Anxiety and Mental Health Resources for Families
Anxiety and mental health impact the education of children and youth, causing distraction, irritability or sleep issues, obsessive or avoidant tenancies, and other challenges. If your child is experiencing challenges, please speak to your teacher or Grad Advisor (GA). They will connect you to appropriate supports within HCOS, whether resources in the Learning Commons, Learning Groups like Hello Anxiety or individualized support through Learning Services or Special Education. You can complete the Learning Support Request form if you wish to share more details with your teacher.
This page offers a number of resources that may also be of use to you.
- An Effective Approach When Kids Feel Anxious, with Dr. Kendra Read (5 minute video)
- Understanding Anxiety Webinar for HCOS parents by Julie Bohni (Counsellor) (1 hour)
- Wired for Connection Webinar for HCOS parents by Julie Bohni (Counsellor) (1 hour)
- "Motivation" video by an HCOS Student
Recordings of Katy Kwon, speaking for ACSIWC Student Mental Health day, October 26, 2021:
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- BC Helpline for Children 24-hour support for all BC youth 310-1234 (no area code needed)
- FoundryBC on Anxiety
- START - Short Term Assessment Response Treatment - Fraser Valley
- Interior Health Crisis Line (for anyone) 1-888-353-2273
Northern BC Crisis Line: 1-888-562-1214 or text 250-563-1214
- BC Suicide Line: 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-784-2433
Youth Crisis Line: Trained peer support: call 1-888-564-8336 or text 250-564-8336
- Island Health - Child and Youth - call 250-519-6720
- UBCO counselling - virtual, free and ongoing support
- Wellness Together Canada - virtual, free, live counselling for adults and youth
- BC Covid Mental Health Network - free, phone-based, short-term support with a counsellor. Email email@example.com to receive an appointment time.
BC and Canadian Resources
- AnxietyBC Youth
- Canadian Mental Health - Youth Resources
- Dealing with Depression
- Anxiety Canada - My Anxiety Plan
- BounceBack: For Adults and Youth
- ThriveLife Counselling & Wellness offers CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for the Family: Tools for Life, an online, 9-week, home-based course for families that seeks to reduce anxiety in children. The lesson outline and corresponding course details are available on the registration page.
- Dwell (app) reads the Bible with time for reflection, calm music, repetition
- May7iCare - Resources for middle and high school students
- LilyJo Project Mental Health resources (UK resource) - topics like anxiety, stress, self-harm, eating disorders, abuse
- Jack.org #dosomething Youth Mental Heath Advocates
- Anxious Toddlers to Anxious Teens
- Coping with Anxiety for Teens
- Right Now Media - Compass and Light series
HCOS Learning Commons Resources:
Tips to Relax, Manage Anxiety, Get Grounded
- Create a lower stress home
- Build a bedtime routine
- Build resilience
- Belly Breath with Elmo; Bubbles with Fish, Mindful breathing, Cocoa Breathing
- The Parenting Report: Are you Getting all A's?