Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations        Ph: (780) 944-0334
17533 106 Ave, Edmonton, AB T5S 1E7         Fax: (780) 944-0346

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MENTAL HEALTH & LINKS

MENTAL HEALTH

We care about your Mental Health during this time and understand that you may feel anxious and worried throughout the unpredictability of COVID-19. Stress and anxiety during this time can feel like:

  • Fear and worry about your own health and the health of your loved ones

  • Changes in sleep and eating patterns

  • Finding it difficult to concentrate

  • Worsening of chronic health problems. Stress weakens the immune system

  • Increase in use of alcohol, tobacco or drugs

Please remember to keep the below in mind:

  1. THIS WILL PASS - we will get through this and we will learn from it

  2. UNDERSTAND THAT EVERYONE IS BEING AFFECTED AND THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE - everyone is dealing with some challenges but we are in this together

  3. FIND A COPING STRATEGY - it is best to keep your mind occupied & find an activity that will create happiness such as reading, listening to music, watching a movie or talking with a friend

  4. REMEMBER TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF - a healthy you makes a community stronger. Take deep breaths, smudge, pray, try and eat healthy and balanced meals, exercise, get plenty of sleep and avoid drugs & alcohol

FOR PARENTS

It is important to keep in mind that not all children and teens respond to stress in the same way. Some changes to keep an eye out for are:

  • Excessive crying or irritability in young children

  • Returning to behaviours that have been outgrown (ie: bedwetting or toilet accidents)

  • Excessive worry or sadness

  • Change in sleeping patterns or eating habits

  • Irritability in teens

  • Difficulty with attention or concentration

  • Avoiding activities that they previously enjoyed

  • Unexplained headaches or body-aches

  • Use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs

Ways you can support your child through this process:

  • Take time to talk to your child or teen about the COVID-19 outbreak. Answer questions and be sure to share FACTS in ways that they can understand

  • Reassure them that they are safe and that it is ok for them to feel how they feel. Share some of your coping mechanisms with them

  • Limit your family's exposure to news and social media to help lessen worry 

  • Children thrive on routine, do you best to stick to a regular routine even during school closures

  • Be a role model - take a breather, get plenty of rest, eat well and exercise. Try and connect with friends and families often

Please take comfort in knowing that there are several coping strategies and resources available to you. These can be found by following the below links/phone numbers:

  1. Alberta Health Services Mental Health Line - 1-877-303-2642 (24/7)

  2. Edmonton area Addiction & Mental Health Access - 780-424-2424 (24/7)

  3. Bonnyville Mental Health Services - 780-826-2404

  4. Cold Lake Mental Health Services - 780-639-4922

  5. Lac La Biche Mental Health Services - 780-623-5230

  6. Rocky Mountain House Community Addiction & Mental Health - Adult & Youth Services - 403-844-5235

  7. Wetaskiwin Community Addiction & Mental Health - Adult & Youth Services - 780-361-1245

  8. Maskwacis Mobile Health Team (24/7) - 780-362-2150

  9. Enoch Mental Health Resources

HELPFUL LINKS FOR COVID-19 INFORMATION