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Young People: Transitions


PDF | Vol. 11, No. 2 (2015)

Young people face numerous challenging transitions as they grow up and make their way into their adult years. Throughout this journey young people with mental health or substance use problems often face extra obstacles. In this issue we explore the complexities of these transitions, the factors that can help or hinder them, as well as the people and programs that are working to support young people as they go through these important life changes.


  • Editor's Message
    (Sarah Hamid-Balma)

  • Falling Off a Cliff at 19: Rethinking how we support transitions to adulthood
    (Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond)

  • Youth in Transition: Connecting with supportive adults makes a difference
    (Annie Smith)

  • Growing Up in BC
    (Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond)

Experiences and Perspectives

  • Escaping an Abusive Home: My journey of self-exploration
    (Jasmine Rakhra)

  • My Journey from Foster Care to Social Work
    (Jordanna Southall)

  • The Struggle of Transitioning: A mother's perspective
    (Monique Lalonde)

  • Adulting
    (Reham Cojuangco)

Alternatives and Approaches

  • Connected by 25: Helping vulnerable youth navigate the 'rocky road' to adulthood
    (Mike Gawliuk)

  • 'I Don't Want to Go': Understanding and helping youth with separation anxiety and school refusal
    (Katherine Martinez)

  • TIP—Watari’s Transitioning to Independence Program: Helping youth find home
    (Barbara Forsyth)

  • The Stay Connected Mental Health Project: Helping young people in Nova Scotia
    (David Pilon and Debbie Phillips)


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