COVID-19 has changed our world and created new challenges, with Canadians reporting that they feel more anxious and worried. A study from the Angus Reid Institute shows that half of Canadians (50%) report a worsening of their mental health, with one-in-ten (10%) saying it has worsened “a lot.” Of those surveyed, 44% stated they are worried, and 41% reported feeling anxious. The study also shows that Alberta has the highest number (32%) of all Canadians experiencing a decline in both financial security and mental health.
In Calgary, the Distress Centre experienced a 38% increase in 211 contacts from January 26-May 16 compared to the same time period last year. As of May 2020, of the crisis line contacts, anxiety ranked as the top issue reported.
Join us for a virtual, interactive session of our new Natural Supports YYC simulation, created in partnership with United Way of Calgary and Area and The Social Impact Lab, and learn how you can enhance your ability to support children and youth facing mental health challenges.
Over a one-hour session, facilitated by a passionate United Way of Calgary and Area engagement team member, you will learn about the mental health landscape in our community and the importance of natural supports. Tune in to learn how to use the Natural Supports Simulation to address three common mental health issues among children and youth: anxiety, sadness and self-harm. You will practice your abilities, develop a better sense of your competencies, and discover where you can build your supportive skills.
Attend this session and complete the simulation to learn the crucial role you play in the lives of children and youth as a natural support.