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Family Mental Health

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.

Resources for use with Infants and Children

Breaking the Cycle: BTC is an early identification and prevention program designed to reduce risk and to enhance the development for substance-exposed children (prenatal - 6 years) by providing services which address maternal addiction problems and the mother-child relationship through a community based cross-systemic model.

CAMH Children’s Book Series: For children living with a parent dealing with a mental illness including a substance abuse problem.

Friends for Life: An anxiety-prevention and resiliency program for children and youth delivered by teachers to students in the classroom. Teaches children important life skills such as identifying feelings, how to relax, how to think in helpful ways, how to face fears, and how to problem solve. There are information sessions for parents.

The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre: Offers a breadth of training opportunities based on leading research in the area of infant and children’s mental health.

Kids Have Stress Too!: Developed by The Psychology Foundation of Canada. A broad-based primary prevention program which provides parents, caregivers and communities with the knowledge, awarenes, and skills to help young people become healthier and more resilient through learning how to manage their stress.

Make the Connection: Helps parents interact with their babies in ways that promote secure attachment, communication and brain development.

MindMasters: A research-based program that teaches children simple and concrete techniques to help them relax, manage stress and develop a positive perspective. A 13-video series (free) for parents and professionals will highlight things you should know when leading a MindMasters activity, and provide helpful tips and suggestions for follow-up activities.

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 and parents.

Roots of Empathy: An evidence-based classroom program that has shown significant effect in reducing levels of aggression among schoolchildren while raising social/emotional competence and increasing empathy.

Terrific Toddlers: A Facilitator’s Resource Guide: A manual full of experiential learning activities, facilitation strategies, and concise background information about toddler development and healthy parenting. The manual includes 78 parent handouts.

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