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Community Wellness Supports
Posted on 09/07/2020
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Over the past several months we’ve faced unusual challenges as a community. Loss of routines, predictability, and favourite activities often leave us feeling disconnected or isolated. Our ability to cope during stressful times by coming together is what makes us resilient. While our circumstances have made that difficult, we are wired for connection and will continue to seek it out, particularly during times of stress. 
 It’s so important that our kids have access to healthy adults in their homes and at school. We know that children may bdealing with the recent loss of family member or a friend. Some are trying to process the loss of people they didn’t even know because there is a heaviness in our community right now.  While we hope that we’ve created space for them to come to us, we also know that they will seek out connection from their peers even when they have healthy adults in their lives.
Our kids are using a variety of social media platforms to connect and get their buckets filled (I.e., Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok). Much of this content is positive, hopeful, and intended to meet this need for connection. However, there is also hurtful, threatening, and negative content that is being shared amongst our youth. Our lack of opportunity for real, in person, social connection in recent months has left us more vulnerable to the impact of stress than in the past. More than ever, we need to physically and emotionally connect and communicate with our kids. 
We encourage you to reach out and connect with us if you need support. You will find contact numbers for community wellness supports on the main page of our website as well as links to other resources. Together let’s start open conversations with our children about what they are seeing online and help them to know who they can tell when they are worried about what they see. Asking our children about the apps they use, the content they view, and if this content makes them feel hopeful or more disconnected is a great start. Encourage them to use these platforms to connect in positive ways, to share openly when they have concerns, and to report content that is harmful. Parenting children and teens isn’t easy right now, reach out and let your MHPSD family keep you strong. 

  • AHS Mental Health Line 1.877.303.2642
  • Alberta Crisis Text Line - Text CONNECT to 741741
  • Kids Help Phone 1.800.668.6868 Text CONNECT to 686868, online chat: www.kidshelpphone.ca/live-chat/
  •  Distress Centre 403.266.HELP (4357)
  •  Health link at 811 Note: This line is handling higher than normal call volumes so please be patient or select another
  •  Grief Support
  • COVID-19 Family Resources

Claire Petersen
MHPSD Psychologist

Sept 4, 2020
Our community has experienced the loss of a young person which has impacted many students and staff in our MHPSDfamily. In fact, we have experienced a number of losses over the past several months.
We are grieving for each other as we see impact of these losses on our students and staff. We are a small community and we care about each other. It is OK to not be OK and we are here to support you.
We want to ensure that you have the resources you need to support your kids. There are school based supports available and community resources.
  • Kids Help Phone Text CONNECT or 1.800.668.6868
  • Health link at 811 Note: This line is handling higher than normal call volumes so please be patient or select another option if it is urgent
  • Distress Centre 403.266.HELP (4357)
  • Alberta Mental Health Helpline 1.877.303.2642
  • Grief Support
We recognize that there are many difficult feelings associated with loss and we are here to listen. MHPSD Counselling services are available; our Family School Liaison Workers are here to help your child and their phone numbers can be found HERE.
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