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Family Mental Health Resources

The websites below are resources recommended by family support practitioners and others in the family support sector. Further details on the resource or program are found by activating the link. The list is not intended to be exhaustive; it is a guide for organizations interested in supporting family mental health and a taste of the wide-range and often free resources available for families and professionals. Most of the links are from Canadian sources.

Staff Training and Resources for Professionals

Alberta Family Wellness Initiative Online: Learning modules on brain development and addictions, research articles and video library.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH): Information, tools and other resources for communities and organizations interested in working on addictions and mental health issues. Includes links to the CAMH Community Information Forums, the Community Guide from Talking about Mental Illness (TAMI) and information about public education.

Circle of Support: Intended for health and social service providers working with pregnant women, new mothers and their families. It provides evidence and ideas from the literature and practice on how to help women create their own circle of support.

Connecting with Your Baby: A ready to use workshop to provide practical tips for parents and simple messages on the topic of parent-child attachment.

Edinburgh postnatal depression scale: A brief screen for Anxiety and Depression

Evidence Exchange Network: A knowledge exchange network that brings together mental health and addictions stakeholders from across Ontario. Features “Research Snapshot” articles.

Guarding Minds@Work: A free and comprehensive set of resources designed to protect and promote psychological health and safety in the workplace. Developed by researchers from the Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction.

Handle with Care: This booklet addresses the mental health needs of very young children, makes recommendations on mental health promotion and offers guiding principles and best practices based on research and input from “highly recommended childcare centres” across Canada.

Health Canada, Healthy Living, Mental Health: Provides information about the promotion of mental health, evaluation of mental health programs and services in Canada and the mental health issues, problems and disorders encountered.

Here to Help BC: For information on mental health and substance use in Arabic, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Farsi/Dari (Persian), French, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Japanese and Vietnamese. A series of booklets are also available in plain and clear language (grade level 4).

The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre: A breadth of training opportunities based on leading research in the area of children’s mental health. Conferences, workshops and consultations to develop and implement programs are all available. An online calendar lists upcoming training opportunities.  

KidCareCanada Society: Translates current research and applies technology to produce educational resources that are relevant to the 21st Century new parent.

The Mental Elf: Up to date reliable mental health research, policy and guidance using non-clinician language (Australian).

Mental Health and Addiction 101 Series: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) series of free, quick, easy-to-use online tutorials, introducing topics concerning substance use and mental health problems.

Mental Health First Aid Canada: Aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.

Mental Health Commission of Canada on “Opening Minds”:  A systematic effort to reduce the stigma of mental illness across the country.

Mindyourmindpro: Geared toward mental health professionals who work with youth. The site includes research and innovative practices to try with youth and professional development opportunities.

Mothers in Mind™: MIM is a mother and child program specifically designed to meet the parenting needs of mothers who have experienced family violence, childhood abuse, neglect or sexual assault, and have children under the age of four.

Mothers’ Mental Health Toolkit: Contact Reproductive Mental Health Service, IWK Health Centre, Halifax NS (902) 470-8098

Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre: MMHRC seeks to improve the quality and availability of mental health services for people from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, including immigrants, refugees, and members of established ethnocultural communities. The website presents resources designed for laypeople, patients and their families, community organizations, health professionals, and policy makers, planners and administrators.

Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health: The Centre works with Ontario child and youth mental health agencies to strengthen services and build an effective and accessible system of care. Offers a diverse collection of tools, services, products and training to help professionals find, use and share evidence that will improve outcomes on the front line of care.

Post Partum International: A site dedicated to information and resources on addressing pregnancy related and post partum mood disorders.

The Postpartum Stress Centre: Self Help and resources for practitioners

Perinatal Mood Disorders Video: An interdisciplinary teaching video for healthcare and social service providers to educate and facilitate participatory discussion.  A pre-and post video test can be completed and submitted on-line for a certificate of completion.

PREVNet: A national network of leading researchers and organizations, working together to stop bullying in Canada. It aims to stop the violence caused by bullying. There are resources for children, teens, parents and professionals.

Public Health Agency of Canada - Mental Health: This site is designed to provide convenient access to a range of online materials related to the promotion of mental health, the planning, delivery, cost and evaluation of mental health programs and services in Canada, and the mental health issues, problems and disorders encountered by Canadians.

Reaching IN…Reaching OUT Resiliency Skills Training (RIRO): Evidence-based resiliency skills training program for service providers who work with young children and their families. RIRO helps service providers increase their capacity to role model resilience and teach children child-friendly skills to help them handle challenges, and take opportunities that support healthy development and well-being.

Refugee Mental Health: E-learning tools and Community of Practice.

Strengths Assessment Inventory (SAI): The Centre of Education and Research on Positive Youth Development at Lakehead University has developed a 124 item strengths-based assessment tool which measures youth strengths in 11 domains of their everyday life. The SAI is one of the few measures of strengths available in Canada and has many clinical advantages including the capacity to quantitatively measure concrete areas of strengths in domains of everyday living. An Early Years version (SAI EC) will be available in 2014.

Supporting Parents: A free downloadable workshop consisting of four modules suitable for full-day workshop or four 1.5 hour learning events. They provide information, links to resources, case examples and reflective questions to meet the needs of service providers working with parents experiencing mental health challenges.

Together to Live: Developed by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, Together to Live is an online toolkit for addressing youth suicide using a whole-community approach.


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