Resources & Research

5 Things to Know about Youth not Employed or in School

Chilliwack’s Family Resource Guidea printable booklet of local support programs

Directory of Low-Cost and Free Food Programs in Chilliwack

Fostering Success, Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth In/From Care

Participaction Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth
Canadian kids are inactive and they may be losing sleep over it

Resources for LGBTQ2S+ Youth (Fraser Valley)

Sleep Curriculum and Video Links

The International Child and Youth Care Network (CYC-Net)

The Unemployable Graduate Crisis and How Can We Fix It

“When Relatives Are the Best Source” by Children’s Mental Health Quarterly

Youth in BC website
Online chat, connecting youth with support, information and resources

Aboriginal Youth

KUU-US Crisis Line
Province wide crisis support specializing in First Nation issues

Stó:lo Nation Facebook
Up-to-date information on community events, health news, and services for the people of Stó:lo Nation

Turtle Island Native Network
Aboriginal resources, discussion, wellness, news

Health & Mental Health

Anti-Depressants for Children
A study published in the Lancet which concludes that “the risk–benefit profile of antidepressants in the acute treatment of depression does ‘not seem to offer a clear advantage for children and adolescents.'”

AnxietyBC Youth website
An interactive website that includes information on common problems related to anxiety, cognitive behavioural therapy, sleep strategies, tools, stories, videos and resources

Blunt Talk: Harms Associated with Early and Frequent Marijuana Use among BC Youth
McCreary Centre Society’s latest report using data from the fifth BC Adolescent Health Survey. The findings provide a snapshot of marijuana use among BC youth and identify where use is linked to negative health consequences.

Bullying Canada – website and toll free number
Bullying Canada is a bully support service run by youth for youth, providing phone support, online chat, and resources. Toll Free 1-877-352-4497

Canadian Mental Health Association
The “Your Mental Health” section of the website includes a section on Mental Health and the Family, including an article on coping with the stress of parenting

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Click on Getting Help; then select Supports for Families & Friends

Dealing With Depression web application
A Canadian website providing useful and on-the-go strategies to help teens understand low mood and depression, and to learn and apply effective coping skills

Drug Cocktails
Facts about mixing medicine, booze, and street drugs

Erase Bullying
Provides information on a variety of topics related to bullying, including cyber bullying, and allows parents and youth an opportunity to report bullying

Here to Help website
Confidential message board, contacts, health information

Here to Help: Talking to Children and Youth
When it’s time to discuss a family member’s mental illness or alcohol/drug problem

Kelty Eating Disorders
Connects you with resources and information for every stage of the eating disorder journey

Kelty Mindshift App
An app that will help youth learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help take charge of anxiety

Kids Health from Nemours
Includes articles on topics such as positive parenting and emotions and behaviors, with sections specially designed for parents, children and youth

MindCheck Speak Up
Provides youth with a voice in mental health and substance use issues

Mind Your Mind
A youth by youth website which provides resources to help manage stress, and mental health issues. Includes personal stories, coping tools, music, and a blog.

Parenting Well
Information on dealing with a parent who has a mental illness

Provincial Child and Youth Mental Health
Provincially funded information and resources

Online Resources Related to Supporting Families with Parental Mental Illness (hyperlink)

PFLAG Vancouver
Support for parents, family and friends of LGBTQ

Psychosis Sucks
Main objectives are to increase understanding of psychosis, decrease stigma associated with having this disorder and provide treatment

A website providing general health and healthy living information for kids, teens, and parents, including information on causes, related issues, coping skills, and more

Research on Child and Youth Mental Health

The Case for a Better Response to Parental Addiction

Top 6 reasons teens turn to alcohol and drugs (Source:
Non-judgmental, youth-friendly, sex-positive services

Youth Mental Health Posters
Helpful Handout for Schools – Boys
Helpful Handout for Schools – Girls


Supporting Children With Justice Involved Parents

Acknowledging and Reaching Children of Prisoners

Family-Based Integration

Girls in Custody in the Province of BC: Programming, Policy, Training, and Development Recommendations

In the Best Interests of the Child: Strategies for Recognizing and Supporting Canada’s At-Risk Population of Children with Incarcerated Parents

One Day at a Time: Writings by family members, for family members

One Step at a Time: Reshaping life following crime within the family

Raising a Family Member’s Children

Resource Sheet Promoting Resiliency among Children with Justice Involved Parents
The pdf offers several great resources for families of and professionals working with children with incarcerated parents.

Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents

Strategic Approach and Policy Document to Address the Needs of Families of Offenders

Telling the Children – How to Talk to Children about a Loved One’s Incarceration

The Case for a Better Response to Parental Addiction

Time Together: A survival guide for families and friends visiting in Canadian federal prisons

Time’s up: A reintegration toolkit for families

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