Jasmin Yee has written a great article at Healthy Minds Canada called “I Wish I Had Learned Mental Health Literacy Earlier.” We recommend you give it a quick read. The article raises some interesting points, such as the importance of mental health literacy in being able to advocate for oneself, as well as being able to put words to our thoughts and feelings.
So, how can we foster mental health literacy in our children? We’ve compiled a few links to get you started.
For families and caregivers of children, youth, or young adults with mental health issues, the links below are valuable but don’t forget about our Family Navigation services. CMHA Kelowna’s Family Navigator can help you access the resources you need in our community and also hosts events and support groups.
- Grow Emotional Intelligence
- Teach Your Child to Describe Their Feelings
- Encourage Emotional Regulation
Plus, an article for the parents/caregivers: Emotional Agility
(Image for this blog from Homeless Hub. Please note that while we think the articles linked above contain some good information and tips, CMHA Kelowna does not necessarily endorse those websites or any products they may sell.)