Youth Section

Activities meeting the needs of young people (7-17 years) relatives of a person with a mental illness (father, mother, siblings, etc.).

Anna Workshop

The objective of this workshop is to bring together children from the ages 7 to 12 who are living with a loved one who has a mental health issue. The goal is to encourage constructive sharing, self-help tools & impart psycho-educational material. Through self-discovery and self-expression, we aim to equip the children with the tools to cope with and strive through the challenges they face with their loved ones. We emphasize a strengths-based approach that is grounded in the creative arts.

Adolescente pensive

Young Friends (6-17 years old)

Current statistics tell us that approximately 20-25% of Canadian children have a parent or sibling with Mental illness. Often children who live with a parent or a sibling that suffers from mental illness experience difficulties such as: increased risk for developing mental illness themselves, difficulty regulating and expressing emotions, difficulty functioning in school as well as social isolation due to fear of discussing their family life with peers.

Our child intervention program aims at not only supporting these children in their development of appropriate emotional expression and coping tools, building positive self-esteem and relationships with others, but also at understanding the mental illness of their parent.  We use psycho-education to build understanding, awareness and to develop tools as well as art and play therapy to learn how to better express and cope with difficult emotions.

Regular individual and family sessions are available for these children on an on-going basis and as needed.

Group Sessions are facilitated once per month for peer support, tool maintenance, and respite.