mental health

December 12, 2018
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in just two pages or less!     1. What is the research about? This research was part of a wider pilot project that aimed to create a practical set of supports for youth in the early stages of transitioning to stable housing. Most research on the subject suggests that youth who are homeless are significantly more likely to experience mental health issues than youth who are housed, but they are less likely to seek mental health care due to “...
November 07, 2018
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in just two pages or less!     1. What is the research about? In the first six months of 2017, five young people died while in the care of a Children’s Aid Society or Indigenous Child Wellbeing Society. Majority of the youth were Indigenous and all had struggled with mental health issues. An expert panel was assembled to investigate the deaths. Ultimately, the panel reviewed the deaths of 12 young people who died between January 1, 2014,...
April 27, 2018
This factsheet was created by the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. All youth need to develop a set of core life skills to manage school, work, outside interests, and social relationships successfully. From the perspective of brain development, these skills include planning, focus, self-control, awareness, and flexibility—also known as “executive function” and “self-regulation” skills. No one is born with these skills, but everyone can learn them through practice. We know that early childhood is a critical time for the brain, when connections are being made that become the...
April 06, 2018
This factsheet was created by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health. For two years, the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health supported child and youth mental health agencies across the province in consulting with youth. The goal was to ensure that youth voice was included and reflected in the development of community mental health plans, and to help lay the groundwork for ongoing meaningful youth engagement; 369 youth were consulted in 17 regions, and youth identified the eight priorities outlined in this factsheet to improve mental...
March 28, 2018
YouthREX Research Summaries ask Just Six Questions of research publications on key youth issues. These summaries get at what the youth sector needs to know in just a few pages!     1. What was this research about? This research is about how racism influences African Canadian youth’s experiences of street involvement and mental health challenges. Some research has shown that African Canadian youth are overrepresented among street-involved youth, and there is a lot of evidence that race and racism impact mental health for racialized people. As such, this chapter offers youth workers interested...
March 22, 2018
This report was published by the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. HERE'S HOW THE AUTHORS DESCRIBE THIS REPORT:Young people experiencing homelessness face many forms of extreme adversity including high rates of mental health and addiction challenges. These challenges lead to high mortality rates and increase the risk of chronic homelessness. In turn, the health service systems and providers in most settings are poorly equipped and resourced to meet the mental health needs of the homeless youth population. This intervention guide was developed to provide timely and relevant guidance to...
March 22, 2018
This factsheet was created by YouthREX. Youth sport and physical activity programs must be deliberately structured to foster positive psychosocial development. One way to facilitate positive youth development (PYD) outcomes is to adopt an intentional program structure. In the frameworks outlined below, there are similarities that cluster around providing a safe and supportive environment, youth voice, and intentionally teaching life skills. Staff who are intentional with these approaches provide opportunities for learning, internalizing, and transferring skills.   This factsheet outlines...
December 12, 2017
This factsheet was created by YouthREX.  This factsheet depicts how youth workers can engage with the Stages of Change Framework. The Stages of Change is part of a broader framework called the Transtheoretical Model (TTM) of Behavioral Change - an adaptable, evidence-based model developed by Dr. James O. Prochaska, Carlo Di Clemente, and colleagues, beginning in the late 1970s. Although developed to address addictions, the Stages of Change can be used to support other change efforts. The TTM model identifies six Stages of Change that map out a process of engaging in changing a negative...
November 20, 2017
This tool was published by YouthREX. HERE IS A DESCRIPTION OF THIS TOOL: This tool was visualized from the YouthREX webinar on Youth and Substance Use: Engaging and Supporting Through Reflective Practice, as presented by the ReDesign Group. The tool depicts a model in which five types of people provide support and motivation for youth to achieve their goals.  
November 13, 2017
This video was produced by YouthREX. HERE'S HOW THE CREATORS DESCRIBE THIS VIDEO: How can we apply reflective practice to our work with youth who are challenged by substance use? How can a person-centred, strengths-based, and harm reduction approach support purposeful interventions that lead to healing and recovery?  Presented by The ReDesign Group, this reflective practice webinar provided a framework for participants to generate and foster advancements in emerging best practices. The value of research into risk and protective factors for youth substance use and the need for improved...