Useful Links

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International Sites

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National Sites/Reports

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Examples of Website Workhorses

  • What is a health promoting school? WHO
  • International Union for Health Promotion and Education. Promoting Health in Schools. From Evidence to Action.
  • Joint Consortium for School Health – Examples: Healthy Schools Planner that is a free tool that schools can use to assess the current health environment and build a plan to make improvements; Comprehensive School Health Framework download; Fact Sheets.
  • Physical and Health Education Canada – Health School Community Concept Paper, August 2012.
  • Centre for Addictions Research of BC – e.g. Four Keys to a Healthy Community; iMinds Education Resource.
  • MSA Research Summary #13 – Why should schools address student health?
  • Adolescents and School Health – e.g. Coordinated School Health, The Case for School Health, How to Implement, School Health Index – updates 2013.
  • Centre for Mental Health in Schools – Comprehensive Approaches, Engaging Learners, Preventing Problems, Practitioner Toolbox e.g. Focusing on the Well-being of School Staff, Bullying Prevention, Mental Health Assistance and much more.
  • Healthy Schools BC – Healthy Schools is a partnership with DASH BC (Directorate of Agencies for School Health) and the Ministries of Health and Education. A variety of tools are available to identify and assess needs of a school.
  • Dash BC – DASH is responsible for the coordination of the Healthy BC Schools Initiative. Examples: Programs and supports, resources and stories
  • Victoria Healthy Youth Survey “Changes and Challenges: Health and Well-Being of Young Adults in British Columbia” – After a decade of observations the authors state that the report presents a revealing overview about how well young people in our communities are actually doing. The results stress the importance of the whole person approach and the report identifies recommendations and actions that can be followed to support young people as they transition into adulthood.
  • Whole Child Initiative – Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is a site for superintendents, principals, teachers, and professors of education. ASCD’s Whole Child approach is an effort to transition from a focus on narrowly defined academic achievement to one that promotes the long-term development and success of all children. “We help educators, families, community members, and policymakers move from a vision about educating the whole child to sustainable, collaborative action. Join us, and together we’ll change the face of education policy and practice.”  Aligning Health & Education in the School Setting (PDF) is a key reference for a school community.
  • A Survivor’s Guide to Sexual Assault  -The Survivor’s Guide is also designed to help loved ones better understand sexual assault.

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Website Workhorses for Teens – Mental Health & More

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Teens Self-Help Information

  • Mind Your Mind – Sites to explore self-help/mental health
  • 101 Ways to Make Friends – Site for people with “diversabilities” on learning ways to develop friendships and personal networks
  • The Brain From Top to Bottom – Explores ways the brain works and how emotions impact its function
  • Kid Help Phone – Self Injury
  • Youth Beyond Blue  – An Australian site with information, resources, quizzes and support for young people dealing with depression and/or anxiety. There are significant lists of anxiety, suicide prevention, alcohol and drugs, discrimination, depression, pregnancy, bullying (including cyber), self-harm, grief and loss, LGBTI etc.  Check the excellent RESILIENCE diagram. A YouTube presentation is also available.

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Youth & Self-Injury

  • Self Abuse Finally Ends (S.A.F.E.) Canada – Developed to support any individual who self-abuses, those who have loved ones that do or anyone else seeking to understand self-abuse in general. The website is a safe place for people to learn more about self-abuse and to get the help needed.

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Website Workhorses for Parents

  • Online Centre for Addictions Research of BC – a guidebook for parents of young teens
  • Addiction Center – a free web information guide that connects addicts and their families with the help they need to put their lives together.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association – brochures, information sheets, questionnaires
  • Cybertip – Canada’s #1 tip line for reporting online sexual exploitation and for safety tips
  • Dietitians of Canada – promotes health and well-being through expertise in food and nutrition
  • Here to Help – great fact sheets and workbooks from B.C. Partners for Mental Health & Addictions Information
  • How to Talk to Your Kids About Substance Abuse – useful tips on talking to teens about substance abuse
  • Kidshealth – doctor approved health information; parent site with practical parenting information and news; kids’ site with homework help and how the body works; teens’ site with answers, advice and straight talk
  • Mayo Clinic – excellent medical site
  • Search – includes asset building ideas for parents
  • Mind Your Mind – a site for youth by youth that provides information, resources and tools to help them manage stress, crisis and mental health problems
  • Cerebral Palsy Guidance – an educational support website dedicated to providing parents with detailed information on a complex condition of cerebral palsy.
  • The Cerebral Palsy Group – information, material and resources for families as well as those who diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
  • Healthy Minds App – provides information about an app designed to help teens/students manage anxiety. It’s important to take action to stay healthy. This app is a problem-solving tool to help teens and young adults deal with emotions and cope with stresses (assignments, part-time job, sports, clubs, relationships, family responsibility). The app’s characteristics:
    • Understand how feelings affect you
    • Cover ways to deal with stress
    • Track how you are feeling
    • Easy-to-use
    • Simple solutions that work

    The goal: Keeping your mind healthy. Developed by The Royal (mental health care and academic health service centre)

Website Workhorses on Bullying

Facts and News, Talk the Talk, Resources, Downloads, Info Sheets, Help Lines, GBTL Help Center, Tips, Quizzes, What Can Be Done, Cell Phone Safety, Stories and lots more …