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Resources for Children

Using Your Senses to Calm Down:

The 5-4-3-2-1

This video introduces children to a technique to help deal with their worries and become more grounded in their present surroundings.  Parents/caregivers are encouraged to do the strategies with their children.

Resources for Youth 15+ and Adults

Bounce Back Ontario

BounceBack® is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.

Resources for Women

Family Law Education for Women

This site provides plain language legal information on women’s rights under Ontario family law on issues like divorce, custody or support.  Information is available in 14 languages (including American Sign Language) and many formats.

Resources for All Ages

9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Hotline

A safe space to talk, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.  Call or text to 9-8-8.

Anxiety Canada
Information to help adults and youth manage anxiety, plus information and self-help strategies for several disorders.  There are also practical strategies and tools to help parents manage their child’s anxiety.

Wellness Together Canada - Mental Health & Substance Use Support
Virtual support for Youth and Adults for a variety of topics and issues, including anxiety, depression, the stress of COVID-19, substance abuse, and grief.  The site gives you access to counselling support, self-help strategies and tools, and information.

Mini-Meditation Video
This video teaches deep breathing, and is a great way to clear your head and help you feel less anxious.

Children's Hospital of Easter Ontario (CHEO)
The parents and caregivers resource section provides access to a variety of materials on topics affecting children, youth and parent support.  Topics are listed alphabetically.

Canadian Centre for Child Protection
This site provides access to resources to understand and identify child sexual abuse, to learn how to respond and report concerning behaviour and child sexual abuse, on-line safety, specialized resources and information for families who have experienced child sexual abuse and resources for parents regarding developmentally appropriate sexual behaviours in children.

Children and Young Persons Rights Resource
It is important that children and young persons are empowered to exercise and receive the benefit of their rights, to advocate for their own needs, and to change the way they experience services, especially when they feel their rights have not been respected.
The website outlines the rights provisions under Part II and Part X of the CYFSA using child-friendly language, acting as an accessible resource that children and young persons can turn to when they want to understand their rights. It also acts as a resource to help parents, caregivers and service providers to better understand the rights of children and young persons.

YSSN - Child / Youth Crisis Support
Children, youth, or parents can now access crisis support with mental health clinicians trained specifically in issues of child/youth mental health. To access Crisis Support, the child/youth/family must reside in Durham, Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton, or York and be calling with concerns regarding a child/youth under the age of 18yrs. Parents are welcome to call with or without their child/youth present but should note we cannot speak with a child/youth without his/her permission. Support is accessed by calling 1-855-310-COPE (2673) or TTY (1-866-323-7785)
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