Category: Youth


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...)
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 www.selectivemutism.org and follow us on Facebook or Twitter @FindTheirVoices.  (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...)
ReachOut.com

ReachOut.com is a support and information service that uses technology driven resources and evidence based principles to help teens and young adults get through tough times. Through our online and mobile platforms, we offer a wide selection of fact sheets, real stories and videos, created by youth and vetted by mental health professionals, and peer-to-peer support delivered via online forums.  (Read More...)

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