Though schools may be closed and life feels a bit different these days, our Youth Educators are reminding all of our students and their families about the importance of mental wellness. Please enjoy these short videos and share with your family and friends. Please subscribe to FTP’s YouTube Channel for future videos.

April 22, 2020
Story Time: Exclamation Mark
By Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
While Exclamation Mark was written for junior audiences, it has a special, broader meaning that everyone can appreciate. Being YOU is enough, and it’s so important—now more than ever—to let that true self out for other people to see.

April 28, 2020
A Letter to My Family
By Travis Greenley
We hope you enjoy this lighthearted account of what it may be like for students—young and older—as we collectively navigate this time together.

April 29, 2020
Story Time: Scaredy Squirrel
By Melanie Watt
Does the current pandemic have you, or a child in your family feeling fearful? We want to remind you, that as we all learn to adapt to new routines (or to having no routine at all!) that fear is a normal, healthy response.

May 4, 2020
Phineas & Ferb COVID-19 Parody
We are pleased to present our Youth Educators’ COVID-19 Parody reminding us all: Don’t forget to have fun, and be yourself! It is okay NOT to feel like yourself these days and there are many local resources available if you need support—just reach out.

May 6, 2020
Story Time: The Little Hummingbird
By Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
It’s important to remember that the situation we are collectively navigating is temporary. For now, we encourage each of you to try your best to be like The Little Hummingbird and do what you can to make your small corner of the world a better place.

May 11, 2020
Not All Heroes Wear Capes Parody
The last two months have shown us that not all heroes wear capes. Our next video also acknowledges the incredible resiliency of local youth (and parents supporting them!) during this exceptional time. You are ALL heroes, and this video celebrates you.

May 13, 2020
Story Time: One
By Kathryn Otoshi
During these uncertain times, we can all feel angry or upset (that’s understandable!), but it’s important to remember, we can all feel better too. Just like the characters in today’s story, you can be the ONE to do what’s right.

May 19, 2020
Resiliency PSA
Our youth educators have created a video on resiliency that features some GOOD that has come from the pandemic…and a cute canine star, too! Enjoy!

May 25, 2020
Doggy Love Story
Featuring a parody of the song “I’ll Be There” by Burlington’s own Walk off the Earth, we hope this video encourages you to reflect on relationships in your life. If you’re struggling, or need resources to help you navigate relationships during this extraordinary time, there is support available.

June 1, 2020
Procrastination Song
This week’s Family Transition Place video is for all students who are working hard on their e-learning, but are finding it more challenging to stay focused—especially now that the nice weather is here! Remember, you’re in the home stretch of the school year and summer is right around the corner!

June 16, 2020
Acceptance PSA
This week’s video is focused on Acceptance featuring our two favourite—yet very different—canine co-stars, Chloe and Spud. One of the strengths of our beautiful community is that we are all different. Regardless of our cultural backgrounds, ethnicities, genders, hobbies or beliefs—we are all deserving of love and of acceptance. We want to hear from YOU! What will you do to make our community a safer, more accepting place for everyone?  Email your pledge to our Youth Educator, Sabina, at We’ll feature a collection of these pledges in our next video!

June 23, 2020
Summertime Tips
Family Transition Place would like to wish all of the students in our community a safe and happy summer. Though this summer may feel slightly different from those you’ve enjoyed in the past, our Youth Educators, Travis and Sabina, have some tips to share with you, ensuring it’s one of your best summers yet.

Family Transition Place (FTP) and our community partners continue to be available to provide important services during these uncertain times. If you, or anyone you may know needs support, please reach out. You will be connected with the services you need.

Dufferin Child and Family Services’ Childrens’ Mental Health line: 519-941-1530
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Family Transition Place’s 24/7 crisis support line: 1-800-265-9178
You can also text or email us.
Text: 519-278-5410
Please note: FTP’s text and email accounts are monitored Monday–Friday from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and we will respond to messages as soon as possible.
It’s important to remember, this situation will pass, and things WILL get better. As we navigate this together, please continue to take care of yourselves, and each other.
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