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Learning Challenges and Mental Health
http://www.albertahealthservices.ca/9167.asp Web-based, online modules - Intended for school staff in southern Alberta working with children and adolescents in ECS to Grade 9 - Free for Alberta school staff in southern Alberta - Current issues in child and adolescent mental health - Expert presenters from education, family medicine, nursing, pediatrics, pharmacy, psychiatry, psychology, social work - Each module is open online for one month - Modules available anytime and anywhere you have access to a computer with sound capability and the Internet - Voice narration on two or more PowerPoint modules per month - Text-based discussion among registrants and presenters - Web-based evaluation of the module included
http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/inmdict/html/index.html To find strategies that teachers can use as a starting point to inform their classroom practice, and better support students with specific medical conditions and disabilities. Teacher resources for, planning and awareness, instruction and social and emotional well-being, ADHD, anxiety etc.
http://www.youthlight.com/ YouthLight Inc. provides educational resources to help you maximize your effectiveness with youth. Resources include activity-packed books, CDs, DVDs, games and more for youth in grades K-12.
http://education.alberta.ca/admin/supportingstudent/safeschools/healthmatters.aspx Mental Health Matters - Resources supporting mental health promotion and prevention work in schools including videos and discussion guides to promote collaborative mental health work - Strategies, tools and learning and teaching resources to support the promotion of positive mental health among children, youth and their families. Relevant effective practices, research and related links for educators, parents and community partners to support the mental health of children, youth and their families.
http://www.addvance.com/ The founders of the ADDvance website, Patricia Quinn, M.D. and Kathleen Nadeau, Ph.D., are both internationally recognized authorities on AD/HD and authors of many books for children, teens, and adults. This site has been developed to address the varied needs of all people with AD/HD across the lifespan.
http://cbitsprogram.org/ - The Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools (CBITS) program is a school-based, group and individual intervention. It is designed to reduce symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and behavioral problems, and to improve functioning, grades and attendance, peer and parent support, and coping skills.
The Balanced Mind Parent Network –The Balanced Mind Parent Network website provides a wealth of resources for parents, educators and youth on bipolar education, treatment and how to help adolescents live with bipolar.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health –The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Child, Youth and Family Resources section is a gateway to information about programs and services at CAMH for children, youth and families. It is of interest to health promotion workers, parents, and anyone who works with children and youth.
Children’s Mental Health Ontario – The CMHO website provides information about mental health and mental health disorders, specifically targeted towards children and youth, parents and families, and professionals. Many different resources are available for all common mental health illnesses.
Child Mind Institute – is committed to finding more effective treatments for childhood psychiatric and learning disorders, building the science of healthy brain development, and empowering children and their families with help, hope, and answers.
Headspace – this site from Australia has a wealth of resources for parents and caregivers.
Institute of Families — is an independent non-for-profit organization that works to improve child and youth mental health in Canada by involving families in consultation, education and partnerships.
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre –The Centre offers information and resources on a wide range of mental health and substance use issues affecting children and youth in our province. These include, but are not limited to; depression, anxiety, attention deficit and behavioural problems, child/youth eating disorders and substance use. We also provide resources for adults with eating disorders.
Kids Help Phone — contains a section on Emotional Help that is targeted towards teens, with information about topics on mental health and mental illness
Medication InfoShare – A website for people interested in sharing health information, with a particular focus on mental health and medications. People in mind include health professionals, people with lived experience with mental illness, and their family and friends.
Mind Check – is part of a broader health literacy initiative implemented by the Early Intervention Project within Child, Youth and Young Adult Mental Health and Addictions Services, Fraser Health, British Columbia, Canada.
Mind Your Mind — is a place where youth can get information, resources and the tools to help manage stress, crisis and mental health problems.
Mobile Health Crisis Team – if you live in Nova Scotia and need immediate help, contact the mobile health crisis team (24/7). Many other North American cities have a similar program, check with your regional healthcare provider.
Mood Disorders Ontario – great fact sheets on a wide range of Mood Disorders as well as some valuable Ontario based information on resources.
Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program — this website provides information about early psychosis; promotes early detection and intervention; provides resources for the general public, individuals, family members and health care professionals and provides direction for seeking help.
OneinFive – this website seeks to create awareness of the prevalence of mental illness and provide information and resources for individuals and their families
Orygen – this website has some great fact sheets on a wide variety of mental health issues.
REACH OUT –can help you by improving your understanding of the issues that relate to your mental health and wellbeing and providing information to better understand other people’s experiences. This website has three key sections: find, explore and connect.
TeensHealth — is a safe, private place for teens that need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life. Information about mental health is divided into relevant sections, making this website very user friendly.
What Works 4 U – share information and learn from others on what treatments are working for them.
