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Info for Parents and Caregivers

Parents and caregivers play a huge role in supporting their young person's mental health and well-being.  But, there's no handbook!  Being open to talking about those challenging aspects of life can be one way to promote positive mental health and identify difficulties early so support can be sought.  

According to the Kids Help Phone: "Having a frank, open conversation can often give a young person the perspective and compassion they need when things seem to be overwhelming or hopeless, and can help them prepare for the challenges they might face online and on social media, or at home and in school."  There are tons of resources available online about how to connect with your young person and we've filled this page with ones that are reputable and evidence-informed.  

Kids Help Phone isn't just an incredible resource for people to reach out to when they are in need, it has resources for parents and caregivers on tackling those difficult topics such as bullying, mental health, and suicide. 

Right By You has a downloadable toolkit and videos from experts, parents, and youth all with lived experience on discussing difficult issues with young people.  Download the toolkit, videos, and more.

If you're loved one has already been diagnosed with a mental illness, Being There is a guide for those caring for someone and provides practical tips on supporting your loved one and yourself. 

AboutKidsHealth.ca contains a wealth of helpful articles for parents on a number of topics related to mental health, including well-being, anxiety, and depression. These articles can help parents both understand how best to to help their children through any struggles they may be having with their mental health, as well as how to promote positive mental health in their homes.

imageThis fact sheet from the Ontario Ministry of Education is designed to provide parents & caregivers with the most relevant information possible to aid in their understanding of the role that mental health plays in their child/dependent’s life. Parents & Caregivers may find the section “Talking with Your Children About Mental Health” to be of particular interest.

This resource from the Parent Tool Kit is designed to connect parents & caregivers to a vast array of information related to topics concerning the development of their children/dependents, including their social and emotional wellbeing.

This resource from Parents for Children’s Mental Health is designed to assist parents/caregivers who may encounter an emergency situation related to their child/dependent’s mental health disorders/illnesses.

The American Psychological Association (APA) has created a guide for parents/caregivers to assist them in building their child/dependent’s resilience, the “ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress.

Created in collaboration between the University of Guelph and McGill University, SiOS (Self-Injury Outreach and Support) has created a guide for parents/caregivers to help them provide support for their child/dependent in the event that they are self-injuring.

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