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Aide Canada

The Gift of Being Different

The Gift of Being Different, a short documentary, follows Grant Bruno as he navigates the world of autism with his child. Through the film we learn his community views autism as a gift.

Wellbeing BC

Home Learning for Well-being Video Library

A video series that shows effective strategies that can be used across home and school settings to better support students in developing the skills needed for social, emotional and behavioural well-being and thriving.


The ABCs of Substance Use and Connecting With Our Kids

Join FamilySmart for a conversation with Senior Associates, Youth Substance Use Health Promotion, a Youth Addiction Counsellor and Parents to talk about the basics of substance use; from pre-experimentation to casual using. 

Christopher Willard

Letting Go: A Visualization for Parents

A visualization video for parents and caregivers on how letting go (in three different ways) can make space in your life and help spread kindness to yourself and your family.

Kelty Mental Health

School Mental Health Framework

In this video, Maureen talks about the role of schools in promoting mental well-being and preventing mental health challenges and the importance of the district’s collaboration with public health to create a common understanding of mental health terminology in the community.

School Mental Health Ontario

Finding Calm – Body Scan Exercise

This video guides you through a body scan visualization exercise. It can teach you to soothe your body and mind; calming your emotions when you feel overwhelmed or stressed.

School Mental Health Ontario

Finding Calm – Guided Breathing

Taking a moment to slow your breathing can help to manage anxiety and calm feelings of stress. This guided breathing video helps you to observe and slow your breath.

School Mental Health Ontario

Finding Calm - Forest Visualization

This video guides you through a forest visualization exercise. It can help you to slow your breathing and ground your thoughts, calming you when you feel overwhelmed or stressed.

Joanna Lo, UBC Medical Student

Anxiety and Me

This video, created for children, explains what anxiety is, examples of the physical and mental health effects it can bring, and how those effects can show up in children. The video shows children how they can manage and better cope with anxiety and those pesky anxious thoughts.

Francophone Services of Provincial Language Service

Mindfulness Session for Parents and Caregivers in French

Join facilitator BC Children's Hospital Dr. Tatiana Sotindjo for a 15-minute mindfulness session plus a 5 minute Q&A. However busy or hectic your day might be, this powerful session of mindfulness will aim to bring you a sense of calm and comfort.

Dr. Tatiana Sotindjo, BC Children's Hospital

French Mindfulness Session for Parents and Caregivers

Listen to Dr. Tatiana Sotindjo as she leads a mindfulness session for parents & caregivers where you'll learn how to nourish your capacity for wellness and resilience, manage your anxiety and feel calmer and more in control.

BC School Centred Mental Health Coalition

BCSCMHC Staff Wellbeing Webinar

In this webinar we explored how we can improve the wellbeing of the adults in schools through individual, collaborative and systemic actions. Hear from schools districts from across BC.

BC School Centred Mental Health Coalition

Anchoring Resilience in Turbulent Times

This webinar  created opportunities for dialogue about how we can move from reacting to reframing resistance to manifesting resilience. Together, we can plan for the next stage of our journey.   

BC School Centred Mental Health Coalition

Staff Wellbeing: We All Have a Role to Play

In this webinar we explored how we can improve the wellbeing of the adults in schools through individual, collaborative and systemic actions.  Hear from districts across BC. 

Gail Markin

The Secret to Health, Happiness and Success Together

This TEDx Talk takes research and learning from several experts in the field of motivation and wellbeing and combines this with stories and examples to show why social connection and belonging is so essential to our health, happiness and success.

BC Children's Hospital

BC Youth Mental Health Act

For youth and families of youth who need to stay in hospital to get treatment for a mental health issue. This interactive video resource page will help you to get (quickly) informed about rights, options and opportunities and links to further resources.

BC Children's Hospital

ADHD Webinar Series Recordings

These webinars provide parents and caregivers with information on how ADHD is diagnosed, evidence based treatment for ADHD, self-regulation tools for children with ADHD, tips on parenting a child with ADHD, and how to help a child with ADHD at school.

Vancouver Coastal Health

ADHD and Behavioural Issues

Presentation by Cecilia Yeung, Child & Youth Mental Health Clinician, Vancouver Coastal Health, on ADHD and Behavioural Issues (in Cantonese).

BC Children's Hospital

Navigating the Mental Health System Videos

Looking for treatment can be frustrating and confusing.The Help Finder Tool and System Navigation Videos can help you understand the mental health system and guide you through it.

BC Children’s Hospital

Hidden Depression in Children & Youth

Dr. Ashley Miller, Psychiatrist from the BC Children’s Mental Health Program, discusses what depression is, strategies & tips for talking to youth and suggested resources.

BC Children's Hospital

Body Talk: Stories of Somatization

Families and their children talk about their experiences with somatic symptoms, including their confusion in the beginning, coming to an understanding of their symptoms, and their work in getting better.


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Jane E. Garland and Sandra L. Clark

Taming Worry Dragons Guides

Taming Worry Dragons is a creative approach to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that is designed to help anxious children learn how to cope with their worries. 

Holmes, Margaret M.

A Terrible Thing Happened

This gently told story is for children who have witnessed any kind of violence, accidents, homicide, suicide, or natural disasters such as flood or fire. An afterword for parents and other caregivers offers suggestions for helping traumatized children.

Mike Parkhill, Roger Roulette [trans.]

