For Parents and Educators

Crisis Intervention Helplines

Resilient Kids Canada does not provide mental health services.  If you require urgent assistance, we recommend you contact:

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Helpline: a crisis counselling telephone helpline and on-line chat line for Indigenous people who are suffering from mental health issues 1-855-242-3310

Kids Help Phone: available 24 hours a day for young people aged five (5) to twenty-nine (29).  Phone 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text Connect 686868.

Spirit Bear’s Guide to Truth and Reconciliation: a youth’s guide to the 94 calls-to- action by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Talk 4 Healing: 24-7 support, help and resources for Indigenous Women in Ontario fully grounded in Indigenous culture, wisdom and traditions and available in multiple Indigenous languages by calling 1-855-554-HEAL (4325). Live support will be there to listen any time of the day. 

Crisis Services Canada:  to help you to find distress centres and crisis organizations across Canada.  You can assess immediate help by calling 1-833-456-4566 (toll-free and available 24/7) or by Texting 45645 (4 pm – 12 am ET).

Hope for Wellness Helpline: a 24/7 crisis counselling helpline for Indigenous people across Canada who are suffering from mental health issues. Contact them at 1-855-242-3310 or visit their chat line.

Mental Health Organizations

Canadian Mental Health Association: mental health tools and resources including strengthening children’s mental health

Canadian Centre for Mental Health and Sport: Canada-wide mental health resources

Children’s Mental Health Ontario: with kids’ mental health resources

Everyday Heroes Kids:  connects families to pediatric professionals and organizations in health, mental health and education

First Nations Child and Family Caring Society: access their wide selection of tools and resources to support the mental health of children

IMPACT SOCIETY: heroes’ programs and curriculum resources for youth, educators, communities

Jack.org: training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health

KIDTHINK: mental health services in Manitoba for children ages 5 to 12

Mental Health Commission of Canada: programs and tools to support the mental

School Mental Health Ontario: with mental health resources for children, parents and educators

Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine: improving the physical and psychosocial health and well-being of all adolescents through advocacy, clinical care, health promotion, health service delivery, professional development and research

Youth Mental Health Canada: focused on youth, family and community engagement for mental health education, support, advocacy and change

You don’t need to search the web for the information you need to be a parent/caregiver or educator. Resilient Kids Canada did it for you and here is the best of the best.

For Parents

Dr. Dina: (www.drdina.ca) Dr. Dina and her team of child health and parenting experts share their knowledge, tips and tricks – check out her parenting videos, her blog and access her newsletters.

Every Heroes Kids: (www.ehkidshealth.com) - connects parents and caregivers to pediatric professionals and organizations in the areas of health, mental health and educations to facilitate early interventions for their kids/youth.

Long Covid Kids & Friends: (www.longcovidkids.org) is a one-stop shop based in the UK with a Canadian Chapter providing  all you need to know to support children and youth living with Long Covid. Check out their “Cautious Tortoise” and learn how to take a cautious approach to your own recovery and that of your kids.

Curious Neuron: (www.curiousneuron.com) Dr. Cindy Hovington completed her PhD in neuroscience and after she became a mom, she learned that there were few evidence-based resources available to support parents – so, she created reliable science-based resources that all parents can access – and over 50,000 international parents are part of the Curious Neuron family – check it out Cindy’s webinar,parenting programs and toolkits.

Raising Children: (https://raisingchildren.net.au); Australian Government’s Department of Social Services provides ad-free, reliable parenting videos, articles and Apps that are review by experts in the field to support children’s well-being from pregnancy to teens, including advice for grown-ups.

Welcome to Dr. Mike’s Reframe Lab: (https://reframehealthlab.com) and check out  the “Science of Happiness” videos.

“PeekaBoo Kidz”: (https://www.youtube.com/c/Peekabookids) - Peekaboo is a cheerful destination with colourful animation for all the Happy Children in the world ! Specially designed for kids as they explore the World of Kids Educational Videos and check out the Dr. Binocs Show – the best learning videos for kids.

