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Mental Health Strategies for Families

​​Supporting Children​ During COVID-19

Model 

  • Model calmness. Be a role model. Take breaks, g​et plenty of sleep, exercise, and eat well. Connect with your friends and family members.

  • This is a stressful time. Take care of yourself, so you can support your children.

  • Remember that children will react to both what you say and how you say it. They will pick up cues from the conversations you have with them and with others.​

Talk

  • Take time to talk with your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and share facts about COVID-19 in a way that your child or youth can understand.

  • Reassure your child or youth that they are safe. Let them know it is okay if they feel upset. Share with them how you deal with your own stress so that they can learn how to cope from you.

  • Respond to your child’s reactions in a supportive way, listen to their concerns and give them extra love and attention. ​

Routine

  • As much as possible try to keep up with regular routines. Create a schedule for learning activities and relaxing or fun activities. 

  • Sit down with your child/children each morning and make a schedule of what the day is going to look like.

  • Schedule some parent/caregiver time with your kids, so they can have access to some support one-on-one. Connection time is important.

  • Make handwashing and hygiene fun.

Limit

  • Limit your family's exposure to news coverage of the event, including social media. Children may misinterpret what they hear and can be frightened about something they do not understand.​​

COVID-19 Mental Health Resources​

Student and Family Support

​On this site you will find documents and links with resources and supports such as breathing exercises, how to cope with isolation (stress and anxiety), what anxiety looks/feels like, tips to support teens, alcohol and drug use and abuse, family support, parenting support, mental health and crisis resources, and coping strategies. 

If your child or family would like to connect with someone to help support them in the coming weeks, please email the Student Services Counsellor​ assigned to your child’s school. They can provide over the phone or online supports, as needed.

Coping Strategies

Sample Schedule

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  • Daily physical activity
  • Journaling 
  • Deep breathing exercises 
  • (3-3-3 Breathing: inhale for 3 seconds, hold for 3 seconds, exhale for 3 seconds)
  • Getting outdoors
  • Connect with friends (text, email, phone call, Facetime, Skype, Google Meet, or other video apps)
  • Schedule your day – helps to live with purpose​.
  • Sample Schedule

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