Investing in our children – States of Mind

Youth mental health services – who should be responsible?

Even in the best circumstances, with healthy kids, a great support network and high functioning parents, there are times when it can be very difficult.

When children are facing mental health challenges, the difficulties often expand exponentially.

One of the most challenging and frustrating parts of raising a child with a mental-health issue is simply navigating the available care, services and resources intended to help.

First, parents need timely and appropriate education about mental health symptoms and appropriate interventions.
Next, they need to know how and where to access these supports and how to incorporate them into their life for the sake of their child.

via Investing in our children – States of Mind –

Teen’s suicide prompts calls for changes to child sexual exploitation law – Edmonton – CBC News

The province has accepted new recommendations from a report on sexual exploitation and youth suicide, while the advocate who wrote it claims the Alberta government has been too slow to act.

The Office of the Child and Youth Advocate of Alberta released findings Tuesday of its investigation into the death of 17-year-old Onessa, whose name was changed to protect her family’s identity.

The teenager died by suicide, five months after child intervention services ended involvement with her.

via Teen’s suicide prompts calls for changes to child sexual exploitation law – Edmonton – CBC News

Stenberg Speaks Out – Healthcare & Nursing College


Did you know that 16% of teens have seriously considered suicide?

In addition to the public service ads that Stenberg is running in local newspapers for the month of October, we are supporting the Amanda Todd Legacy Society ( and promoting the Light Up the World in Purple Awareness campaign (

To view or download our ad – CLICK HERE

Light Up the World in Purple Event

Carol Todd, mother of Amanda Todd, will be speaking at Stenberg’s Surrey campus and sharing her story and insight into cyber bullying, depression and the creation of the Amanda Todd Legacy society and light Up the World Purple campaign.

For the month of October, we are encouraging the Stenberg community to wear their “Light up the World Purple” bracelet in support of the Amanda Todd Legacy society and show you care about this worldwide initiative. Wear something purple, open the discussion about what mental health is and talk about wellness strategies.
Share on social media and be sure to include the hashtag #StenbergSpeaksOut. Help us bring attention and a voice to this important issue.

Speak Up. Reach Out.

Amanda Todd Legacy Society    LightUpPurple


Amanda Todd Legacy / 1-800-SUICIDE / 1-800-784-2433 / 1-800-668-6868

via Stenberg Speaks Out – Healthcare & Nursing College

TELUS Wise | Light Up Purple – Blog post by Carol Todd

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“As part of our commitment to keep families safe through TELUS WISE , we’ve partnered with Carol Todd and the Amanda Todd Legacy Society.  We believe in Carol Todd’s initiative and want to support her by sharing her story.”  Shelly Smith, Director TELUS WISE.

As Amanda’s mom, thinking about how she struggled with the ongoing cyberbullying and her personal mental health challenges brings to light about why it is so important, to not only share her story, but to talk about the reasons why it is so important to increase awareness about mental health.

via TELUS Wise | Light Up Purple

Is Social Media Popularizing Suicide? | The Maddie Project


Many of you know our family’s story by now. Our daughter Maddie tragically took her own life at the tender age of fourteen and forever changed the lives of our family and friends. Sadly, this is not a unique story. Maddie’s Mom, our boys and friends have made it a personal mission to tell our story, bring greater awareness to youth mental illness and help create better access for those families currently affected by this troubling disease.

With all this attention being paid to this illness, largely promoted through the likes of social media, are we fuelling the fire and putting the idea of suicide in our youths’ heads?

via Is Social Media Popularizing Suicide? | The Maddie Project

Screenagers Movie | Growing up in the digital age


“SCREENAGERS probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director’s own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.”

via Screenagers Movie | Growing up in the digital age

MPs hear from mothers of Rehtaeh Parsons and Amanda Todd

The House of Commons Standing committee on the Status of Women heard emotional testimony from the mothers of cyberbullying victims Amanda Todd and Rehtaeh Parsons Monday evening as it continues to study violence against young women and girls in Canada.

The two women recounted the personal toll of their daughters’ ordeals as the targets of cyberbulling, which makes old-fashioned playground bullying look like child’s play.

via MPs hear from mothers of Rehtaeh Parsons and Amanda Todd

Sexting pre-teens: Experts say Australian children are sending naked images via text

THE bar keeps getting lower and lower. Or, younger and younger.

Children as young as 10 are sending naked pictures of themselves to friends and classmates via text and social media, according to a leading child psychologist. …

… It was reported on Monday that school principals were turning to sexual assault groups for help with the fallout when young people sent and received messages containing nudity or sexual content.

The statistics suggest the problem is bigger than previously thought, and getting bigger all the time.

An Australian Institute of Criminology report from December showed a staggering jump in pre-teens’ use of mobile phones for sharing sexual pictures and videos.

via Sexting pre-teens: Experts say Australian children are sending naked images via text