Thank you for visiting this page, and for making a difference in the life of someone in your care.
This page provides links to helpful articles about the topics covered on this site, from a caregiver perspective. We hope this helps educate, nurture, and protect those in your care, as well as yourself.
We also encourage you to check out the resources in the directory, as this website is specifically aimed at youth.
Emergency Help and Preparation
Crisis Centre Chat - online chat available from noon to 1 am in BC and Yukon
Crisis Centre BC - provides services to youth, adults, and seniors
Factsheet - if someone you care about is thinking about suicide
HealthLink BC - Call 811 or visit the website to access free, non-emergency health information for anyone in your family
Moosehide Campaign - a grassroots movement of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Men who are standing up against violence towards women and children
Ending Violence Association of BC (EVABC) - works to coordinate and support the work of victim-serving and other anti-violence programs in British Columbia
Alcohol & Drug Abuse
Healthlink BC - 10 tips regarding youth alcohol and drug use, including information about peer pressure.
5 Lessons for Parents of Substance-Abusing Teens - practical advice for caregivers
Create a MAP (My Anxiety Plan) With Your Child - increase tolerance and encourage healthy coping in a calm and mindful way.
General Home Management Strategies for Anxiety - a comprehensive overview of learning about anxiety and helping those in your care cope and manage.
Anxiety BC - website with a multitude of resources surrounding anxiety
7 Tips for Helping Your Child With Anxiety - things you can do at home to help your child manage anxiety.
5 Ways to Prevent Body Image Issues - a healthy body image starts before the teen years; a guide to helping your child develop a healthy body image and also treat others with respect.
Bully-Proof Your Child - article about helping your child deal with bullies, not become a bully themselves, and taking an active role in helping others who are being bullied.
Parenting a Child With Depression - depression and anxiety often go hand in hand; this article gives 9 tips for focussing on being there for your child.
Grief & Loss
How to Help a Grieving Teen - adolescents grieve differently than adults; definitions, and tips on helping your child.
The National Youth Homelessness Survey - understanding youth homelessness; lots of facts and resources for ways to help.
About Youth Homelessness - more facts and numbers, as well as links to more information.
Resource Guide for Parents - become and ally to your LGBTQ2S+ youth with this comprehensive resource guide from PFLAG Vancouver.
Gender Spectrum - this website offers training for families and educators around gender identity and expression.
Age-by-Age Guide to Talking to Kids About Sex - a guide from birth to age 18, with additional links for further information about having "the talk" with your kids and helping them develop a healthy relationship to sex.
Childhood Sexual Abuse: A Mental Health Issue - how to recognize sexual abuse and where to turn for help; how adult mental health is affected in the aftermath of childhood sexual abuse.