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December 19, 2022

Stay home when sick and other tips to prevent the spread of illness at our Centre

The Garry Hurvitz Centre for Community Mental Health at SickKids is an essential health-care service, and we are committed to the safety of our staff, clients, and visitors. As part of this commitment, everyone – staff, clients, and visitors – needs to do their part in protecting themselves and others, especially during respiratory illness season. As a visitor at GH-CCMH, here is what you can do to help everyone at the Centre stay safe: 

  • Self-screen regularly for symptoms of respiratory illnesses:  Here is some advice on what to do if you have COVID-19/Influenza/RSV symptoms, from Public Health Ontario and from the City of Toronto  
  • Please stay home if you are sick: Even if it’s not COVID, you should still stay home, rest, and recover from colds, flus, and other respiratory illnesses  
  • Keep up to date with your vaccinations: The flu vaccine and COVID boosters are both important to help prevent serious illness 
  • Continue to mask while inside our buildings: This is an expectation of all staff and visitors while respiratory illness is circulating in our community   
  • Support our staff on community visits: Staff are required to mask when seeing clients inside and to adhere to our infection prevention and control standards  
  • Perform regular hand hygiene: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 15 seconds and use alcohol-based hand rub when entering our sites. You can find more information in these Toronto Public Health posters which are up in our washrooms and treatment spaces upon entry.
  • Maintain physical distancing from those outside your households while indoors

Our COVID-19 safety guidelines are still in effect, including enhanced cleaning and improved ventilation. You can read more on our Important information during COVID-19 page.

Thank you for your continued support!

New client? Phone us if you need services – we are here to help. Call our Mental Health Access Program at 416-924-1164 ext. 8708; we will return your call the same day or the next business day.

The Garry Hurvitz Centre for Community Mental Health at SickKids is part of the SickKids mental health continuum of services including hospital services and the TeleLink Mental Health Program which offers both urban and rural telepsychiatry virtual services. 

To arrange a referral to hospital outpatient services, call the Mental Health Access Program at 416-813-7005.

For inquiries concerning services in the TeleLink Mental Health Program, call 1-877-507-7301.

For information regarding all Toronto child mental health services, visit Help Ahead.