LDSBeWell Bulletin

April 2020

Wellness Resources and Supports

During this time of emergency remote learning, we know that while some will embrace and even thrive with this new style of learning, others will see it as another challenge during an already difficult time. If you as a student, or family, need help, please reach out to your school connections – teachers, support staff, administrators.

If you are looking for resources related to KFL&A mental health and addiction services, online wellness resources, emergency food and meal programs, and emergency shelter options please visit our website.
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Your Social Distancing Survival Guide

We are used to having built-in ways to connect. We connect at school and at work, at events and social activities, even with our neighbours in the grocery store. And maybe, until now, we’ve seen all of that connection as simply a part of our everyday life. We can’t any longer. For the time being, it’s not a built-in feature of our lives. We have to go looking for connection and we have to be creative. We need to make an effort to reach out to each other.

Here’s your guide to connecting with others in these difficult times:

  • Make it part of your routine. Set a time, or several times, over the course of the day, and call it “social connection time.” This will be a dedicated time when you forego all distractions and check in or share with others.
  • Make a date. Book a time for a conversation. Send an email or a message, or just call someone spontaneously, inviting them to a phone date, or a video chat.
  • Be honest. If you’re not doing well, don’t cover over the feelings. Share them openly.
  • Join a virtual community. Go ahead and join a group, virtually. There are Facebook groups on just about everything and now is a good time to find community.
  • Remember you are not alone. Maybe most importantly, know that even if you feel alone, there are others out there, ready and waiting to help.
  • Use e-mental health services. There are hundreds of online portals and hubs to connect you to virtual and online support services such as online courses, coaching and therapy. Check out the Government of Canada’s new Wellness Together portal.

Taken from Canadian Mental Health Association, 2020

Maltby Centre provides community Mental Health and Autism Services within the KFLA region for children ranging in age from newborn to 18 years of age. They have recently expanded their mental health services for young adults from 18-24 years of age. Maltby Centre is open in the virtual sense and continues to provide Mental Health and Autism services by phone or over video. They are not currently providing in-person service but look forward to offering that again once it is safe to do so.

To connect with them for service, please visit their website ( and submit a request for service. Alternatively, you can call them at: 1-844-855-8340. They will respond back to you within 24 business hours.

COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub

With information on mental health and COVID-19 scattered all over the internet, finding accurate information and appropriate resources can be hard., School Mental Health Ontario, and Kids Help Phone have partnered to bring you all the information needed in one easy-to-access hub so that youth mental health remains top of mind, and our communities are able to easily access the education, tools, support and reliable information they need.

Creative Ways to Support Your Mental Health

Wanting to try something different to support and invest in your mental health? These tips share some creative ways you can take steps toward wellness.

  • Verbalizing how you feel is not always easy. When you're having trouble communicating your emotions, try drawing or painting what you are experiencing. Play with different colours, shapes and textures to represent the emotion(s) you are feeling.
  • Feeling stuck? Take 5 minutes out of your day to write in a journal. Write like no one is reading your entry except for you!
  • Feeling alone? Reach out to a close friend to do something creative together, like baking.
  • Looking for a creative grounding strategy? Use rocks as your canvas! Write positive or motivational messages on rocks to serve as reminders for when you're feeling low. You can also carry smaller ones with you to use as worry stones.
  • Being outside in the sun and fresh air can help to elevate your mood and clear your mind. Whether you are on a walk or are just sitting out in nature, take the time to tune into your emotions by writing or drawing in a notebook.
  • Create a self-care box to hold items that provide you comfort (e.g. worry stones, headphones, essential oils, nail care items, fidget toys, play-doh, tea, tissues, lotion, positive notes, etc.). Decorate the outside with quotes and pictures that inspire you to keep going!
  • Participate in a 30-day affirmation challenge! Each day, write down a positive statement about yourself or your life. Positive affirmations help us to challenge and overcome our negative thoughts.

Taken from, 2020

Social Emotional Learning Practices

School Mental Health Ontario has been working with educators to develop a set of practices that cover the six domains of social-emotional learning (SEL) skills that are found in the Ontario elementary Health and Physical Education curriculum. Find them here.