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Information For Youth

The Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre (OCTC) has a range of programs and services to benefit youth ages 12-18 and their families.

Through unique programs such as our Recreation Therapy service, OCTC offers exciting opportunities for youth to access support, learn new skills, build confidence, make lasting friendships and actively participate in community life.

This website features other information that may be of interest to youth - check out:

  • Looking Ahead - Find information about My Transition into Adulthood!
  • Upcoming Events – find out what's going on
  • Feature Articles – see stories of OCTC youth in the media
  • Lending Library – search for books, DVDs, assistive communication devices and more
  • Connections newsletter – read about the latest activities and news
  • Transitions Services – learn how OCTC can help you and your family navigate challenging transitions in your life
  • Our Foundation – participate in fun events to raise funds to buy new equipment or support programs for clients like you
  • Volunteering – help other OCTC clients by volunteering your skills, time and companionship
  • Feedback – tell us how we're doing and see how client input shapes what we do at OCTC
  • Client Rights & Responsibilities – discover what to expect from your experience with OCTC
  • Links & Resources – access direct web links to useful organizations and resources

Be sure to check back on this site in 2012, when OCTC will expand its online profile into social media to help our clients learn more about youth-specific issues, and share tips and experiences with other teens!

Another great online resource designed for youth across Ontario is Ability OnLine — a safe place to meet new friends, get support, learn new skills and connect with others.

Sports-minded? Then take a look at what's available in your home town through sites such as Canadian Paralympic Committee or Special Olympics Ontario. There are many ways to participate.

To search for the latest information about services for youth in communities across Eastern Ontario, check out the Community Information Centre of Ottawa or the Champlain Health Line.

The Library section at features a vast array of informative and useful fact sheets about issues affecting today's youth, including:

  • Alcohol and Substance Use
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Autistic Disorder
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • GLBTTQ Issues
  • Medication Information
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Self-Harm Behaviours
  • Stress
  • Suicide

For more information about OCTC's programs and services for youth, please call Intake Services:

Want to Talk? Need Help Now?

Kids Help Phone

  • 1.800.668.6868

Mental Health Crisis Line

  • 613.722.6914
  • 1.866.996.0991

Child, Youth & Family Crisis Line for Eastern Ontario

  • 613.260.2360
  • 1.877.377.7775