It is with pride and true admiration that I once again thank my team for helping us win our most recent Reader’s Choice Platinum awards. I dedicate this honour to their hard work, selflessness and caring. At this time I’d also like to remind all of our patients that we are here for them in-person and virtually so please, keep up with regular check-ups, tests and treatments. Your health and wellbeing are our #1 priority and it is a privilege to be your chosen healthcare team. Thank you for your continued confidence.
Home March 2023
More great news from Winterberry!
At Winterberry everyone knows how proud we are of our team and the caring, skilled help they deliver to our patients and community. And now, with another Platinum Reader’s Choice Award win we have one more reason to thank the team…again! To win Reader’s Choice Awards means a lot to us because it’s our patients and fans that vote and that means that what we’re doing is working. Patients are happy and that makes all of us happy! We wish a wonderful early spring to you, your family and your friends and hope that you enjoy our newsy newsletter.
A message from our Medical Director, Dr. Steven Zizzo
How to book same-day and future appointments.
To book appointments with our team, simply visit our online booking page. Once you add your name and brief information you’ll be able to chose your appointment type and who you’ll meet with and when. You can choose same-day or future appointments. And happy news for anyone who needs to call us: With 90% of our bookings happening online our phone lines are less busy so on-hold times are much less!
Book your next appointment by clicking here.
Message from Patient Liaison Rachel
Whether you have a question or a concern, I am here to help you. Please get in touch if you need me.
St. Patrick’s Day spirit!
At Winterberry we love to celebrate holidays and bring an extra dash of cheer and spirit to the clinic. This past St. Patrick’s day we turned the clinic green (in a good way!). Team members sported their favourite greens and spread some extra joy and fun to patients and co-workers.
Rylee, Mental Health Counsellor
Rylee is one of our highly skilled and caring mental health counsellors.
Helping You To Know Us Better
Mental Health is a very real challenge for kids.
Approximately 1 in 5 children and youth in Ontario have a mental health challenge. It is also estimated that about 70% of mental health challenges have their onset in childhood or youth. Children and youth show their problems in different areas of their lives and in a variety of ways. For example, a child or adolescent who functions well at home may face challenges in another setting, such as in the classroom or with peers that may negatively impact their mental health. Some young people may show signs of anxiety or depression, while others may exhibit aggression, become involved with the justice system, or have difficulties with substance use.
We caught up with Rylee to ask her a few questions about kids, mental health and how Winterberry is here to help:
QUESTION: How does Winterberry help and support Children and Youth mental health?
At Winterberry we are able to provide support to children and youth in many ways. This includes meeting with our medical professionals for mental health diagnosis, medication and review different opinions based on the child and youth’s needs. in addition, Winterberry is able to internal refer to Mental health Counsellors for those aged 16 and older, as well as internal refer parents to learn ways to supportive their child and learn coping skills. In addition, Winterberry is able to external refer to community resources that are age appropriate such as Ron Joyce Children Health Centre, The Rock, McMaster Children Hospital, Youth Wellness Centre.
QUESTION: How does a parent or guardian know when to book an appointment for a child or youth based on concerns around mental health? Can you share some warning signs that additional support is need
There are many indicators for when a parent or guardian need to book an appointment or seek additional supports for their child or youth such as isolating, low mood, behavioral outburst, self-harming, not wanting to go to school or social events, loss of interest in hobbies. In addition to if the child or youth has voiced concerns.
If you think your child is in need of help, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at Winterberry. We are here to help.