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COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

Posted on August 6

Updated August 6, 2020

We understand this is a time of high anxiety for many. There is an overwhelming amount of information coming at us all. Northland School Division is here to support students, parents and community members. We have compiled mental health information from several sources.

It is normal for children to feel worried and nervous and have questions. You can support your children by reassuring them about their personal safety and health:

Advise them of steps they can take to stay healthy:

  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (sing the ABC’s to measure time), especially after coughing or sneezing.
  • Cough and sneeze into arm or tissue.
  • Stay home if they are not feeling well.
  • Keep hands away from face and mouth.
  • Stay healthy by eating healthy foods, keeping physically active, and getting enough sleep.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) Resources for Families

AHS - Help in Tough Times

AHS - Take charge of what you can: A COVID-19 toolkit

AHS - Anxiety


AHS - Depression

AHS - Executive Functioning

AHS - Junior High Jitters

AHS - Mindfulness

AHS - Self Regulation

AHS - Sleep

AHS - Technology

AHS - Test Anxiety

AHS - Caregiver Handout Regarding COVID 19 CYF Caregiver Education Trauma

AHS - Caregiver Resource List COVID 19 Version

AHS - COVID -19 and Your Mental Health

AHS - Mental Health: Coping and Connection for Children and Families During COVID-19

AHS - Practical and Emotional Preparedness for a Pandemic

AHS - Text4Hope

AHS - Help in Tough Times, We’re here in tough times

Additional Resources for Families

Health Canada has funded a program called Wellness Together Canada that will provide anyone in Canada with free, immediate mental health and substance use support. To access the service, visit the website https://ca.portal.gs/

World Health Organization - Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak

Stress Management: Relaxing Your Mind and Body

National Child Traumatic Stress Network Advice

Your Mental Health Canada - How to look after your mental health during a time of uncertainty

PSP Gagetown Mental Fitness Apps

Moving Minds - At-Home Activities & Resources

Canadian Red Cross- Psychosocial First Aid Pocket Guide

Resources for Employees and Dependants 

We are concerned about the welfare of all of our staff and want to remind you that support and counselling services are available through our Employee and Family Assistance Program provider Homewood Health. They can be contacted at 1-800-663-1142 or visit the Northland School Division website for more information http://nsd61.ca/information-for-staff/employee-and-family-assistance-program

Additional Resources for Employees


Quelling COVID-19 Anxiety (EN/FR) 

How to Stay Productive & Motivated Working from Home 

Online CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) for the Treatment of Depression and/or Anxiety

Updates from ASEBP

ASEBP - Creating Social Connections

ASEBP - The Wellness Sandbox Forum

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