Family Support For Covid19

A gathering of resources to help during this unprecedented time.


Alberta Health Services: Help in Tough Times - Resources and services to help you or someone you know in a wide range of areas: physical health, mental health, housing, employment loss, grief, stress, etc.

Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty | Psychology Tools Practical help and guidance.

FACE COVID | Russ Harris Practical steps for responding effectively to the Corona crisis, using the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).

Text4Hope: Alberta Health Services. For a daily message to provide support and build coping skills during the pandemic. May include web links for more information. Text: COVID19hope to 393939

Coronavirus Anxiety: Coping with Stress, Fear, and Uncertainty:

Surviving and Thriving at Home with Your Children: This on-demand webinar series brings you advice from experts on topics such as managing anxiety and stress, coping with challenging behaviour, keeping learning alive at home, and many more tips to help you and your children survive and thrive during this difficult time.

Supporting Learning at Home - Our social media, email, TV programming, radio etc have been taken over with COVID 19. There is so much out there that sometimes I feel almost 'paralyzed by choice'. With the amount of information it's hard to know what's good and what to ignore. Our ARPDC team has put together 3 easy stops to get you started. This information will help you avoid 'paralysis by choice' and you can be assured the information is correct and supportive of Alberta Students and Families.

Tips for Parents. The following research-based tips will help your student to control their impulses and delay gratification while learning at home. If you are juggling the responsibility of teaching your child at while also trying to work from home yourself, find the Zoom links, feed the family, clean up, do the laundry-- all while reassuring everyone that everything is okay, you may find the following handouts helpful:
Grades K-2
Grades 3-5
Grades 6-8

Children & Youth

What to Say to Help Kids Feel Calm When the World Feels Fragile

Supporting children and young people with worries about COVID-19 | Emerging Minds (University of Reading, University of Oxford) Advice for parents, carers and people that work with children and young people.

How to Help Kids Feel Safe During COVID-19 - A Video

Healthy Together - is AHS’ guide to family and home life during COVID-19. There will be a new story posted every weekday about how families can be healthy, active and safe:

Supporting Your Child Through Routine and Play.

Talking to Kids About Coronavirus (COVID-19) - An interactive PDF and online resource provide suggestions on what might be said to children and youth during the pandemic, what can be done to support our public health care system in Alberta, and how we will get through this together.

Centers for Disease Control and PreventionTalking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019

Supporting Early Years Play and Learning at home with Julie Binmore - Throughout this series, Julie will provide reassurance that our job as parents is just what it has always been: to give our children a sense of security and love. With structure provided by us and the curiosity and enthusiasm provided by our early years learners, we can all find success in learning at home.

Mindfulness for your Middle Years Learner at Home - This series is intended to provide practical ideas and strategies that can help us navigate current world events together. We’ll discuss new ways of reaching middle years students at home, in the classroom, and beyond.

Building Resilient Families – a resource created by the AHS Central Zone Prevention team that provides information and tips for building a family’s resiliency during stressful times.

Coping at Home for Families - Supporting your well-being through meaningful activity and leisure during COVID-19

City of Medicine Hat

403-529-8106: Telephone service to provide information to residents and help connect them to community resources. Operated by City staff Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Community Resource Page: The City of Medicine Hat webpage outlining the numerous supports and resources available in the community as part of the COVID-19 response. The list includes government agencies, cultural supports, financial assistance, grocery stores, mental health resources, and many more.

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