Resources for Parents

Resources for Parents: Coping with COVID-19

Please continue to visit the COVID-19 Updates and Information page on the Wolf Creek website for the latest updates.

Alberta Health Services have provided the following resources which include self-care strategies, strategies for parents to talk to their children, and strategies for coping and remaining connected.

Resources for Supporting Students Experiencing Social Emotional Difficulties

Download the information below at THIS LINK.

Alberta Health Services This is a list of Mental Health and Addiction Resources, apps, and phone help numbers Mental Health and Addiction Services
Anxiety Canada This website has tools and resources to assist children, youth and adults in strategies to manage anxiety. Expert tools and resources to help Canadians manage anxiety
Kids Help Phone Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service that offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people kidshelpphone.ca
World Health Organization A quick fact sheet on how to respond to your child’s reactions during stressful times. Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak
Alberta Health Services Through a set of daily messages, people receive advice and encouragement helpful in developing healthy personal coping skills and resiliency. Text4Hope
Calm An app for sleep, meditation and relaxation. This app offers guided meditations, Sleep Stories, breathing programs, stretching exercises, and relaxing music.

Calm

Mindshift A user-friendly self-help tool that teaches about anxiety, helping users to engage in healthy thinking and to take action. Users check in each day to track their anxiety and work with tools in the app. Mindshift
Kids' Help Phone - Always There

Kids Help Phone's Live Chat counselling lets children/youth connect one-on-one, in real time, with a Kids Help Phone counsellor, on the web or from our Always There app.

Kids Help Phone Live Chat
Booster Buddy This app helps children/youth manage their personal wellness journey and earn achievements as the sidekick (Booster Buddy) guides them through a series of daily quests designed to establish and sustain positive habits. Booster Buddy Mobile App

 

WCPS Social Emotional Supports for Parents/Guardians COVID-19

News reports about COVID-19 are becoming more widespread and can cause worry and heightened levels of anxiety for some. Here are some tips to help support you.

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1. Keep things in perspective. Take a deep breath and remind yourself that most people who contract COVID-19 will only experience mild symptoms, with the exception of seniors and those with underlying health conditions.

2. Get the facts. It is helpful to adopt a more analytical approach as you follow news reports about the coronavirus. Alberta Health Services has a webpage dedicated to information on the coronavirus. http://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

3. Communicate with your children and support them in processing their thoughts and feelings.  

  1. Elementary school children need brief, simple information that should balance COVID-19 facts with appropriate reassurances that their homes are safe and that adults are there to help keep them healthy.  They may need assistance separating reality from rumor and fantasy.
  2. Middle school and high school students are able to discuss the issue in a more in-depth (adult-like) fashion and can be referred directly to appropriate sources of COVID-19 facts. Provide honest, accurate, and factual information about the current status of COVID-19. Having such knowledge can help them feel a sense of control.
    1. Focusing on daily routines and schedules can help mitigate distress. 
    2. Remember children will observe adult behaviors and emotions for cues on how to manage their own feelings and responses. 
    3. Make yourself available to listen and to talk to your children. Remain calm and reassuring. 
    4. Give children information that is truthful and appropriate for the age and developmental level of the child.
    1. Avoid language that might blame others and lead to stigma.
      1. Remember that viruses can make anyone sick, regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity. Avoid making assumptions about who might have COVID-19.
    2. Pay attention to what children see or hear on television, radio, or online.
      1. Consider reducing the amount of screen time focused on COVID-19 for all family members. Too much information on one topic can lead to anxiety.

4. Teach children everyday actions to reduce the spread of germs.

    1. Teach them to wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing their nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.

5. Stay connected. Maintaining social networks can foster a sense of normality and provide valuable outlets for sharing feelings and relieving stress. You can maintain these connections without increasing your risk of getting the virus by talking on the phone or texting. Focus connections on topics other than the coronavirus pandemic (ie. ask someone about family, books they are reading, etc.).  Remember, stay physically separate but emotionally close!

6. Seek additional help. Individuals who feel an overwhelming nervousness, a lingering sadness, or other prolonged reactions that adversely affect their job performance or interpersonal relationships should consult with a trained and experienced mental health professional. Psychologists and other appropriate mental health providers can help people deal with extreme stress. 

  1. Alberta Health Services:  
    1. Text4Hope
  2. Alberta Mental Health Help Line (24/7) 1-877-303-2642
  3. Addictions Help Line (24/7) 1-866-332-2322
  4. Healthlink 811
  5. COVID-19 Self Assessment Form 
    1. Support resource

Supplementary Resources and Activities:

    1. Leader in Me: Resources for Families
    2. NatGeokids.com:  Activities, quizzes for younger students
    3. Duolingo.com:  Learn languages for free, web or app
    4. Storylineonline.net:  Online stories for younger students
    5. KidsActivities.com:  List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions Due to School Closures
    6. Active for Life:  200+ Activities You Can Do with Kids at Home
    7. Dr. Laura Markham, clinical psychologist speaks about helping kids navigate through fear and anxiety around the coronavirus. https://youtu.be/lV_5qIiG4NM

Métis Nation of Alberta COVID-19 Support Plan

Please see the support plan below, and download it at THIS LINK.

Government and Alberta Health Resources

Up-to-date information on the evolving situation of COVID-19 in Alberta and Canada is available on the following websites:  

Alberta Health (COVID-19 Info for Albertans) 

https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

Alberta Health Services (novel coronavirus (COVID-19) 

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page16944.aspx

Public Health Agency of Canada (Covid-19: Being Prepared) 

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/being-prepared.html

Alberta Health COVID-19 Self Assessment Online Tool

https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Journey/COVID-19/Pages/COVID-Self-Assessment.aspx?utm_source=google&utm_medium=sem&utm_campaign=Covid19&utm_term=self-assessment&utm_content=GoA-v1&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIl9_Q5eua6AIVlBh9Ch3YfAHlEAAYASAAEgJaEPD_BwE

Resources for Parents: Coping with COVID-19

Please continue to visit the COVID-19 Updates and Information page on the Wolf Creek website for the latest updates and resources for parents. 

Alberta Health Services have provided the following resources which include self-care strategies, strategies for parents to talk to their children, and strategies for coping and remaining connected.