Self-care

To maintain good mental health, it is important to teach young people to take care of themselves every day. Following healthy habits, managing their relationship with drugs, resisting the pressure to perform, learning to deal with emotions and stress and developing kind self-talk are all ways for teens to maintain good mental health.
At home or at school, you will find simple, concrete tools that you can use with your students to help them take care of themselves every day. 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: LESSON PLAN
LEVEL 1: LESSON PLAN "LEARNING TO TAME PARASITIC THOUGHTS"
Lesson plan

A lesson plan to help young people understand what parasitic thoughts are so that they can better tame them and find inner peace.

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Level 1: Lesson plan Uncertainty and performance anxiety
Level 1: Lesson plan Uncertainty and performance anxiety
Lesson plan

A lesson plan to help young people become more aware of their reactions to uncertainty.

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Level 1: Mental health quiz - Answer key
Level 1: Mental health quiz - Answer key
Test and quiz

The answer key to the mental health quiz for young people from Grade 5 to 9. Only available in French

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Level 1: Mental health quiz
Level 1: Mental health quiz
Test and quiz

A quiz that teaches students from Grade 5 to 9 about mental health. Only available in French

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Level 1: Helping your teen maintain their mental health
Level 1: Helping your teen maintain their mental health
Info sheet

A brochure with many concrete tools to help your young person maintain good mental health.

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Level 1: Student pamphlet Parasitic thoughts
Level 1: Student pamphlet Parasitic thoughts
Info sheet

An easy-to-understand diagram to help your students sort out their thoughts and reduce anxiety.

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LEVEL 1: LESSON PLAN: TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
LEVEL 1: LESSON PLAN: TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF
Lesson plan

A lesson plan to reflect on the notion of self-compassion with your students, with practical exercises to do at home to take care of themselves.

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LEVEL 2: LESSON PLAN: GRATITUDE
LEVEL 2: LESSON PLAN: GRATITUDE
Lesson plan

A lesson plan to help your students become more optimistic and resilient by becoming aware of the small pleasures in their daily lives.

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LEVEL 1: STUDENT PAMPHLET: THE SELF-COMPASSION BREAK
LEVEL 1: STUDENT PAMPHLET: THE SELF-COMPASSION BREAK
Info sheet

A practical checklist to help your students develop kind self-talk.

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LEVEL 2: STUDENT PAMPHLET: UMBRELLA STRATEGIES
LEVEL 2: STUDENT PAMPHLET: UMBRELLA STRATEGIES
Info sheet

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
Info sheet

An info sheet to help your students develop calming self-talk when they are going through a crisis.

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OUR VIDEOS (6)

Level 1 : the first year of high school: a true challenge!

Starting high school brings its share of changes: new class schedules, a new environment, pressure to perform, entering adolescence, becoming independent, socialization issues, and more. Find concrete tools to help your young people get through this stage.

OUR PODCASTS (4)

Helping your teens take care of themselves

LEVEL 1 : Drug use: when should you be concerned?

With Anne-Élizabeth Lapointe from the Maison Jean Lapointe, you will learn how to react when faced with early experiences of addiction. What can we tolerate? When should we be concerned? How can you make your child aware of the dangers of drugs?

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Only available in French

SPECIAL TEACHER : Coping better with stress and anxiety

A podcast in which Marie-Andrée Poulin, TV host and teacher, interviews Amélie Seidah, Ph. D. and Isabelle Geninet, Ph. D., psychologists. Together they discuss stress, anxiety, uncertainty and internal mechanics to help teachers better manage their own anxiety.

Listen to it on Google Podcast

Only available in French

LEVEL 1 : Academic performance anxiety, a roundtable with young people (Episode 1)

A podcast recorded with teens who experience academic performance anxiety. Listen to better understand this growing phenomenon and/or play it for your young people to help them express themselves about their own anxiety.

Listen to it on Google Podcast

Only available in French

LEVEL 1 : Academic performance anxiety, an analysis by Nathalie Parent (Episode 2)

A look at school performance anxiety with psychologist Nathalie Parent, who analyzes the problem to help us deal with it better.

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Only available in French

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External resources (6)

Controlling your self-talk

Find tips and educational activities for developing positive self-talk in the Canadian Mental Health Association’s AdapT guide.

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Breathe. Don't let stress have the last word!

Do you deal with young people who experience anxiety? You’ll find lots of tools and resources on the Respire platform to help them manage it better!

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SantéFamille

Designed for anyone who has a loved one living with a mental health issue, SantéFamille is an online organization with an educational mission to empower families to maintain good mental health through shared experience and learning.

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Strong minds, strong kids

To create teachable moments in your upper-level high school classrooms, Strong Minds, Strong Kids from Psychology Canada offers five lessons on stress—as well as a talk on stress—all free of charge (courtesy of RBC Launch).

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Anxiety in children and adolescents: better understanding to support them better

The training module “Anxiety in children and adolescents: better understanding to support them better” from the Comité québécois pour les jeunes en difficulté de comportement (CQJDC) includes 8 videos and several free tools for teachers, youth workers and parents.

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LA DEMOIS'AILE

La demois’aile is an online platform designed to promote teenage girls’ well-being by offering them the chance to enjoy a unique experience: being a blogger! 

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