Captains & Poets: (www.captainsandpoets.com) Their  K-12 programming is aligned to the provincial curriculum and offers a simple language that enables young people to identify and express key aspects of who they are so that they can be their best, most authentic selves and embrace others in the same spirit. The premise of the program is that there is a unique Captain and Poet in each and every one of us that, in partnership, enable us to live more from a place of resilience, empathy, compassion, self-compassion, gratitude, curiosity and courage.

Pathway2Success: (www.thepathway2success.com) The parents section provides great videos for parents to guide their children’s development of social and emotional skills, executive functional skills and how to help them manage their emotions. And, the resources available through this website are intended to bridge the learning gaps between school and home with digital resources to aid in distance learning. 

For Educators and School Boards

Captains & Poets: (www.captainsandpoets.com):  a ground-breaking K-12 curriculum that provides educators with the tools to help young people to thrive in an ever-changing world by creating connection and belonging.

Teaching Awareness through Puppetry: (www.tap-toronto.com) is an educational awareness program that teaches children in Grades K-6 about accepting differences in themselves and others to raise a generation that values diversity, acceptance and inclusion.

Spirit Bear’s Guide to Truth and Reconciliation: (https://fncaringsociety.com) a Guide to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada Calls to Action.

Recess Guardians: (https://recessguardians.org)  Is a Canadian-wide free program that provides schools and teachers with the tools to support older student with leadership skills to lead other students in games and collaborative fun activities that promotes collaboration and physical activity to make school playgrounds safer by building friendships that resolve social and bullying problems.

Teacher Val: https://www.youtube.com/c/weilirui Valerijus Gagas created this YouTube channel to demonstrate some great ways to teach social and emotional learning in the classrooms – short, handy videos that teachers will love but some that parents will find useful for a great for sleep-over!

Captains & Poets: (www.captainsandpoets.com) The K-12 programming is aligned to the provincial curriculum and offers a simple language that enables young people to identify and express key aspects of who they are so that they can be their best, most authentic selves and embrace others in the same spirit. The premise of the program is that there is a unique Captain and Poet in each and every one of us that, in partnership, enable us to live more from a place of resilience, empathy, compassion, self-compassion, gratitude, curiosity and courage.

Pathway to Success: (www.thepathway2success.com) Meet Kris, a special educator with a passion of everything SEL and executive functioning. Her website is a treasurer-trove of resources that will help learners find their pathway to success. As a curriculum designer, Kris creates educational resources for teachers and parents, as well as, for special educators, behaviour specialists and other support professionals. Thousands of educators are inspired by the amazing resources she creates.

BOKS (Building Our Kids’ Success) (www.bokskids.org) is a free physical activity program designed to get kids active and establish a lifelong committee to health and fitness. The program includes lesson plans, training and support to get kids moving for up to 45 minutes per day and guidance for shorter movement breaks, games and activities Key findings from research conducted in schools in Nova Scotia shows that children’s stress and sleep disturbances decreased; peer relationships, cognitive function and life satisfaction increase; and children’s moods, behaviour and ability to resolve conflict were enhanced.

Resilient Kids Canada

We do not provide mental health services.  If you require assistance, we recommend you contact:

Crisis Services Canada:  to help you to find distress centres and crisis organizations across Canada.  You can assess immediate help by calling 1-833-456-4566 (toll-free and available 24/7) or by Texting 45645 (4 pm – 12 am ET).

Kids Help Phone: available 24 hours a day for young people aged five (5) to twenty-nine (29).  Phone 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text Connect 686868.

Hope for Wellness Helpline: a 24/7 crisis counselling helpline for Indigenous people across Canada who are suffering from mental health issues. Contact them at 1-855-242-3310 or visit their chat line at www.hopeforwellness.ca

Resilient Kids Canada’s Registered Charity Number 718447477 RR 001

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