COVID-19: Letters from the Superintendent of Schools
Mental Health Resources
General Mental Health
- Family Smart PiR (Parent in Residence) Brochure-Parents in Residence are available to provide peer support to all families living in BC and to CASA families in Edmonton, Alberta. We work in community and on-site at BC Children’s Hospital’s Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre, at Surrey Memorial’s Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit (CAPSU) and at CASA.
- ERASE-Mental Health & Well-Being
- Open School BC: Keeping Healthy
- COVID-19 : Stay Well in Uncertain Times – resources from the Canadian Mental Health Association
- Mental health and coping with COVID-19
- Talking with children about COVID-19
- Foundry offers free, confidential virtual drop-in counselling sessions by voice, video and chat to BC’s young people ages 12-24 and their care-givers. No referral or assessment is required.
- Wellness Together Canada-Wellness Together Canada provides an online portal that allows Canadians to access self-assessments, self-directed e-mental health tools, peer support and live counselling by telephone, video and text.
- Parenting during COVID-19– A recorded parent meeting with Whistler local clinical counsellor Greg MacDonnell to provide education and discussion for parents during COVID-19
- Kelty Mental Health-offers resources for parents and caregivers.
- Kelty’s Key – offers online therapy and self-help resources
- Family Smart – Squamish’s Parent in Residence who can provide support can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org (Phone # 604 878 3400)
- Mental Health Foundations – offers some good resources and videos for parents and caregivers
- WE (of We Day fame) – offers a number of free resources to help parents and youth nurture their well-being and the well-being others in difficult times
Mood & Anxiety
- Bounce Back – a Canadian Mental Health on-line skill building program for adults and youth (15+) to manage mood and anxiety.
- Anxiety Canada – offers information and self help regarding anxiety
- Parent's Guide to Teen Depression - a guide on how you can recognize the signs and sumptoms and best help your child.
ADHD & Parenting Resources
- Confident Parents Thriving Kids – offers telephone coaching to parents
- Rolling With ADHD – online strategies for parenting a child with ADHD
- ADHD Psycho-Ed Videos by Russell Barkley
After Hours Resources
Supporting Online Learning
In addition to the great resources found on the SD48 K-9 Online Learning Menu the Ministry of Education’s Keep Learning website, for those of you looking for more tips for supporting your kids at home with online learning, please see the following resources from Common Sense Media, a trusted nonprofit based in the US focused on supporting the responsible use of digital media and tech:
Safety & Social Support for Youth
Youth can access support, resources and referrals to mental health and primary care services. Programs are based in Squamish and we welcome all youth. Our goal is for youth to thrive to their highest potential are healthy, happy and engaged community members.Website: http://www.sscs.ca/youth-services/
Healthy at Home
DASH – Dedicated Action for School Health is a not-for-profit society committed to promoting, supporting and facilitating the creation of healthy school communities in BC. DASH resources are found here.
Outside Agency Resources
BC Summer Reading Club - Kids ages 5-14 register for this free program with their local public library. They record their reading progress, building self-confidence and developing their reading skills, while participating in fun activities. Online registration begins June 15 at the BC Summer Reading Club website.
BC Grad Program
British Columbia’s graduation program is changing. Our education system has been recognized internationally for its excellence and we can make it even better. The Ministry of Education has worked with educators, post-secondary institutions and employers to update the B.C. Graduation Program.
The new program will help students develop their full potential and equip them with the skills they need to adapt and thrive well into the future.
Visit the Ministry of Education website for more information:
Family Support Institute-Over the next few months we will be featuring topics of popular interested to families so stay tuned or check out our website www.familysupportbc.com
All sessions are free! Registration required.
Rolling with ADHD-This FREE 8-week virtual caregiver series runs from January 6-February 24, 2020 on Wednesdays at 12pm.This workshop helps:
- Better understand the ADHD brain
- Develop and sharpen skills to communicate & connect with your child
- Skills to motivate your child and prevent and manage challenging behaviours