Early Years & Primary Learning Resources
British Columbia’s graduation program is changing. Our education system has been recognized internationally for its excellence and we can make it even better. The Ministry of Education has worked with educators, post-secondary institutions and employers to update the B.C. Graduation Program.
The new program will help students develop their full potential and equip them with the skills they need to adapt and thrive well into the future.
Visit the Ministry of Education website for more information:
General Mental Health
- Kids Help Phone -Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. They offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French. Whether by phone, text or through our website, you can connect with them whenever you want, however you want. The service is completely confidential — you don’t even have to tell them your name if you don’t want to. Need help now (24 hours)? Dial 1-800-668-6868 or Text 686868 or visit Urgent Help.
- Crisis Centre BC - Immediate access to barrier-free, non-judgemental, confidential support and follow-up through 24/7 phone lines and online services.
- BC Bereavement Helpline are a non-profit, free, and confidential service that connects the public to grief support services within the province of BC.
- Sea to Sky Safety Net- A local resource for mental health and substance use support services.
- COVID-19: Stay Well in Uncertain Times – Resources from the Canadian Mental Health Association
- ERASE- erase=expect respect & a safe education. ERASE is a government of British Columbia strategy with the goals of building safe and caring school communities. This includes empowering students, parents, educators and the community partners who support them to get help with challenges, report concerns to schools, and learn about complex issues facing students.
- Family Smart – FamilySmart® comes alongside young people and families to provide support, navigation assistance and information and then invites them and professionals to come alongside each other to learn with and from each other to enhance the quality of experiences and services for child and youth mental health. Squamish’s Parent in Residence who can provide support can be reached at [email protected] (Phone # 604 878 3400)
- Family Smart PiR (Parent in Residence) Brochure - Parents in Residence are available to provide peer support to all families living in BC and to CASA families in Edmonton, Alberta. We work in community and on-site at BC Children’s Hospital’s Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, at Surrey Memorial’s Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit (CAPSU) and at CASA.
- Foundry BC, BC Children's Hospital - Foundry supports young people aged 12-24 and their families with easy access to care. Whether a young person needs support for anxiety or depression, wants to see a family doctor or is struggling with a stressful situation, we will help them get the services they need. Foundry makes it easy for young people to find youth-friendly, welcoming and appropriate services – by simply walking into their local Foundry centre, accessing Foundry’s virtual services, or by exploring the tools and resources online at foundrybc.ca. Foundry reaches young people earlier – before their health concerns have a severe impact on their health and well-being. Access virtual services through the new Foundry BC App.
- Kelty’s Key - Kelty's Key is your source for online therapy. Get tailored treatment from an online therapist, or work on your own with our self-help resources. With Kelty's Key, getting the help you need is flexible and accessible. We are publicly funded by Vancouver Coastal Health, making all our services 100% free.
- Kelty Mental Health - If you are concerned about your child or a child you care for, the BC Children's Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre has resources to support you. You will find information on key topics that parents and caregivers often have questions about. This includes some first steps you can take if you are concerned about your child, how to navigate through the different options for treatment and support in BC, information on different medications for mental health challenges and how to connect with a parent peer support worker at the Kelty Centre. Whether it's information, tools, or a listening ear you are looking for, the Kelty Centre is there to help.
- Mental health and coping with COVID-19
- Mental Health Foundations – offers some good resources and videos for parents and caregivers
- Open School BC: Keeping Healthy
- Talking with children about COVID-19
- TeenMentalHealth.org - A guide for parents and educators out of UBC.
Child and Youth Mental Health Services provide free-of-charge assessment, treatment, consultation, therapy and parent education for children and youth experiencing mental health challenges. Services are available to children and youth who live in the areas served by Vancouver Coastal Health and may include nurses, counsellors, occupational therapists, physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, rehabilitation therapists, social workers and support staff.
- Wellness Together Canada- Wellness Together Canada provides an online portal that allows Canadians to access self-assessment, self-directed e-mental health tools, peer support and live counselling by telephone, video and text.
