Transforming Child and Youth Mental Health Care via Innovative Technological Solutions

Healthc Q. 2011;14 Spec No 2:92-102. doi: 10.12927/hcq.2011.22368.


Live interactive videoconferencing and other technologies offer innovative opportunities for effective delivery of specialized child and adolescent mental health services. In this article, an example of a comprehensive telepsychiatry program is presented to highlight a variety of capacity-building initiatives that are responsive to community needs and cultures; these initiatives are allowing children, youth and caregivers to access otherwise-distant specialist services within their home communities. Committed, enthusiastic champions, adequate funding and infrastructure, creativity and a positive attitude represent key elements in the adaptation of this demonstrated user-friendly modality.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child Psychiatry / methods
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / therapy
  • Mental Health Services* / organization & administration
  • Ontario
  • Program Evaluation
  • Psychology, Child / methods
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Rural Health Services / organization & administration
  • Telemedicine / methods*
  • Videoconferencing