CAMH is marking the beginning of the school year with a series of blogs, feature articles, videos, apps and online tools targetting youth mental health, including substance use.
Back to School Blogs and Features
- Blog Coming Soon: Winner of the Council of Ontario Universities' 2014 province-wide Mental Health 2.0 Student Competition, provides her unique perspective on back to school
- National Youth Advisory Committee (NYAC) blogs on high school survival tips and university survival tips
- Nearly 50 per cent of grade 12 students in Ontario report texting while driving
- CAMH's Back to School basics
- Tips for Parents On Building Healthy Relationships with their Teenagers
- Students, sleep and mental health
- CAMH: Partying and Getting Drunk (PDF)
- Healthy ways to brighten up your fall back-to-work attitude: Be in the moment
you want to improve your health this fall, simply turn off your phone
and pay attention to your child or adolescent. If they are happy, you
will be happy and if you are happy your health will be so much better.
And the best way to promote resilience in kids is to effectively
communicate with them. They need to feel that you are present and that you are fully engaged and actively listening to them.
Make it easy and incorporate that time while taking them to school, at
the dinner table or at bedtime. This will allow you to focus your energy
and attention on your child or teenager and then afterward you can
refocus on your work without worrying about them. With the click of an
off button, such a simple act can have a huge impact on your family. You
will strengthen your bond and will create a relationship based on trust
and openness, which in turn will help shape your child’s future
relationships. “Powering off” will pay off when you see your kid
Dr. Peter Szatmari, Chief of the Child and Youth Mental
Health Collaborative between CAMH, the Hospital for Sick Children and
the University of Toronto, as featured in The Globe and Mail.
Apps and online tools help students manage their mental health
More and more, youth are turning to online tools to help them cope with their mental health and substance use. CAMH is responding with the following online tools:
SayingWhen App - helps people reduce or quit drinking
CAMH Research: Internet based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for youth (coming soon)
Thought Spot - helps students find Mental Health Resources in the GTA
Be Safe - App developed for young people in London, Ontario, to help them navigate the mental health system.