During this time of physical distancing, it is critically important that the full spectrum of wellbeing - from physical to social and emotional - is considered.
Our Upper School Heads Up Club has compiled a list of resources and ideas to help students maintain balance, connection, and fun.
Be sure to also check out the Outdoor Ed at Home website for activities for all ages...it doesn't take a multi-day expedition to enjoy and benefit from the great outdoors!
We recommend that parents check in with their child every day to find out how their day went, ensure their activities and interests are maintained, support appropriate relationships with their peers, and create time and space for connections within your household.
Children of all ages may feel anxious about the uncertainty of the current situation. Here are a few resources that may aid your conversations:
Support and resources - Kids Help Phone
Coping During Covid-19 - ChildMind
Talking with Your Children About Covid-19 - Psychiatrist, UBC Associate Professor and bestselling author Dr. Shimi Kang describes “truth and optimism” as the keys to talking with children. **Go to 5:53 in the interview.
What to Say to Your Child About the Coronavirus - and How to Cope as a Parent - Aha! Parenting blog
Mental Health and the COVID Pandemic - Canadian Association of Mental Health
Managing COVID-19 Anxiety - Anxiety and Depression Association of America
What to do if you’re anxious or worried about coronavirus (COVID-19) - Anxiety Canada
Talking to children about COVID-19 - Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre at BC Children’s Hospital
Mulgrave’s Counsellors will continue to meet with students 1-to-1 remotely. The team will reach out and book meetings with additional students when referred by teachers, advisors, peers, or parents. If parents feel their child would benefit from counselling support, please complete this form.
The Power of Play
Play offers the opportunity to master life skills and foster brain development, problem solving abilities, and creativity. It encourages communication and the formation of identity, while offering a vehicle to process emotions and manage anxiety - no matter your age! Here are a few resources on the topic: