Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week is May 4-8, 2020
During this time of much uncertainty, change in routine and time away from school, it is natural and expected that students may experience heightened levels of anxiety and worry. This special edition newsletter will focus on how to support student mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic by discussing tips, resources and advice from experts in the field.
As we approach March Break, it is important for adults and students to think about how we take care of ourselves – how we can de-stress by incorporating strategies into our lifestyle to avoid burnout and stress induced illness.
Maria Baratta, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., Clinician in New York speaks about Self Care 101. Here are the 10 strategies that she speaks about:
Self care means knowing who you are and your limits.
Self care means getting the sleep you need and knowing how to rest Self care means making sure that you're well fed.
At some point in our lives, we are all likely to experience or be affected by some form of trauma – whether it be experiencing a life event of our own or witnessing another person experience trauma. Regardless of the cause, the trauma creates a lasting impression on our brain.
Bell Let’s Talk Day is on January 29, 2020. It is a day where awareness is brought to talking about mental illness to dispel the stigma surrounding it. This is a day where Canada focuses on promoting mental health and supporting those that are struggling. This year’s theme is “Every Action Counts”.
Bell Let’s Talk gives us some simple guidelines when talking to others about mental health and mental illness:
Treat everyone with respect.
Be warm, caring and non-judgmental.
Challenge stigma when you see it.
Watch your language.
Setting Realistic Expectations during the Winter Break
The winter break is often a very busy time of year with much planning and activities. While it is enjoyable, we may find ourselves rushing form one event to another without taking the time to enjoy each moment. We encourage students and families to consider the following tips from St. Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland to enjoy a “well-paced” break.
1. Decide which activities and traditions are most meaningful to you. Only participate in those activities that have significance and decline those that cause stress.
World Mental Health Day is on October 10.
This is a day that the World Health Organization recognizes to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health. Let’s begin by supporting our own mental health by practicing gratitude.
Summer is almost here! Low Key Activities to Have Fun and Be Well!
Holidays can be a great time to bond with your children and maybe even let your own inner child come out to play. But it can also be a stressful time when kids can misbehave because of boredom. It’s best to put a little bit of advanced planning into the summer holidays and prepare yourself with an array of activities to keep the little ones out of mischief.
CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH WEEK IS MAY 6-10
Did You Know: 1 in 5 children and youth suffer from a mental health concern?