Thinking About Mental Health Awareness Week

May 7

Canada Child and Youth Mental Health Day – May 7th

May 7th: It Happened Like This

The link takes you to FamilySmart.

Description:
FamilySmart comes along-side young people and families to provide support, navigation assistance and information and then invites them and professionals to come-alongside each other to learn with and from each other to enhance the quality of experiences and services for child and youth mental health. FamilySmart is Together-Centred™

FamilySmart offers the Parent in Residence and Youth in Residence service.

The Parent in Residence and Youth in Residence are young people and families with lived experience in child and youth mental health. The PiR/YiRs utilize each other and their collective experience and expertise to come alongside young people, families and service providers. The PiR/YiRs have a team of peers and a management team that supports the valuable work they do.
The PiR/YiRs provide peer support, mentoring, system navigation, and access to information, resources, networks and education.  Our team of PiR/YiRs currently work in many BC communities, hospitals, and other sites providing Child & Youth Mental Health Services and in Edmonton, Alberta at CASA Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Health.

Our Delta Parent in Residence is Nicole Taylor [ mailto:nicole.taylor@familysmart.ca ]nicole.taylor@familysmart.ca

Please share the links and Nicole’s email with families as you see fit.

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Canadian Mental Health Week – May 6th to May 12th

Canadian Mental Health Association

The link takes you to the Canadian Mental Health Association’s site on which are included resources in support of Canadian Mental Health Week and mental health generally.

Description:
Mental health is a state of well-being, and we all have it. We might have a mental illness, and we might not. Either way, we can all feel well. We can all have good mental health. It is about having a sense of purpose, strong relationships, feeling connected to our communities, knowing who we are, coping with stress and enjoying life. And it’s never too early or too late to get there. But it’s not just about what you do for yourself, by yourself—everyone needs healthy and supportive places to work, live and learn.

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ERASE

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/erase

The link takes you to the ERASE strategy website on which is included resources as related to mental health.

Description:

The site includes resources for schools, students and parents – along with consistent descriptions of mental health related topics and our provincial directions as related to mental health promotion in our schools.

For example:
Mental well-being or positive mental health impacts how we think, what we feel and the way we act. It also affects how we handle stress, relate to each other and make choices. We need to take care of our mental heath because it’s an import part of our overall health. Feeling anxious or stressed can be a normal part of life. Having these feelings doesn’t necessarily mean there’s anything wrong. However, some mental health concerns should be taken seriously. For example: Self-harm, Suicide