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.

Happy New Year! Jan-Feb 2022 Opportunities

For Parents and Caregivers

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.

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 BGCVIC and/or contact, or 250-686-9122.

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

FamilySmart has a 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

January Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays 5 PM - 6 PM, Jan. 18, 20, 25, 27

Cost: Free

For more information and registration:

Family Smart also offers online learning sessions covering a range of topics aimed at supporting parents, called In the Know. The January 27th session is titled "Parenting when Anxiety shows up as Anger." There will be a discussion after the video presentation.

Date and TIme: January 27th, 12-1:30PM


Recordings of past sessions can also be viewed through their archive online:

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 for more information or visit the SNP website for other programs.

See parents/resources section for more information

For Students

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.

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

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.

This Fall and Winter the Foundry Virtual is offering a number of virtual groups and Q and A opportunities, including a virtual workshop with a dietician about food stress over the holidays, a beading workshop, and the ongoing Queer Cafe - a group for young people ages 12-24 who identify as LGBTQ2IA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning, Two-Spirit, Intersex, Asexual/Aromantic/Agender, or another gender or sexual orientation minority) to meet over Zoom for activities and conversation in a supportive, inclusive environment. Info and registration here.

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.

Saanich Neighbourhood Place's SAFER group is a facilitated discussion group offering a safe place to talk, find support and ask questions for youth who are on a journey towards realizing their true identity. Contact for more information or visit the SNP website for other programs.

Island Sexual Health is running the majority of their services through distance medicine via telephone and video conferencing, though pre-arranged clients can be seen in clinic if absolutely necessary at Quadra Street location by calling 250-592-3479. They do NOT have to be an existing client to access our services. The confidential text line for Sexual Health questions is still available at 250-812-9374. Please note this line is for general sexuality questions not medical advice.

Go Girls Healthy Bodies Healthy Minds Program - Big Brothers and Big Sisters is offering a free weekly program inviting youth to meet virtually over Zoom in either the afternoon or the evening, to engage in games, crafts, activities, discussions, and more! The group is all about reducing stress, promoting active lifestyles, self-love, and self-care, spreading kindness, and improving social connection in a time of physical distancing! This program also includes a free supply kit for pick-up in Victoria. To register your child online, follow this link:

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