Category: Youth

Selective Mutism Association

The Selective Mutism Association (SMA) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing information, resources and support to those impacted by a child with the anxiety disorder known as selective mutism. Selective Mutism (SM) is best understood as a complex childhood anxiety disorder characterized by a child’s or adolescent’s inability to speak in one or more social settings (e.g., at school, in public places, with adults) despite being able to speak comfortably in other settings (e.g., at home with family). These children: • talk normally in settings where they feel comfortable • have an actual fear of speaking when there is an expectation to talk • can “freeze” due to anxiety Without intervention, over time this can lead to social difficulties and/or isolation. SM can persist into adolescence and even adulthood if left untreated. However, with diagnosis at a young age, early intervention and effective treatment, the prognosis for children with SM is good. Whether you are a parent of a child with SM, a teacher of a student with SM, a therapist with a SM patient, or anyone interested in learning more, SMA can help. We are the nation’s premier resource for SM information, providing a network of families and treating professionals around the world who uniquely understand the struggles of SM. Stop struggling alone. Start seeking information and new ideas today.
 Visit the Selective Mutism Association at and follow us on Facebook or Twitter @FindTheirVoices.  (Read More...)
Young Carers Initiative

The Young Carers Initiative has been supporting the wellbeing and resilience of young carers and their families in Haldimand, Norfolk and Niagara since 2003. Young carers are the hidden population of family caregivers and include children, youth, and young adults who provide care for a family member due to a chronic illness, disability (physical or intellectual), mental health issue, addiction issue, or socioeconomic factor (single parent family, language barrier, etc.). In addition to a caregiving role, young carers may also experience the emotional impact of a family member needing their support. Recent research shows that young carers are at greater risk of depressive symptoms, lower self-esteem and higher levels of loneliness and anxiety when compared to their non-caregiving peers. One recent study from Brock University shows that young carers provide on average 14 hours per week while almost ¼ spend 3 to 6 hours per day, which is equivalent of a part-time job. Our program called Powerhouse Project offers a variety of free services and activities to empower young carers and give them respite from their caregiving responsibilities. All of our services aim to reduce isolation and caregiver fatigue, alleviate stress and anxiety, and invest peer support. Everything we do is focused on helping young carers achieve future success.  (Read More...)
LGBT Youth Line

The Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line exists to provide service for youth, by youth that affirms the experiences and aspirations of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, 2-spirit, queer and questioning youth in Ontario. Working within an anti-oppression and anti-racist framework, we provide leadership opportunities, outreach, confidential peer support and referrals by telephone, texting and online. We want to hear from you if you have a question, if you need to know what events and supports are in your area, if you have a concern, or if you just need to talk.  (Read More...)
Laing House

Laing House's mission is to empower youth living with mental illness through innovative youth engagement and peer support. We are a drop-in centre and community of peer support groups for youth aged 16 – 29 living with a mood disorder, psychosis, and/or anxiety disorder. Members can meet friends who have gone through similar experiences and support each other as they find wellness. Programming includes art, meals, education and employment support, camping, music, and more. With satellite groups in Yarmouth and Sackville, Laing House is extending our reach across NS. We also offer a support group for families.  (Read More...)
The Moyer Foundation Resource Center

Focused on continuing and expanding our support of children and families affected by grief through its Camp Erin Program and addiction through Camp Mariposa, The Moyer Foundation has launched a comprehensive online library of carefully curated resources that provide the tools to navigate some of life’s most challenging experiences.  (Read More...)
CHADS Coalition

CHADS' mission is to save young lives by advancing the awareness and prevention of depression and suicide. We work to eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness and the suicide of young people, facilitate healing in the community, and instill hope in families struggling with mental illness or suicide. CHADS offers school outreach programs, community awareness presentations and classes as well as family support programs to advance the awareness and prevention of depression and suicide. Additionally, CHADS holds events each year (trivia night in March, Kids Walking for Kids in May and a walk/run in the fall) to raise awareness and funds for mental health.  (Read More...)
Supporting Our Youth

Supporting Our Youth (SOY) is an innovative community development program of Sherbourne Health Centre. SOY works to support the health and wellbeing of all queer and trans spectrum youth by running groups, programs and events and by providing one-on-one support for queer, trans and questioning youth who are 29 years old and under.  (Read More...)
Camp Mariposa

Created and supported by The Moyer Foundation, Camp Mariposa is a national addiction prevention and mentoring program for youth impacted by substance abuse in their families. Children ages 9-12 attend transformational weekend camps multiple times a year, always free of charge. Additional education and mentoring activities are offered to campers, teens, and their families throughout the year giving youth the knowledge, coping skills and confidence to prevent them from developing an addiction of their own. Led by mental health professionals and trained volunteers, Camp Mariposa provides a safe, fun and supportive environment critical to help break the cycle of family addiction across 12 locations nationwide.  (Read More...)
Youth Mental Health Canada

Youth Mental Health Canada is a grassroots, youth-driven and led non-profit organization focused on education, advocacy and filmmaking for youth mental health change. We advocate for greater funding of publicly funded, culturally sensitive, needs-based, innovative supports and services in healthcare and education. We believe that mental health and physical health should be valued equally. We need immediate and effective responses to mental health issues and crises. Waiting one year to access therapy, have a psychological-educational assessment and/or participate in in-patient or out-patient programs needs to change. We know what works for youth with mental health disabilities in the school system and we strongly advocate for suicide prevention strategies that demonstrate the value we place on the lives of all youth in Canada. We share international best practice and evidence-based news and information on youth mental health issues.  (Read More...)

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