Resources for Parents



Pandemic Parenting Playbook: Practical Strategies to Help Your Child with Mental Health Needs

Pandemic Parenting Playbook: Practical Strategies to Help Your Teen with Mental Health Needs

Children’s Mental Health Ontario: Talking to your anxious child about COVID-19

  • Includes recommendations to stay informed, keep a consistent routine for children/youth, being open and honest with the facts about the virus, and suggests preventative measures
  • Includes links to additional resources

Canadian Psychological Association: Mental health and coping during COVID-19

  • Provides general information about how people might cope with COVID-19
  • Includes suggestions on how to support those who have pre-existing mental health conditions
  • Provides advice for parents/caregivers to identify and support children who are stressed by COVID-19

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US)

Kids health Coronavirus: What kids can do

  • Information and tips on how to respond to the virus, written for a young audience
  • Provides information on how to prevent contracting or passing on germs to protect oneself and their family

‘Brains On’ (A Podcast for kids):  Understanding Coronavirus and how germs spread 

Child Mind Institute: Talking to kids about the coronavirus

  • Includes a short video by Dr. Jamie Howard (Director, Trauma and Resilience Service, Child Mind Institute) on how to have conversations with children about the coronavirus and its impact
  • Emphasizes the importance of being open and available for children to ask questions
  • Highlights the value of keeping a routine and consistency during times of change and schedule disruptions (e.g., school closures)
  • References other sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a resource on ‘what to do when children are anxious’

Psychology Today: How to talk to kids and teens about the coronavirus

  • Provides suggestions on how to discuss the COVID-19 virus and support children and youth during this time
  • Breaks down suggestions by developmental age (e.g. preschool, elementary school, high school)

Seattle Children’s Hospital Research FoundationHelping Children and Teens Cope with Anxiety About COVID-19

Infants & Toddlers (0-3)


MPR NewsComic about Coronavirus for Kids 

WHO infographic: Helping children cope with stress during the 2019 nCoV outbreak

Parent/caregiver guide to helping families cope with COVID-19

  • Includes information on CVOID-19
  • Provides suggestions on how to prepare families for the impact of the outbreak with links to resources that have accurate and up-to-date information
  • Summarizes information on preventative measures to stay healthy
  • Provides coping strategies to support families and children with the stress of an outbreak
  • Provides strategies on how to help and support children and is broken down by age group/developmental period

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Talking to children about COVID-19: 

  • 14 suggestions to help parents/providers have conversations about the COVID-19 outbreak with children/youth

Early Years Self Regulation Tip Sheets


  • Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645
  • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 Text CONNECT to 686868
  • First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310
  • Native Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-877-209-1266

Please note that as a result of COVID-19 safety precautions our Walk-In Clinics and County Mental Health Clinics are on hold however, our services remain OPEN.  To schedule an appointment or find out more, please contact our Intake Dept. at (519) 337-3701.