- Mental Health
- Substance Use
- Healthy Living
What is the Healthy Living Toolkit for Families?
The Healthy Living Toolkit for Families is a healthy living guide for families who have a child or youth living with mental health challenges. For children and youth with a mental health challenge, living a healthy lifestyle can have a positive impact on both their physical and mental health. However many children and youth with mental health challenges face unique obstacles to healthy living due to such things as the symptoms of their illness, the medication they are on, or the stigma they may face.
Divided into four main modules – Stress Management, Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Sleep – the toolkit contains information, resources, and tools to help children, youth, and families to develop healthy living habits. A great feature of the toolkit is that it explains how families can make SMART goals to help them achieve the changes they want to make! The toolkit also contains helpful healthy living tips from other families who have a child or youth living with mental health challenges.
Is the content the same in the five translated toolkits?
The overall messages and content of the translated toolkits are the same as the original English toolkit, but many of the examples have been adapted slightly based on feedback we received from families who participated in language-specific focus groups organized by the Provincial Language Service. We wanted to make sure the examples in the translated toolkits were relevant to families, so based on the focus groups we adapted different aspects of the translated toolkits (such as the foods listed in the 4 food groups in the Tools & Resources section) in order to be more culturally relevant for families.
Where can families get a copy of the Toolkit in other languages?
Each of the translated toolkits is available online in the Healthy Living Toolkit Section of the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre website. Printed copies will also be available soon so if you are interested in ordering a free hard copy of the toolkit please email firstname.lastname@example.org.