Mental Health Resources for Parents
Children and youth can experience mental health problems that range from mild to serious. As a parent or guardian, you are well-positioned to observe changes in your child’s behaviour. It is often difficult to understand what the changes mean.
Parents may wonder if it is a stage that their child or teen is going through. When a problem lasts more than a few weeks, and interferes with his or her daily life it has becomes a concern that requires further help.
Getting help can be overwhelming for many families. It may be helpful to start with people who know your child or teen:
- Educators are well-positioned to partner with you and to share what they notice during the time that your child or teen is at school. All schools have assigned to them psycho-educational consultants, social workers and speech and language pathologists who you may access through your school's principal or vice-principal.
- Guidance counsellors, teachers and administrators are also there to help support students who may be experiencing difficulty or who are struggling.
- Your family doctor or paediatrician can ensure that there is not a medical cause for the behaviour you are observing. They may also be able to refer you on to resources in the community for additional support.
- Faith-based supports may also be available at your place of worship.
Families may wish to gather information about the concern they are experiencing by going online. The following websites provide information about student mental health and well-being:
Community Information Partners Peel
The ABCs of mental health
Teen Mental Health
Kids Help Phone
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Children's Mental Health Ontario
Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
Mind your mind
Caring for Kids (Canadian Paediatric Society)