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.
Resources for use with or by Parents
The ABCs of Mental Health: A resource aimed at parents and teachers provides separate access to mental health information for each group. Both groups can use the tool to investigate mental health concerns by type, age, and level of seriousness.
The BC FRIENDS Parent Program: Complementary to the FRIENDS Program being taught in schools throughout BC. It teaches parents about the program and ways to reinforce the FRIENDS skills at home. FRIENDS is proven effective as both a universal resiliency building as well as a targeted early intervention anxiety reduction program for children.
Building Resilience in Young Children: A resource to help parents of children from birth to six years to boost their child’s ability to bounce back from life’s challenges.
Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance: CADDRA is a Canadian non-industry, not-for-profit, independent association. It is an alliance of healthcare professionals supporting patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and their families.
Canadian Mental Health Association: Downloadable PDFs with simple messages around coping with Children and Difficult Behaviour and Children and the Stress of Parenting. The site has resources to assist and assess your mental health, on understanding mental illness and finding help for yourself or others.
Children’s Mental Health Ontario: There are many decisions to be made when it comes to searching for and receiving the best services for children and youth who face mental health challenges. The goal is to provide you with current information to help you navigate Ontario's child and youth mental health system and access resources and supports that best meet your needs.
Comfort Tips–Techniques for Keeping Children’s Hospital Experiences Positive: For parents whose children are facing medical experiences and the stress/anxiety associated with those. The information is presented in simple, accessible language and is a great resource to hand to parents before trips to the dentist, doctor, immunizations, or anything else their children might consider to be stressful.
The F.O.R.C.E. Society for Kids' Mental Health: A provincial (B.C) organization that provides families with an opportunity to speak with other families who understand and may be able to offer support or advice on what has worked for them. The F.O.R.C.E. also provides families and professionals with information, tools and tips on how to support and assist children with mental health difficulties.
Healthy Baby Healthy Brain: Hosts 15 short videos for parents on brain development.
Healthy Parents, Healthy Children: Pregnancy and Birth; Comprehensive information on physical and emotional health during pregnancy, preparing parents-to-be for the birth of their baby.
Healthy Parents, Healthy Children: The Early Years covers all developmental domains (physical, cognitive, emotional and social) from Birth to a child’s 6th birthday.
Both also accessible as a downloadable e-book, or tablet and mobile platform friendly formats.
Help Me Grow – Social and Emotional Milestones: The Help Me Grow resources from Infant Mental Health Promotion (IMHP) provide an overview of typical social and emotional development in easy to read, accessible language. There are six fact sheets to cover milestones from birth to 36 months. Each one provides a one-page list of the actions related to social/emotional development parents can look for at each stage of development.
Here to Help Wellness Modules: A series of instructive worksheets on promoting good mental health and general well-being based on quality information from well-conducted research in these areas. Included are definitions of basic concepts, tips on how to manage mental health and well-being on a daily basis and links to other helpful resources.
The Institute of Families for Child & Youth Mental Health is an independent non-for-profit organization that works to improve child and youth mental health in Canada by involving families in consultation, education and partnerships.
Kelty Mental Health: Offers resources for parents of children and youth who are experiencing a mental illness.
Life with New Baby: A bilingual video that introduces the topic of postpartum mood disorders. Interviews with real mothers and their families make this an appealing resource. Available for purchase or can be downloaded from YouTube or Vimeo.
Mothers in Mind™: Provides parenting information specifically for moms who have young children and have had experiences of violence and trauma in their lives. It covers a range of topics to help moms learn how to manage stress, increase self-esteem and respond to their children in a sensitive, caring manner.
The Mental Health Meter: An online assessment tool that enables users to “reflect on your unique strengths and identify areas where your level of mental fitness could be improved to help you cope with all of life’s ups and downs.”
The Psychology Foundation of Canada: Dedicated to supporting parents and strengthening families through a number of initiatives, including creating educational resources, developing training programs for parents and professionals, and delivering community-based programs through diverse partnerships across Canada.
Pregnancy Is Not Always What You Expect: Talks about strategies to help women take care of their mental health before and during pregnancy, understand the risk factors that can lead to depression or anxiety during pregnancy, know if they are depressed or anxious during pregnancy and get help and treatment.
RBC Children’s Mental Health Project - Trusted Resources for Parents:“: A list of some of the best websites, programs and information provided by their charitable partners through the Royal Bank of Canada Children’s Mental Health Project.
Red Cross Disaster Management: Resources for preparedness information – for parents and children. It is designed for easy delivery and is a tool to ensure families are able to cope should an emergency such as a house fire, flood or other disaster occur. Families who are prepared alleviate some of the stress which occurs during and following such events.
Speaking of Kids Mental Health: A communication and resource tool for youth, parents and professionals. Developed through a partnership with Kinark Child and Family Service, the Child Welfare League of Canada and the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario.
Strengthening Families for the Future: A prevention program for families with children between the ages of seven and 11 who may be at risk for substance use problems, depression, violence, delinquency and school failure. Strengthening Families involves the whole family.