Given the current situation, discussion of COVID-19 has become more common in the media and in general conversations. Many governments have restricted movement within their countries, encouraging citizens to stay at home. It is natural for these changes to create feelings of anxiety, depression and stress within the family. Children, in particular, may experience confusion and worry about family members, friends and neighbours becoming sick. Parents, caretakers, family members, etc. can play an important role in minimizing anxiety and stress by helping children to understand what is happening. Addressing COVID-19 is especially important for children with diabetes to avoid the stress impacting their blood glucose levels.
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Table of contents
- Resources for Caregivers
- Resources for Children and Adolescents
- Resources in Canada
- Resources Outside of Canada
- Additional Information and References
Keywords: Keywords: Mental Health, Stress, Anxiety, Management, Wellbeing
1. Resources for Caregivers
Tips for positive parenting and ways to discipline your child during the COVID-19 pandemic.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Guide to the different ways children deal with stress and how to help them navigate a stressful situation:
American Academy of Pediatrics:
Helpful resource for tips on how to talk to your child about the COVID-19 pandemic depending on their age group.
American Academy of Pediatrics
Guide to the most effective way to address tragedies such as the COVID-19 pandemic with your child depending on their age group.
Resources offered by Ontario government to address learning at home while school closures continue.
Government of Ontario
2. Resources for Children and Adolescents
Anxiety Canada video resources help to learn about anxiety, by delivering new research, information and workshops in videos less than 45 minutes.
A site dedicated to providing education and tools for mental illnesses. Collaboration with community partners and youth aged 14 – 29.
A meditation and mindfulness app to reduce stress and teach the basics of mindfulness.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) provides tips and ideas to maintain mental wellbeing.
Remember you are not alone! Call and video chat with family and friends. Try to maintain a healthy routine by being active, avoiding drugs and eating well. Limit worry and stress by reducing the time spent listening to media coverage on the COVID-19 Pandemic.1-2
It is important to get help, talk to your healthcare team if stress is getting in the way of daily activities. If you, or someone you know, are feeling overwhelmed and need someone to talk to, consider the following helpline resources:
3. Resources In Canada
- Canada Drug Rehab Addiction Services Directory: 1-866-462-6362
- Centre for Suicide Prevention: 1-833-456-4566
- Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566, or text 45645
- First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1‑855‑242-3310
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
- National Eating Disorder Information Centre: 1-866-633-4220
- Native Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-877-209-1266
- Crisis Services Canada:1-833-456-4566 anytime or text 45645 from 4pm to midnight
- Transgender Crisis Line: 1-877-330-6366
4. Resources Outside of Canada
5. Additional Information and References
- Ottawa Public Health. Mental Health and COVID-19. https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/mental-health-and-covid-19.aspx
- World Health Organization Europe. Mental Health and COVID-19. http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-technical-guidance/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-outbreak-technical-guidance-europe/mental-health-and-covid-19
Disclaimer: The information regarding COVID-19 is changing constantly as more data become available. The information provided in this website is not meant to replace diabetes healthcare team or public health agencies recommendations, and is intended for information purposes only. Please check with your healthcare providers for any deviations from your care plans.