- WE Toolkit (of We Day fame) – Offers a number of free resources to help parents and youth nurture their well-being and the well-being of others in difficult times
- DASH – Dedicated Action for School Health is a not-for-profit society committed to promoting, supporting and facilitating the creation of healthy school communities in BC.
- How to Organize a Walking School Bus
- ParticpACTION - Resources to help families stay active.
Mood & Anxiety
- Anxiety Canada – Offers information and self-help regarding anxiety
- Bounce Back – A Canadian Mental Health online skill-building program for adults and youth (15+) to manage mood and anxiety.
- HealthyMindsBC- To help support learning across environments, several fun and practical EASE lessons have been adapted for use by parents and caregivers to help children manage worries and anxiety at home.
- Parent's Guide to Teen Depression - A guide on how you can recognize the signs and symptoms and best help your child.
ADHD & Parenting Resources
- ADHD Psycho-Ed Videos by Russell Barkley
- Confident Parents Thriving Kids – offers telephone coaching to parents
- Rolling With ADHD – online strategies for parenting a child with ADHD
After Hours Resources
BC Summer Reading Club - Kids ages 5-14 register for this free program with their local public library. They record their reading progress, building self-confidence and developing their reading skills, while participating in fun activities. Online registration begins June 15 at the BC Summer Reading Club website.
Safety & Social Support for Youth
Youth can access support, resources and referrals to mental health and primary care services. Programs are based in Squamish and we welcome all youth. Our goal is for youth to thrive to their highest potential are healthy, happy and engaged community members.Website: http://www.sscs.ca/youth-services/
Sea to Sky Safety Net -Welcome to Sea to Sky Safety Net, a directory of self-care tools and local resources to help connect people to mental health and substance use support.
Squamish PEACE Program: 605-892-5748
Whistler and Pemberton Area PEACE Program: 604-962-8711
Resources for Parents/Caregivers of Children with Disabilities and Diverse Abilities
Additional supports and resources for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and diverse abilities may be accessed through:
• At Home Program – Respite and Medical Benefits
• Child Development and Rehabilitation Resource Directory
• Children and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN)
• Community Brain Injury Program
• Mental Health Services
• Nursing Support Services
• Special Needs Child Care Subsidy
• MCFD: Autism Funding
• Pacific Autism Family Network
• The Autism Society of BC: Autism BC
• POPARD Family-School Liaison Service
• POPFASD- Caregiver Resource Guide
• Children and Youth with Special Needs (CYSN)
• Key Worker and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)-related Supports and Services
• Blind Beginnings
• National Network for Equitable Library Service
• Provincial Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services
• National Network for Equitable Library Service
• POPDHH: For Families
• POPDHH: YouTube Channel
SOGI (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity)
Supporting Online Learning
In addition to the great resources found on the SD48 K-9 Online Learning Menu the Ministry of Education’s Keep Learning website, for those of you looking for more tips for supporting your kids at home with online learning, please see the following resources from Common Sense Media, a trusted nonprofit based in the US focused on supporting the responsible use of digital media and tech:
Upcoming Webinars & Programs
Family Smart 'intheknow'-In the know provides expert speakers on topics important to families. Connect and learn with other families for an online discussion. Join by computer or phone. List of webinars HERE.
Kids and Teens In Control Program- These programs provide age-appropriate material and discussions to help provide a safe environment for the students to ask questions, talk about their feelings, and connect with others who may be going through similar experiences. As our programs are held virtually, this invitation extends across the province. Kids in Control is an 8-week program with once-a-week, 1.5-hour sessions. The Teens in Control workshop is a 2-day, 2-hour workshop held over a 1-week period. We have new programs offered each month, and our intake is ongoing. Our online groups have been a great success with small group sizes. Before each group, we mail emotion regulation tool kits and craft supplies to each child to use in the program and keep afterwards. More information can be found at: https://www.bcss.org/bcssyouth