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 a potentially emerging mental health issue. At mindcheck.ca you can learn more about some common challenges teens and young adults experience, determine if a problem potentially exists and learn how you can connect the young person with support and help if needed.
Start by learning more. mindcheck.ca offers information about what to look for and what may be happening when depression, anxiety, body image or eating problems, substance use (alcohol and drug) problem, or psychosis is affecting someone.
Our simple screening quizzes will help determine if a problem exists and if it does, it will connect the young person with the right support. For the most accurate results, the individual having the experience should complete the quiz as some questions relate to personal thoughts and feelings.
If you complete this 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 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 completing the quiz or taking the next step in seeking help.
You'll also find links to effective self-care strategies and we invite you to share them with your young person and if needed, offer to help implement them. 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? To learn more visit Mental Health First Aid Training, or go to the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, BC's information source for children, youth and families.