Parenting is hard. Really hard. And there seems to be no end to the amount of information out there (and not so helpful ‘advice’) to make us feel like we aren’t doing a good job.
And often, as a parent, we don’t look out for our own mental wellness. We put our kids first without recognizing that managing our own mental wellness first can only mean good things.
So what do you do when you are feeling overwhelmed? Or scared? Or just don’t know what to do?
Luckily, there are some incredible local resources out there set up just for us parents to help.
Pacific Post Partum Support Society has been supporting mothers and their families experiencing postpartum/perinatal distress, depression and anxiety for over 40 years. They offer a wide range of services including telephone and text message support, weekly support groups, support for partners and resource materials.
Parent Support Services of BC provides support and resources for parents and grandparents in BC. With support circles, resources, education and a grandparents support network, PSS BC creates opportunities for parents and grandparents that foster independence and personal responsibility. They offer cost -effective and comprehensive community based services in cooperation with public and private partners.
Project Parent services are offered in-home for families with children from birth – 12 years of age in addition to outreach counselling and education program for at-risk families where parents are experiencing moderate to severe problems with parenting their children. To access this service, you must be referred to the program by a social worker with the Ministry of Children and Family Development.
Cameray Child and Family Services is a community-based agency committed to the strengthening of individuals and families through a spectrum of services including counselling, education, outreach and advocacy. They provide an array of counselling and support programs for families and children in Burnaby and New West.
The CMHA facilitates access to resources and programming needed to maintain and improve mental health. They focus on community integration, building resiliency and recovery support and are an excellent source for information.
The CMHA BC Division offers a tele-coaching program called Confident Parents:Thriving Kids. It is a family-focused coaching service effective in reducing mild to moderate behavioural problems and promoting healthy child development in children ages 3-12. The program is offered at no cost to BC Families but does require a referra