I am not a tattletale [Ojibwe]

Illy tells on people to get them into trouble. Poppy explains when it is important to tell on someone. A SayItFirst book for children in English, Ojibwe and Inuktut translation and syllabics.

Mike Parkhill, Branislav Dordevic [ill.], & Roger Roulette [trans.]

Let's get outside [Ojibwe]

Geoff wants to nap. Instead, he makes a healthy choice, and has fun outside with his children. A SayItFirst book for children in English translation, Ojibwe translation, and Ojibwe syllabics.

Mike Parkhill, Roger Roulette [trans.]

Bed time for Kieran [Ojibwe]

Find out how Keely sets a bedtime routine for Kieran to get a good night’s sleep. A SayItFirst book for children in English, Ojibwe and Inuktut translation and syllabics.

Mona Delahooke

Beyond Behaviors

Beyond Behaviors describes behaviors as important signals that we should address by seeking to understand a child’s individual differences in the context of relational safety. It offers professionals, educators and parents tools and techniques to reduce behavioral challenges and promote psychological resilience and satisfying, secure relationships.

Dr. Smida Naidoo & Andrea Bell

The Quest for Rest

Looking for simple techniques to revamp your family's bedtime routine and wake up to a happy, healthy child? Discover the latest science-based sleep tips that will benefit your entire family.  The Quest For Rest contains must-have tools for families struggling with the symptoms of kids who aren't getting a good night's sleep.

Derek Munson

Enemy Pie

It was the perfect summer until Jeremy Ross moved into the house down the street and became Enemy Number One. Luckily, Dad has a surefire way to get rid of enemies -- Enemy Pie.

Kerry Lee MacLean

Moody Cow Meditates

Peter the cow is having a BAD day. Peter's day just seems to get worse until his grandfather comes over and teaches him how to settle his mind and let go of his frustration through a simple and fun exercise.

Dr. Dan Siegel

The Whole-Brain Child

This book is full of strategies and tips to help parents guide the growth of their children's emotional intelligence.

Katherine Green & Carlie Penner; BC Children's Hospital

Sam's Journey: A Story of Somatization

Sam's Journey was developed with patients, families and mental health professionals from medical psychology and the integrative health team at BC Children's Hospital. 

BC Children's Hospital

Chef Fromage Cookbook

The Chef Fromage Cookbook is an interactive healthy eating resource that includes lessons on food and safety skills, nutrition, and a variety of recipes and activities to facilitate for youth.

BC Children's Hospital

Chef Fromage Facilitator's Manual

The Chef Fromage Facilitator’s Manual was developed to help care providers facilitate the healthy eating lessons and activities for youth found in the Chef Fromage Cookbook.

Janan Cain

The Way I Feel

This hard cover picture book teaches young children about emotions. It uses illustrations, text, and colour to describe happy, disappointed, angry, jealous and other feelings that kids experience.

Gordon Neufeld & Gabot Mate

Hold on to Your Kids: Why Parents Matter

In this book, the concepts, principles and practical advice offers parents and caregivers the ability to satisfy their children’s inborn need to find direction by turning towards a source of authority, contact and warmth.

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BC Children's Hospital

Rolling with ADHD for Teachers

An eight module series that covers practical tools and strategies for educators of children with ADHD. This series has been adapted from the long standing program at BC Children’s, and includes what research show really works for kids and school communities living with ADHD.

Anxiety Canada

My Anxiety Plan (MAP)

My Anxiety Plan (MAP) is a free resource for parents and caregivers to “coach” anxious children or teens using practical strategies and tools to manage mild to moderate anxiety.

Anxiety Canada

MindShift® CBT App

MindShift® CBT uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety.

BC Children's Hospital


Breathr provides easy and fun ways to practice mindfulness along with interesting facts about the benefits of mindfulness.

Kids Help Phone

Sleep Diary

This online sleep diary can help your child track their sleeping habits for up to 2 weeks. You can also download the My Sleep Diary PDF. 

BC Children's Hospital

Live 5-2-1-0

This app is designed for children aged 8-12 and their parents to build healthy habits. Kids can set a goal, then choose fun daily challenges to work towards a reward!

BC Children's Hospital

Rolling with ADHD for Families

An eight module series that covers practical tools and strategies for caregivers of children with ADHD. This series has been adapted from the long standing program at BC Children’s, and includes what research show really works for kids and families living with ADHD.

University of British Columbia

Learning for Life

A resource for educators teaching grades 4-7 that promotes healthy lifestyle behaviours and builds digital health literacy skills. Learning for Life provides students with competencies to use technology to support their health, to critically assess information provided through technology, and to balance technology usage with the promotion of healthy lifestyle behaviours

National Institute of Mental Health


TicHelper is an online, self-guided therapy program for families of children with chronic tic disorder and Tourette disorder. The 8-week program involves education about tics, skill-based lessons and daily practice.

BC Children's Hospital


Free web app that provides a fun and engaging way for children to learn about stress, understand how they react to it, and develop healthy strategies to cope with stress in their daily lives.


MindMasters 2

This resource helps children (4-9 years of age) develop social and emotional skills through relaxation, positive thinking and mindfulness in fun and age-appropriate ways. 

Here to Help

Family Toolkit

The Family Toolkit was designed to assist families in caring for a family member with mental health or substance use challenges.

Where You Are Podcast

Through real stories, expertise, and practical tips, this podcast helps families promote their mental health and wellness, navigating important topics to meet you where you are in your journey.