Mental health matters at every age. Mental health and substance use problems affect children and youth, but the right care and support can help young people build important life skills and thrive as they transition into adulthood.
A Guide for Families and Their Caring Communities. It is natural for families and caring communities to want to know why young people use substances. They often want to know about potential risks, and question whether the behaviours and attitudes they observe are normal. This guide offers supports to help parents, families and adult members of a young person's community (caregivers, friends, teachers, health practitioners or faith leaders) talk with young people about alcohol and other drugs as they navigate individual life circumstances.
Self-injury (also called nonsuicidal self-injury or NSSI) is not uncommon: 15-20% of youth and young adults report self-injury. However, there are a lot of misconceptions and assumptions about self-injury, which can prevent people from getting help they need and working towards recovery. In this issue of Visions, learn more about self-injury, find strategies to help you in your own recovery, see how you can support a loved one, find support and resources, and learn from others who are navigating different parts of their own recovery journeys.
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.