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Understanding Children & Youth Mental Health & Wellness:

ABCs of Mental Health. This site, from the Hincks-Dellecrest Centre in Toronto, has information on how to detect problems early and how to support your child or youth.  This site is highly recommended!  

Canadian Mental Heath Association Waterloo,Wellington. Information and local resources:

From the National Association of School Psychologists: Supporting your child's mental health:

Everything you want to know about children's health, mental health, and wellness. Sections for parents, children, and teens.


Our Students Engaged in Mental Health Awareness

Mr. LeBlanc's grade 7/8 class explored through discussion and extensive research how "to deal with stress in a healthy way".​  The following is the result of a culminating health assignment from 2 students.​​​​

"Get out of my life! ...but first will you drive me and Cheryl to the mall?" This is a great book for parents of teens.       By Dr Anthony Wolfe:


Support for parents:

For parents with children who struggle with mental health challenges. Tips, resources, and online chat:         Our local PCMH Waterloo Chapter,

"Seven Cups of Tea" chat site for adults and teens struggling with, or living with a loved one with mental health problems:


Eating Disorders:

Canadian National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC)

Eating Disorders Helpline 1-866-633-4220 until 9pm, EST


Helping your child develop self-control, from Today's Parent magazine.
Video: Cookie Monster self-regulates! A charming video to share with young children:
Video: "Resisting the Marshmallow" An cute video on self-regulation in younger children.
Suicide & Self-Injury in Children and Youth

Each of these sites provide clear, helpful, and accurate information on understanding, identifying, and supporting children and youth (yes, it is not just a teen problem) who might be self-injuring or suicidal. Every parent should know more about it!


Suicide Awareness Council of Guelph Wellington Duffferin:

Self-injury Outreach & Support: SIOS, University of Guelph

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Understanding Suicide:

Information about self-harm and what parents can do to help

A list of resources from the library at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)

Psychology Works Foundation: What every Canadian needs to know about suicide

Video from the Mayo Clinic on Teen Suicide Prevention​​


Anxiety Disorders:

How can you tell if your tense, angry child is actually suffering from to anxiety? What do you do to support your sensitive, self-conscious teen? These are excllent sites on understanding and recognizing anxiety, and how to help.

Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Connecting families with children who suffer from OCD

Anxiety Disorders of Canada – includes Ontario resources

Article with a great list of books on OCD

Description of OCD, and link to the resources of McMaster Anxiety Disorders Clinic, Hamilton

International OCD Foundation: Awareness & Education

Selective musism at school: When a child can, but does not speak. An excellent resource for parents, teachers, and clinicians.  Practical steps, helpful solutions. 


Substance Use & Addictions:

From Homewood Health Centre in Guelph, information for parents about substance use, tips for helping your chidlren stay drug-free, and where to get help. This one is a must-read for all parents!


Kit for starting the conversation before adolescence!


"One in 6 Canadian teenagers have admitted to taking opioid prescription drugs (painkillers) to get high, and 70% of them say they stole the pills from home"  From: Partnership for a Drug Free Canada:  Providing parents with information about how to protect their children. Also a quiz to assess what you know about youth drug use and addictions.


Addictions Solutions of South Florida: Factsheets and helpful tips for keeping prescription medication off the streets.


Information about prescription drug abuse, pain medication, stimulants, etc.:


Children and youth who have experienced trauma, or have lived with chronic stress, often struggle in surprising ways - trouble concentrating, organzing themselves, managing their emotions, or controlling anger. Understand the effects and how to help.


Some books and links from ParentBooks, a Toronto bookstore well worth the browse:



From PsychCentral: Parenting after a traumatic event:


Education Specialist Laura Phipps has a series of videos about trauma, with advice for teachers and parents. These are quite highly recommended: 

Part 1: "How trauma affects the brain":

Part 2:  "Why cookbook approaches to managing behaviour do not work":

Part 3: "The importance of relationships".

Part 4: Advice for struggling caregivers".


Building Resilience in Children:

From the Healthy Children Foundation:


The Resiliency Project - Dr. Michael Unger. Learn what resilience is, how we build it in children and youth, and tips for creating safe spaces for building self-esteem and resilience.

"Strengths in Motion" is the program currently in WCDSB schools for building self-awareness, strength, and resilience in children. Read about it at:


Coping with Stress: Help for adults and youth. Stress and Performance Clinic at the Univeresity of Guelph offers private and group stress management classes. Contact Kathy Somers (519) 824-4120 ext.52662


Grief & Bereavement​

From Bereaved Families of Ontario: Helping your child grieve. Click on “Grief & Bereavement”:

Hospice Wellington is a local organization that provides care for the dying and their families.
“Families Grieving Together” offers groups for parents, children, teens, and families. Their site is a very good source of information and support.

Also from ParentBooks resources about grief & loss are:


A beautful book for younger children: "The Tenth Good Thing about Barney the Cat" by Judith Viorst (1987).


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