F amilies, loved ones, friends and the patient themselves are all impacted by mental illness, whether it is through waiting for a diagnosis, operating day-to-day, or receiving treatment. A strong support network is important for all individuals involved. The stresses and strains will impact your family similar to any other disease or illness and should be treated the same, with love and unconditional support.

The resources and the information provided on our website are designed to help you support the ones you love, while ensuring you take care of yourself while doing so. Education on mental health can help change the conversation and the more we do so, the better we can support those we care for.

Additional resources for parents

Worldwide progress is being made to help enrich our understanding of mental health, mental illness and how our brains function. We wanted to highlight some other places where you might find information that suits your needs.

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  • The Balanced Mind Parent Network –The Balanced Mind Parent Network website provides a wealth of resources for parents, educators and youth on bipolar education, treatment and how to help adolescents live with bipolar.
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health –The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Child, Youth and Family Resources section is a gateway to information about programs and services at CAMH for children, youth and families. It is of interest to health promotion workers, parents, and anyone who works with children and youth.
  • Children’s Mental Health Ontario — The CMHO website provides information about mental health and mental health disorders, specifically targeted towards children and youth, parents and families, and professionals. Many different resources are available for all common mental health illnesses.
  • Child Mind Institute — is committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers.
  • Headspace — this site from Australia has a wealth of resources for parents and caregivers.
  • Institute of Families —  is an independent non-for-profit organization that works to improve child and youth mental health in Canada by involving families in consultation, education and partnerships.
  • Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre –The Centre offers information and resources on a wide range of mental health and substance use issues affecting children and youth in our province. These include, but are not limited to; depression, anxiety, attention deficit and behavioural problems, child/youth eating disorders and substance use. We also provide resources for adults with eating disorders.
  • Kids Help Phone —  contains a section on Emotional Help that is targeted towards teens, with information about topics on mental health and mental illness
  • Medication InfoShare —  A website for people interested in sharing health information, with a particular focus on mental health and medications. People in mind include health professionals, people with lived experience with mental illness, and their family and friends.
  • Mind Check  —  is part of a broader health literacy initiative implemented by the Early Intervention Project within Child, Youth and Young Adult Mental Health and Addictions Services, Fraser Health, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Mind Your Mind —  is a place where youth can get information, resources and the tools to help manage stress, crisis and mental health problems.
  • Mobile Health Crisis Team — if you live in Nova Scotia and need immediate help, contact the mobile health crisis team (24/7). Many other North American cities have a similar program, check with your regional healthcare provider.
  • Mood Disorders Ontario — great fact sheets on a wide range of Mood Disorders as well as some valuable Ontario based information on resources.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness –The NAMI website offers a wide range of information about mental health and mental illness targeted towards youth, parents and caregivers.
  • Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program — this website provides information about early psychosis; promotes early detection and intervention; provides resources for the general public, individuals, family members and health care professionals and provides direction for seeking help.
  • OneinFive — this website seeks to create awareness of the prevalence of mental illness and provide information and resources for individuals and their families
  • Orygen — this website has some great fact sheets on a wide variety of mental health issues.
  • REACH OUT –can help you by improving your understanding of the issues that relate to your mental health and wellbeing and providing information to better understand other people’s experiences. This website has three key sections: find, explore and connect.
  • TeensHealth — is a safe, private place for teens that need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life. Information about mental health is divided into relevant sections, making this website very user friendly.
  • What Works 4 U — share information and learn from others on what treatments are working for them.
  • Youth in BC — YIBC is first and foremost an online crisis chat service, where you can chat 1-on-1 with a trained volunteer from the Vancouver Crisis Centre, where our service is based. This site also has information on a variety of youth-related issues, as well as resources: a list of organizations and websites where you can get help.

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry developed Facts for Families to provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. Here are the fact sheets that relate to youth and mental illness.