A bit about mental health
Bullying is repeated destructive behaviour that can be physical, verbal, or social, and can leave you feeling hurt, angry, and afraid. The effects of bullying can last for years, and impact your self-esteem, ability to trust, sense of security, and overall mood. If you are being bullied, or would like support to stop bullying others, contact Frontenac Youth Services or visit the following websites for further support.
Eating disorders can be more complicated than trying to lose weight or restricting eating, and often stem from a mix of underlying factors. Eating disorders can seriously impact one’s mood, relationships, self-perception, and physical and mental health. If you feel you may have an eating disorder, contact Frontenac Youth Services or visit the following websites for further support.
GENDER & SEXUALITY
Gender identity or sexual orientation is your inner feelings of whether you’re female or male, both, or neither. Your gender identity isn’t seen by others. Gender identity may be the same as the sex you were assigned at birth (cisgender) or not (transgender).
Grief occurs after a loss, either through death, the breakup of a romantic relationship, or any other major loss. Grief can have a large impact on your mood, interactions, appetite, sleep, thoughts, and body, and can be difficult to move through without appropriate supports. If you are struggling with a major loss and experiencing grief, contact Frontenac Youth Services or visit the following websites for further support.
Relationships are an essential part of life, especially an adolescent’s life. From parents, to friends, to romantic partners, these relationships can be a significant source of enjoyment and support. Relationships can also be tricky to negotiate, and conflict in relationships can be a great source of upset. If relationships in your life are a struggle to manage or maintain, or are impacting you in a negative manner, contact Frontenac Youth Services or visit the following websites for further support.
Sadness is an emotion that everyone experiences at some point in their lives, but for some people sadness can feel overwhelming and interfere with their daily living. Sadness can influence your level of enjoyment in pleasurable activities, your ability to sleep and eat well, your motivation, your sense of hope, and your engagement with others. If you are feeling overwhelmed by sadness, contact us at Frontenac Youth Services or visit the following websites for further support.
People can use substances for a variety of reasons, such as for fun, for experimentation, or for coping with stressors in life. Substances also range in type, from cigarettes, to alcohol, to marijuana, to meth-amphetamine. Use of substances can begin recreationally, but can escalate and can begin to interfere with school, work, relationships, your health and safety, and your emotional state. If the use of substances is interfering in your life, contact Frontenac Youth Services or visit the following websites for further support.
Need help at home?
- Do you constantly argue with your parents or sister or brother?
- Do you feel like the black sheep in your family?
- Do you wish that you could talk to your parents or were closer to them but do not know how to approach them?
- Do you feel you have disappointed your parents, or they want you to be someone you are not?
- Do you feel very anxious for no reason, isolated, different than your friends or overly self-conscious?
Need help at school?
- Do you feel depressed about school all the time?
- Do you think you are “stupid”, and will never be successful?
- Is it hard for you to talk about school to your parents and teachers?
- Are there other students at school that are doing things that could be harmful to you, or other students in the school?
Need help in your community?
- Do you worry about your friends?
- Are you and your friends behaving in a way that worries or upsets you or would upset your family or relatives?
- Are you involved in behaviours that could lead to court action, which might stop you from achieving your future plans?
IF YOU ANSWERED YES TO MORE THAN ONE QUESTION ABOVE, PLEASE CONTACT CENTRAL INTAKE
Contact Central Intake to get a referral at 1-888-454-6275
Other Sites and Resources
Kinark Child and Family Services is a leading children’s mental health organization in Ontario that provides evidence-based services that include individual, family and group counselling for children and youth living with mental health issues. Kinark supports children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families as well as offers institutionally and community-based forensic services. Kinark also operates the Kinark Outdoor Centre in Minden Ontario, providing programming, respite and therapeutic recreation.
Chimo Youth and Family Services is a community based, not for profit agency, that helps with behaviour problems, anger problems, inability to get along, self management skills, social skills, school problems, responsibility, problem solving, separation and loss, depression, anxiety, self- injuring, suicidal attempt or talk, sexual, physical and emotional abuse. Chimo focuses its services on children and youth but understands the importance of family for it is within strong families that children and youth can dream, hope and realize their potential.