Category Archives: Helpsheets

Issue: Teens and Pornography


With 93% of boys and 62% of girls being exposed to internet pornography before the age of 18, this is NOT something we can afford to ignore.


“We are raising, nurturing, and catechizing an entire generation of kids into a lifetime of self-centered and entitled/expected sexual aggression through pornography.”

– Walt Mueller

View and Download the Helpsheet HERE.

Issue: Building Resiliency

One of the biggest determining factors in whether a kid makes it through tough times is how resilient they are. And resiliency can be developed. As youth workers we may not be able to remove kids from unhealthy situations but we can help them become people that are not consumed by them.

View the Helpsheet HERE.


Issue: High Conflict Youth

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Working with high conflict youth can bring out heightened emotions in youth workers just as much as in the youth. So how do we help teens without getting caught up in their drama?

View the Helpsheet HERE.

Issue: Reporting and Responding to Abuse

It’s not something any of us ever want to face with youth and yet statistics tell us 1 out of every 3 adults in Canada have been impacted by abuse. If a youth discloses an abuse to you, you are 1 of 3. Do you know what to do? Here are some first steps to get you started.

View and Download the Helpsheet HERE.
Go HERE to watch the accompanying video on this topic.

Issue: Problem Solving with Youth

As youth workers we can get stuck in ‘rescuing’ the youth we work with and forget about empowering them to manage their lives. Iona Snair shares with us how we can go about teaching this vital life skill to youth.

View the Helpsheet HERE.

Go HERE to watch the accompanying video on this topic.

Issue: Mental Health & Youth

MentalHealthWe know the amount of care required by serious mental health concerns is too heavy to manage alone. Working together is better.  Helping teens with mental health challenges requires the creation of or connection to a network of support for the teen.

View and download the Helpsheet HERE.

Click HERE to watch a video about Mental Health 101.

Click HERE to watch a video about walking alongside youth who struggle with mental health.

Issue: Answering Tough Questions

Often it’s not what we say but how we say it that makes a difference. Young people may be asking tough questions for a lot reasons and how we answer them can be an invitation to continued conversation.  Check out the ideas on this helpsheet to help you be prepared for the tough questions.

View and download the Helpsheet HERE.

Also check out the 3 minute training video to accompany this Helpsheet HERE

Issue: Self Injury


There are many different reasons for youth to self-harm. If they feel numb, they can self- harm to feel alive. If they are angry, they can self harm to punish someone else. It can take many different forms – anything from cutting to unsafe sex. The most common reason people start self-harming is to reduce emotional distress. And in the immediate, it works. That’s why self-harm is so addicting.

View and download the Helpsheet HERE.

Click HERE to watch an accompanying training video!

Further recommended  reading: “Hope and Healing for Kids Who Cut” by Marv Penner, and  “Healing the Hurt Within ”  by J. Hope Sutton

WARNING: We don’t recommend kids going onto online forums and talking about self-harm. In our experience it seems to trigger the urge to self harm, teach them, increase their options of how to do it, and how to keep it secret longer. Having said that there are many online forums for kids to get plugged into. If a young person is involved in online forums anyway, it’s important that they plug into a positive forum focused on health and help. provides some less negative and more healthy online exchanges.