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Resilience and Stress Hardiness

In this segment of our Wellness & Safety Information Series, parents can learn how they can help their children and teens develop resilience and stress hardiness.   

Listen to the Experts

These videos feature psychologists Dr. Judi Malone and Dr. Stephen Carter speaking with parents Jane McDade and Kara Pelech. 

The first video is for parents of teens. The second video is for parents of younger children.

Adolescent Video

Stress Hardiness and Resilience


Resilience and Stress Hardiness

In this segment of our Wellness & Safety Information Series, parents can learn how they can help their children and teens develop resilience and stress hardiness.   

Listen to the Experts

These videos feature psychologists Dr. Judi Malone and Dr. Stephen Carter speaking with parents Jane McDade and Kara Pelech. 

The first video is for parents of teens. The second video is for parents of younger children.

Adolescent Video

Children Video​

​Where to Find Help


Crisis or Emergency Situations

  • Edmonton Distress Line
  • If you’re in distress, call 780-482-HELP (4357). 
    If you’re outside of the greater Edmonton region, call our Rural Distress Line at 1-800-232-7288.
  • Crisis Response Team Edmonton 780-342-7777
  • Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868

Support and Counselling Resources


Psychologists' Association of Alberta
Qualified Professionals
Understanding People
Finding Solutions
https://www.psychologistsassociation.ab.ca/site/about_us

REFERRAL SERVICE
Call (780) 428-Talk (8255) in Edmonton or  
(403) 246-Talk (8255) in Calgary or
1-888-424-0297 Toll free from anywhere in Alberta

Referral Service Hours:  Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Talk to someone who can help.
Psychologists are qualified licensed and regulated professionals who provide assessment, consultation and treatment for people of all ages.  
 
 
Alberta Health Services – Northgate Centre
This centralized intake service for the entire Edmonton Area coordinates referrals to AHS (Alberta Health Services) and other programs. The Intake Mental Health Therapist will do a comprehensive screening, offer options for going forward with treatment and ensure that referrals are forwarded.
The intake therapist will provide advice and interim support until treatment services have been connected.

Northgate Centre - Room 2020, East end
Address: 9499 137 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta
Telephone: 780-342-2701

Catholic Social Services – This organizations offers many support programs. There is also group or individual psychological counselling on a sliding fee scale basis.http://www.catholicsocialservices.ab.ca/CSSFindServicesbyCategory/childrenfamilyandcommunity.aspx 

CASA - Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health
CASA is a major community-based provider of mental health services for infants, children, adolescents and their families within greater Edmonton and from Central and Northern Alberta. 

The Family Centre – offers several workshops for parents

211 Alberta - 211 is here to help you find the right community and social services. You can dial 2-1-1 to speak to an Information & Referral Specialist, or search the online community resource directory.


Websites


Canadian Pediatric Society – In the Caring for Kids section, parents will find information about a variety of emotional wellness and mental health topics for children and teens. http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/ ​

Check out the Emotional Wellness sections in each of these links for great information and tips:

YouThrive - Foster Resilience
How can we foster resilience in young people so that they are prepared to cope and adapt in the face of adversity?
This section of YouThrive provides a “map” of the many factors that foster young people’s resilience. We also map the strategies you can use to nurture and strengthen their resilience. 

AnxietyBC  - offers extensive online resources to help parents, children and youth learn about and deal with anxiety.  
The Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia (AnxietyBC™)… is a Canadian leader in developing online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety and anxiety disorders. We have produced over 50 videos on YouTube and actively promote dialogue and exchange information on anxiety and anxiety disorders via our Facebook page. In 2013, we launched the Mindshift app which helps youth and young adults manage anxiety, using step-by-step strategies. 

TeenMentalHealth.org - http://teenmentalhealth.org/ ​
Our vision is to help improve the mental health of youth by the effective translation and transfer of scientific knowledge. Our model is to use the best scientific evidence available to develop … tools and resources … to enhance the understanding of adolescent mental health and mental disorders.
The Parent section has many additional resources and facts sheets on a variety of children and teen mental health topics. http://www.teenmentalhealth.org/care/parents/ 

Help4Me - My Health Alberta - Are you a young person struggling with mental health issues? Do you know someone who appears to be struggling with mental health issues? Are you unsure about the warning signs of a mental health problem or what to do next? Then this website is for you.  

Canadian Mental Health Association – This national organization offers information about mental health and wellness for children, youth and adults. From the home page you can click on the Mental Health box to find information on many topics. http://www.cmha.ca/ 

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - “The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health” 
CAMH has extensive information for parents on a wide variety of topics related to mental wellness and resilience. http://www.camh.ca/en/hospital/health_information/for_parents/Pages/default.aspx 
Parents can choose from a menu including:
  • Raising Resilient Children and Youth
  • Aggressive Behaviour in children and youth
  • Tips for Parents on Building Healthy Relationships with their Teenagers
  • Help your children feel good about themselves
  • Set clear limits and let your children make choices
  • Show your love

Fostering Resilience – Preparing children and teens to THRIVE through both good and challenging times - based on the work of Dr. Kenneth Ginsburg, a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. The theme that ties together his clinical practice, teaching, research and advocacy efforts is that of building on the strength of teenagers by fostering their internal resilience. His goal is to translate the best of what is known from research and practice into practical approaches parents, professionals and communities can use to prepare children and teens to thrive.

American Psychological Association – Resilience Guide for Parents & Teachers - We tend to idealize childhood as a carefree time, but youth alone offers no shield against the emotional hurts and traumas many children face. Children can be asked to deal with problems ranging from adapting to a new classroom to bullying by classmates or even abuse at home. Add to that the uncertainties that are part of growing up, and childhood can be anything but carefree. The ability to thrive despite these challenges arises from the skills of resilience. The good news is that resilience skills can be learned. Building resilience - the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress - can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty. 



Documents​


Canadian Mental Health Association - Mental Health Brochures
Looking for mental health tips or interested in more information about a specific mental health issue? Read more in our brochures below. 
From anxiety disorders, child & youth depression to youth self-injury, this site has information for families on a wide range of mental health topics that can affect children, youth & adults. Each free brochure can be downloaded to read online or printed. 



​Here are 4 samples of brochures that may interest parents:

Children Youth and Depression
Myths about Mental Illness
Stress 
Youth and Self Injury