Teens & Youth

“We know that sometimes it seems that we don’t see you or know you or get you and maybe sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we forget.

But we want you to know that you are precious to us, to our community. you are loved, you are sacred, you are strong, you are powerful. We need your presence. You are our family, you are our friends.

We know sometimes it gets bad but please remember who you are. You are wise, you are funny, you are smart. You are beautiful. We respect you.

We love you. You are our future. We need you here.”

Teens and Youth

Information for Youth

If You Are Feeling Suicidal

If You Are Feeling Suicidal: Tell someone right away. Contact a crisis line or talk to an adult, such as a parent, teacher or school counsellor. It may not seem like it now, but things can and do change. Asking for help opens the door to change.

Stigma: For many young people the thought of being different from their friends or social group can be frightening. The importance of fitting in is one of the main reasons a person does not seek help for problems. This is particularly true for issues concerning mental and emotional health which can carry a burden of stigma and shame.

What Is Stigma? Stigma is a negative stereotype you may hold about someone, something or even yourself. We discriminate against and label those we see as having characteristics that are undesirable. In doing this we establish a sense of separation between “us” and “them.” Ultimately stigma is about disrespect.

What effect does this have on the person(s) being stigmatized? When we hold negative attitudes toward someone it frequently results in the person feeling dismissed, marginalized and less than human. Poor self esteem can follow, as well as a loss of hope and even thoughts of suicide. Because of stigma and a fear of being rejected the person may not actively seek help when they need it.

By Centre for Suicide Prevention
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What Can You Do?

Examine Your Own Attitude: Ask yourself – Do I stereotype people who are different? Do I treat them with disrespect? We all have the capacity to discriminate against others. Even children as young as three can recognize when someone is different. By stigmatizing we can feel a sense of separation and relief that “I am normal’. The good news is this can change…

Where Did My Attitude Come From? Many of the images and views we hold about people who have mental illness or who may be suicidal have a long history. These beliefs are reinforced by the media who often portray people with mental illness as unpredictable and aggressive or dangerous and violent.

How Can I Change Things? Get informed! The best way to counteract the stigma of mental illness and suicidal behaviour is to get the facts. Mental illness can develop after a traumatic event or it may be linked to the genetic makeup of a person.

Be compassionate and understanding. When you encounter a friend, classmate, teammate or even a stranger who may have different ways of doing things or a different way of being, treat them how you would want to be treated. We all have times when we feel down, angry, overwhelmed, or unable to cope.

Download Free: Youth at Risk – Youth Information
By Centre for Suicide Prevention

Remember normal is a state that really doesn’t exist. We are all human – interesting, flawed, talented….. different. The thing to remember is when different means mentally unwell, help is available. Support from family, friends, teammates, school teachers and strangers is crucial.

Resources for Youth in Crisis

A provincial resource centre that provides mental health and substance use information, resources, and peer support to children, youth and their families from across BC. We also provide peer support to people of all ages with eating disorders. Free Phone, In-Person or eMail support.

Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports – online and through integrated service centres in seven communities across BC.

What are Mental Disorders? What is Brain Injury? What is Stigma? We need to know as much about our minds as we do our bodies. Have a look at the videos on our YouTube channel as well.

Keeping your teen safe online is near the top of the worry list for parents today. Kids do everything online, from learning to socialising, gaming to shopping. For teens, learning how to recognise the risks and protect themselves is a life skill they’ll need for years to come.

OpenMindBC.ca presents a valuable resource for physicians, parents, teachers, and youth to learn more about the support services that are available in British Columbia and across Canada.

The national network of young leaders transforming the way we think about mental health. With initiatives and programs designed with the input of young people at every step, we will end stigma in our generation.

This Mind Check website was created in order to assist young people to identify and understand mental distress they may be experiencing and to link them to sources of help that will enable them to learn skills and strategies to manage these problems.

Youthspace.ca is made up of a community of volunteers who are here to support you – whatever you are going through.

You are not alone.  Whether you are dealing with mild anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance use, or suicidal thoughts, we can help link you to the right services in your community.

Mind Your Mind is an award winning site for youth by youth. This is a place where you can get info, resources and the tools to help you manage stress, crisis & mental health problems.

Teen Suicide .us is presented for adults and teens. We offer articles, facts, and information on teenage suicide prevention, adolescent suicide statistics/rates, and related issues.

The Manitoba Suicide Prevention and Support Line is a toll-free, confidential 24-hour crisis line run by trained crisis counsellors from Klinic Community Health.

As part of The Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media, KidsHealth also provides families with perspective, advice, and comfort about a wide range of physical, emotional, and behavioral issues that affect children and teens.

Statistics, Prevention, Facts on Teenage Depression

The Balanced Mind Foundation guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek.

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program® is dedicated to preventing suicide and attempts by making suicide prevention accessible to everyone and removing barriers to help.

This website has a teen section where you can find information to help yourself or a friend who may be having suicidal thoughts. You can also find information on how to cope if a friend dies by suicide.

Crisis intervention & suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth ages 13–24
Call: 1-866-488-7386 24 hrs
TrevorChat: www.thetrevorproject.org/chat
Trevor Text: Fridays late afternoon to early evening. Text “Trevor” to 202-304-1200

Addiction Resources for Youth

When things get tough, when it’s hard to cope, when feeling becomes too much – places where we all have been – the need to make it through becomes eminent. As this is something we all can relate to in one way or another, it should be easy to understand why you or someone you love has turned to alcohol to soothe or numb the pain.

Signs of Addiction

Recognizing the signs of addiction is the first step to getting help for yourself or guiding someone you care about to rehab. For this reason, it is critical to have an understanding of the signs of addiction. There are behavioral, physical, and psychological signs of addiction.

RehabCenter.net is the Web’s most comprehensive guide to quality rehab centers and addiction treatment. We offer free and confidential information about the many effective and empowering rehab options available today.

Drugs and alcohol have a greater effect on teens than on adults. The Signs of Addiction can be difficult to understand, and many teens don’t realize the long-term damage drugs have on their bodies because the short-term side effects fade. Help is available for teens who have questions about drug abuse, treatment or think they are suffering from addiction.

Bullying & Cyber-Bullying Resources

When the line between normal, even acceptable, playful teasing crosses into bullying, problems arise.

Bullying. Choose to make a difference. Stand up. Step in. Reach out. Tell someone, or tell Kids Help Phone.

How to Make a Difference When You Witness Bullying Online program is designed to help students know how to intervene when witnessing cyber bullying so you can make a positive difference.

If you (or a friend, peer or sibling) have been involved in a self/peer exploitation incident (otherwise known as “sexting”), we are here to help. This site provides you with guidance on steps you can take to get through this.

Operated by the Youth Engagement Section of the Royal Canadian  Mounted Police. Part of the National Youth Services branch of the RCMP´s Crime Prevention Services. Facts on what bullying is, why people bully and who they target and how parents can deal with their child, whether they are being bullied or are the ones doing the bullying.