Youth & Families

Canadian Centre for Substance Use and Addiction, 2018.

Canadian youth are talking … talking pot. As Canada legalizes cannabis, youth are seeking credible information from individuals they know and trust on the benefits and harms of cannabis use. They want to know the whole story. Young people are ready to have the conversation, but many who interact with them are not well prepared for it. The guide takes a harm reduction approach and provides a basis for communicating accurate information on cannabis. This information will support young people in making informed decisions about their cannabis use.

Is someone you care about struggling with substance use? This Crisis Toolkit is here to help. Journey at your own pace through videos, tips, and other tools designed to help you and your loved one.

Parents’ Lifelines is an Ontario based non-profit family support organization for parents and caregivers whose children to age 24 are dealing with mental health and/or addiction challenges. The organization provided a confidential help-line, parent, as well as youth support groups.

It is suspected that counterfeit drugs have been involved in recent life-threatening overdoses in ON and other reagions. This site by "Parenting in Ottawa" offeres drug safety information to parents. is made up of a community of volunteers who are here to support you – whatever you are going through. All volunteers are trained in emotional support, crisis response, and ASIST Suicide First Aid. We won’t give you advice, or tell you what to do because we believe you know you best! We work to empower you to live your healthiest life. We will support you in the moment, encourage you to explore your thoughts, feelings, fears, options, ideas, and resources.

This CSSDP website includes a range of printable and shareable resources (scroll to the middle of the page), on topics including drug safety, harm reduction and cannabis on campus.

Developed by researchers at the UBC School of Nursing, Cycles is a film-based resource that encourages teens to talk openly and honestly about why some young people use cannabis (marijuana). The resource features a locally produced 28-minute film about fictional high school students and their relationships with cannabis. It also has a facilitator’s guide with lesson plans, teaching tips, student handouts and quick facts about cannabis use. The facilitator’s guide is available in both English and French, the video is available with and without French subtitles.

University of Victoria - Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research 

Mental health and crisis support for youths in Alberta.

Aligning with CSSDP’s mandate to support drug education efforts and building upon youth consultations on cannabis legalization conducted in Canada, this toolkit responds to calls for the development of realistic and evidence-based cannabis education for youth. Created for educators, as well as parents, this resource aims to support adults in having informed and non-judgemental conversations with young people about cannabis.

ConnecTeen is a confidential peer support service for youth in Calgary and area. We are a program of Distress Centre. Being a teen can be tough. You have more independence, responsibility, and stress as a teenager, and you probably have more questions too.

This Vancouver Coastal Health site offers health and safety tips around cannabis consumption, as well as links for youths, teachers and parents. The information is targeted at the casusal, rather than medical user.

Say Know began as a means to tackle the illicit drug trade through education. For far too long, our society has been fighting the wrong end of the war.  It's time to reduce the demand of drugs, rather than focusing, wasted efforts, on the supply. 

Say Know works to bridge the gap between academic research and knowledge earned from the street. We have a network of individuals, whose lives have been impacted in one way or another from the drug trade. We help teens form healthy decisions, guide parents, and provide context to professionals. Forget everything you thought you knew about addiction and drug trafficking!

SUDs are chronic, relapsing conditions and youth with OUD may need to engage in multiple approaches of varying intensities along the care continuum.

In Plain Sight is a Health Canada audio series that explores the personal stories of people affected by the opioid crisis. Every day, approximately 11 people die from opioid overdoses in Canada. We see this on the news. We know that it's happening. We know that it's real. Yet, we tell ourselves that it couldn't happen to the people we know, the people we work with, the people we love; that it couldn't happen to us. The reality is, the opioid crisis is happening right before our eyes, in plain sight, and it can affect anyone.

This simple toolkit from Eva’s 25 gives you basic information to help young people in your life avoid and deal with overdose risks. It’s for parents/guardians, family, peers, friends, and neighbours