Youth in BC — YIBC is first and foremost an online crisis chat service, where you can chat 1-on-1 with a trained volunteer from the Vancouver Crisis Centre, where our service is based. This site also has information on a variety of youth-related issues, as well as resources: a list of organizations and websites where you can get help.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry developed Facts for Families to provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. Here are the fact sheets that relate to youth and mental illness.
http://www.mindcheck.ca/ This website is designed to help youth and young adults in British Columbia check out how they’re feeling and quickly connect to mental health resources and support. Support includes education, self-care tools, website links, and assistance in connecting to local professional resources. http://teenmentalhealth.org/for-educators/school-mental-health-resources/ -Our team has been working diligently to find comprehensive ways to share information with health professionals, educators and those interested in learning more about mental health of our youth. Presentation resources
https://www.yourbreathingroom.com/default.aspx Ages 13-24 Welcome to BreathingRoom™, an eight-module online program to build resilience. Take in a big breath of fresh ideas, learn new ways of looking at life, new coping strategies.
http://kidshealth.org/kid/ - The most visited site devoted to children's health and development (study tips, self esteem, divorce, adoption, sibling rivalry, fighting parents etc......)
http://childtrauma.org/ - CTA is a not-for-profit organization based in Houston, Texas working to improve the lives of high-risk children through direct service, research and education. We recognize the crucial importance of childhood experience in shaping the health of the individual, and ultimately, society. By creating biologically-informed child and family respectful practice, programs and policy, CTA seeks to help maltreated and traumatized children.
http://teenmentalhealth.org/care/educators/school-mental-health-training-programs/ Mental Health & High School Curriculum Guide Training -This is a 1-day training program that prepares classroom teachers to effectively apply the Mental Health & High-School Curriculum Guide in their classrooms.
http://teenmentalhealth.org/care/educators/cesmh/ - Choosing programs with good evidence for application in schools
http://research.aboutkidshealth.ca/teachadhd website provides teachers and other education professionals with resources and materials that have been developed specifically for students with ADHD and classroom practice. These resources and materials are relevant for teaching and supporting students who are inattentive, off-task, fidgety, restless, disorganized, and have problems remembering and following instructions regardless of whether they have received a diagnosis of ‘ADHD’.
http://startsmartstaysafe.ca/ Strengthening kids, families and communities The S4 initiative will help strengthen children, families and communities, and in the long-term, decrease victimization and youth involvement in criminal activities
http://mediasmarts.ca/ Explore Digital and Media Literacy - Are you looking for practical teaching units and classroom activities for media education?
https://www.mindsetworks.com/- When students and educators have a growth mindset, they understand that intelligence can be developed. Students focus on improvement instead of worrying about how smart they are. They work hard to learn more and get smarter. Based on years of research by Stanford University’s Dr. Dweck, Lisa Blackwell Ph.D., and their colleagues, we know that students who learn this mindset show greater motivation in school, better grades, and higher test scores.
http://uwaterloo.ca/career-action/resources-library/career-view-mirror - The Career View Mirror (CVM) is a tool designed to help students explore their career options and gain valuable insight into what different occupations are really like. This career exploration tool gives students access to faculty-specific career information, experiences, advice, and stories from University of Waterloo Alumni. The CVM has many different features and functions for you to easily save, print, or view anything you’ve read and might want to review at a later time.
http://www.cybermentor.ca/ - Cybermentor is an online mentoring program that matches girls aged 11 to 18 with professional women scientists and engineers or female students at Alberta universities who are studying science and engineering. The primary goal of the Cybermentor program is to expand girls’ knowledge of careers, opportunities and benefits that exist for women in science and engineering fields.
http://members.shaw.ca/chaddcalgary/ provides information and support for parents, children, and adults in and around the Calgary area, who are affected by and struggle with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
http://fcrc.albertahealthservices.ca/what_is_fcrc.php What is the FCRC? Located at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, the Family & Community Resource Centre is one of the essential components of the Alberta Health Services and helps to promote Family Centred Care in child health services. The Family & Community Resource Centre provides a comfortable and supportive environment where families, service providers, and community members can find reliable child health information, receive support, access child health education, and connect with community resources.
http://fcrc.albertahealthservices.ca/ces.php The Community Education Service (CES) provides parents/caregivers and other community members with opportunities to access free, evidence-informed education sessions and resource materials to address child, youth, and family health and mental health needs.
Flood Resources http://www.hmhc.ca/flood.htm Healthy Minds/Healthy Children and Community Education Service Online Flood Information Presentations listed below. PDF and Voice Thread Available “Traumatic Stress: What It Is and What It Looks Like for Caregivers and Teachers”:This presentation serves as an introduction to other modules for caregivers and for teachers, and is a pre-requisite to them. It outlines terms one might hear, the physiological stress response and the signs of a traumatic stress response in infants, toddlers, children, and teens. “An Introduction for Mental Health Professionals to Traumatic Stress in Children and Teens”:This module serves as an introduction to the other module for mental health professionals, and is a pre-requisite to it. It outlines terminology (including some diagnostic terms), the physiological stress response, the signs of a traumatic stress response in infants, toddlers, children, and teens, and diagnostic criteria for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in children. “Information for Parents and Caregivers”:This module focuses on what caregivers can do for themselves and what they can do to support their children, including resources and when to seek professional help. “Information for First Nations’ People”:This module includes material on historical trauma, traditional healing, and the roles of community and traditional spirituality in healing. “Information for Mental Health Professionals”: Information is provided regarding therapeutic approaches and strategies, collaborating with the child’s support systems, vicarious trauma, and self-care.
“Information for First Nations’ People”
“Traumatic Stress: What It Is and What It Looks Like for Caregivers and Teachers”
An Introduction for Mental Health Professionals to
Traumatic Stress in Children and Teens