Tag Archives: youth mental health

Issue: High Conflict Youth

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When emotion is high, thinking is low.

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.

(download a black and white Helpsheet HERE)

(download a color Helpsheet HERE)

“I Hate You-Don’t Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality” by Jerold J Kreisman & Hal Strauss


hateyoudontleavebookI hate you–Don’t leave me
(Jerold J Kreisman & Hal Strauss)

Written with a focus on borderline personality disorder, at heart, this book describes the aching in-chronic-crisis teens we encounter in our work everyday. And while not every teen has borderline personality disorder, youth workers working with teens in crisis will recognize the cycles of behaviour described and be encouraged with the strategies provided to assist teens as they navigate their messy lives. -Book Review by Jen Hubbard

Issue: Self-Injury (4:42)

Screen shot 2014-07-05 at 12.06.05 AMSelf-harm can be confusing because it may present itself differently in different teens. But one thing that is predictable is the cycle the young person moves through. Learn to recognize the phases of the cycle and what you can do to respond to self-harm when you see it in a youth.

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Walking with a Youth that Struggles with Depression (2:26min)


how to walkMark Stromenberg- Community Youth Worker with Cambridge Youth Unlimited– gives excellent insight into how to walk alongside a youth who is struggling with depression.

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Issue: Disordered Eating

4386eating-disorder3Helping Teens Who Struggle with Disordered Eating

There are some signs of disordered eating that you can pick up on if you are paying attention. Keep in mind that not every youth who complains about their weight has an eating disorder. Don’t go jumping at shadows. However if you see one of these red flags be sure to keep your eyes out for others.

Download the Helpsheet HERE.

(download the black and white Helpsheet HERE)

Recommended reading: Anorexia Diaries by Linda M. Rio and Tara M. Rio

Issue: Suicide

amanda-todd-suicide-2012Helping Teens Who Are Suicidal

Suicide only becomes an option when the person feels that there is no other out, no other escape. Suicide can be seen as the person’s only way to escape their deep emotional pain. Often a suicidal person will be depressed and will have tried to manage their pain with self-harm or other methods first. When those methods no longer work, suicide can become the next choice. How do we as youth workers respond?

Download the Helpsheet PDF HERE

(download the black and white Helpsheet PDF HERE)

Recommended reading: “Helping Your Friends To Live” by Jerry Johnston, D.Min; “What Do I Do When Teenagers Are Depressed And Contemplate Suicide?” by Dr. Steve Gerali

Link: Understanding Psychosis in Youth

psychosisThis is an early psychosis prevention program full of information on psychosis and practical resources for treatment and recovery. Approximately three per cent of the population will experience a psychotic episode at some point in their lives; many will have their first experience in adolescence or early adulthood. For some, the symptoms come on gradually and appear to be the behaviours of a “difficult teen”; in others, the symptoms appear rapidly and are clearly the result of a disorder. This website gives insight into what psychosis looks likeAlso includes ways to help someone who is suffering. www.psychosissucks.ca

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Cassia: There Is Hope

DARK-THOUGHTSI had my first dealing with a suicide threat.

It happened just the other day. It was almost instinctive. Go into help mode. What can I do?  What do I say? I didn’t realize the aftermath. I didn’t realize how I would be affected by it. Shaken up.

Growing up, I had my ups and downs, but for the most part I was a generally happy kid. A happy teenager. I had great friends, I was smart, I did extra curricular activities, I had a job. Life was good. I didn’t have

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