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
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- Self Harm (In Development)
- Understanding Child Abuse (In Development)
- Tools for Building Resiliency (In Development)
Substance Abuse & Addiction
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? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVLpnMHHEPU&t=3s
Resources in your community
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: https://robsonvalleycommunityservices.org/
Northern Health https://www.northernhealth.ca/services/mental-health-substance-use/services-by-community#valemount
Mackenzie - https://www.mackenziecounselling.ca/
Coping With Stress (PDFs)
Coping With Stress (Links)
Stress in Children and Teenagers - Alberta
Teens, Stress and How Parents Can Help | Lifespan
Stress & stress management: teens | Raising Children Network
How to help children and teens manage their stress
Stresslr | Kelty Mental Health
Managing Stress | Kelty Mental Health
SOGI Resources (Sexual Orientation Gender Identity)