Mental Health Resources
Building awareness of available mental health resources is an essential goal of Balancing Our Minds events. Having a discussion about mental health and breaking down stigma can be incredibly impactful. That being said, students also need to know where to turn to for support if they or someone in their life needs it. Your summit event is a wonderful opportunity to feature community and provincial resources for students. This could be done through having a resource fair, highlighting resources throughout the day, integrating community resource representatives into the agenda (i.e. as speakers or supportive listeners), giving students take-away bags with resource information at the end of the day, or another creative format your planning committee decides on.
To get you started, here are some possible resources to feature at your event:
If you'd like to order materials to hand out at your event some options include:
If you’d like to discuss alternative options for resources that can be handed out or local resources that would be good to highlight at your event, you can contact the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre by phone at 604-875-2084 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Foundry centres and foundrybc.ca bring together a variety of resources in one place to help BC's young people and families find the support they need, when and where they need it. You can visit the contact us page to find out if there is a centre near you.
Mental Health Commission of Canada: Headstrong
The Mental Health Commission of Canada Headstrong tool-kits are an incredibly useful resource that have been referenced frequently throughout this site. The MHCC tool-kits provide evidence informed best practices on anti-stigma summit planning, school-based activities, speaker training, and sharing your story. For information on the MHCC Headstrong initiative and other valuable resources, visit the MHCC webpage and learn more.
Resources for School Professionals: Stop Wondering, Start Knowing
The Stop Wondering, Start Knowing: Mental Health Video Resource for Schools is a great way to engage students in your classroom with a conversation about mental health, early signs and symptoms of a mental health challenge and connect them to resources and supports. This resource includes a facilitation guide, video stories from youth with lived experience with mental health challenges, and links to additional resources and supports. It is designed for grades 8 to 10, but can be for used for other groups at the discretion of the educator. For more information and links to the resource, visit foundrybc.ca/schools.
Langley LAT Mental Health Awareness Posters
In January 2016, the Langley Local Action team for CYMHSU launched 4 posters community wide on Sadness, Stress, Worry and Self-Harm. The posters were a collaboration of the LAT members, youth and parents in the community. The idea was to provide awareness, self-help tips, and resources for each of these important topics. Below you can find links to four incredible posters designed by youth, for youth – as well as the parent poster informed by local parents. These can be posted around your school or community in conjunction with an event, awareness week, or more generally to bring attention and provide information on these important topics: