We know these are challenging days for all children and families. To help navigate through this difficult time, CMHO is curating evidence-based tips and information and ensuring families know where to find the child and youth mental health services in their community.
Children's Mental Health Ontario agencies are open and providing support via phone and virtually. Click the link below to find a Children's Mental Health Centre near you.
TALKING TO YOUR ANXIOUS CHILD ABOUT COVID-19
The growing concerns about COVID-19 are certainly prevalent in the media, social conversations, and the thoughts of most Ontarians. What information we do have is being used to make ever-changing decisions as parents and organizations try their best to keep people safe. Along with all of the information, there is also an abundance of unknowns and quite possibly fears.
Children and youth who have an anxiety disorder may find the information about COVID-19 in the news and around them especially worrisome. It would be most beneficial for them if information is presented in a calm, structured and realistic manner. With that in mind, for many children, the most reassuring way to manage this information is in conversation and relationship with parent(s)/caregiver(s).
THE MARCH BREAK THAT NEVER ENDS: SUPPORTING YOUR FAMILY’S MENTAL WELLNESS
“....but I can’t do that!” With tears running down his face my son melts into the couch and I know things are too much for this moment but, I missed catching it before now….inside I am thinking, “HOW? I am a competent adult but HOW am I going to keep us all afloat?”
With the ‘March break that never ends’ upon us, we are all dealing a little differently but, universally, Ontario parents are feeling the strain, stress and impact of divided attention, fear and unknowns, and of course the elephant in the room, “How do I teach them?”
The break being officially over for most schools means that the impact of these changes are becoming obvious, this is not only for a week or 2 but will be for an unknown time. This is certainly stressful for any family but for those households also managing mental health challenges daily this can be so much more.
There are a few things that you can be mindful of to support the mental wellness of the whole family while supporting your child’s ongoing growth.