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Being part of a group is what helps us feel connected and supported. Learning how to make and keep friends is a skill we need at every stage of our life.
‎Tips & links
  • Talk to your family about transition – how can they help you?
  • Take the Youth Quiz – are you ON TRAC?
  • Make a list of all the things that might change when you turn 18 or 19.
  • Ask your parents or guardians if anyone else in your family or a close friend lives with a CHC/D and has transitioned to adult care.
  • Conduct an interview with someone who has already transitioned. What did they like? What would they have done differently?
  • Build an online support team through TYZE.

Tips & links


Tips & links
  • Make a list of activities you might like to try  what are your passions and interests? Check with your Family Practitioner before starting new activities, just to be safe.
  • Look for a peer group that is made up of people who have a similar interests/health conditions.
  • Learn about how a group of youth with diabetes are making a difference for each other through Young and T1.
  • Find resources and learn more about peer support.
  • Connect through youth resource centres.
  • Watch this TEDx Talk on a philosophy for a happy life.
Tips & links
  • If you need to talk, call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Live chat is also available online from 7 p.m. to midnight ET.
  • Keep a journal about your thoughts and feelings. Write down if you are being bullied and share your experience with a trusted adult. 
  • Learn what to do if you are being bullied
  • Learn to recognize the signs abuse, and how to stay safe. 
  • Make a list of your favourite ways to make yourself feel good after negative experiences.
Tips & links
  • Learn about moods, anxiety and stress and how they affects your health at
  • Try these helpful mindfulness exercises for youth from Anxiety Canada.
  • Learn more about mindfulness with Kelty Mental Health Centre for Mindfulness.
  • Learn about Mindshift – a free mobile app designed to help youth cope with anxiety.
  • Learn about Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services (operated by Fraser Health, serving residents of Vancouver Coastal and Fraser Health) - providing specialized community mental health services for youth 12 and over with co-exiting developmental disabilities and a mental illness.

Tips and links


Tips & links
  • Keep a journal, or get creative! Do you write, draw, or play music? Make a piece of art about your feelings, and maybe even share it with a trusted friend or your peer support group.
  • Feeling alone? Check out resources for mental health from the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre.
  • Just TRAC it!: Make a list of your feelings and questions about transition and take it to your next clinic visit – include the list in the Notes app on your phone.
  • Talk to your Family Physician about your transition.
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