Psychological distress

Adolescence is a key time, full of opportunities and discoveries, but it can also be a time when teens are more susceptible to anxiety and depression.
On this page, you will find practical information for better understanding young people’s mental health, distinguishing between the blues and depression, counselling a teenager who is going through a difficult time and helping a young person in distress. To better guide you, all our content is organized by level: the higher the level, the more it represents an advanced level of practice.

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Level 1: Understanding adolescent depression
Level 1: Understanding adolescent depression
Info sheet

A brochure that explains the 4 steps to helping a young person with depression: Observe, Talk, Help, Persevere.

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LEVEL 2: STUDENT PAMPHLET: UMBRELLA STRATEGIES
LEVEL 2: STUDENT PAMPHLET: UMBRELLA STRATEGIES
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An info sheet to help your students regain their composure and ground themselves when they are going through a crisis.

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LEVEL 2: STUDENT PAMPHLET: SELF-TALK FOR TURBULENT TIMES
LEVEL 2: STUDENT PAMPHLET: SELF-TALK FOR TURBULENT TIMES
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An info sheet to help your students develop calming self-talk when they are going through a crisis.

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Teen mental health quiz

Depression or the blues? Have your young people do a preliminary assessment

If a young person you know is wondering if they are going through a simple bout of the blues or depression, here are 6 questions to help them decide. Please note that this questionnaire is not a substitute for a consultation with a health professional; this is the only way to make a diagnosis.

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OUR VIDEOS (6)

Level 1 : 15 questions about depression

Watch as psychologist Florence Marcil-Denault offers explanations and advice, answering 15 questions from parents about depression with host Anaïs Favron.

Only available in French

Do you want to know more about depression? Here is an additional webcast on our partner’s website, aidersonenfant.com.

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Level 1 : Personal accounts of depression

Listen to Élisabeth and author Marie Darsigny talk about their experience with depression! They discuss the tools they have developed to manage it better.

Only available in French

OUR WEBCASTS (3)

Only available in French

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PARTNERS FOR LIFE WORKSHOP

For more than 20 years, our flagship Partners for Life workshop has been raising awareness of teen depression among young people aged 14 to 18 (Grade 9 to 11), parents, teachers and other professionals who work with youth. During this workshop, young people learn about:

  • The importance of being in good mental health
  • The difference between having the blues and being depressed
  • The signs and symptoms of depression
  • Available resources for getting help for themselves or for someone else
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External resources (2)

Mental health

Find tips and educational activities on teen mental health in the Canadian Mental Health Association’s AdapT guide.

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Blues program

Boscoville’s BLUES program—which includes a questionnaire, 6 group workshops and a web platform—aims to prevent depression in young people ages 12 to 18 who are experiencing the first signs of it and to keep it from getting worse.

Only available in French.

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