Where did it come from?

Together to Live was developed by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health (the Centre) in partnership with passionate people and organizations across the province. It was created as part of the Ontario government's youth suicide prevention plan and comprehensive mental health and addictions strategy. Together to Live is the culmination of ideas and input from a variety of stakeholders across Ontario.

The content and structure of the website was largely shaped through a community mobilization planning session hosted by the Centre in September 2013. Participants included:

  • youth and families with lived experience
  • community-based youth suicide network representatives
  • researchers
  • provincial government representatives
  • Aboriginal organization representatives
  • child welfare organization representatives
  • colleges/universities
  • school board representatives
  • LGBTQ organization representatives
  • Francophone community members
  • health practitioners
  • mental health service providers
  • youth justice organization representatives


The Centre thanks everyone for their contribution, and in particular would like to acknowledge the following working group members who provided guidance and input into the development of the toolkit:

Angela Batra Jhoda
Dr. Mary Broga
Samantha Burger
Hugette Carty
Sandra Chen
Heather Clark
Maria Luisa Contursi
Lisa Doerksen

Ryan Dyck
Andreanne Fleck-Saito
Julia Gandy
Trina Hall
Taylor Holden
Melissa Kinghorn
Dr. Ian Manion
Michelle McIntyre

Loni Meloche
Tana Nash
Alicia Raimundo
Megan Schellenberg
Todd Solomon
Michael Stephens
Dr. Catherine Willinsky
Diane Zannier



About the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health

The Centre facilitates the use of evidence-informed practices within community-based child and youth mental health agencies to improve the quality and effectiveness of services for Ontario’s children, youth, families and caregivers. Our services, tools and resources help strengthen skills and knowledge across service areas, provide consistent evidence-informed approaches at system level and inspire impact and innovation.