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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!

http://www.hincksdellcrest.org/abc  

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

cmhaww.ca

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

http://www.nasponline.org/resources/mentalhealth/mhtips.aspx

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

http://kidshealth.org/

 

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.​

mentalhealthandstess.weebly.com​

marissaacs.weebly.com​​

"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:   http://www.amazon.ca/Life-First-Could-Drive-Cheryl/dp/0374528535

 

Support for parents:

For parents with children who struggle with mental health challenges. Tips, resources, and online chat: www.pmch.ca.         Our local PCMH Waterloo Chapter, www.pcmh.ca/waterloo

"Seven Cups of Tea" chat site for adults and teens struggling with, or living with a loved one with mental health problems: http://www.7cupsoftea.com/

 

Eating Disorders:

Canadian National Eating Disorders Information Centre (NEDIC)

http://www.nedic.ca/

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

 

Self-regulation:
 
Helping your child develop self-control, from Today's Parent magazine. http://www.todaysparent.com/family/education/self-regulation-techniques-for-children/
 
 
Video: Cookie Monster self-regulates! A charming video to share with young children: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PnbKL3wuH4
 
 
Video: "Resisting the Marshmallow" An cute video on self-regulation in younger children. http://video.pbs.org/viralplayer/2365399705/
 
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:

http://www.sacwd.ca/

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

www.sioutreach.org

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Understanding Suicide:

www.cmha.ca/mental-health/understanding-mental-illness/suicide

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

www.cheo.on.ca/en/self-harm

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

http://www.cheo.on.ca/en/selfinjury#parents

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

http://www.cpa.ca/docs/File/Publications/FactSheets/PsychologyWorksFactSheet_Suicide.pdf

Video from the Mayo Clinic on Teen Suicide Prevention 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BByqa7bhto​​

 

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

www.cmha.ca/mental_health/obsessive-compulsive-disorder

Connecting families with children who suffer from OCD

http://canadianocdnetwork.com

Anxiety Disorders of Canada – includes Ontario resources

www.anxietycanada.ca

Article with a great list of books on OCD

http://anxietycanada.ca/english/pdf/ocden.pdf

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

www.ocdcanada.com

International OCD Foundation: Awareness & Education

www.iocdf.org

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

www.amazon.ca/Helping-Your-Child-Selective-Mutism/dp/157224416X  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! www.medicineabuseproject.org/assets/documents/parent_talk_kit.pdf

 

"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. http://www.canadadrugfree.org/drug-info/prescription-drugs/

 

Addictions Solutions of South Florida: Factsheets and helpful tips for keeping prescription medication off the streets. https://www.solutionsrehab.com/blog/treatment/prescription-drug-abuse-information-statistics/

 

Information about prescription drug abuse, pain medication, stimulants, etc.: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/prescription-stimulant-medications-amphetamines

Trauma:

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:

http://www.parentbooks.ca/CYC_Resources_for_Foster_Care_Families.html

Child_Abuse_Resources_for_Parents_&_Teachers.html

http://www.parentbooks.ca/Featured_Books_Special_Needs.html

 

From PsychCentral: Parenting after a traumatic event:

http://psychcentral.com/lib/parenting-after-traumatic-events-ways-to-support-children/00010648

 

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":  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPftosmseYE

Part 2:  "Why cookbook approaches to managing behaviour do not work":  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgT6oXkIeCg

Part 3: "The importance of relationships". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g7hq9ujeIwM

Part 4: Advice for struggling caregivers". https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwabWfky3Ro

 

Building Resilience in Children:

From the Healthy Children Foundation:  http://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/emotional-wellness/Building-Resilience

 

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. http://www.resilienceproject.org/

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

 

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 

 http://www.selfregulationskills.ca/services-1

 

Grief & Bereavement​

From Bereaved Families of Ontario: Helping your child grieve. Click on “Grief & Bereavement”:https://sites.google.com/site/bfotoronto/resources/articles/

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. http://www.hospicewellington.org

Also from ParentBooks resources about grief & loss are:

http://www.parentbooks.ca/Grief_&_Loss_Resources_for_Adolescents.html
http://www.parentbooks.ca/Grief_&_Loss_Resources_for_Adults.html
http://www.parentbooks.ca/Pregnancy_&_Infant_Loss.html
http://www.parentbooks.ca/Pregnancy_&_Infant_Loss.html
http://www.parentbooks.ca/Grief_&_Loss_Individuals_&_Families.html

 

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

 

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