Mental Health & Wellness

Mental Health Tips & Resources for HCDSB Families

Ongoing news coverage about COVID-19 (Coronavirus) may be upsetting for many children, youth and families in our community. Our HCDSB Mental Health Leadership Team has compiled a list of tips and resources to help you and your child feel safe during this time of uncertainty.

Speaking with Children about COVID-19

Key messages for supporting children include:

  • Reassure your child(ren) that they are safe.
  • Provide extra emotional support (attention and affection).
  • Minimize their exposure to media coverage of the events.
  • Talk calmly about the events, and answer any questions they might have at a good level for their age (not too much detail, especially for younger children).
  • Look for signs that your child is struggling (e.g., nervousness, irritability, problems eating or sleeping), and check in with a professional if you are worried.

Community Resources

In addition, parents may want to further explore the following resources in our community:

Videos by HCDSB Social Workers

HCDSB Social Workers have posted videos on YouTube covering a number of important topics aimed to help our students, parents/families, and staff. Click the links below to launch each playlist.

Be sure to check the description of each video for additional resources and links.

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