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

by Alyson Schafer - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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

Helping kids is the most important thing to me

by Kids Help Phone - November 6, 2015 under All

Mucho Burrito franchise owners share their reasons why Kids Help Phone means so much to them Nearly 3,500 Kids Help Phone counselling sessions a year relate to bullying. That’s why Mucho Burrito, Canada’s leading fast-casual Mexican restaurant, is working to raise $75,000 for Kids Help Phone with its Grab Bullying by the Horns campaign this November. […] Read more

Google’s great, but it’s not a compassionate voice, by Counsellor Dave

by Counsellor Dave - July 7, 2015 under All

Often when my friends learn that I work at Kids Help Phone part-time, one night a week, they are quick to say something like, “oh, that’s so good that you volunteer at something like that…” and I immediately correct them to let them know that I don’t volunteer, that all of the counsellors are trained […] Read more