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32 minutes | Nov 30, 2022
School Anxiety: Getting Your Child Back to Their School Routine
School is a big part of kids’ lives. When anxiety gets in the way of a child going to or staying at school, this can be really hard on the whole family. In this episode we look at what’s behind school anxiety, when parents should reach out for help, tips for parents and caregivers to promote their own coping, and strategies to help get your child back in their regular school routine. Listeners, help us improve our podcast. Take this short feedback survey: https://bit.ly/WYAfeedback Completed surveys will be entered in a draw for a $100 Chapter's/Indigo gift card. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
33 minutes | Nov 9, 2022
Supporting Kids with OCD: Strategies for Parents and Caregivers
Parenting a kid with OCD can be difficult because you often have to go against your natural instincts. In this episode Michelle and Bryn are joined by Jen, a parent of a youth struggling with OCD, and Dr. Evelyn Stewart, Psychiatrist at BC Children’s Hospital and the founding Director of the Provincial Pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Clinic. They discuss what OCD is and isn’t, how to know when to reach out for help, approaches parents can use to not ‘feed the OCD’ and practical strategies to help you best support your child with OCD at home. Listeners, help us improve our podcast. Take this short feedback survey: https://bit.ly/WYAfeedback Completed surveys will be entered in a draw for a $100 Chapter's/Indigo gift card. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27 minutes | Jun 29, 2022
No Shortage of Questions: FAQs from BC Parents & Caregivers
For our final episode of Season 3, Bryn & Michelle bring questions from BC parents and caregivers to two leading child and youth mental health experts at BC Children’s Hospital, Dr. Ashley Miller and Dr. Amrit Dhariwal. Together they dig into questions including: How can I connect my teen when they won’t even talk to me? How can I best support my child through tough situations like the loss of a loved one? How do I set limits when my child really pushes my buttons? And much more. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
24 minutes | Jun 1, 2022
Anxiety in Youth: Malia Baker’s Recovery and Road to Fame
We are sharing this great episode from Anxiety Canada’s Podcast, #OurAnxietyStories. As hosts of Where You Are, we know how powerful hearing mental health stories can be. This episode, released in October 2021, follows Botswana born and Canadian raised, 14-year-old Malia Baker. Her journey with anxiety peaked in Grade 4. Malia offers great strategies that she has learned to manage her symptoms, with the support of her mother, little sister and friends. A ‘must listen’ for parents and caregivers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
26 minutes | May 11, 2022
Substance Use: Talking Alcohol, Vaping & Other Drugs With Your Kids
It’s important to talk openly with your child about substance use from an early age, but as parents and caregivers we don’t always know where to start. Michelle and Bryn sit down with Cindy Andrew and Art Steinmann, both parents and professionals with 30+ years of experience working in the field of youth substance use within BC schools and communities, to discuss how to talk about substance use with your child, how to prevent problematic substance use, and how you can help your child develop the knowledge and skills they will need to make decisions about vaping, alcohol and other drugs as they grow. Note: This episode will not cover chronic and problematic substance use. That topic will be a future episode on Where You Are. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27 minutes | Apr 20, 2022
Re-Release: Self-Harm—What Families Need to Know
In BC, approximately 1 in 6 youth engage in self-harm. Self-harm, also referred to as self-injury, is a behaviour used to cope with bigger, underlying emotions – and is also a behaviour that many parents and other caring adults are understandably concerned about. In this episode, we speak to a youth, Ciara, who has lived experience with self-harm; and a clinical counsellor, Kim Leifso, who has supported many youth who have self-harmed. Walk away from this episode with a greater understanding of why youth self-harm and what parents can do to support their child. This episode is a collaboration between BC Children's Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre and FamilySmart. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27 minutes | Mar 30, 2022
A Mindful Approach to Parenting and Caregiving
Family life can be super stressful at times, there’s no doubt about it. And that’s where mindfulness can be helpful. Bryn and guest host Char Black sit down with Alison, a mother and coach for neurodiverse families, and Dr. Joanna McDermid, a Psychiatrist and the Associate Director of the BC Children’s Centre for Mindfulness. They discuss how mindfulness can support your overall well-being and help during common stressors that parents experience, debunk some common myths and misconceptions that surround mindfulness, and offer tips on how you can weave mindfulness into parenting and caregiving if this is an approach you’re curious about. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
33 minutes | Feb 16, 2022
Re-Release: When Parenting Gets Tough...
