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Mental Health & Wellness Supports

  • Mindfulness & Self Regulation (In Development)
  • Substance Abuse & Addiction
  • Online Safety & Support (In Development)
  • Coping With Stress
  • Suicide Prevention (In Development)
  • Trauma & Trauma Informed Care (In Development)
  • Indigenous Supports & Services (In Development)
  • Grief & Loss
  • SOGI Resources (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity)
  • Self Harm (In Development)
  • Understanding Child Abuse (In Development)
  • Tools for Building Resiliency (In Development)
Drug and alcohol experimentation are fairly typical in the teen years. Risk taking, curiosity, and social acceptance are common reasons for substance use experimentation. Another factor is what is modelled in the home around substance use. Is it common for adults in the home to smoke, drink, use drugs? How often and how much use is normal in the home?

What are some signs that substance use is causing me/or my children problems?

If substances are interfering with daily life responsibilities, such as school, work, family interactions or other activities, this is a sign that things are a problem.

People who find that they need a substance to make them feel a certain way (help sleep, calm down, feel happy) are at a major risk of developing an addiction. An addiction occurs when a substance is used despite desires to stop, it interferes with responsibilities of life, there is physical or mental discomfort that comes with quitting, and more and more of the substance is needed to achieve the desired effect.

What can I do if I suspect my child is getting into trouble with substance use?

Express your concerns openly and honestly. Make many offers to connect with outside support, or give time to talk. Spend more time listening than talking; no one likes to be lectured. Be open about your own choices, mistakes, experiences growing up. Make space for open discussion (driving together, walking the dog, family meals). Set firm and fair rules and boundaries. Ask for help from helping professionals who work with children/teens. Remember that actions speak louder than words.

General Information on Substance Use and Addictions

What is addiction?


Resources in your community

Prince George:

School District 57 Substance Use Counsellors
Duchess Park/CLA/DP Todd: Miranda Grattan 778-764-1772
CHSS/Shas Ti Kelly Road/PGSS: Josh Van der Meer 778-764-1772

Valemount & McBride:


Northern Health


Mackenzie -

Mental Health Services
24 hour Crisis Centre/Line
250-563-1214 / 1-888-562-1214
Crisis Prevention, Intervention & Information
Toll Free 1-888-564-8336
Kids Help Phone
Prince George Native Friendship Centre
Open Monday to Friday
8:30 am -4:30 pm
Open Monday to Friday
8:30 am -4:30 pm
Walk in Clinic open Tuesday to Thursday
9 am- 3 pm
Drop-in Health Care
Open Monday to Friday
10 am - 5 pm
Nurse 10 am - 4 pm
Doctors 2:30 - 5 pm
Drop-in Counselling
Open Monday to Friday
12 am - 5 pm
Remember - if a child or youth is at risk of hurting themselves or others, call 9-1-1 or take them to the hospital emergency room