Parents & Caregivers
Family awareness and early identification are often the first steps to effective treatment for children and youth with mental health disorders. It's easy to recognize when a child has a fever. But a child's mental health is different. It can be difficult to distinguish between 'normal' problems that all children and adolescents experience from time to time, and behaviour that may be indicative of a mental health disorder.
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Parents : Lignes de secours
Un organisme de soutien familial à but non lucratif qui aide les parents/tuteurs ou proches aidants d’un enfant, adolescent ou jeune adulte (jusqu’à 24 ans) aux prises avec des problèmes de santé mentale ou de toxicomanie. Notre organisme est dirigé par des parents qui ont accompagné leurs propres enfants atteints de ces problèmes – nous avons vécu cette expérience. Nous comprenons les défis et le stress que cela représente pour une famille, mais nous savons aussi qu’il y a de l’espoir, que le rétablissement est possible et que les parents et proches aidants jouent un rôle très important. Les enfants et les jeunes qui ont un solide soutien familial obtiennent de meilleurs résultats. Pour que les familles défendent les intérêts de leurs enfants et offrent un soutien efficace, elles doivent être elles-mêmes soutenues. Vous êtes au bon endroit pour obtenir un soutien et en apprendre plus sur comment naviguer dans le système de santé mentale et de traitement de la toxicomanie. Explorez ce site Web pour découvrir les services que nous offrons. Vous n’êtes plus seul.
Families for Addiction Recovery
A national charity founded by parents of children who struggle, or have struggled, with problematic substance use associated with a concurrent mental health disorder. FAR offers free national, parent-to-parent support, for families struggling with addiction, privately by phone. If you are in the Toronto area, FAR also offers a free parent support group.
The Child Mind Institute
The Child Mind Institute (CMI) is an independent, nonprofit dedicated to transforming the lives of children and families struggling with mental health and learning disorders. CMI explores the concerns and challenges most commonly discussed by parents and provide expert guidance on how to respond in the most effective way. Visit their website to find a series of parent guides covering a broad range of topics, from the basics on children's mental health and learning disorders to advice for parents handling common challenges.
Centre of Knowledge Pamphlets
The Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University has just updated their popular series of information pamphlets on child and youth mental health problems. The pamphlets cover the eight most common mental health problems, including anxiety, autism, attention problems, behaviour problems, eating disorders, mood problems, substance use, and Tourette Syndrome. The pamphlets have been developed and reviewed by experts in each field, and are available in French and English.
Navigating the Middle Years with Self Control
The Middle Years Resource Guide was created by Child Development Institute as a “snapshot” to help parents and caregivers better understand the changing lives of their 6 – 12 year olds and some of the challenges they may be facing during this critical developmental stage.
Though certainly not exhaustive, this brief guide highlights the importance of the middle years, self-control and red flags for early intervention. It provides parents with helpful tips for supporting their children and dealing with problem behaviours within the home. It also contains useful information and links to services and community resources offered in the City of Toronto, including the SNAP® program.
SickKids Hospital - Learning Hub
Children’s mental health plays an important role in their development, education and overall health. Experts at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have developed a new mental health resource that provides credible, plain language content on children’s mental health.
Parents, teachers and healthcare providers can use this comprehensive educational tool to obtain information and support throughout the mental health journey. The resource includes evidence-based information on a range of topics.