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Youth Support

Consider seeking professional help if your child is feeling low or anxious for a prolonged period of time, or if you have serious concerns about how your child is acting.

What is Youth Support in Mental Health?

Mental health youth support refers to a comprehensive system of specialized assistance, resources, and guidance designed specifically for young individuals facing mental health challenges. It is an essential component of providing the necessary care and attention to address the unique needs and vulnerabilities that arise during adolescence. Youth support encompasses a wide range of services aimed at promoting emotional well-being, resilience, and recovery in young people. These may include counseling sessions with trained professionals who offer a safe space for open discussion and exploration of one’s thoughts and emotions. Additionally, it involves psychoeducation programs tailored to educate teenagers about mental health issues, teaching them coping mechanisms, stress management techniques, self-care practices, and strategies for maintaining positive relationships. Whether offered through schools or community organizations, youth support also often entails peer group therapy where adolescents can connect with others facing similar challenges while fostering empathy, understanding, and a sense of belonging. By offering confidential platforms for expression combined with evidence-based interventions such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or mindfulness exercises; mental health youth support aims to empower young individuals by equipping them with the tools they need to navigate their complex emotions effectively.

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Families want the best for their children, to nurture their growth and development. Families with children who have special needs want the same for their children, but often face additional challenges, including great stress, social isolation, and financial strain. Families may become overwhelmed and find it difficult navigating the service system for their child, and to find social and emotional support for themselves. Family Support helps families access a broad array of supports and services, including formal supports (such as paid respite care) and informal supports (such as parent-to-parent connections) and a community system of services that promote the well-being of families and their children with special needs.

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Finding Professional Help

If you're experiencing difficulties with your mental well-being, which are impacting your daily life and relationships, seeking professional help is a wise decision.

There are several options available to address your specific concerns and receive the support you need:

Schedule a discussion with your primary care physician to discuss your situation and obtain referrals to specialized resources for gender identity or mental health.

Consider seeking therapy from a qualified provider such as Calm Waters Counseling.

Inquire with your employer about any potential support programs like mentoring or peer support groups.

Reach out to local LGBTIQA+ organizations, which may offer support through group sessions, drop-ins, or mentorship programs.

Most Popular Questions

Questions that clients ask us frequently

The term encompasses emotional, psychological, and social well-being2 as well as the ability to cope with change. To achieve well-being without discrimination, navigate the complexity of life successfully, develop fulfilling relationships, adapt to change, and use appropriate coping mechanisms.

As adolescents, we face a variety of stressors, including exposure to adversity, conformity pressures, and identity exploration. Adolescents' perceptions or aspirations for the future may differ from their lived reality due to media influence and gender norms.

An estimated 49.5% of adolescents have had a mental health disorder at some point during their lives. The good news is that promoting positive mental health can prevent many problems.
People with autism can have good mental health just like anyone else. Autism is not a mental health issue. People with autism often experience mental health problems, but it's a developmental condition that affects the way they perceive the world and interact with others.