Help for Parents
The years between 13 and 21 are a time of growth, change and major life transitions.
As a parent it can be hard to know what to do or how to help.
There are no right answers but below you will find some suggestions based on different circumstances.
If you are worried that your teen is going to hurt themselves or someone else you need to take action. Check out some resources below:
- Call 911 to get immediate help and have your child transported to a hospital
- Poison Control in Ontario at 1 800 268 9017 if you think your teen may have taken too many pills or other substances
- Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 to connect your youth with a counsellor who can help them
- Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line at 1-800-268-9688 for confidential, free, non-judgmental peer support Sunday-Friday 4:00-9:30 PM
- TRIP at 647-822-6435 if your youth is having a bad drug-use experience or just needs some information on safe sex or drugs
To find therapy, try:
For information on mental health, drugs, stress, and anything else you can think of, try:
- Mind Your Mind for fact sheets on how to cope, keep youth safe, and deal with stress. There are also lots of stories, blogs and art done by youth for youth
- Reach Out.com for great information on mental health, substances and relationships
- Kids Help Phone for info on a variety of topics about health, dating, violence, money and jobs, and much more
- Children's Mental Health Ontario for information on mental health
- EROWID for the most comprehensive and accurate drugs archive on the web
- E Mental Health for self-screening questionnaires to see if you and your youth have something to worry about. They are free, confidential and have been validated by professionals.
For our list of recommended crisis resources, check out our Crisis Emergency Information List ».
For our list of recommended Toronto walk-in counselling, check out our Walk-in Counselling Information ».
Access our list of 24-hour crisis lines on our Emergency page.