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Resources for parents & Caregivers

Below will be resources and information for Parents, Caregivers, Staff, or anyone who works with Children and Youth. 

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Understanding and Supporting Youth Mental Health

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Social Media Use & Safety 

Being a Parent vs. Being a Friend 

Workshops & Courses 

Mental Health Concerns in Youth

Understanding & Supporting Youth 

How can we better support our Youth?

This tab will have information on ways to understand better youth and how we as caregivers can help them in times of need. 

Communication 

In order for use to better understand youth we must create the space for communication with our youth. We must provide a place where they feel safe and respected

It is difficult to have serious conversations with youth. However, it is extremely important that we as caregivers have open and safe communication with our youth. Having open communication will create a space for your youth to come to you in times of need or guidance. 

Tips for Talking to your Youth
  • Listen

  • Schedule family time

  • Respect your teen 

  • Offer support 

  • Encourage your youth

  • Avoid Lectures 

  • Be honest with your feelings 

Language & Stigma 

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The type of language we use to describe mental health and wellness is important! 

Reducing the stigma of mental health starts here

Being a parent vs. being a friend

Sometimes it is hard to not be your child's friend all the time!

 

but it is important to know that your youth also needs a parent to guide them!

Below will be helpful tips for parenting & caring for your child!

Parenting Your Teen

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This book is a wonderful resource for caregivers and parents who need a little guidance when parenting their teens. 

Topics included in PDF: 

  • Sexuality 

  • Dating

  • Conflict and communication 

  • physical changes

  • Technology and Social Media 

  • Common Mental Illnesses 

  • Identity 

  • Health growth and development 

Resources for Understanding and Supporting Mental Health Concerns in Youth

Anxiety Disorders
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Coping, Managing & Supporting Youth
Depressive/Mood Disorders
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Coping, Managing & Supporting for Youth
ADHD & ADD
Addictions & Substance Use
Exploitation & Safe Internet Use
Eating Disorders
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Anxiety Disorders

Information on anxiety disorders and resources for support

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is our body's way of warning us when there is perceived danger or events we must respond to. 

Feelings of: 

  • Being overwhelmed

  • losing control 

  • Irrational and uncontrollable thoughts 

Types of Anxiety Disorders:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

  • Panic Disorder 

  • Social Anxiety Disorder

  • Phobias

Resources and more information on Anxiety

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Depressive Disorders

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What is Depression? 

Feelings of: 

  • Sadness 

  • Emptiness 

Workshops, Programs & Courses

These are some workshops and courses that can help you as a caregiver or parent better understand your child a little better. 

CES - Alberta Health
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Free Online Sessions on Mental Health & Wellness
YW Calgary
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Programs for Families
MORE (AHS & Mental Health Collaborative)
Mental Health Online Courses for Educators and some for Parents
CES - Alberta Health
Families Matter
Carya Calgary
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Social media use & Exploitation

Information on safe internet use and the impacts of exploitation.

What is Exploitation?

Online exploitation has become an increasing concern for our children and youth when using the internet. 

Online Luring is when an adult uses technology to contact and chat with children and youth in order to exploit them. 

Types of Exploitation:

  • Harassment 

  • Extortion 

  • Sextortion 

  • Uttering Threats 

  • Intimidation 

  • Counselling to engage in self-harm 

*The more you try to restrict your teenagers from being online, the more likely they will go behind your back and get into trouble!*

What to look for

As a caregiver to a youth, we want to do everything in our power to make sure they are safe. Sometimes it is hard for youth to reach out or know when to reach out to the right people. We as adults must be aware of the signs in order to portect our children. 

Here is a list of signs to look out for in youth:

Emotional Impacts: Shame, Humiliation, Anger, Resentment, Isolation & withdrawal, guilt, self-harming behaviours or suicide attempts

Social Impacts: Cyber bullying, alienation or harassment from peers, school suspension or expulsion 

Resources & Agencies for more information on social media use & exploitation

Click the PDF Document or the image to access the agency or resource!

Canadian Centre for Child Protection: Self/Peer Exploitation
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Canadian Centre for Child Protection: How to Talk to Teens About Online Luring
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Kids in the Know: For Students in High School
Topics: boundaries, sexual consent, stereotypes, and healthy versus unhealthy behaviours in relationships.
Canadian Centre for Child Protection: Parenting in the Digital World 
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Protect Kids Online: Emerging Issues
Emerging Issues by age group
Government of Canada: Online Child Sexual Exploitation
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