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Joshua Ostroff

1 In 5 Canadian Teens Consider Suicide (And How You Can Help Them) | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 09.08.2016 | Canada Parents

Suicide is an issue that isn't talked about enough.

Joshua Ostroff

Child Suicide Is A Crisis In Canada. Here's How We Can Prevent It | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Parents

"We have 10-year-old kids taking their lives. Something is terribly wrong."

How To Support Your Kids And Really Be There For Them

Kids Help Phone | Posted 02.17.2016 | Canada Parents
Kids Help Phone

One question we often receive at Kids Help Phone is, "what can parents do if they need advice on how to support their child?" Helping youth navigate friendships, school, break-ups, mental health, bullying, abuse, self-harm, suicide, or any other concern that youth face can be very challenging... I wanted to write this blog to help provide parents with some direction about how to be there for kids.

How To Talk To Your Teen About Sexting

Kids Help Phone | Posted 02.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Kids Help Phone

At Kids Help Phone, hundreds of kids contact us each year about sexting. Most teens make contact because they're feeling pressure to sext, or someone has shared a sext without their consent. A very large proportion of the calls are initiated after teens have already taken a sexting action and they're in crisis mode, or in desperate need of advice.

BroTalk Encourages Teen Boys To Talk About Feelings, Get Help

CP | Lauren La Rose, The Canadian Press | Posted 10.09.2015 | Canada Parents

The online and phone service is aimed at teen boys aged 14-18.

How Canadians Can Help a Friend in Need

Kevin Chan | Posted 09.10.2016 | Canada Impact
Kevin Chan

We need to become better aware of the warning signs of mental illness. We need to ask more questions, press for better answers, and for those who need help, encourage them to get it immediately. We need to make the kind of deep, personal connections that prevent suicides.

Youth Mental Health Is a Responsibility We All Share

Kids Help Phone | Posted 10.13.2014 | Canada Impact
Kids Help Phone

Wellbeing isn't something anyone can achieve in isolation -- it's something we're all in together, and supporting youth mental health is a responsibility we all share.

Songs Can Remind You You're Never Alone

Marlowe Stone | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada Music
Marlowe Stone

Amanda Todd's suicide has stopped all parents, educators and politicians in their tracks. How could she have made such a public plea for help and still not be saved? What I do is write music with positive messages, to empower today's kids to be the best people they can be. In fact, through my kids pop act, Marlowe & the MiX, I've seen how one powerful song can change a child's mood, perspective and path.

Pop Star Was Bullied As A Teen, Offers Advice For The Amanda Todd Generation

Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 05.15.2013 | Canada Music

Lights is a pretty and successful pop star. But that's now. Back when she was known as Valerie Poxleitner, she was just another teenage girl whose own...

Canadians Stand Together For 'True Color' PSA

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 03.05.2013 | Canada Impact

Canadians are getting together to show their true colours. November 12 marks the start of National Bullying Awareness Week in Canada. This year's ...

The Other Reason Your Kids Don't Talk to You About Sex

Josey Vogels | Posted 12.13.2011 | Canada Living
Josey Vogels

I realize a lot of kids feel like parents are the last people they want to talk to when it comes to sex, but isn't that partly because parents are still so awkward and obviously embarrassed by it themselves?