Adults who work with youth, such as teachers and sports coaches, are in a unique position to make a difference in young people’s mental health.
Ongoing and regular contact with a young person provides opportunity to notice any changes that may be connected to their mental health and wellbeing.
The relationship provides a young person with a trusted adult they can turn to when seeking help and get support.
At mindcheck.ca 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.
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.
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 mindcheck.ca 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.
We encourage you to have a conversation if you know a young person who seems to be struggling.