Mental Wellness Hub

Supporting Positive Mental Health Promotion in Saanich School District


We acknowledge and thank the W̱SÁNEĆ people on whose traditional territory we live, learn, and teach. The W̱SÁNEĆ people have lived and worked on this land since time immemorial.

November 2022 Opportunities

For Parents and Caregivers

BC Children's Hospital and Healthy Minds Learning have created an 8-module online course for caregivers called "Rolling with ADHD." From their website: "Rolling with ADHD is an eight module series that covers practical tools and strategies for caregivers of children with ADHD. This series has been adapted from the long standing in-person program at BC Children’s Hospital, and includes what research show really works for kids and families living with ADHD."

For more info and to register, click here.

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Family Smart offers a monthly learning series for parents called "In the Know." All Online events are facilitated by FamilySmart Parent Peer Support Workers.


Fall Line Up: (5 event dates per month)


November - It’s Never Too Late: Healing Parent-Child Relational Stress Using Emotion-Focused Family Therapy Speaker: Dr. Adele Lafrance

Dates: November 7, 15, 23, 29, 30

Watch Now: https://youtu.be/wnhN qUACK d0


December - ADHD - The Real Deal Speaker: Dr. Don Duncan

Dates: December 5, 13, 14, 15, 20

Watch Now: https://youtu.be/A9Vpmh7iHbc


Register & Dates: familysmart.ca/events

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Boys and Girls Club is offering a series of online programs helping parents of teens, pre-teens, and children gain confidence, discover practical tips and resources, and find support from other parents.


  • Parents Together Tuesdays-Ongoing- For Parents with Kids age 13-25 - 12-1:30 PM or 6:30-8PM

  • Parents in the Know Wednesdays For Parents with Kids age 13-18 - 6:30-8PM - 10-12 weeks

  • Parenting Without Power Struggles Thursdays For Parents with Kids age 9-12 - 6:30-8PM -10-12 weeks

  • Alumni Thursdays Ongoing Drop in All Ages - 12-1 PM


For more information visit BGCSVI and/or contact parentingprograms@bgcsvi.org, or 250-686-9122.

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The Foundry has launched a resource guide for parents or caregivers of a young person with a substance use disorder - Parents Like Us.

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FamilySmart has a FREE workshop series called Help For The Hard Times. These workshops are for South Island families and caregivers whose child or youth has been a patient in a psychiatric unit or have had repeated hospital ER visits at Victoria General or Ledger House. These will be delivered every month and are facilitated by parents with lived experience and are hosted online.


Session 1: How to support a safety plan at home (Part 1)

Session 2: How to support a safety plan at home (Part 2)

Session 3: How to take care of yourself and your family after a crisis

Session 4: How to find the resources you need


For more information and registration: https://familysmart.ca/workshops/

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Saanich Neighbourhood Place is back to offering in-person programs to support parents and youth, including their SAFER program for parents, offering education and support group for parents of trans and non binary youth. Contact Family@snplace.org for more information or visit the SNP website for other programs.

See parents/resources section for more information

For Students

Let's Talk about Substances is a safe space and support group from the Foundry for youth ages 16-24 who are using substances (e.g., alcohol, drugs, smoking, and vaping.) The goal of the group is to create space for youth to learn skills, explore coping strategies and talk with others who 'get it.' All youth are welcome to join - there is no judgement here! To learn more go here or email Daphnee at dlevesque@foundrybc.ca

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Mind Me is a new virtual group from the Foundry for youth aged 14-17 who are experiencing low to moderate struggles with depression and/or anxiety. Mind Me helps youth learn more about worries, anxiety, and depression and understand the impact of emotions and thoughts on our well-being. It also aims to facilitate the learning of strategies to cope with challenging emotions, worries and situations that can feel overwhelming. To learn more, go here, or email jpaquette@foundrybc.ca to register.

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Wellness Together Canada This new resource includes information, self-help tools, and support opportunities around topics such as mood, worry, stress, relationships, and substance use. Resources and supports are available for both adults and youth.

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The BC Schizophrenia Society has ongoing groups for children and teenagers who have a family member living with mental illness.

From their website:

The groups are run by trained facilitators with experience working with children and youth and mental health. Facilitators use a variety of activities and games to educate and support group members. They provide children and youth with opportunities to practice healthy coping strategies, gain knowledge about mental illness, and connect with peers who have similar experiences. A key goal of the group is to let the children and youth know that they are not the only ones experiencing these challenges.

Kids in Control (ages 8-12)

Teens in Control (ages 13-18)

Or contact at kidsincontrol@bcss.org for more info and to register.

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The Saanich Peninsula Youth Clinic is open every Thursday from 5:30-7:30PM. The clinic is an opportunity for youth aged 12-24 to meet with a doctor or counsellor for physical, mental or sexual health support. Services are 100% free and confidential. Located at 2A-2379 Bevan Avenue, Sidney. Call 250-656-4143, press 4, then 5. IG: @saanichpeninsulayouthclinic

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Foundry Victoria Youth Clinic and Foundry's virtual services offer drop-in and scheduled counselling and peer support, primary care, employment support and groups for young people aged 12-24 and their caregivers across B.C. No referrals are required and all services are free and confidential. If seeking access to physicians / nursing / counseling / outreach and peer support, call 250-383-3552. Booking for the day begins at 10:30 am by telephone. See social media for updates and changes, and check out the Foundry app to support virtual appointments. Their Pathfinder service can also help you find the right support or resource.

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Wanting to manage your screen time or technology use better? Finding Balance with Technology is a group for youth aged 12-17 which aims to have a facilitated discussion about some of the benefits and potential drawbacks of tech use, so group members can begin to make conscious decisions and build a healthy life for themselves. The group is facilitated by two psychology graduates with lived experience, and supervised by Shannon Husk, RCC. Read more about the group here or register here.

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See students resources section for more information.

For Staff

See staff resources section for more information.

British Columbia is currently under two public health emergencies; the Covid-19 pandemic, and the Opioid crisis. To learn more and to access resources and supports, click on the resource tab above, and visit the respective links.


Please also visit the Saanich School District website to see Monthly Snapshots