The mental health and wellness of our students and staff is top priority. CTR is focusing on universal mental health strategies that can support students in the classroom. If you have concerns for your child’s mental health, you are encouraged to reach out to your child’s teacher, principal or the Family School Liaison Worker.
- Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about how they are feeling, and let them know they are there for them.
- If a child needs someone to talk to, they can text CONNECT to the Kids’ Help Phone at 686868 or call 1-800-668-6868. This 24/7, free service offers professional counselling, information and referrals. The Jack.org Alberta COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub also has great information for teens on mental health, self-care and supporting others.
- If a parent, school staff member or other adult needs someone to talk to, they are encouraged to call the confidential, toll-free, 24/7 mental health helpline at 1-877-303-2642. This helpline is attended by a team that includes nurses, psychologists and social workers.
- The Alberta Health Services website Help in Tough Times also has helpful information, including the Text4Hope resource, which you can subscribe to for free by texting COVID19HOPE to 393939. It offers 3 months of supportive text messages written by mental health therapists.