Useful links

Parent Tips

  • www.viha.ca/boosterbuddy – This free updated app helps teens and young adults improve their mental health as they work to manage their personal wellness journey. A youth design team played a part in bringing the app to life.
  • www.ChildHealthIndicatorsBC.ca – Is “Good” Good Enough? The Provincial Health Officer’s annual report is meant to act as a check-up on the health of B.C.’s children and youth. The goal of the report is to improve child health over the long term. The conclusion states that “Good” is not good enough. Data is brought together from a broad range of contributing factors to child and youth health and well-being and establishes a comprehensive and holistic baseline to support consistent and ongoing monitoring and reporting. Essential information is provided for decision-makers, educators, planners, community members and youth. All of the determinants of health are addressed.
  • Why Smart Teens are Sexual Idiots – September 13, 2013 article by Clay Nikiforuk, a Montreal-based writer and researcher. The article was written following the frosh week chant situations. There are valuable insights about being embarrassingly undereducated on leaving high school, about teaching pleasant, healthy, mutual sex in the classroom environment and about changing the language to describe sex.
  • Robinson, Ken “Finding Your Element” (Penguin Books, 2013) – In the book he answers the question: How do you find your element? There are practical exercises to help an individual discover strengths and gifts. This is a guide for discovering what matters most. P.S. Robinson’s famous 2006 TED talk is the most watched in TED history.
  • Patterson, Grenny, McMillan, Switzler “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High.” Second Edition (McGraw-Hill, 2012). Stephen Covey in the Forward states that “Crucial Conversations” draws our attention to those defining moments that literally shape our lives, our relationships and our world. The new edition give the tools to prepare for high-stakes situations, transform anger and hurt feelings into powerful dialogue, make it safe to talk about almost anything and be persuasive not abrasive.
  • Transitions: A resource for students transitioning from schools to universities by Dr. Stanley Kutcher. Transitions, the first publication of its kind, provides first-year students with information on topics including time management, relationships, sexual activity, mental illness, suicide and addictions. The guide also includes mental health self-help information and contains recommendations where students can go to get help on their campus.
  • Healthyschools.sd61.bc.ca has an excellent Resource Menu for educators and parents. Examples included in this area: Mental Health with a Mental Health High School Curriculum Guide (PDF), Sexual Health including a sexual health education in the schools question and answer document, Social/Emotional Health, Nutrition and so on.
  • Sexting and teens: Access the world of teens at http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/teens-sexting-education-1.3789913. The full documentary on the website (15 minutes) is the work of Ioanna Roumeliotis, an award winning reporter with the CBC, Oct 5, 2016. Kids face up to the dangers of sexting. Teens have access to a very powerful device but that doesn’t mean they know how to protect themselves (CBC).
  • This Is High School” is a six-part TV series that provides a revealing look at what school’s really like. The series, outlined on cbc.ca, was created from the combined footage of 50 remote controlled cameras placed in a typical secondary school in Kamloops, BC, for several weeks. There are stories about internet bullying, self-image, fitting in, identity, anxiety attacks, anger management, the pressure to excel, the desire to drop out, autism, nerds, popular girls, 8th grade boys who can’t resist testing their boundaries. PHEW.
  • Education is critical but daunting. Cybertip.ca was flooded with calls about the sexting issue so NeedHelpNow.ca was created to deal with the overload. Its purpose is to help teens stop the spread of sexual images or videos. Guidance is offered on the steps that can be taken to get through the problem.
  • Alcoholtreatment.net has information about understanding alcoholism, the signs and symptoms of alcohol addiction, treatment options for alcohol abuse, “Talking To An Alcoholic “ (guide download), “What is An Alcohol Screening Test (blog article). Treatment centres in the U. S. are listed. 24/7 treatment assistance is offered. Popular, social and legal, alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States. 17.6 million people (one in every 12 adults) suffers from alcohol abuse or dependence according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Reachout.com – Australia’s leading online mental health site for young people and their parents includes practical support, tools and tips. The site is based on the latest evidence and is designed by experts, youth and parents.  Digital self-help tools are trusted, relevant and easy-to-use.
  • Heretohelp –  Self-help resources for mental health and addiction issues are significant e.g. screening tests, where-to-find help. Seven leading mental health and addiction non–profit agencies work together to help people live well and better prevent and manage health and substance abuse problems.
  • Stress and social media fuel mental health crisis among girls (The Guardian) –  NHS data shows 68% rise in hospital admissions because of self-harm among girls under 17 in past decade. The article outlines experts warning that the “gathering crisis” in girls’ mental health is linked to conflict with friends, fears about their body image and pressures created by social media.