Winter 2021 update:
Multilingual Mental Health Videos – Ontario Public Health has released multilingual videos to support the mental health of families. Available in English, French, Somali, Arabic and Mandarin, the 2 to 3-minute videos provide ideas and tips on how to become or stay resilient as the COVID-19 pandemic persists. Thanks to David Keohane from Alberta!
September 2020: Mission Child and Youth Mental Health Recommended Resources
The following resources are recommended for teens and/or parents to try while they are waiting for further mental health services. Many of the recommended resources are supported by clinical or research evidence for treating mental health symptoms and will help children and youth have success outside of a counsellor’s office.
Click here to access the document.
There are excellent videos and tools for Setting up Learning Spaces, Organizing Materials and Visual Schedules to mention a few.
Health and Wellness:
The slides in the presentation below by MPSD Youth Care Worker, Jasmin Wells, are full of ideas to support student health and wellness. Designed to support Gr. 7-9 students.
Fun, engaging ideas for how to distract your brain and make use of this time in a healthy way. Designed to support students in Gr. 7-9.
Expert tips through engaging videos and prompts for students to develop safe habits online. Designed for Gr. 6+
- Free downloads, information for coping with Covid-19, anxiety plans for both teens and adults and coping strategies for stress/anxiety.
- Try the Mindshift App, recommended by Anxiety Canada, to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety. Get the tools to tackle: Worry, Panic, Perfectionism, Social Anxiety, Phobias
- Resources and Guided mindful meditations.
- See the Kelty review and recommendation for the Breathr App.
Virtual Calming Room: Sometimes life can be overwhelming and it can be hard to work through difficult times. This Virtual Calming Room was designed to assist in identifying different strategies for managing emotions. We hope these tools will provide helpful outlets and practices for when life gets tough.
Disclaimer: The following links are purely for educational purposes and are not intended as psychological interventions or as a substitute for psychological treatment. If you are in need of psychological help you should seek the consultation of a licensed mental health professional. (Source: School District 196, Minnesota, USA)
As the country and the world respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), we are all feeling a range of emotions. At CASEL, we understand how important it is to attend to the social and emotional needs that arise during times like these. SEL offers a powerful means to explore and express our emotions, build relationships, and support each other – children and adults alike – during this challenging time. CASEL CARES is a new initiative that connects the SEL community with experts to address how SEL can be most helpful in response to today’s circumstances.
- Scroll to the very bottom and select “self care”. The articles are COVID-19 self-care for parents and caregivers. You do not need to subscribe to access these articles.
Child and Youth Mental Health (Mission): Phone : (604) 820-4300
- Other local Mission Community Health supports can be found also be found at Fetch Mission (Community Health Resources)
- Additional resources available for download here: MPSD list of Mental Health Support Resources
“Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. We offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.Whether by phone, text, mobile app or through our website, you can connect with us whenever you want, however you want. Our service is completely confidential — you don’t even have to tell us your name if you don’t want to.”
- Try the Breathing Balloon activity to relax your body and mind.
COVID -19 Resources for Parents and Educators, including (video conferencing) calls for parents.
Sara for Women (Mission): 604.820.8455 email@example.com
Food and Financial Support for Families:
- St. Joseph’s Food Bank — Mondays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon are the times to pick up hampers. ID, proof of income, proof of residence and Care Cards for eligibility are required. 32646 Logan Ave. For details, click here.
Call or e-mail for info: (604) 814 – 3333 firstname.lastname@example.org
- Low cost internet: (For families with income less than $31,120 who have children under 18, please see eligibility requirments)
- New Federal Government Supports: Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
This link leads to information about support the federal government is adding during this crisis, including:
- Temporary Income Support for Workers and Parents
- Longer-Term Income Support for Workers
- Income Support for Individuals Who Need It Most
- Flexibility for Taxpayers
- Role of Financial Institutions
- Mortgage Default Management Tools
- BC Provincial Government Supports: scroll down to the bottom of the page for Employment, Housing, and Monthly Bill Support
Resources for coping during the COVID 19 pandemic:
The resources listed below have been recommended by Dr. Tara Learn
- Coping Skills for Kids – Coping with Coronavirus
- Child Mind Institute – Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus
- NPR – Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring the New Coronavirus
- American Psychological Association – How to talk to Children about Difficult News
- Massachusetts General Hospital – Guide to Mental Health Resources for families and children
- Massachusetts General Hospital: Guide to Mental Health Resources for COVID-19
- American Psychological Association – Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus
- Article from The Conversation – 7 Science-Based Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety
- American Psychiatric Association – Taking Care of Ourselves during Infectious Disease Outbreaks
BC Ministry of Education Recommended Resources:
- WE Schools @home program: Developed in partnership with the Ministry of Education, B.C. educators and mental health professionals, this program is aimed at youth who are experiencing anxiety and social isolation. Accessible in both English and French, the program provides educators for grades 4-6 and grades 9-12 with a wealth of valuable resources aligned with B.C.’s curriculum.
- EASE (Every Anxiety Strategies for Educators) at Home program: Available to parents and caregivers for grades K-3 and 4-7. EASE includes five weeks of daily activities that focus on tips and strategies to create calming routines for children and help them talk about difficult emotions and manage their anxiety.
- A comprehensive list of resources and immediate helpline contacts can also be found on the Ministry of Education Mental Well-Being Information and Resources web page.