For Schools

Support and Crisis Resources

Kids Help Phone: Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. They offer professional counselling, information, referrals, and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French

  • Text 686868
  • Call 1-800-668-6868

Trans Lifeline: Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive. Need to talk? Call! Their peer support hotline is run by and for trans people. They’re available 7am-1am PST / 9am-3am CST / 10am-4am EST. Call 1-877-330-6366 for support.

Teen Line: Teen Line is a confidential hotline for teenagers which operates every evening from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm PST. If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands, then this is the right place for you! The Teen Line volunteers who answer the calls and emails are Southern California teenagers who have received specialized training. They won’t judge you or give advice – their job is to listen to your feelings and help you to clarify your concerns, define the options available to you, and help you make positive decisions. No problem is too small, too large, or too shocking for the Teen Line volunteers. They will take calls and emails from Canadian teens!

Resources for Teachers to Help Students with Films

Directing Change Canada PowerPoint Presentation (Download here): This brief presentation is intended to be reviewed by an adult advisor on campus and then shared with students. It is not intended to take the place of a comprehensive mental health program; instead, it offers a brief overview of mental health as well as details about the contest.

Educational Videos: The educational videos are films produced by some of the Directing Change Team that discuss various mental health and suicide prevention topics. Its purpose is to provide more information to students and teachers that will help inspire the filmmaking process.

Mental Health Fact Sheet: Introduction to mental health and mental illness, including its impact in Canada

Lesson Plans

Mental Health Lesson Plan: “Mental Health”. This lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth.

Mental Health Lesson Plan: “Mental Illness and Stigma”. This lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth.   

Mental Health Lesson Plan: “Language and the Words We Use”. This lesson plan can be used with a class or group of youth.

Mental Health PowerPoint Presentation: A PowerPoint presentation meant to be an introduction to mental health, and should be supplemented with other activities, lessons, and/or educational videos. 

Note: If you are interested in suicide prevention resources and lesson plans, please contact us! They are available.

Resources from YMHC

Additional resources from YMHC for purchase:

  1. Sources of Support: includes activities to understand what school and community supports are available, possible educational accommodations you can ask for, mental wellness plan, etc.
  2. Sources of Strength
  3. Beneath the Surface: a creative journal workbook
  4. Mental Wellness Workbook: includes the 3 handbooks
  5. In This Together: My Life During a Global Pandemic: a COVID mental wellness journal workbook