Helping students cope with stress, anxiety and depression
Recent Canadian research shows that 1 in 3 students in grades 7 – 12 are reporting moderate to severe levels of psychological distress, particularly anxiety and depression. We know that certain levels of stress and anxiety are normal, but how does a youth or parent gauge what is normal or when to seek help before a crisis occurs?
Below are four posters for schools and other partners, sharing information about common signs and symptoms of anxiety and depression, some simple strategies that can help, and some resources for youth and parents to access for support.
Click poster to download & print PDF (posters are legal size 8.5 x 14)
How you can help
Youth and parents suggested ways for these posters to be shared:
- Post on inside of toilet stall doors
- Distribute to parents via newsletter or email, if available
- Distribute to the Parents Advisory Committee
Post on school notice boards where appropriate, especially in School Counsellor’s offices
Other ways to share:
- Post link to posters on your website
- Share with partners via email
- Include in your next newsletter
The posters were produced by the CYMHSU Collaborative with the support of the BC School Superintendents Association.
Eating Disorder Modules
The following series of modules features information on eating disorders diagnosis, management, and treatment presented by a team of Eating Disorders experts from BC Children's Hospital. Module One introduces the series with a personal story shared by youth, Rylee McKinley, and her mother Terri, on their family's journey with anorexia.
The modules are being made available to health providers, clinicians, school personnel, youth and families across the province. The goal is to help standardize practices to provide consistent care and support to children, youth and families struggling with eating disorders.
GPs are eligible for self-directed learning CME Main-m2 credits through the College of Family Physicians
Specialists can earn continuing professional development credits in Section 4 or 6 of the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. Signing into ‘Mainport’ and recording activities will be required at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons
Module 1 - The Family Journey (15:42)
Rylee McKinley and her mother Terri, share their experience and what they've learned from their challenging journey with anorexia.
Module 2 - Eating Disorders Team Roles (31:44)
The Eating Disorders Team describe the range of eating disorders and their roles in diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
Module 3 - Medical Diagnosis and Management (10:55)
An adolescent medicine specialist and dietician discuss medical issues, including diagnosis, when to admit, medications, meal-planning and more.
Module 4 - Case Management (6:23)
A social worker and family therapist discuss effective case management.
Module 5 - Family-based Therapy (30:35)
This module describes the theory, rationale and research-evidence behind Family-based Therapy.
Module 6 - Traditional Family Therapy (25:13)
This module describes how and when to use other more broad Traditional Family Therapies.
Module 7 - Meal Support (42:36)
A family educator and dietition provide an in-depth explanation of the process of meal support, avoiding meal-time battles, and strategies to help recovery.
Module 8 - Questions and Answers
This transcript offers comprehensive answers from the Eating Disorders Team to a wide-range of questions raised by workshop participants.
Questions range specific medical issues, when to return to school, and when to invoke the Mental Health Act. You can access the transcript here.