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In this issue

Welcome to HeretoHelp Within Reach! HeretoHelp Within Reach is a quarterly newsletter that highlights resources from HeretoHelp and the BC Partners for Mental Health and Substance Use Information.

In this issue, we cover some resources for students and educators going back to school.

From the BC Partners

Helping a Friend You're Worried About Infosheet

It can be hard to know what to do when you're concerned about a friend or someone you know. This info sheet for young people talks about what you can do and where you can go if you think a friend might be struggling with their mental health or substance use. Read the info sheet at www.heretohelp.bc.ca/infosheet/helping-a-friend-youre-worried-about.

My Anxiety Plan for Children and Youth

Anxiety Canada

My Anxiety Plan is a tool to help parents or caregivers and their children understand and manage anxiety. It's also a great tool for educators and other school staff, as tools can be used to help anxious students in the classroom. For more, visit maps.anxietycanada.com/en/courses/child-map/.

Yes2Me Scholarship Program

BC Schizophrenia Society

The Otsuka-Lundbeck Alliance and BC Schizophrenia Society provide up to $2,000 to BC post-secondary students who experience schizophrenia. The application deadline for Winter 2022 is December 1, 2021. To learn more and apply, visit www.bcss.org/support/bcss-programs/yes2me-scholarships/.

Healthy Schools

Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research

Drug use and gambling are important parts of health education, but these topics are not always easy to bring up in the classroom. Talking about drugs and gambling helps young people understand how drugs and gambling fit into the world around them, understand risk, and make choices for themselves. Healthy Schools and the iMinds lesson plans help educators have these conversations without fear or scaring students, and students have the opportunity to think more critically and build resilience skills. For more, visit helpingschools.ca.

In the Know

FamilySmart

FamilySmart's In the Know offers expert speakers who discuss different topics that are important to families, caregivers, and loved ones who are parenting a child or youth with a mental health or substance use problem. Previous sessions are available online and cover many topics related to school, such as Teens and Schools and Building Relationships Between Home and School. For more, visit familysmart.ca/program/itk/itk-video-library/.

Reaching Out

Back to School: Balancing Wellness with Everything Else

Foundry

Foundry has a great list of resources for almost everyone back at school or on campus, such as how to work well and stay motivated at school, how to work on social connections, how to take care of your mental health (no bubble baths required), how to navigate COVID-19, and what to do if you feel overwhelmed or need support. For more, visit foundrybc.ca/stories/back-to-school-balancing-wellness-with-everything-else/.

School Anxiety & Attendance Challenges for Parents and Caregivers: Webinar Series

Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre

In November 2020, BC Children's Hospital, the Vancouver School Board, and Vancouver Coastal Health Child & Youth Mental Health held a two-part series of webinars that discussed why school attendance can be challenging and offer tips and strategies for elementary and high school-aged children and youth. Watch recordings of these webinars at keltymentalhealth.ca/school-attendance-webinars.

 

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