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A Safe Night Out (Here to Help)
By making informed decisions about where you’re going to go, and by paying attention to your surroundings after you get there, you can minimize the risk of alcohol-related harms to yourself and your friends.
Alcohol Reality Check
A lot of people wonder if they drink too much and if their drinking habits are unhealthy or put them at risk of harm or becoming dependent. This simple test from CARBC helps you figure it out.
Blue Wave
A Canadian website geared for youth focusing on mental health issues, including information on depression, substance use and anxiety.
Cannabis: What Parents and Youth Shared With Us (in the know)
Conflicting things said about cannabis in the media or in everyday conversation. Making sense of these claims can be particularly frustrating. Unfortunately, there are no simple answers... but there are some key things about cannabis that we do know.
CARBC - Centre for Addictions Research BC
CARBC is a network of individuals and groups dedicated to the study of substance use and addiction in support of community-wide efforts to promote health and reduce harm.
Collaborating with Carers: A Practitioner Workbook for Facilitating the Recognizing Resilience Group with Parents and Caregivers Affected by Adolescent Substance Use
Collaborating with Carers: A Practitioner Workbook for Facilitating the Recognizing Resilience Group with Parents and Caregivers Affected by Adolescent Substance Use offers applied ideas for including parents and caregivers as integral resources and partners in substance use programming.
Cycles - Video & Facilitator's Guide
Cycles is an educational resource to help engage young people in productive discussions. The video (link in facilitation guide) addresses marijuana use in youth. The facilitator's guide includes student worksheets that can be photocopied.
Do You Know... Cannabis (CAMH)
What is it? What does it look like? Where does it come from? Who uses it?
Dr. Buxton's Youth and the Opioid Crisis Presentation
Dr. Jane Buxton's presentation for the Pinwheel Education Series: Youth and the Opioid Crisis event. Facts for Youth About Mixing Medication with Common Substances was created for youth to help them “get the facts” about the effects and risks of mixing medications they take with substances like cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and other street drugs.
Drugs and Driving
This is a CARBC learning tool that provides a fun way for youth to develop knowledge and skills related to the impact of alcohol and other drugs on driving.
Facts for Families: Marijuana and Teens (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
Many teenagers experiment with marijuana. Friends, peer pressure, and portrayal of marijuana in the media often affect a teenager's decision to use. Parents can also play an important role in teaching their children about the risks of using drugs.
Facts for Families: Substance Abuse Treatment For Children And Adolescents: Questions To Ask (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
The decision to get treatment for a child or adolescent is difficult, and parents are encouraged to seek consultation from a child and adolescent psychiatrist when making decisions about substance use treatment. Other psychiatric disorders often co-exist with substance use problems and need assessment and treatment.
Facts for Families: Teens - Alcohol And Other Drugs (American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry)
Experimentation with alcohol and drugs during adolescence is common. Unfortunately, teenagers often don't see the link between their actions today and the consequences tomorrow. They also have a tendency to feel indestructible and immune to the problems that others experience.
From Grief To Action - When Addiction Hits Home
A website provides information & coping toolkits on drug use problems, and offers support groups for parents in BC.
Here to Help
Provides information about mental illness and substance use issues.
Internet Overuse and Video Gaming Quick Reference Sheet
A list of the top websites, books, videos, toolkits and support services.
Kelty Centre Peer Support Profiles
Peer support workers at the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre have lived experience with mental health or substance use challenges either themselves or in their families, and are available to talk to parents, youth, and families, as well as individuals of any age with eating disorders concerns. The peer support workers provide help with system navigation, mentorship and advocacy, and access to information, resources and networks. This resource contains short bios on each our of peer support workers.
Learn about Alcohol (Here to Help)
A fact sheet on what alcohol is, why people drink alcohol, and how/when its use becomes problematic.

BC Children's Hospital

This is an agency of Provincial Health Services Authority, providing provincial tertiary mental health services to the citizens of British Columbia. Programs include: Adult Tertiary Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatric Services, Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Women’s Reproductive Mental Health, as well as the Provincial Specialized Eating Disorders Program for children and youth located at the BC Children’s Hospital.

Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

Ministry of Health

British Columbia Ministry of Health

RBC Children's Mental Health Project

RBC Children’s Mental Health Project is RBC's cornerstone “health and wellness” pillar; RBC Children’s Mental Heath Project is a multi-year philanthropic commitment to support community-based and hospital programs that reduce stigma, provide early intervention and increase public awareness about children’s mental health issues.

BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Through a wide range of fundraising events and opportunities, The BC Children's Hospital Foundation is united with its donors by a single, simple passion - to improve the health and the lives of the young people who enter BC Children's Hospital every day.