There’s a lot of information available online about children’s mental health issues, but even at the best of times, the internet can be a confusing maze. How do you know what information to trust? For parents and families whose lives have been turned inside out by a child’s mental illness, quick access to credible resources can be a lifesaver. To make the search easier, we’re happy to provide “Trusted Resources for Parents”, a list of some of the best websites, programs and information provided by our charitable partners through the RBC Children’s Mental Health Project.
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Here you will find useful tips and information about children's mental health, courtesy of our network of experts from across Canada. We encourage you to share these as widely as possible.
If you are a journalist, you may use the content below freely as a basis for your own reporting, with the credit line “Used courtesy of the RBC Children’s Mental Health Project”.
A message of hope from a parent whose child suffers from a mental illness
Identifying and treating anxiety disorders in children
A list of common myths about teenage depression
Why we often have difficulty identifying mental health illness in our children, and what to do if you think your child has a mental health issue
RBC has teamed up with the Walrus Magazine to present a national series of conversation events with a focus on children’s mental health. These informative, one-hour events are moderated by well-known journalists or public figures with knowledge about children’s mental health issues and are intended to raise awareness about the issues and challenges families face when dealing with their children’s mental health issues. We hope to help foster a community that can provide the best treatment possible for children and parents, so videotapes of all the conversations are available on the Walrus’ website.
The RBC Children's Mental Health Project partnered with Today's Parent magazine on a cross-Canada survey revealing how much – and how little – parents know about what's going on inside young minds.
* The content and articles provided here are for informational purpose only and not intended to provide any specific medical or parenting advice. If you have concerns about your child's mental health you should speak to your family medical practitioner and seek out the resources of experts in your community.
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Parents tell us it’s emotionally exhausting and painful to acknowledge that their child might have a mental health issue. Once they do, it can be equally exhausting to try and find the right services and resources to help. We would like to assist by providing access to trusted sources of information for parents and health care professionals. The organizations listed below are all current donation recipients under the RBC Children’s Mental Health Project. They are great starting points for parents and kids seeking information and resources.
Canadian Mental Health Association
The Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service.
Healthy Minds Canada
This national charity funds mental health research and helps improve service and support systems for the millions of Canadians affected by mental health problems by educating families, teachers and service providers about mental health research outcomes and best practices.
Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is Canada’s leading youth counselling service, moving kids from distress and isolation to confidence and competence. Available anytime of the day or night, in English and French, by phone and by web. It is the go-to resource for kids in Canada aged five to 20, when they need help or trustworthy information on issues that are difficult to discuss with anyone else. Contact 1-800-668-6868 or www.kidshelpphone.ca
Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health
The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health is a leader in community-based, holistic healthcare for Canada’s First Peoples. The mental health programs provide comprehensive and culturally relevant services for individuals and families. The Parenting Bundle offers traditional knowledge and experiential learning to promote positive, nurturing interaction between parents and children.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. The Centre’s Child, Youth and Family Program is committed to client-centred care, providing intensive and specialized services for young people with mental health and/or addiction problems. Under Resources for Parents , you can find a list of tips to help parents relate to their teenagers by Dr. David Wolfe, RBC Investments Chair in Children's Mental Health and Developmental Psychology.
Janeway Children's Hospital Foundation, Newfoundland & Labrador
Janeway Children’s Health and Rehabilitation Centre provides pediatric health care in Newfoundland and Labrador.
IWK Health Centre Charitable Foundation, Halifax
The IWK Health Centre provides quality care to women, children, youth and families in the Maritimes and beyond.
Fondation des maladies mentales, Montreal
The Mental Illness Foundation has three main objectives: prevent mental illness, reduce the suffering of those affected and mobilize those affected and the society surrounding them to fight the consequences of mental illness.
Algonquin Child and Family Services, North Bay & Muskoka regions
Algonquin Child and Family Services (ACFS) serves youth and offers children's mental health services to young clients and families with developmental challenges across the North Bay and Muskoka regions.
Child Development Institute, Toronto
The Child Development Institute is a leader in services focused on early learning, aggressive child behavior and family violence.
Lutherwood provides a wide range of mental health, employment development, housing, and family support services. Lutherwood annually serves more than 18,500 people in Waterloo Region and Wellington County.
YOUTHLINK is dedicated to providing youth with the support, guidance and opportunities they need to make positive life choices and achieve their potential.
Children's Mental Health Ontario
Children's Mental Health Ontario represents and supports the providers of child and youth mental health treatment services throughout Ontario. In addition to providing resources for youth, the site offers resources for parents, such as finding a child and youth mental health centre in your area, information on getting help, and recognizing the early signs of mental illness.
Hull Child and Family Services, Calgary
Hull Child and Family Services is a leader in serving children, adults, and families who experience significant mental health, behavioural and developmental challenges.
The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids’ Mental Health, Vancouver
This BC-based parent-led advocacy and support organization invites parents and caregivers to monthly support and network sessions held in almost every region in BC.
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