“I felt alone until I met other people who also had a brother, sister, or parent with mental illness. It was great to be around other people who had similar experiences and to be able to talk to them about it. Usually, it’s hard to find people at school or anywhere else who aren’t too shy to talk about these topics or who can even understand.” 

Teens in Control Workshop participant

If you are a youth, or know of a youth, who can use some education and support around a family member with mental illness, BCSS’ Teens in Control Workshop, might just be for you!

Teens in Control provides education and support for youth ages 13 to 18 who have a family member (parent, sibling, etc.) with mental illness. Through the workshop, youth will learn about mental illness, build healthy coping strategies, and connect with other youth who may share similar experiences. There is the option for youth to continue with an online monthly drop-in group after taking part in the workshop. This workshop is open to youth living anywhere in BC.

Space is limited. Youth can be referred by a family member or professional, or youth 14+ can self-refer.

If you know a youth who might be interested, email Shelley at kicfrasernorth@bcss.org or call 604-679-1191.

This workshop is made possible with the financial support of the Government of Canada and the United Way of the Lower Mainland.