We are hard at work on upcoming episodes. And with Family Day just around the corner we are sharing one of our favourite episodes from Season 1. We all know parenting can be difficult. But when your child is struggling, emotionally or mentally, "difficult" doesn't begin to describe it. Feeling unable to help them is nothing short of devastating. So what can you do when none of your regular tools seem to be working? In this episode, Mary (mom of 3) and Dr. Ashley Miller (BC Children's Child Psychiatrist) discuss specific strategies you can start using right away to support your child and help them thrive. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
27 minutes | Jan 26, 2022
Benefits for Life: Social and Emotional Development in the Early Years
Between ages 0-6, a child’s social and emotional health is every bit as important as their physical health. It affects how they express emotions, deal with stress, develop friendships, and more. Join Bryn and Michelle as they take a closer look at social and emotional development (SED) in the early years, including what it is, how you can support your child’s SED, and how these skills will benefit them for life. In this episode you’ll hear from Joelle, a busy mom to a five year old, and Dr. Angela Low, a researcher and educator whose work focuses on social and emotional competence in children. You’ll even hear from some little ones who share their experiences too. - This episode is a collaboration between BC Children's Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre and Child Health BC, as part of the Feelings First initiative. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
31 minutes | Jan 5, 2022
When School Staff Are Well, Students Are Too: Strategies To Avoid Burnout
Stress levels and burnout for school professionals has been a significant and growing issue for quite some time and have only increased with the COVID-19 pandemic. Michelle and guest co-host Gail Markin come together with Vanessa, a school District Counsellor, and Kim Weatherby, lead for EdCan's Well at Work Advisors program, to look at the importance of teacher and school staff well-being and what this means for the students they teach. Listen to strategies school professionals can use to support their own well-being, support each other’s well-being, and engage at a systems level to keep staff well-being a priority for mental health and wellness—all of which contributes to student health and achievement. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
30 minutes | Dec 8, 2021
Eating Disorders: How Parents Can Play an Active Role in Recovery
In this episode Michelle and Bryn are joined by Kelly, a parent of a youth diagnosed with an eating disorder, and Dr. Jennifer Coelho, Psychologist at BC Children’s Hospital’s Provincial Specialized Eating Disorder Program, to answer questions we often hear from families about supporting a youth with an eating disorder. The conversation covers how to support your child at home, managing meal times, what to do if your child refuses help, tips about how parents can play an active role in your child’s recovery, which treatments really work, and resources to support parents and caregivers. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
35 minutes | May 7, 2021
Glad you Asked: Answers to Your Questions About Your Child's Mental Health
As we wrap up Season 2 of our podcast, we decided to reach out to our listeners and ask you to send in your questions about child and youth mental health. This episode explores a range of topics including anxiety, stress, technology use, managing family relationships, and how to have conversations about tough topics with your child. So grab your headphones and tune in as we dig into your questions with two leading experts in Child and Youth Mental Health, Dr. Rosalind Catchpole and Dr. Ashley Miller. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
28 minutes | Jan 6, 2021
Concurrent Disorders: When Substance Use Meets Mental Health
Concurrent disorders are when mental illness and a substance use disorder happen at the same time. For example, depression and alcohol dependence or anxiety and opioid dependency. Join our podcast guests Ngaire, a parent of four, and Jennifer Toomey, a Registered Psychiatric Nurse at BC Children’s Hospital, as they discuss how to best support and treat youth with concurrent disorders. They offer tips on how to prioritize the connection with your youth while also getting the support you need as a parent or caregiver. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
57 minutes | Dec 16, 2020
Supporting Children and Youth with ADHD During COVID -19: Special Webinar Edition
Raising a child with ADHD is challenging. With the disrupted routines and uncertainty of COVID-19, these challenges may be intensifying for some families. In this webinar recording, we will discuss these challenges and provide concrete tips to parents and caregivers for supporting children and youth with ADHD in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
55 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Challenges with School Attendance Part 2b (Strategies for High-School Aged Youth): Special Webinar Edition
