The Regional Municipality of Durham


News Release

Teens Can resource geared to promote positive mental health

WHITBY, ON January 28, 2015

Durham Region Health Department has launched an online resource entitled “Teens Can”, designed to help build resiliency among teens and promote positive mental health.

According to the Ontario Student Drug Use and Health survey, one in four students 12 to 19-years old reported feeling stressed, anxious or sad, and one in seven students rate their mental health as fair or poor.

“Teens may often feel stressed as they go through the big physical, emotional and social changes of adolescence,” explained Keith Rew, a public health nurse with the Health Department. “Building a teen’s resiliency can help them cope better.

“Parents play a vital role in helping teens develop positive mental health, but parents may also question themselves. We believe that the Teens Can resource will offer parents and caregivers valuable information and provide strategies to better support teens, while helping teens build their resiliency and develop positive mental health.”

A 2013 Parachute Canada survey shows that 75 per cent of teens say that parents influence the decisions they make. “Parents can make simple changes to become more involved with their teen,” explained Mr. Rew. “An example of this is to turn off all distractions at dinner time and give your teen your full attention or plan an activity to do together on a weekend.”

The website also features a Parents’ Self-Care section. “We encourage parents to check out this information on the site. By taking care of themselves, parents can better support their teen,” said Mr. Rew.

For more information about this website, visit durham.ca/teenscan.

Media inquiries:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:

Alicia Cowan – Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2952

If this information is required in an accessible format, please contact the Accessibility Co-ordinator at 1-800-372-1102 extension 2009.

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For more information, please contact Health Department.