Fostering healthy body image in teens: A parenting expert’s perspective by Alyson Schafer

by Alyson Schafer on January 6, 2017 under All, Body Image

Every day, parents talk negatively about their bodies, unaware that their children might be listening. Children quickly learn that physical looks matter, and that thin is preferable. Some children may mistakenly reason that their whole worth is based on meeting societal standards for how they should look. Now stop for a second and consider how […] Read more

5 tips for supporting the young person in your life with body image

by Kids Help Phone on December 20, 2016 under All, Body Image

Canada’s most common New Year’s Resolution this year — for teens and for adults — was to lose weight. While setting health-related goals can be positive, framing them negatively and setting unrealistic goals can set us up for failure. The new year is a time for self-reflection and renewal, but too often for teens in […] Read more

“I was heartbroken and felt worthless and lost. Just like I did right after my dad died”: Laurel’s* story

by Kids Help Phone on August 5, 2016 under All

My dad passed away about four years ago and my family hasn’t been the same since. In fact, we really haven’t coped at all. I pushed myself to get back into dance class; it was the only thing that I could really focus on and the only thing that made me come close to being […] Read more

Moving out and leaving home for the first time: Margot’s* story

by Kids Help Phone on July 13, 2016 under All

I was 16 when I decided to move out of the house. For a number of reasons, I just couldn’t live with my mother anymore. She had her own issues to deal with and we both agreed that it was the best decision for us. But even though I had made a positive decision to […] Read more

It’s so hard and unfair to have people laugh at you just because you are “different”: Matthew’s* story

by Kids Help Phone on July 7, 2016 under All, Bullying

My name is Matthew. I am 17. My story is simple: I am gay. I have always been comfortable with that, but lately I have been getting a lot of negative messages from people trying to bully me and making me feel like who I am is wrong. At first it didn’t bother me and […] Read more

Kids Help Phone’s top tips for #FirstPride

by Constantina Ellinas on June 28, 2016 under All

Never been to Pride? Like lots of other young people we talk to at Kids Help Phone, you probably have some questions. We’ve put together this handy tip sheet to help you own your #FirstPride in style. Pack the practical stuff. Sunscreen, sunglasses, snacks, comfy shoes and water are all must-haves. Leave space for free […] Read more

What’s Pride really like? #FirstPride Q&A with Counsellor Shannon

by Kids Help Phone on June 23, 2016 under All

With Pride festivals kicking off around the country, we sat down with Kids Help Phone Counsellor Shannon to talk about what it’s like for a young person to attend their first Pride festival, what issues they face, and the types of conversations they should have with friends, family and allies. What’s the question you’re asked […] Read more

On identifying as LGBTQ, coming out and being bullied: Justin Preston’s story

by Kids Help Phone on June 2, 2016 under All, Bullying, Dating

  One of the first times I realized I was attracted to other guys happened the summer before my first year of high school in 2007. I was visiting my cousins in Crystal Beach and we were play fighting on the lawn. The brother of my cousin’s best friend came over. I remember running and […] Read more

How calling Kids Help Phone was the start of my healing journey: Rachael’s* story

by Kids Help Phone on May 18, 2016 under Abuse

From the age of six, my father molested me. At first it was just leers, touches and kisses, but over time, it became more. I thought what was happening to me was normal, that this happened to every little girl, and that every family was like this. It really wasn’t until I started going to […] Read more

When I look back at that dark time, Kids Help Phone was there to help me: Jay’s* story

by Kids Help Phone on May 5, 2016 under Mental Health

I felt numb and hopeless. All I wanted to do was sleep and even worse was not knowing what was wrong with me. I remember my school had someone come in to talk about depression and they told us about Kids Help Phone. So I called. When the counsellor answered, I was so afraid I […] Read more