The resources on this page have been recommended for Mission families by MPSD Student Services and Siwal Si’wes Indigenous Education Department:

Created by Alexa, UBC Student Advisor, UBC First Nations House of Learning

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Mission Child and Youth Mental Health:

(updated June 2021)
The following resources are recommended for teens and/or parents to try while they are waiting for further mental health services. Many of the recommended resources are supported by clinical or research evidence for treating mental health symptoms and will help children and youth have success outside of a counsellor’s office.

Phone : (604) 820-4300

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Foundry:

Our mission is to support young people in living a good life. This mission was co-created by a diverse group of youth, families, caregivers, staff and service providers across the province. The phrase “living a good life” was inspired by First Nations and Métis youth who participated in a Talking Circle with Foundry, and it acknowledges the diverse nature, experiences and perspectives of health and wellness. 

Foundry is a province-wide network of integrated health and wellness services for young people ages 12-24. 

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Offer parent peer support for families who are experiencing mental health and or substance use challenges.

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Offer programs (connect parenting, balanced parenting, parent-teen conflict meditation and so on) to help with parenting issues, family stressors and trauma and Youth Services for ages 13-17.

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Fraser House:

Offer support for those who struggle with substance use through counselling and preventions, provide LGBTQ2S+ and youth support groups
Contact: 604.826.6810

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Mission Friendship Centre Society:

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Xyólheméylh (Fraser Valley Aboriginal Children and Family services society):

Xyólheméylh is a Halq’eméylem word that describes the specific relationship between someone who requires care and someone who provides care. It describes our organization and is a relationship based on CaringRespect, and Love. Our programs and services are created and executed with a special attention on strengthening culture and identity. We focus on keeping families together, reintegrating children back with their families, and discovering and strengthening cultural connections.

Fraser Valley Child Development Centre (FVCD):

Offer child development services such has physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, key workers, and more; parents can make their own referral.

“Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. We offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.Whether by phone, text, mobile app or through our website, you can connect with us whenever you want, however you want. Our service is completely confidential — you don’t even have to tell us your name if you don’t want to.”

Try the Breathing Balloon activity to relax your body and mind.

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Wellness Together: Mental Health and Substance Use Support

Fraser Health Crisis Line

Options Community Services: Free 24/7, 7 days a week, Health Crisis Line (all ages). The crisis line can help with concerns, worry, distress, mental health issues, addiction issues, family violence, abuse, loss and so on. The crisis line provides immediate and confidential emotional support, crisis intervention and community resource information to people of all ages.

Ph: 604.951.8855 or Toll Free 1.877.820.7444

Provides a safe refuge and community based resources for women and their families who may be escaping an abusive situation
Sara for Women (Mission): 604.820.8455  missionadmin@saraforwomen.ca
Offer information, support and referrals to parents and others on wellbeing and care for children 12 and under.

Kids and Teens in Control:

Free education and support programs created and offered by BC Schizophrenia society. They are for children and youth (8-18) who have a family member with a severe mental illness to help foster resilience and increase knowledge and understanding of mental illness.

First Nations Health Authority

Multilingual Mental Health Videos – Ontario Public Health has released multilingual videos to support the mental health of families. Available in English, French, Somali, Arabic and Mandarin, the 2 to 3-minute videos provide ideas and tips on how to become or stay resilient as the COVID-19 pandemic persists.  Thanks to David Keohane from Alberta!

Well Being BC: Home Learning 

There are excellent videos and tools for Setting up Learning Spaces, Organizing Materials and Visual Schedules to mention a few.

Teen Mental Health:

What are Mental Disorders? What is Brain Injury? What is Stigma? We need to know as much about our minds as we do our bodies.site
Mental health literacy information, education, research and resources through videos, animations, brochures and more. teenmentalhealth.org

Bounce Back:

A free skill building program for adults and youth 15+ to help with low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, and stress or worry.

Strong Minds Strong Kids:

CALM Early Care and Learning:

learn how to respond to your children differently in times of stress.

The slides in the presentations below by MPSD Youth Care Worker, Jasmin Wells, are full of ideas to support student health and wellness. Designed to support Gr. 7-9 students.

Brain Engagement:

Fun, engaging ideas for how to distract your brain and make use of this time in a healthy way. Designed to support students in Gr. 7-9.

Online Safety:

Expert tips through engaging videos and prompts for students to develop safe habits online.  Designed for Gr. 6+

  • Free downloads, information for coping with Covid-19, anxiety plans for both teens and adults and coping strategies for stress/anxiety.
  • Try the Mindshift App, recommended by Anxiety Canada, to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety. Get the tools to tackle: Worry, Panic, Perfectionism, Social Anxiety, Phobias

START (short term assessment response treatment):

Provides confidential mental health crisis interventions services for children and teens; crisis include: self-harming, suicidal thoughts or intense anxiety or depression, distorted thinking, or high risk of significantly harming others.
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At Complex Trauma Resources (CTR) we want to serve and support you through practical and proven strategies to help your kids heal from complex developmental trauma. After years of practice and research, we are making available to you a collection of some of the most helpful resources we have found. These materials are a collection from our own CTR clinicians and field experts as well as other credible professionals who practice in the area of complex trauma. The materials are organized here loosely by topic. Part of our commitment to members is to continue adding resources to provide you with the ongoing support you need.
We ask that you respect the copyright of material on this site as well as those on other sites that we recommend to you.

Virtual Calming Room: Sometimes life can be overwhelming and it can be hard to work through difficult times. This Virtual Calming Room was designed to assist in identifying different strategies for managing emotions. We hope these tools will provide helpful outlets and practices for when life gets tough.

Disclaimer: The following links are purely for educational purposes and are not intended as psychological interventions or as a substitute for psychological treatment. If you are in need of psychological help you should seek the consultation of a licensed mental health professional. (Source: School District 196, Minnesota, USA)

CASEL: SEL Resources for Families and Educators during COVID-19

As the country and the world respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are all feeling a range of emotions. At CASEL, we understand how important it is to attend to the social and emotional needs that arise during times like these. SEL offers a powerful means to explore and express our emotions, build relationships, and support each other – children and adults alike – during this challenging time. CASEL CARES is a new initiative that connects the SEL community with experts to address how SEL can be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances.

Food and Financial Support for Families:

  • St. Joseph’s Food Bank —  Mondays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon are the times to pick up hampers.  ID, proof of income, proof of residence and Care Cards for eligibility are required. 32646 Logan Ave.  For details, click here.

Call or e-mail for info: (604) 814 – 3333  foodcentre@missioncommunityservices.com

  • Low cost internet: (For families with income less than $31,120 who have children under 18, please see eligibility requirments) Telus: Internet for Good

This link leads to information about support the federal government is adding during this crisis, including:

  • Temporary Income Support for Workers and Parents
  • Longer-Term Income Support for Workers
  • Income Support for Individuals Who Need It Most
  • Flexibility for Taxpayers
  • Role of Financial Institutions
  • Mortgage Default Management Tools
  • BC Provincial Government Supports: scroll down to the bottom of the page for Employment, Housing, and Monthly Bill Support

Resources for coping during the COVID 19 pandemic:

The resources listed below have been recommended by Dr. Tara Learn

Kid Resources:

Adult Resources:

BC Ministry of Education Recommended Resources: