Mental Health and Wellness Resources-COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic may be a very stressful and frightening time for our children and ourselves. While it is important to remember that fear and anxiety about disease is normal, excessive worry is not. We all manage stress in different ways. When stress becomes unhealthy it may result in significant fear or worry, change in sleeping, diet or eating patterns, changes in overall health, or even substance abuse.

Modelling calmness, following routines, framing our situation in a positive manner by focusing on our opportunities to be with family, eating healthy and keeping active, can all contribute to our strength and the notion that we will get through this.
Following are a variety of online tools and resources designed to promote resiliency and help us cope with the uncertainty and challenges of our present times.
You tube Clips for Children to Explain COVID-19

Advice for Healthy Parenting During COVID19

Talking to Children About COVID19

Tips for Self-Care for Everyone

Online/Phone/Text Resources for Children/Youth/Adults

Kids Help Phone
For children and youth between the ages of 5 and 20. Provides professional counseling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being. Phone and online via web post or live chat Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Free, anonymous and confidential.
Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Text: TALK to 686868 (English) or TEXTO to 686868 (French)
Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre
A provincial resource centre that provides mental health and substance use information, resources and peer support to children, youth and their families from across B.C.
Contact the Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre toll-free anywhere in B.C. by phone (1-800-665-1822), email or in person at BC Children’s Hospital. 
Anxiety Canada
Information to help adults and youth to manage anxiety plus information and self-help strategies for several disorders
Information for children to learn practical strategies and tools to help manage their anxiety. It also helps adults learn strategies to manage their child’s anxiety.
Mindshift CBT app
Dealing with Depression

Tools and Apps to address depression (who, what and strategies)
thinkFull App
The thinkFull app helps you manage your stress to enrich your life. 
BoosterBuddy App
Manage your personal wellness journey and earn achievements as your sidekick guides you through a series of daily quests designed to establish and sustain positive habits.