All families have stuff happen and things can kind of “go off the rails” for a little while. Stressful circumstances can make any healthy family struggle for a period of time. One of the differences between a healthy family and a dysfunctional family is the fact that even after a rough patch, healthy families have a tendency to get back to whatever their normal functioning was before. With dysfunctional families rough patches and issues and “off the rails” tends to be a chronic condition that seems to happen repeatedly and / or with no break between.
When kids don’t get their needs met in a healthy manner, it can set them up for a lifetime of victimization. The skills they don’t learn are often the ones that are needed to function in healthy relationships. The skills they do learn are often the ones that reinforce unhealthy and / or abusive relationships. Some folks are able to work their way through it all and come out as adults in a good place and some don’t.
On this resource page are a list of publications and links to provide you with information on issues that teenagers deal with. Some of the links are to our own work and some are to other community groups. Since we are a Leeds & Grenville based organization, community links are mostly for organizations in that catchment area.
Assault Response & Care Centre (ARCC)
Assaulted Women’s Helpline
Lanark, Leeds & Grenville Legal Clinic
Legal Aid Ontario
Mental Health Crisis Line
Victim Witness Assistance Program
Victim Support Line
Mental Health Services for Children & Youth
National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Kids Help Phone
Boost For Kids
Need Help Now
Mental Health for Kids – Mind your Mind
Covenant House (youth shelter)
Blog Posts for Teenagers
211 Information on Youth Organizations in Ontario
Domestic Violence Hotline
PFLAG – resources for LGBTQ2
Love is Respect – Dating Violence Resources
Internet Safety Planning & Technology