Each year the Balancing our Minds: Youth Summit is a chance for high school students to come together to learn about mental health. The hope is that they will walk away feeling more comfortable talking about mental health and feeling better equipped to deal with any potential mental health challenges they may face down the road, whether it be their own or someone else’s.
Maintaining our physical health is very important. We see ads and posters strewn all over the media encouraging us to “get in the best shape we’ve ever been.” What many don’t realize is that health is not made up of only physical state, but mental state as well. That is what the youth researchers at McCreary Centre Society hope to draw attention to.
“The Only Thing That Is Constant is Change” – Heraclitus
“The depth of the love of parents for their children cannot be measured. It is like no other relationship. It exceeds concern for life itself. The love of a parent for a child is continuous and transcends heartbreak and disappointment.”- James E. Faust
The results of the BC Adolescent Health Survey, which was completed by students in grades 7-12, shows that students who did not engage in substance use reported better mental wellness.
Comedy has long played an important role in my holistic approach to self-care for my struggles with depression and anxiety.
Psychotherapy can be effective for a wide range of mental health and substance use challenges and disorders in children, youth and adults. However, with so many different types of therapies that exist, and so many different types of therapists, knowing what might be the best fit for you or your family can be overwhelming.
We always talk about how the world is moving more and more online, and away from face-to-face interaction. Having grown up in the 80’s, I know this is true – I’ve seen the transition with my own eyes! It makes me feel really old to say this, but I remember when our family got our first computer (like when my dad used to say he remembered getting his first colour TV!!).
With the arrival of Syrian refugees into Canada, many of whom are children and youth, the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre has received some inquiries about available resources and information to support the mental health and emotional needs of these children and youth.
As a kid growing up I was never really allowed to do anything that would potentially result in me getting “hurt” in any way, shape or form. I put hurt intentionally in quotation marks because I refer to this term extremely loosely and include anything as harmless as a tiny bruise or scrape to something more physically harming. As a kid I didn’t really think about it.