This special episode is Part 2b in the recording of a Kelty Centre webinar series. It focuses on practical strategies to support high-school aged youth. In this webinar Dr. Sarah Anderson from BC Children’s Hospital, Julie Collette from Vancouver Coastal Health, and Paula Foran from the Vancouver School Board discuss how to develop a roadmap for successful school attendance based on your youth’s unique situation and needs. This will include how to set the stage for success, how to collaborate with their school, and how to break down goals into manageable steps to help you and your teen move forward together with confidence. Note: This is a 2-part webinar series in collaboration with the Vancouver School Board and Vancouver Coastal Health Child & Youth Mental Health. Watch the full webinar series here: https://keltymentalhealth.ca/school-attendance-webinars See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
57 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Challenges with School Attendance Part 2a (Strategies for Elementary School-Aged Children): Special Webinar Edition
This special episode is Part 2a in the recording of a Kelty Centre webinar series, and focused on practical strategies to support elementary school-aged children. In this webinar Dr. Sarah Anderson from BC Children’s Hospital, Julie Collette from Vancouver Coastal Health, and Paula Foran from the Vancouver School Board cover how to develop a roadmap for successful school attendance based on your child’s unique situation and needs. This includes how to set the stage for success, how to reach out to your child’s school to work together, and how to break down goals into manageable steps to help you and your child move forward with confidence. Note: This is a 2-part webinar series in collaboration with the Vancouver School Board and Vancouver Coastal Health Child & Youth Mental Health. Watch the full webinar series here: https://keltymentalhealth.ca/school-attendance-webinars See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
58 minutes | Dec 8, 2020
Challenges with School Attendance Part 1 (Introduction for Parents & Caregivers): Special Webinar Edition
This special episode is Part 1 in the recording of a Kelty Centre webinar series. Getting to school or managing a whole day at school can be really hard for some children and youth, due to anxiety or other related challenges. Dr. Alex DiGiacomo, BC Children’s Hospital, and Alexanda Wilson, Vancouver School Board SACY Program, provide parents and caregivers with a foundation for successful school attendance and enhanced family wellbeing.The webinar covers common challenges that tend to come up when children and youth are struggling to get to school, and things you can do as a parent or caregiver to support your child and promote your own coping when things are hard. Note: This is a 2-part webinar series in collaboration with the Vancouver School Board and Vancouver Coastal Health Child & Youth Mental Health. Watch the full webinar series here: https://keltymentalhealth.ca/school-attendance-webinars See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Keeping Tech in Check: Developing Healthy Habits In Your Family
Many families are looking for better ways to guide their kids’ technology use, and to avoid battles and negotiations around screen time, video games, and tech use at home. This has become even more of a concern for many parents with the increased use of screens during COVID-19. Dr. Shimi Kang, child and youth psychiatrist, and her teenage son Joesh, offer practical tips for families to develop or reset healthy tech habits at home. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
61 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
Back to School During COVID-19: Special Webinar Edition
Going back to school is stressful for some children and youth – and this year, there may be even more anxiety and stress because of COVID-19. This special episode is a recording of a Kelty Centre webinar. Dr. Rosalind Catchpole and Dr. Sarah Anderson from BC Children's Hospital go over practical tools and strategies you can use to set your family up for a successful return to school this year, including what to do if your child is feeling anxious, or even refuses to go to school. You can find the video recording of this webinar on keltymentalhealth.ca See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
29 minutes | Sep 2, 2020
Stronger Together: Promoting Mental Wellness in Rural and Remote Schools
This episode is for school professionals. We bring together the voices and ideas of educators in rural and remote schools to share their learnings on how to support student and staff mental health and well-being. Caitlin Currie (Principal, Alexis Creek Elementary/Junior Secondary School) and Derrick Shaw (Principal, Valemount Secondary School) shine a light on both the small and big things that foster resilient, supportive, and strong rural and remote school communities. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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