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Burnaby School District

Resource Round-Up

Resources for Youth and Youth transitioning into adulthood:

Open Mind BC an online information hub, raises awareness of mental health resources and tools available to youth transitioning into adulthood. Provides information about mental health tools available to youth, their peers, family, teachers, and health care providers. Resources include support services available across BC and online resources.

MindMapBC is a custom-made database of outpatient mental health services including professional counselling, peer counselling, support groups, and others. We have also included relevant resources, and social and networking groups.  Has free and private resources on their database. We have focused on services that are affirming of 2S/LGBTQ+*


Family Smarts: In the Know Series

Working Together: Families and Schools

Dr. Chuck Geddes:

How do you talk to a youth that shuts down and won’t engage? How do you teach a child to reflect?How do you respond to a child who says, “I’m such an idiot, I never do anything right”?How do you respond to a youth that says, “Who do you think you are? You will never understand me. Get lost.” This free webinar will address these questions and so much more with Registered Clinical Counsellor and Complex Trauma Resources Clinician, Renae Regehr. Whether you are a parent, caregiver, staffed resource worker, educator, or clinician this webinar will provide valuable insights and practical takeaways.  Friday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. PST REGISTER AHEAD OF TIME using this link: https://complextrauma-ca.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gSMShM8USFmdW9eBke5kIw

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Parent Information Night: Talking To Youth About Substances
May 17th, 2023 6:30-8:00pm
Join in person at Burnaby Central Secondary School or Via Zoom. See flyer for more details and registration

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From around the community…

Resources for youth:

Drop-in youth centres, they have outreach staff, snacks, games and a place where teens and pre-teens can connect.  Click here for locations, times and to learn more about the programs.

Resources for families:

Burnaby Neighbourhood House has programs and support for people aged 0 to 100 years old!  They have homework clubs for youth, drop-in activities for all ages, they organize community events and connections, volunteer opportunities, support with employment and so much more!  Click here to see more.

Family Smart:In The know is doing a FREE WEBINAR May 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm  with Dr. Ross Greene – Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Moving From Power and Control to Collaboration and Problem-Solving 

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The Universal Apology in Psychology with Dr Adele Lafrance (click here)
October 25th – 12pm to 1pm MT
In this free workshop for clinicians, Dr. Lafrance will present a universal apology to be used as an intervention in different types of therapeutic work with clients in individual psychotherapy and/or to support parents to deliver it to their loved one in the home setting.

In the Know Series: Building Connection With Our Kids When It Feels Impossible (click here)
Multiple dates October 3-27
Join us as we listen to FamilySmart’s Parent Peer Support Workers Tammy Music and Diane Evans have an honest conversation about what it is like as a parent or caregiver who is struggling to connect with their kids. They will share strategies to build, and rebuild, connections even when it is complex.
Come together with other families to watch this video presentation and stay for a facilitated discussion by a FamilySmart Parent Peer Support Worker.

Sexual Health And Sexual Exploitation Resources:

Sexandu.ca : The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) is a professional health association representing a multidisciplinary membership of over 3,500 health professionals, including obstetricians, gynaecologists, family physicians, nurses, midwives, and allied health professionals, all working in the field of sexual and reproductive health.  Under RESOURCE LIBRARY has resources around Sex Vs. Gender, Self-Image, Consent, LGBTTQ+ and more.

Sexualexploitationeducation.com : Education, Training, and Consulting in Sexual Exploitation Education.  We provide research based and innovative approaches to prevention.  Our programs have educated thousands and are trusted by Safe Schools Coordinators.  We’ve been partnered with the RCMP, School District Superintendents, and Research Centres.

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Family Smart FREE Virtual Events for Parents

May 2nd 6:30-7:30pm PDT
When we experience relationship challenges with our children, it can be stressful for all involved, leaving parents confused, frustrated, even walking on eggshells. This one-hour presentation will provide techniques to support parents to heal relational ruptures with kids and teens using an emotion-focused approach.
Adele Lafrance, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist, author, scientist, and developer of emotion-focused treatment modalities, including Emotion-Focused Family Therapy. She has published extensively in the field of psychotherapy, emotion and health, including a clinical manual to support families published by the American Psychological Association.  To register click here.

May 3rd 12:00-1:00pm PDT
An honest conversation with parents and caregivers who are struggling to connect with their kids. We know what it’s like because we’ve been there. Join FamilySmart Parent Peer Support Workers and we will share strategies to build, and rebuild, connections even when it is complex. This conversation is facilitated by parents with lived experience.
Diane Evans, FamilySmart Parent Peer Support Worker, BC Children’s Hospitals Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.
Tammy Music, Family Smart Parent Peer Support Worker, Surrey Memorial Hospital’s Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit (CAPSU) and Short Term Assessment Response Treatment (START) Fraser North.
Victoria Keddis, Manager & Facilitator, FamilySmart. To register click here.

