HELP WITH ANXIETY
Coping with the uncertainty around COVID-19 is challenging for most adults, and kids may be having an even tougher time during the pandemic.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to uncertainty and things that may harm us. For many of us, the coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness make for a very uncertain future.
Parenting at any time can be challenging; parenting during COVID-19 can be even more stressful. Both you and your children may be feeling worried and overwhelmed. It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about COVID-19; how to best support your child as we all navigate disrupted routines and changes to home, school, and work life; and how to make sure you are taking care of yourself during this difficult time.
The most important message our kids need to hear right now is not about what Covid-19 is, but about who their adults are – the people who will care for them and carry them through this storm.
These are scary times, no matter your age or your country. We are all in the battle against the pandemic caused by COVID-19.
Parents in Residence are available to provide peer support to all families living in BC. They work in community and on-site at BC Children’s Hospital’s Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre and at Surrey Memorial Hospital’s Child & Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit (CAPSU).
Video: Mary Gordon, Founder/President of Roots of Empathy, sends a message to all parents, all caregivers, all of us who care for children on how to ease children’s anxieties as they watch and listen to how adults react to the coronavirus pandemic.
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This time may be very challenging for children and adolescents, some of whom might not understand the reasons for school closures and the cancellation of extracurricular activities. In addition, they are likely to be bombarded with information through social media and from their friends that can cause anxiety and alarm.