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. You will also find helpful suggestions from our Eastside Family Centre Team about how to develop strategies so you can best support your child and/or youth during this difficult time.
Wood's Homes Blog
How to talk to your child about COVID-19
Knowing how to speak to a child about real-world problems at the best of times can be tricky – and when it feels to like nothing is normal and you’re having a hard time managing your own anxiety, it can be even harder. Here are some guidelines for what you’re aiming for when you’re talking to your child about the coronavirus (COVID-19). You might have to change exactly what to say depending on their age, but your goals should stay the same.
Validate your child's feelings now more than ever
Parents are currently navigating uncharted terrain as we figure out how to keep our children physically safe, emotionally secure and socially engaged at a time when the information we are receiving from our leaders and medical professionals is ever-changing. Wood's Homes Eastside Family Centre Supervisor, Monica Piros, shares shome of her thoughts as a mental health practitioner working with many children and youth who were already experiencing anxiety or depression, before the rapid onset of COVID-19.
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.