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Resources from around the community:

Help For Hard Times: Workshops for families and caregivers whose child or youth has been a patient in a psychiatric unit.  These are hosted online and facilitated by parents with lived experience.  click here for registration and information for all sessions

Bite-Sized Mindfulness: Watch TedTalk by Kira Willey presents simple, powerful mindfulness techniques for children that can reduce stress, improve school performance, and help kids manage their behavior and emotions. She shows how easily these short, kid-friendly exercises can be used by anyone, in a variety of settings.  Click here to see guided Mindful Moments by Kira Willey online.

Intro to CBT for teens by the Burnaby Primary Care Networks.  Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a technique anyone can use to change internal thinking patterns (the thoughts in our head). This can help to improve mood (how we are feeling). It is a way to be mindful and aware in order to manage anxiety, stress, and more. Click here to Register for the online session Monday April 25th from 11-12:30pm.

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Parent Information Night: How to talk to your child about substance use

What we say and how we talk about substance use matters.

Join Burnaby School District-Safe Schools team, District Counsellor and Mental Health Liaison, First Nations Health Authority- Indigenous Educator, Fraser Health Public Nurse and Odyssey Substance Use Services on February 9th, 2022 at 6pm via zoom to learn more.

To register for this session please email Jessica.Gill@burnabyschools.ca

For a printable version to share with parents click here

Mental Health Day and Mental Health Awareness Month

It’s October: Mental Health Day and Mental Health Awareness Month!  

World Mental Health Day was first recognized October 10th, 1992.    World Mental Health Day started by the World Health Organization to increase awareness and decrease stigma.  Now it is about more than advocacy.  It is an opportunity to empower people on a global scale to look after their own mental health and provide support to others.  This year’s theme is ‘Mental health care for all: let’s make it a reality’.  In BC have access to free community services like the Foundry, Crisis Centre and more.  However, there are still gaps in care despite the universal nature and the magnitude of mental ill health, the gap between demand for mental health services and supply remains substantial.  The serious gaps that still exist in mental health care are a result of chronic under-investment over many decades in mental health promotion, prevention and care.  Stigma, discrimination and human rights abuses of people with mental health conditions remain widespread. On average, countries spend just 2% of their national health budgets on mental health. However, there is good news too! Some of the most common mental health conditions, depression and anxiety, can be treated with talking therapies, medication, or a combination of these. For every US$ 1 invested in scaled-up treatment for depression and anxiety, there is a return of US$ 5.  For every US$ 1 invested in evidence-based treatment for [substance] dependence, there is a return of up to US$ 7 in reduced crime and criminal justice costs (World Health Organization).

In our district, we are working to build knowledge, strengthen community and reducing barriers for accessing support with: youth and staff driven Mental Health and Wellness Councils, DSAC, Mental Health Literacy embedded in PHE curriculum, a Mental Health Literacy Team and more.  If you would like more information, click the link to see a two minute video to see introduction videos to some of our Mental Health Team’s favourite blitzes.   If you want to see more check out our full list of blitzes from the drop down menu!

Healthy Relationships

Mental Health Literacy

Importance of Play


Mental Health and Covid

For more resources check out printables for your classroom, teacher resources, parents/guardian resources and student resources.  If you have suggestions of helpful resources, and topics to explore for future posts let us know below in the comments.

Mental Health Awareness Week

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (May 3rd to 7th) and National Child and Youth Mental Health Day is May 7th.

This year’s theme is understanding our emotions. #GetReal; Name it, don’t Numb it.  Recognizing, labeling and accepting our feelings are all part of mental health.  If you haven’t registered your class already, sign up for Balancing our Minds Youth Summit May 5th and 12thRegister here.

Balancing our Minds

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Remember to Play

Spring Break is almost here!  Over the last year students have shown that they are resilient, can find creative ways to have fun and adapt to new schedules and virtual learning.  To help students re-charge, have fun and continue to build healthy skills over the break it is important to remember to play!

Play can trigger the release of endorphins (the body’s feel good chemical) that contributes to a feeling of well-being and relieves stress.  Sharing laughter and fun with others, can foster empathy, compassion, trust and intimacy with others.  Play can boost your energy vitality and even improve your resistance to disease! Continue reading

Bell Let’s Talk Day

On January 28th, join us to take part in conversations to reduce stigma and promote awareness and understanding around mental health.  Use the #BellLetsTalk on your social media posts, TikToks or tweets on January 28th and Bell will donate 5¢ toward mental health initiatives.  To find out what initiatives have been supported in the past check out https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/results-impact/prairies/#funds.

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