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First Responders for Young People


PDF | Vol. 3, No. 2 (2006)

The common saying that "it takes a village to raise a child" rings true as this issue looks at first responders. Parents, school counsellor, teacher, police, firemen, friend, coaches and other members of our society must work together to support children and their families as young people grow up. Articles in this issue looks into the prevention and intervention programs, a guide for parents on teen's alcohol and drug use, creative ways to reach out to youth such as aboriginal superhero comic.


  • Editor's message
    (Christina Martens)
  • A Village of First Responders
    (Donna Murphy)
  • School, Family and Friends Matter: Improving Mental Health in Young People
    (Annie Smith)
  • Quality Childcare = Caring Family Support
    (Ruth Bancroft)
  • Police (and Others) Facing Adolescence: 'Normal'? Mental Illness? Can be Hard to Tell...
    (Camia Weaver)
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters: Meeting the Needs of Youth with Concurent Disorders
    (Erin Toews)
  • Responding to Teen Drug and Alcohol Use: A Guide for Parents
    (Rob McGirr)
  • Marijuana Use by Youth: When is it a Problem?
    (Barbara Moffat and Joy L. Johnson)
  • Social Work: Strengthening Systems Youth Live Within
    (Autumn Jenkinson and Deneen Jensen)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • Journey to Recovery from First-episode Psychosis: don't wait. get help early.
    (Tara and Terry Marttiinen)
  • A Conversation between a Mother and Son
    (Annie and Scott)
  • Medical Staff and Self-injury
  • FRIENDS - has been a friend
    (Michelle Anderson)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Aboriginal Superhero
    (Shirley Muir)
  • Spokes, Needles and Anti-therapy
    (Dave Ehle)
  • My Path to 'Mental Illness first Aid': From Young Adult with Mental Illness to Facilitator
    (Shanon Ryan)
  • Meth: An Innovative Addiction Prevention Project
    (David Diamond)
  • Honoured to be a FRIENDS trainer
    (Jonaire Bowyer-Smyth)
  • What is Team Izzat?
    (Jet Sunner)
  • 'Co-ed' Parent Group: Strengthening Family Responders
    (Bjorn and Gabrielle Ratjen)

Regional Programs

  • Quality Info on Kid's Mental Health: New Website takes a Community Approach
    (Sherry Cecil)
  • So a Youth Enters the Door - Now What? Approaches at Victoria's Youth Clinic
    (Maia Love)
  • Changing with the Times: Online Youth Crisis Service in Real Time
    (Robin Shantz)
  • The Youth Net Model
    (Gemma Fletcher and Sophia Khan)
  • Healthy Attitudes: Youth Body Image and Self-esteem Prevention Program
    (Sarah Thorsteinson)
  • One Community, Our Future: Sto:lo Youth
    (Brenda Wallace)
  • Fraser South Early Psychosis Intervention Program
    (Karen Tee)
  • The Church as Responder
    (Marja Bergen) (online only)
    Mirror, Mirror: Youth-penned Drama Turns Spotlight on Teen Depression
  • (Mark Rayter) (online only)

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