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Parents and Adolescents

How We Help

Adolescent mental health issues are common and are not something to be embarrassed about. One in three young people will suffer from an anxiety-related issue at some point in their lives.  The good news is that these issues are highly treatable and can be overcome.

Lionheart Foundation offers hope and help by providing best-in-class therapy, irrespective of financial resources. This is done through subsidies for treatment from our qualified mental health practitioners who use our evidence-based therapeutic methodologies when providing treatment.

The Foundation also provides free online resources about adolescent anxiety including research, best practices and shared learning, as well as access to workshops and training for families.

Subsidies and Financial Support

Apply for a subsidy and read more about our subsidy program, including Frequently Asked Questions.

Managing Anxiety

Healthy Stress

  • We are hard-wired to cope with this, if it is short lived.
  • Stress is activating, helping create motivation and drive us forward
  • Teaching healthy coping strategies that will work for us in the long-run is critical, as stress is a part of life


  • Chronic stress can lead to anxiety
  • Anxiety is depleting and toxic to a system
  • Anxiety takes our thinking away from the present moment, into the future where we tend to magnify and catastrophize

Anxiety — What Does It Look Like?

  • Perfectionism
  • Pleaser
  • Toxic niceness
  • Procrastination
  • Over-thinking, over-doing assignments
  • Emotional explosions
  • Avoidance behaviour
  • Sleep issues
  • Excessive worrying



What Can Parent's Do?

Validate, validate, validate… Let your teen know you understand them without judgement. “I can only imagine how stressed you feel, like there isn’t enough time in a day to get everything done. This makes sense to me. I am here for you.”

We are conditioned to move away from emotion, but if we lean into it, the emotion actually settles faster.

Ensure your kids/teens get enough sleep. Teens should be getting 9-10 hours a night. 27% of Canadian teens are sleep deprived. This means getting iphones and computers out of the bedroom each night and all screens off 2 hours before bedtime.

Move your body each day, to improve mood and to burn off the body fuel that accumulates with anxiety. Help your child ‘act on’, or do something with their emotion, such as go for a walk, have a tickle fight, do yoga or a few stretches

Practice mindfulness by pausing to breath deeply on purpose, a deep breath in and a long, slow audible exhale out (known as DRAGON BREATHING)

Keep our own stress levels in check. Show up as the healthiest version of yourself. Model healthy right brain soothing and honour that your teen needs to do the same. For example, reading for fun, playing music, making art, doing a hobby that fills the soul.



Expert Panel Discussion

Listen to our panel of experts discuss how parents can help their children prevent, recognize and overcome anxiety disorders.


Listen to Neave talk about the positive changes she was able to make with help from Lionheart Foundation.

Hear Grace’s story about accessing help and support from Lionheart Foundation for her mental health struggles.

Listen to one mother’s story about her daughter’s struggle with an anxiety-based disorder, and about how accessing Lionheart Foundation’s assistance helped.

Stay tuned to hear from more  young people and their parents who have benefitted from Lionheart Foundation services.

Upcoming Events

Brain Story Certification

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Upcoming B'Tween Girls Workshops

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Research Resources for Adolescents & Their Parents

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You are not alone! Success rates with our proven approaches to therapy are high and treatment can help you thrive again.