Tools for Families
Mental Health and Wellness
In this section you will find a variety of tools developed to help you or a loved one cope with a mental illness such as anxiety, a brain injury and much more. Below is a listing of these tools. Please click on them to find one that is most helpful to you.
Tools that can be found in this section:
If you or someone in your family has a mental illness, the whole family may be able to help through the diagnosis and treatment process. Love and support can make a big difference in how we all handle tough situations.
It is important to see a doctor or other care provider for support with mental health issues. This information from the BC Partners for Mental Health and Addictions Information will give some general information about how families can support people while they seek help and treatment for mental health disorders.
The Survival Guide is intended to provide basic information and support to survivors of acquired brain injury and their families. This guide also lists support and resources that are available in Alberta.
To view PDFs visit: www.seniors.gov.ab.ca/CSS/bii/survival_guide/index.asp
The Province of British Columbia launched a Child and Youth Mental Health Plan to address the critical issues of Mental Health in children in Youth. This website contains documentaries, treatment options, coping strategies for parents and many more resources for anyone dealing with Mental Health illnesses. Click on this link to go to the site http://takingcare.knowledge.ca/
Patient Centers provides a variety of publications relating to bipolar disorder such as Early Intervention and Alternatives to insurance. You can go to their website to download these PDF files http://www.patientcenters.com/bipolar/.
This is an online book that clearly explains head injury, and its goal is to prepare families for what comes ahead after a brain injury.
This website contains a variety of toolkits for both professionals and families of children and youth with mental health challenges. You will find screening tools, tools for anxiety, autism, behaviour problems, mood disorders, trauma, and much more.
Phone: (604) 681-3400
The Anxiety BC website provides an understanding of anxiety and strategies to help manage anxiety. Their new toolkit is useful for parents across the country. “Helping Your Anxious Child or Teen” provides clear, concise explanations and approaches to help your child and family.
This website has a variety of tools and information to help parents and kids with extra needs be successful in school and in life.
Bounce Back: Reclaim Your Health is a program designed by CMHA BC Division and funded by BC Ministry of Health Service. They have produced a DVD that helps adults experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety that may arise from stress or other life circumstances. Visit their website for more information.