COVID-19 and Mental Health

In this section, you will find information that will help you support your child, youth and/or family as the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve.

Wood's Homes Blog

Validate your child's feelings now more than ever
By Monica Piros, Wood's Homes former Eastside Family Centre Supervisor

How to talk to your child about COVID-19
By David Williamson, Wood’s Homes Therapeutic Campus Based Care Manager

Our agency-wide COVID-19 response
By Justin Wilson, Wood's Homes Communications Coordinator

Connecting with our children: Virtual games and activities to play during COVID-19
By Ainsleigh Toth, Wood's Homes Family Support Counsellor

Online fatigue during COVID-19
By Justine Marengo, Wood’s Homes Clinician

Youth homelessness and family support during COVID-19
By Sarah Shaw, Wood's Homes Lethbridge Team Leader

Looking for silver linings on cloudy days: Could there be an upside to all this social distancing?
By Dr. Angelique Jenney, Wood’s Homes Research Chair in Children’s Mental Health

Back-to-school: How to prep your children for mask wearing
By Ashley Davis, Wood's Homes Eastside Community Mental Health Services 

University of Calgary (How to talk to your kids)

Nicole Racine and Sheri Madigan from the University of Calgary share some common questions parents may have about how to talk to their children about COVID-19

Government of Alberta (Information for Albertans)

For Alberta-related coronavirus information, including preventative measures, self-isolation and other updates, please visit the Government of Alberta website

Alberta Health Services (COVID-19 Self Assessment Tool)

Use Alberta Health Service's self-assessment tool to help determine whether you should be tested for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself or on behalf of someone else, if they are not able.

Testing is currently focused on individuals who have traveled outside Canada or had contact with someone diagnosed as having COVID-19, or have developed symptoms of COVID-19.

Health Link (Health Advice 24/7)

If you need health advice or information call Health Link 24/7 by dialing 811 or visit MyHealth.Alberta.ca.

Health Link can also be accessed through the Canada-wide toll-free number, 1-866-408-5465. Outside of Alberta, this number should be used to reach Alberta’s Health Link services. Those who have difficulty with hearing or speech – and use a Teletypewriter (TTY) to communicate with regular telephone users – can contact Health Link 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using the TELUS RELAY Service (TRS).

Health Link support is available in more than 240 languages.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Key Facts)

Visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for key facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Supporting children's mental health during COVID-19

Wood’s Homes is committed to the mental health and wellbeing of our children, youth, families, staff, volunteers, donors, and community. Like many organizations, our programs and services have adapted as a result of COVID-19. Because of donors like you, children still have a place they can turn to for help – click here to learn how

To learn more about how families are finding mental health support, click here