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Youth Mental Health

Valerie is joined by Taylor and Venus, both members of this year’s Youth Leadership Advisory Board (YouthLAB). Each year Family Services of the North Shore invites 12 youth from across the community to learn about mental health issues. The YouthLAB takes all that learning and creates a public awareness project to share with peers.

This episode is for youth and adults alike. If you’re a young person, you’ll get some good tips on managing stress and talking to the adults in your life. If you’re an adult, Taylor and Venus provide insights on what it’s like to be a teenager these days, as well as ways we can interact in a meaningful way with the young people in our lives.

In this wide ranging conversation, we talk about such things as social media, post-secondary education plans, and tools and ideas for taking care of your mental health. We also talk about the realities of their lives, and the complexities of being a teen in our world today.

Show Notes:

  • These days we hear a lot about youth mental health, and there is a lot of worry about the mental health of youth.
  • Things that are affecting the mental health of youth, from the perspective of two members of Family Services of the North Shore’s YouthLAB 2021/22 cohort.
  • Types of mental health challenges they notice in themselves and their friends and peers.
  • Ways they manage stress and anxiety.
  • Ways youth might be able to feel more ease and less distress in their lives.
  • How adults can be most helpful to the youth they care about.
  • Advice for parents about supporting their teens, and comfort and support tools and activities.
  • Social media, and their opinions about the positive of connection as well the negative impacts.
  • Global and social issues and how they influence and impact young people.
  • Opinions on therapy.


  • To check out the new YouthLAB website click here.
  • To learn more about YouthLAB and support for Youth through the Agency, click here.
  • To access counselling for children, youth, and adults, email our intake counsellor
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