Dear CASA Supporter,
Over the past week, Canadians have continued to adapt to our changing environment and we want to touch base with our community supporters.
We are passionately protecting the CASA community during this crisis and doing everything we can to prevent the spread amongst those we serve.
This is what we are doing to support our community and prevent the spread:
- We convened a COVID-19 Emergency Response Team which meets daily to ensure we are acting in the best interest of staff, physicians, patients and their families, and the larger community.
- We closed all of our day programs and residential program until further notice. Program staff are in regular phone contact with families.
- We are offering telephone support to parents through our Parent-in-Residence program.
- We moved Clinic-based services to phone-based where possible to increase social distancing and seeing families who need face-to-face support.
- We put group treatment sessions on hold.
- We are ensuring that our children and their families have the resources and supports they require to best support their mental health needs.
Your support has helped CASA serve our patients and their families during this unpredictable time.
As we are a mental health organization, your well-being is a high priority. This is a challenging time and we are here to support you.
Here are resources to support you and your family:
• Live streaming session on the impact of the pandemic on one’s mental health via our website
• Alberta Gov’t: Online Self-Assessment Tool (COVID-19)
- Parents – Talking to your Children about COVID – 19
• ADAA: How to Talk to Your Anxious Child or Teen About Coronavirus
• The Conversation: How to talk to your kids about COVID-19
• National Association of School Psychologists: Talking to Children About COVID-19
• NASP: Countering COVID-19 Stigma and Racism
• Kids Health: Coronavirus: How to Talk to Your Child
• World Health Organization: Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak
• Child Mind.org: Talking to Kids About the Coronavirus
• New York Times: 5 Ways to Help Teens Manage Anxiety About the Coronavirus
• International OCD Foundation: Here are some tips specifically for parents of youth with OCD:
• ADDitude – Inside the ADHD mind: How to Explain Coronavirus to a Child with Anxiety
• Psychology Today: How to Explain Coronavirus to a Child with Autism
• Brighter Horizons: Talking to Children about COVID-19
• PBS: How You and Your Kids Can De-Stress During Coronavirus
• National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the Coronavirus
• National Public Radio: Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
• Emotional Literacy Support Assistant: Book Chapter: Coronavirus Story for Children
• National Geographic: Talking to Your Kids about Coronavirus
• CDC: Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease
• American Psychological Association: Five Ways to View Coverage of the Coronavirus with a Podcast
• Kids help phone: https://kidshelpphone.ca/get-info/were-here-for-you-during-covid-19-novel-coronavirus/
- Parents – Other
• KidsActivities.com: List of Education Companies Offering Free Subscriptions
• HuffPost: 30 Parents Share Their Favorite At-Home Activities to Help Bored Kids
• Berliner Philharmoniker: 30-Day free access to the Digital Concert Hall
• Travelandleisure.com: 12 famous museums offering virtual tours
• McHARPER MANOR: Live DAILY free art tutorials
• TEDEd: TEDEd for free videos across all subject areas.
• NatGeokids.com: Activities, quizzes for younger kids.
• Duolingo.com: Learn languages for free, web or app.
• Storylineonline.net: Tip for Kids and Coronavirus
• Youtube: Hand Washing Video for Young Children
• Youtube: Hand Washing/Coughing (Cartoon) Video for Young Children
• UNICEF: How teachers can talk to children about coronavirus disease
• NASP: Responding to COVID-19: Brief Action Steps for School Crisis Response Teams
• NASP: Preparing for Infectious Disease Epidemics: Brief Tips for School Mental Health Professionals
• ACE’s Connection: Resilience During a Pandemic
- About COVID – 19
• Health Canada: Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
• Canadian Psychological Association: Fact Sheet: Coping with and Preventing COVID-19
• CTV News: Origins of All COVID-19 Cases in Canada
• World Health Organization
- Corporate / Human Resources
• McKinsey and Company: COVID-19 Implications for Business
• Towards Data Science: Top Resources for COVID-19 in the Workplace
• NCDHHS: COVID-19 Businesses and Employers
• Gov’t of Canada: Coronavirus Resources for Canadian Businesses
• The Washington Post: Why Outbreaks Spread Exponentially
Resources courtesy of NACTATR
Please let us know if you have any questions or how we can support you during this trying time.
We are here for you.
– CASA Foundation