Mental Health Resources for Parents and Caregivers
In one way or another, we have all been affected by the news of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each day seems to bring something that changes the landscape, and creates heightened anxiety. At the same time, it is important to notice how the world has come together in collective response, and how leaders are stepping forward, and those in positions of caring for others are selflessly doing just that.
Below, you’ll find a selection of resources to assist you in supporting your own well-being, while supporting your child. This will serve as a living resource, and we will continue to update it. Please continue to abide by public health recommendations, while incorporating elements from these resources.
For resources to help you talk with children about COVID-19, please refer to our Talking to Children About COVID-19 page.
Caregivers’ Guides To Accessing Support For Students With Anxiety
By the Waterloo Region District School Board
The Caregivers’ Guide will help parents and caregivers to recognize signs their child may be struggling with anxiety, while also providing resources to help them succeed. This includes a variety of home-based strategies, as well as apps and online support for families of a student with anxiety.
Jack.org is a newly created national youth website for young Canadians addressing the impact of COVID-19. The site brings together resources and self-help information through an innovative partnership between jack.org, SMH-ON and the Kids Help-Phone. Visit the site at www.jack.org/covid.
Personal Resiliency Tips for Helpers Who Support Students
By School Mental Health Ontario
It’s essential to take care of yourself, not just for your well-being, but also for those you care about and support. Your self-care will help improve your energy, focus, ability to cope with challenges and overall life experience. And you’re modelling wellness strategies for the children and youth in your life. (Ce document est disponible en français)
Waterloo Region Suicide Prevention Council (WRSPC)
Maintaining Mental Wellness During COVID-19
While we all play our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep our population physically healthy, the measures we are taking such as physical distancing, self-quarantine, and self-isolation may lead to new or heightened mental health concerns such as loneliness, anxiety, or depression. In a time where we are adjusting to new circumstances such as working from home, having our children home from school, and being unable to participate in group activities or team sports, it is important to be intentional and mindful about caring for your own wellness.
The effort to address COVID-19 is both extremely important for us all and poses a range of challenges to individuals and families as they respond to the demands of the situation. The situation is stressful for everyone and it is normal to be anxious and worried. This resource is designed to provide information and suggestions about how best to cope in this difficult time.
Anxiety: How You Can Support Your Child
In this video, you’ll hear from WRDSB Secondary School Social Worker Barb Shannon on ways you can support your child as they deal with their anxiety.
The Government of Canada, Ontario Ministry of Health and Region of Waterloo Public Health continue to provide up-to-date and evidence-based information on their websites so that you have the information you need to make informed decisions about your health. As this is an evolving situation, we continue to remind people of the importance of using credible sources to stay informed, and encourage others to do the same.
- Government of Canada – Novel Coronavirus
- Ontario Ministry of Health
- Region of Waterloo Public Health
- Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
- Public Health Agency of Canada, 2019 Novel Coronavirus Outbreak update
- Public Health Ontario
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control – 2019 Novel Coronavirus
- World Health Organization – Coronavirus
- Government of Canada Travel Advisories – China