Mental Health & Well-Being
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health or substance use emergency and need immediate attention, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of your local hospital.
Parents or guardians who are concerned about their child’s well-being can reach out to these community resources:
- Kid’s Help Phone — 1-800-668-6868 Call to speak to a professional counsellor — available 24 hours a day.
- Health Link — 8-1-1
- Foundry — www.foundrybc.ca - Access virtual drop-in counselling sessions, peer support check-ins and group offerings to young people ages 12-24 and their caregivers.
- B.C. Parent — Reduce Stress & Prepare for Back to School COVID-19 Resources
Staff mental health and wellness will play a vital role in supporting students through this pandemic and beyond. The Bring Your Best program is designed to ensure employees have the support to be healthy, productive and enjoy their work. LifeWorks also helps provides staff and their families with immediate and confidential support to help resolve work, health, and life challenges to improve your life.
- Kelty Mental Health - The BC Children's Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre has resources for parents on supporting their youth’s mental health through the challenging times of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Resilience Now - Tips for parents on how to support their youth on returning to school in a positive manner. A practical guide is available for download.
- Crisis Management Institute - Different COVID-19 related topics with activities that families can access and participate in.
- BC Parent - Twelve helpful ways to reduce stress and prepare for back to school during a pandemic.
- BC Centre for Disease Control – Childcare safety guidelines for parents.
- UBC Medicine Educational Media – A short video that can used with younger children to have a discussion on how to beat the coronavirus together.
- Canadian Paediatric Society - How can we talk to kids about COVID-19 in a reassuring way.