Being a parent is the most rewarding job on the planet, but it’s not easy. When it comes to our children, we want the best. It hurts when we see them struggle with peer pressure, substance abuse, or other challenges. Everybody’s journey presents them with a unique set of problems and choices. As parents, we try to steer them clear of any misfortune, but how do we know what’s best? The truth is, growing up can be harder for some children. Some of our kids need additional guidance and support. It’s common for mental health symptoms to occur throughout adolescence as children figure out the world. The earlier we can assess our children’s mental health needs; the earlier we can provide support for the future.


Social Economic Development Solutions is here to help you navigate these challenging times. For some children, the path to becoming an adult is rockier than for others, which isn’t surprising when you consider the pressures involved in growing up. Everything from peer pressure to drugs and substance use issues, to coming to terms with sexuality can impact a young person’s well-being. On top of all of that, mental health issues begin to appear in adolescence but can go unrecognized because so many changes are happening overall.

Here are some common scenarios and issues that we can help diagnose:

  • School problems –  if your teen won’t go or is suddenly failing.
  • Mental health– Your child seems depressed, anxious, or is practicing self-harm.
  • Drugs – Experimentation with drugs and alcohol occurs on a regular basis. That behavior is affecting their everyday functionality.


  • Identity – if your child or teen is about gender and/or sexual orientation
  • Complex special needs –  if your child or teen has a set of complicated problems including a developmental disability or another issue that you have difficulty diagnosing or finding support for.

For information and support

Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 to connect with a counsellor who can help you

  • Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line at 1-800-268-9688 for confidential, free, non-judgmental peer support Sunday-Friday 4:00-9:30 PM
  • Addiction Helpline at 1-866-332-2322 if you are having a bad drug-use experience or just need some information on safe sex or drugs

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