Mental Wellness

Quality relationships are critical to a child's mental wellness

Research shows that: 


  • Up to 1 in 5 Canadian kids are affected by a mental health issue.
  • Fifty per cent of adults with mental wellness issues report that the problem started before 14 years of age.
  • Only 50 per cent of Canadian kids in grade 6 report a high level of emotional well-being. That number drops to 26 per cent by grade 10.
  • Youth mental disorders are ranked 2nd highest in hospital expenditure care in Canada
  • The presence of a strong parent/child relationship matters in 23 of 24 health behaviours for kids, including emotional wellness, making healthy choices, and positive social interactions.

We have developed a new public service message and infographic video series that will provide you with tips, suggestions and strategies to help support your child's mental well-being.

Other resources:

The Psychology Foundation of Canada is our official resource partner.  We are proud to have this partnership and are supportive of their resources.  We encourage you to access their Parenting for Life materials by clicking here.

As a proud partner of Kids Help Phone, we are supportive of their resources as well and encourage you to click here to visit their website . 

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Featured Infographic
The presence of a strong parent/child relationship matters in 23 of 24 health behaviours for kids
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Only 50% of kids in grade 6 report a high level of emotional well-being

Use this downloadable poster to help remind your children about how special they are.

The Psychology Foundation of Canada (PFC) is a national registered charity dedicated to supporting parents and strengthening families by developing programs and services that focus on promoting psychological well-being.  We are proud to be partnering with PFC in support of children’s mental wellness.  In particular, we encourage parents to participate in their Parenting For Life program.  PFC's Parenting For Life program is an award-winning education program designed to promote positive parenting skills and the well-being of families.

Kids Help Phone 

Kids Help Phone is Canada's only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, referral and Internet service for children and youth. Every day, professional counsellors provide immediate, caring support to young people in urban and rural communities across the country.

Partners for Mental Health

Partners for Mental Health is a national charitable organization that informs, engages, recruits, mobilizes and partners with people and organizations to transform the way we think about, act towards and support mental health in Canada.


The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.