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Info for Children and Youth Centre for Addiction
and Mental Health

Information for Children and Youth

CAMH's books and pamphlets all share one key feature: a foundation of solid research and evaluation, giving you the confidence that no better information is available in the field. Below you will find a number of youth related publications that are available through the CAMH Publications catalogue.

Children's Book Series

Children living with a parent dealing with substance use and/or mental health problems often have important and unanswered questions:

  • Why does my mom or dad act the way she or he does?
  • Will my mom or dad get better?
  • Why is my family so different?
  • Is it my fault?
  • Will it happen to me?

CAMH's storybooks for children are engaging, clinically grounded educational resources -- the first of their kind to be published in Canada.  

Smoking and Quitting:  Clean Air for All - A story that addresses children’s concerns when people they know and love smoke

Can I Catch It Like a Cold:  A Story to Help Children Understand a Parent's Depression -This book helps children of depressed parents understand their parent's disorder.

Wishes & Worries: A story to Help Children Understand A Parent Who Drinks Too Much Alcohol - This book follows the story of a child named Maggie as she learns that it is okay to reach out for help and that she is not responsible for her father's drinking.


What Kids Want to Know… Brochure Series

These brochures will prepare adults to talk to children about difficult, confusing situations. They list common questions that children have, along with suggestions for how to answer their questions.


About... series (Information for young people about drugs)

Revised and updated! These five full-colour publications, written and illustrated in a foldout tabloid style, use a humorous approach to deliver a serious message to teens. Each publication describes the drug itself, who uses it, and the sensations and dangers associated with the drug. It also gives information on substance use problems, legal penalties, health concerns, how to reduce the risks, and more.



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

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.


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