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Mental Health and Well-Being Resources During Covid-19

Wellness Promo GreenWe care about the range of emotions and questions students of all ages may be experiencing in this uncertain and unprecedented time of the Covid-19 pandemic and school closures. The change in routines and feelings of separation from peers, educators and other important caregivers may cause distress. However, this time offers an opportunity to strengthen our resilience and pay greater attention to our well-being. 

Need immediate help?

  • If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health or substance use emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of your local hospital.  
  • If you are not sure if it is an emergency, or just need to talk through the situation, consider reaching out to:
    • Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000
    • Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or texting CONNECT to 686868
    • Mental Health TO at 1-866-585-6486 for free phone or video mental health counselling for infants, children, youth and families 
    • 211 – call 2-1-1 or text 21166 (M-F 7am – 9pm) finding supports in the community such as food banks, housing and more.
    • Toronto Public Health (416-338-7600) Up-to-date Covid-19 information for the City of Toronto
    • Distress Centres of Greater Toronto (416-408-4357 or text 45645) 24/7 support, 365 days a year, for individuals in crisis
    • Assaulted Women’s Helpline – (1-866-863-0511 or text #SAFE (#7233) on Bell, Rogers, Fido or Telus). Free, anonymous & confidential 24-hour helpline for women in Ontario experiencing any form of abuse.

Below are some key resources to help engage with and support children and youth around the impact of the pandemic on their mental health and well-being. These resources will be updated regularly. Check back often. Also, read more for more information on how the TDSB is responding to the pandemic

And, join us for Wellness Wednesday each week, we will focus on a different theme of something to be mindful of or consider during this difficult time. Read about #TDSBwellness and our weekly themes!

Self-Care

Self Care PromoTaking care of yourself is an important part of supporting well-being. As we continue to live with the ongoing uncertainty of the pandemic, it is important to find ways to nurture and take care of yourself. Sometimes we feel guilty for taking the time to care for/ focus on ourselves. This is a life skill that is helpful for everyone, regardless of age. Taking care of yourself (self-care) can look different for everyone. But in doing so you can improve your energy, find joy, and refocus on what really matters to you. Here are some ideas for you:

  • Find moments of stillness and quiet in your day
  • Move your body
  • Go outside/be in nature
  • Rest when you can and prioritize regular sleep
  • Reflect on what works for you
  • Give yourself permission to focus on your own needs and set boundaries on obligations
  • Find pleasure in things that you like to do
  • Explore new ways to relax and unwind
  • Eat and hydrate when you can to fuel your body and mind
  • Find some time during the day to connect with friends and family

Exercises for Elementary Students

Exercises for Middle and High School Students

Additional Resources for Caregivers


General Mental Health and Well-Being Resources

Covid-19 Specific Resources:

Resources for Caregivers

Coping: Well-Being Visuals through a Language Lens Resource Tip Sheet.docx4K

Virtual Forest Walk with relaxation music

 

 

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