We have developed a number of resources to promote and support student mental health. There are also many community resources available to support students and families with issues surrounding mental health and addictions, including resources for students and parents​/guardians.

*Please note: these resources contain general information about mental health issues. They are not intended as a substitute for the advice of a trained professional. 

  • Foundry is a BC-based resources for teens and young adults provides tip sheets, videos and quizzes on mental health. 

  • MindShift mobile app from Anxiety Canada is designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety.

  • Bounce Back is a toolkit for schools to promote mental health and resiliency. 

Speaking with Your Child about Mental Health​

If you are worried about your child's moods or behaviours, talk to your child about it. You might say something like:

  • "I've noticed lately that __________, and I'm worried because that's not typical for you."

  • "How are you doing?"

  • "How have you been feeling? You seem really down lately?"

  • "What's been bugging you these days?" or "What's been stressing you out these days?"

Talk to the staff at your child's school. Talk to your child's teacher, who is able to see your child at school and compare how your child is doing compared to other children. You might ask:

  • How your child is doing in school

  • How your child is getting along with teachers or classmates

  • Any concerns the teacher has

Build in daily ways to foster your child’s mental health and well-being:

  • Encourage good sleep habits as getting enough sleep supports mental health and well-being and decreases incidents of mental illness.

  • Encourage daily “face to face” time with family and friends  as this builds social resilience and supports relationships.

  • Promote a habit of gratitude with ourselves and others as gratitude has been shown to be a factor that promotes mental health and well-being.​

It's possible that the problems that you have noticed either don't show up at school, or haven't been noticed at the school. Often children and youth are able to "hold it in" until after school, especially if the problem isn't yet serious. But it's still important to get help for your child or teen, even if the school hasn't identified a problem. If school staff has noticed something wrong, they may be able to offer support. School social workers, guidance counsellors or psychologists may be available to help. The school may also be able to refer you to other helpful community resources.

Include friends and other parents. Get to know your child or teen's friends. Encourage your child to have friends over and make friends feel welcome (allow reasonable privacy and lots of food!). Be friendly with your child's friends, and take an interest in them. But don't come on too strong. You want to create a situation where a friend would feel comfortable sharing concerns about your child or teen with you. Research studies have shown that youth with a mental health problem are more likely to tell a friend than an adult. Make an effort to meet other parents at school or sports events, or when dropping kids off. You may be able to ask other parents if they've noticed anything about your child, or if their child has shared a concern.

Take your child to see a family physician or pediatrician or have your child seen by a mental health professional, like a school psychologist, school social worker, or psychiatrist.​