Mental Health Awareness Week: highlighting the expertise of our Child Psychiatry Team

October 4th through 10th marks Mental Health Awareness Week in Canada. At the Children’s, our Child Psychiatry team is made up of a number of different health professionals whose blend of skills and expertise allows us to provide patients with the specific resources and care they need. This week, we’re introducing you to just a few of their friendly faces.

Marissa Carroll

  • Nurse Clinician, Child Psychiatry Department

 “There is often a stigma surrounding mental health issues in society, but I have always wanted to work in this field to help dismantle myths and support people through difficult times. The most rewarding part of my job is being part of a team and getting to meet patients and families from different cultures and backgrounds, and of course seeing patients who are doing well when they come to our day program or follow up visit.”

Melanie Bazin

  • Occupational Therapist, Child Psychiatry Department

“Working with youth is especially rewarding because of their resilience. Patients who have gone through a particularly difficult time can go on and lead really full lives using the tools they have learned. Each day is unique and I feel like I am making a real impact.”

Carmelina Pizzardi

  • Social worker, Child Psychiatry Department

“I have always wanted to work in the field of social work with a particular interest in mental health. The most rewarding part is when a patient is almost ready for discharge and I can help establish a bridge between parents and a child and help them feel comfortable about going home on a pass. I feel like I’ve done my job and contributed to something very positive.”

Olivia Rondeau

  • Social counselor, Child Psychiatry Department

“I went into mental health because I’ve always wanted to help others. The opportunity to make a difference in a child’s life is extremely rewarding. Sometimes the victories are very small but for a particular patient, the progress can be enormous.  When I am able to break down barriers with a patient and help them along in their journey, it’s a really great feeling."

Dr. Mary DeRemer

  • Psychologist, Child Psychiatry Department

“Working as part of a multidisciplinary team is key, because we all work together to inform the patient’s diagnosis and plan for her/his care following discharge. Every day in our program is a brand new experience, and I feel very privileged to be able to work with these adolescents. They are all great teenagers, and they leave here doing better than they were doing before. It is a very rich environment that is full of hope.”