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Kids Help Phone and School Mental Health Ontario

Kids Help Phone and School Mental Health Ontario

Kids Help Phone offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, children can visit the website, call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868.

School Mental Health Ontario has some tips and resources to support student mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mental Health Supports

Mental Health Supports

HWCDSB COVID-19 Student Resources

Youth-focused Mental Health Resources Hub
In these trying times, we need to make sure youth mental health is a top priority. School Mental Health Ontario has partnered with Jack.org and Kids Help Phone to create an online hub of COVID-19 youth-focused mental health resources to help youth take care of themselves and each other.

Advice for Coping with Uncertainty
Dr. Paul Pires, a psychologist at McMaster Children’s Hospital, explains how our brains react to stress and uncertainty. He explains that to cope we must tolerate uncertainty and invest energy into what we can control.

If you are a secondary student within HWCDSB, please see your class LMS page and look for the “Mental Health, Social Work, and Community Resources” icon where you will find additional resources and helpful information to take care of your own mental health during this difficult time.

Resources and Support for Parents, Guardians, and Families

During the COVID-19 school closures, you may be concerned about your child(ren)’s mental health and well-being. Together, HWCDSB staff have reviewed and created evidence based resources to help support you during this difficult time.

Surviving and Thriving Through Covid19- Connection is the Key
Dr. Jean Clinton digs deep into the emotions children and youth face behind COVID-19.

School Mental Health Ontario
This site provides information on how parents can help support their child's mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.

School Mental Health Ontario
Found here are 12 mental health activities to try at home.

Children's Mental Health Ontario
This site provides COVID-19 specific resources for children, youth, and families, including how to talk to your anxious child and helping children with grief.

The Child Mind Institute
Talking to Kids about the Coronavirus.

National Association of School Psychologists
Helping Children Cope with Changes resulting from COVID-19.

Dr. Laura Markham, Psychologist
How to Run a Marathon (Or Thrive during a Pandemic)

Dealing with Sibling Conflict
Dealing with sibling conflict is challenging at the best of times. A behaviour therapist at McMaster Children’s Hospital offers tips for parents to help promote cooperation and reduce conflict at home

Parents - Make Time to Care for Yourself
A behaviour therapist at McMaster Children’s Hospital encourages parents to put aside some of their daily tasks and responsibilities to make time for self-care. It’s important to find time for meaningful activities such as enjoying a quiet cup of tea, reading, speaking to friends, or listening to music. Making time for these activities helps you reset and feel more in control

Supporting Students with Special Education Needs

Supporting Individuals with Autism during Uncertain Times

Autism Ontario
List of Resources to Help us through COVID-19, including mental health, caregiver tips, and learning at home

ADDitude
Mental health related resources and activities for ADHD and learning disorders

Supporting Children with ADHD During COVID-19
A child life specialist at McMaster Children’s Hospital discusses parenting children with ADHD. As the pandemic has impacted routines and limited opportunities for physical outlet, strategies are suggested that can help kids be successful with school work and other daily tasks. Engaging in fun activities, encouraging independence and collaboration are tools that can positively impact confidence during this stressful time

Community Resources

Catholic Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton: Child Protection Concerns (905-525-2012)
COAST: Mental Health Crisis Services (905-972-8338)
Food Banks: Families to Access Food
Kids’ Help Phone: Support for kids 1-800-668-6868 OR kids can text the word CONNECT to 686868 and be connected with a volunteer Crisis Responder via text rather than calling.
Shelters: Good Shepherd Family Shelter
Contact Hamilton: Access to Counselling Services

Engaging our 5 senses

Many people are feeling increased stress levels during these challenging times. Engaging our 5 senses is one of the most effective ways to cope with stress and hopefully reduce it. Watch HWCDSB Social Worker Natalie Holmes as she shares activities you can engage in while utilizing your senses.