Family Navigation Project

Our story

The Family Navigation Project is a unique program. The first of its kind in Canada, its existence is due to the perseverance of a group of parents who were determined to help youth, struggling with mental health and/or addiction challenges, find the help they need.

These parents had encountered various barriers in a complex mental health and addiction system as they searched and tried to gain access to services and support. They wanted to make sure that other families who were facing the same, didn’t feel “lost” along a complicated journey. They wanted someone who could "get in the boat" with them to support them along the way.

The parents demanded change. They wanted a timely and personalized service that would explore service and support options and match the youth and family with the right program and/or professional help.

As a result, FNP was launched in 2013. Founded by Sunnybrook psychiatrist, Dr. Anthony Levitt, in partnership with patient families, FNP has since helped over 4,500 youth and their families from across Ontario navigate the mental health and addictions (MHA) system.