as far down the pathway to recovery as you are.

Recovery looks different for everyone, but by continuing to speak openly about addiction we can help erase the stigma so those struggling know that it’s never too late to get support they need.


Whether you’re an individual who needs help with your mental health or substance use disorder, or you’re an employer who has employees who need help—we’re here for you. Call us 24/7 at one of the numbers below to start a conversation about how we can help you.

EHN Canada launches new 8-week, inpatient Trauma Recovery Program

September 14, 2021, Toronto, ON – If one good has come out of the pandemic it is the newfound focus on mental health. More than ever before, people across Canada are opening up about their experiences with trauma—and they are seeking treatment to begin the road to recovery.

At Bellwood Health Services, part of the EHN Canada network, Medical Director Dr. Speranza Dolgetta says, “We’re optimistic about the increase in awareness around mental health, and particularly trauma. More and more people are naming it and talking about it. And reducing stigma is a big step towards recovery.”

At facilities across the country, EHN Canada has a history of excellence in trauma and PTSD treatment for specialized groups (military services members, veterans, first responders, and healthcare workers). Both Edgewood Treatment Centre in Nanaimo, BC and Gateway Recovery Centre in Peterborough, ON have dedicated inpatient programs for these exemplary public service individuals. Built on this expertise, EHN Canada now launches a new inpatient Trauma Recovery Program at their Bellwood Health Services location in Toronto, Ontario.

The eight-week Trauma Recovery Program (TRP), newly launched on August 24th, is intended for those who have experienced trauma in interpersonal facets of their lives, including domestic violence, childhood abuse, sexual assault, and work-related incidents. As Dr. Dolgetta explains, “Although PTSD and occupational stress injuries are well-recognized among frontline personnel like military, veterans, and first responders, trauma causes a great deal of pain for many people outside these groups. Regardless of where or how a person’s trauma occurred, all patients need a safe place to recover. This is what we hope to provide at Bellwood, a supportive and warm environment with the expertise to facilitate whole person healing.”

By providing both group and individual therapy using evidence-based treatments in a safe and supportive environment, TRP aims to help patients find peace of mind after surviving trauma.

The 57-day program is designed for patients who:

During the program, patients work with a team of doctors, nurses, psychiatrists, masters-level clinicians, and counsellors using EHN Canada’s evidence-based approaches, including:

Patients have 24/7 access to medical and clinical support including medically supervised withdrawal management. After the 8 weeks is over, patients are given the support they need to continue their recovery long-term, with one year of Aftercare from EHN Canada. In addition, family members are invited to participate in a series of virtual Family Program sessions to help loved ones find understanding and healing together.

Terri Marques, Executive Director of Bellwood Health Services, says, “Along with our other facilities in the EHN Canada network, we provide the best in treatment programming around the country for mental health and substance use disorders. We are proud to be adding the Trauma Recovery Program to our specialized offerings and continue to show our dedication to helping marginalized groups in need.”

For more information about the Trauma Recovery Program at Bellwood, visit our website.


EHN Canada is the nation’s largest network of private industry-leading mental health, trauma, and addiction treatment facilities, each with a passion for providing quality treatment for Canadians. We are committed to both caring for our patients and supporting their loved ones. With over 100 years of collective experience, our inpatient, outpatient, and online programs are offered across the country, providing essential compassionate care to patients wherever they are.
To learn more, please visit


Suanne Wong

B2B Marketing Manager


[email protected]