Do You Work with Teens or Young Adults?

You may be feeling like something’s not quite right with a teen or young adult you teach, coach or interact with as part of your job. You may be wondering if it’s just a phase or if they need some help for an  emerging mental health issue. At you can learn more about some common challenges teens and young adults experience, what are the early signs, and learn how you can connect the young person with support, if needed.

Start by learning more. offers information about what to look for and what may be happening when someone is affected by depression, anxiety, body image or eating problems, substance use (alcohol and drug) problems, or psychosis.

The simple screening quizzes will help the young person to better understand what's going on for them and connect them with support appropriate to their needs.  For the most accurate results, the young person should complete the quiz themselves as some questions relate to personal thoughts and feelings.

If you complete a quiz on behalf of someone else you will likely get results that are not fully accurate, so encourage your young person to take the quiz themselves by:

  • Inviting them to the computer to take the quiz (get it set-up for them and make sure to give them privacy).
  • Sharing the website with them and encouraging them to visit it themselves.
  • Printing off and sharing the factsheet(s) that you believe best reflects what could be going on for them. Let them know you’re worried about them.
  • Offering your support in taking the next step in seeking help.

On this website, you'll also find links to effective self-care tools, and we invite you to share them with your young person and, if needed, offer to help them build their skills. We also provide information on how to connect to community resources such as counselling if you believe more help is required.

The good news is that addressing any emerging issues at an early stage can help prevent mental health problems from getting worse and disrupting a young person's life.

Interested in learning more about how you can help a young person with mental health issues? Visit  Mental Health First Aid Training, or go to the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, BC's information source for children, youth and families.