Parents/Guardians Resource List

This document contains website links that may be helpful to parents/guardians who are interested in learning more about mental health and wellness.  The resources primarily provide information on specific topics in mental health and well-being with some providing further links to community resources.

Ottawa Public Health’s “have THAT talk”

Ottawa Public Health’s “have THAT talk” mental health video campaign was created to give parents more information about mental health. The videos aim to give parents the knowledge and resources they need to talk about mental health with their child or teen. Mental health problems affect 1 in 5 Canadians. Also, 75% of all of these problems start before the age of 24 years. Parents are encouraged to watch these videos to learn how they can have that talk about mental health with their child or teen. By talking about mental health openly, you can help your child become a healthy and resilient adult.

Together to Live

Together to Live is an online toolkit for addressing youth suicide in your community. The Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health created this website as a tool for service providers working with children and youth to help them bring their community together to prevent youth suicide.

Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council (WRSPC)

WRSPC has resources and information on supports available in Waterloo Region.

Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

CASP provides information and resources to reduce the suicide rate and minimize the harmful consequences of suicidal behaviour.

The Mayo Clinic: Preventing Teen Suicide

The Mayo Clinic has put together an informational video on how parents and guardians can identify the signs of youth at risk of depression and suicide. The video also provides advice for how adults can help prevent teen suicide.


safeTALK is a half-day alertness workshop that prepares anyone over the age of 15, regardless of prior experience or training, to become a suicide-alert helper. Most people with thoughts of suicide don’t truly want to die, but are struggling with the pain in their lives. Through their words and actions, they invite help to stay alive. safeTALK-trained helpers can recognize these invitations and take action by connecting them with life-saving intervention resources.

Calm in the Storm: Coping with the Stress of Life

This handbook and its corresponding website contains important information on identifying signs and symptoms of stress, as well as simple, user-friendly methods that can be used by everyone to manage their stress and improve their lives.


mindyourmind is an award-winning, non-profit mental health program that engages youth, emerging adults and the professionals who serve them to co-develop reliable and relevant resources.

These resources are designed to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness and increase access and use of community support, both professional and peer-based.

Through the use of active engagement, best practice and technology, mindyourmind inspires youth to reach out, get help and give help.

Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE)

Parent Engagement is Important to Student Success offers resources that will help families as they guide their children in learning skills that are essential for success at school and throughout life.  CODE has produced five booklets with input from parents across Ontario. Three of these booklets are Tool Kits, and are intended for use by parents, guardians, and school staff and leaders. Two of these booklets are Guidebooks and can be used as a resource to support parent engagement and reinforce the information in the Tool Kits.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

CAMH provides information about parenting and mental health issues.

Cannabis: What Parents/Guardians and Caregivers Need to Know provides information about cannabis, cannabis legalization, risks, signs of a problem, how to help your child, and where to get more information and support.

Raising Resilient Children and Youth

Get more information on child/youth resilience. Everyone needs skills and supportive people in their lives to help cushion them from problems they may encounter. Introducing even a few positive elements into their lives can shift the balance and help many children and youth flourish.

In Conversation: Understanding the Whole Child and Youth – A Key to Learning

It comes as no surprise that the cognitive development of children and youth in combination with their social, emotional and physical development and their mental health, has a profound effect on their well-being and potential to succeed at school and in life. What educators recognize now, more powerfully than ever, is the pressing need to more effectively integrate those fields of knowledge with teaching and learning. And we need to do this in a way that gives us genuine and practical leverage in influencing positive outcomes for children and youth. With this in mind , this report reviews the interviews of three thought leaders who are helping us build our knowledge and understandings in these areas through the Accepting Schools Expert Panel.  Access the interview summary.

Parents for Children’s Mental Health (PCMH) Resource Guide

PCMH helps parents, caregivers, and members of the community to assist children with mental health concerns. It provides information on mental illness, local support services and resources available for children and their families.

Community Resources in Waterloo Region

The organizations and services listed in this guide provide support and assistance to families of children and youth coping with mental health issues.

There are two brochures available through the Region of Waterloo website that are helpful for families in need to access community supports:

The Community Outreach brochure contains information on the Community Outreach Program which addresses child poverty through neighbourhood and community centres.  It connects families experiencing low income with services and resources within their own community.

The Counselling Works! brochure contains information on the Counselling Collaborative Program, a free counselling service for those who are receiving support through Ontario Works or Ontario Disability Support Program.

Region of Waterloo Public Health also has resources and supports available.

Positive Psychology

This free course discusses research findings in the field of positive psychology, conducted by Barbara Fredrickson and her colleagues. It also features practical applications of this science that you can put to use immediately to help you live a full and meaningful life.  Only available in English at this time, with subtitles.  Requires 2-4 hours/week for readings and watching videos.

Nine Tips for Talking to Kids about Trauma

Fortunately, parenting and education experts have produced a wealth of resources for having difficult conversations with kids about tragedies such as terrorist attacks. Below are nine tips distilled from these many resources.

Emotionally preparing your kids for College or University

Adolescents making the transition from high school to college need not only academic skills to ace the classwork, and time-management skills to stay afloat, but emotional problem-solving skills to handle the challenges. As parents, we can’t shadow them in the freshman dorm, but we can help supply them, before they leave home, with a toolbox of skills and habits to use when they become stressed or overwhelmed. Learn how.