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.
Here to Help-Supporting a Friend or Family Member with a Mental Illness
Research confirms that support from family and friends is a key part of helping someone who is going through a mental illness. This support provides a network of practical and emotional help. This resource offers a number of major ways that family and friends can help in someone`s journey of recovery from a mental illness.
You're Not Alone Guidebook
Military Family Services has produced a guidebook that provides basic information and highlights mental health programs and services that are locally available to military families in most military communities and those that are accessible on a national level. The mental health and social wellness guidebook, entitled "You're Not Alone" includes an overview of (approximately 50) programs and services currently available to military families.
Taking Care: Child and Youth Mental Health
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.
Collaborative Mental Health Centre
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.
'in the know'
‘in the know’ is a monthly networking and information sharing session that provides a topic expert on what parent/caregivers really want to know about supporting their children who may have mental health concerns. Sessions are provided as a webinar through home internet and group webinar viewings are available in participating communities. See the website for the current webinar. Click here for a library of past archives of 'in the know' webinars.
Anxiety BC – Helping Your Anxious Child or Teen
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.
What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Child or Teen Generalized Anxiety Disorder
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.
This is a link to an article in the Times Colonist newspaper about a new mobile app that has been developed by teens for teens. It is designed to help teens and youth to conquer ways to improve their mental health. The app is free and available for download on Apple or Android mobile devices.
Stress Strategies looks at stress as a problem that can be solved, or at least improved, using practical problem-solving methods. Stress Strategies will: show you and help you understand a variety of research-backed stress management strategies; present stories that show real life examples of how people used these strategies to manage their stress more effectively; and guide you through a short series of problem-solving questions that will help you figure out how to make these strategies work in your life.
This website is designed to help youth and young adults 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.
This page was updated March 23, 2017