For teens and their parents, the start of high school can bring opportunities, challenges and a range of new emotions. This is why Durham is working to support teen mental health and build resiliency during this key transition.
Durham Region’s Health Department and its four school boards developed a new resource to inform parents so they can support their teens’ transition to high school.
The resource Teens Can Be Resilient… in High School! A Parent’s Guide covers a range of topics to support parents of teens preparing for or beginning the move to high school, including:
- Understanding mental health and resiliency
- Fostering everyday life skills for teens
- Peer relationships
- Risk taking and substance use
- Supporting teens struggling to cope
The readable and accessible guide’s tips are interspersed with useful tips that prompt parents to ask important questions: “Does my teen set their own alarm?” “Does my teen make their own lunch?” “Do I look after my own physical and mental health?”
With such a breadth of material, the resource can be used in a wide variety of settings. For educators, some of these settings might include Grade 8 or 9 high school orientation events, meet the teacher nights, parent-teacher interviews as well as in Guidance departments, school newsletters, on school websites and elsewhere.
The resource has been printed and can be viewed and ordered online.