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Mental Health Resources

Resources to Promote Mental Health and well-being for Students:

  • AnxietyBC Youth Website and MindShift App - A youth-driven website with resources for managing anxiety, tips and strategies and an explanation of various types of anxiety. AnxietyBC has also developed MindShift, a free mobile app to help teens and youth cope with anxiety.
  • Children's Mental Health Ontario — The CMHO website provides information about mental health and mental health disorders, specifically targeted towards children and youth, parents and families, and professionals. Many different resources are available for all common mental health illnesses.
  • Dealing with Depression - The Dealing with Depression mobile-optimized site that provides useful on-the-go strategies to help teens understand low mood and depression and how to apply effective coping skills.
  • Kids Help Phone -  Kids Help Phone offers a free 1-800-668-6868 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling and referral service, and online resources for children and youth. It contains a section on Emotional Help that is targeted towards teens, with information about topics on mental health and mental illness.
  • Mind Checkis part of a broader health literacy initiative implemented by the Early Intervention Project within Child, Youth and Young Adult Mental Health and Addictions Services, Fraser Health, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Mind your Mind - A site where youth can get information, resources and the tools to manage stress, crisis and mental health.

Resources to Promote Mental Health and Well-being for Parents/Guardians:

  • AboutKidsHealth– trusted answers from the Hospital of Sick Children (Sick Kids) in Toronto offers free resources and information online which includes a Mental Health and Wellness Resource Centre section.
  • Calm in the Storm: Coping with the Stress of Life - This handbook and its corresponding website contains important information on identifying signs and symptoms of stress, as well as simple, user-friendly methods that can be used by everyone to manage their stress and improve their lives.
  • Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance -  CADDRA is a Canadian non-industry, not-for-profit, independent association. It is an alliance of healthcare professionals supporting patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their families.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association -  Downloadable PDFs with simple messages around coping with Children and Difficult Behaviour and Children and the Stress of Parenting. The site has resources to assist and assess your mental health, on understanding mental illness and finding help for yourself or others.
  • Comfort, Play and Teach  An online resources for parents created by Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP), The Hospital for Sick Children, translates the science of early childhood development into activities and experiences that are practical, easy-to-understand and easy to do to help you support your child's development. You'll find these activities at every developmental stage. The website is located at 
  • Help Me Grow – Social and Emotional Milestones - The Help Me Grow resources from Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) provide an overview of typical social and emotional development in easy to read, accessible language. There are six fact sheets to cover milestones from birth to 36 months. Each one provides a one-page list of the actions related to social/emotional development parents can look for at each stage of development.
  • Here to Help Wellness Modules -  A series of instructive worksheets on promoting good mental health and general well-being based on quality information from well-conducted research in these areas. Included are definitions of basic concepts, tips on how to manage mental health and well-being on a daily basis and links to other helpful resources. 
  • Mindyourmind is a non-profit mental health engagement program that works with youth, emerging adults and the professionals who serve them to develop reliable and relevant resources and communication platforms to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and increase access and use of community support.  Mindyourmind inspires youth to reach out, get help and give help. 
  • Nine Tips for Talking to Kids about Trauma - Fortunately, parenting and education experts have produced a wealth of resources for having difficult conversations with kids about tragedies such as terrorist attacks. Below are nine tips distilled from these many resources.
  • Raising Resilient Children and Youth -  This resource provides information on child/youth resilience which is determined by the interplay of their individual characteristics (including skills they have developed), the characteristics of the families in which they live, and the characteristics of their physical and social environments.  Everyone needs skills and supportive people in their lives to help cushion them from problems they may encounter. Introducing even a few positive elements into their lives can shift the balance and help many children and youth flourish.
  • Speaking of Kids Mental Health - A communication and resource tool for youth, parents and professionals. Developed through a partnership with Kinark Child and Family Service, the Child Welfare League of Canada and the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario.  
  • The Mental Health Meter: An online assessment tool that enables users to "reflect on your unique strengths and identify areas where your level of mental fitness could be improved to help you cope with all of life's ups and downs." 

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