ZZ Mental Health

Taking Care of Your Child’s Mental Health

Here are some ways to support your child:

  • maintain normal, predictable routines as much as possible
  • have calm, age-appropriate, fact-based discussions
  • focus on the positive
  • model compassion, positive coping and self-care skills
  • eat healthy meals together
  • make sure children are getting enough sleep
  • spend more time together, increase play time – both inside and out
  • for older children, encourage breaks from the news and social media (if you do watch the news, watch it together to provide an opportunity for conversation and help keep things in perspective)

Keep Active

Taking frequent, active breaks away from devices is an important part of staying healthy.

  • put on some music and dance
  • work through an online video (search “kids workout videos”)
  • run up and down stairs
  • jump rope
  • stretch

Being outside is important for children. Outdoor Play Canada has guidelines on what’s appropriate during the current pandemic. Keeping appropriate physical distancing, family members could:

  • go for a walk
  • play in the backyard
  • go for a bike ride

Immediate Help

  • Kids Help Phone:
    • 1-800-668-6868 (support in French or English)
    • reach a counsellor 24/7
    • text CONNECT to 686868 (24/7)
    • live chat via the website (9:00pm – 4:00am)
  • Youth Space, online crisis and emotional support chat service through IM chat or text.

Help for Parents