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Help in Tough Times

April 3, 2020 - In these unprecedented times, it's more crucial than ever that everyone takes care of their health - both their physical and mental well-being. While sticking close to home may leave you feeling lonely and cut off from any sense of normalcy, it's important to remember that "self-isolated" doesn't mean "alone".

There are plenty of ways to help yourself and others get through this: talk it through with trusted friends, take care of yourself, seek out the community resources you need, and get in touch to answer your questions and ease your anxiety.

Keep the Conversation Going

You might be thinking:

I don’t think my problems are important or big enough to talk to anyone about... "

I’m worried I might be labelled or that people might judge me... "

Not at all! It’s best to reach out and talk to someone. We all have mental health needs, and talking about things is one of the ways we can take care of them! Asking for help can be awkward, but you’ll probably feel relieved after you do.

Here are some suggestions to help start the conversation:

I don’t know if you can help me, but I’m hoping you can help me to find someone who can.”

I have a tough situation; it’s really bugging me... Can I talk to you about it?”

I’ve been feeling ________ lately; can I get your help?”

I can’t seem to get past the feelings I’m having. I wanted to reach out before things got worse.”

With difficult conversations, it may be easier to “break the ice” by writing things down on paper or through text. Reaching out to talk to someone doesn’t have to be in person. For example:

Hey _______, it’s ________. Do you have some time to chat with me tomorrow? I have a problem I want to talk to you about...”

Take Care of Yourself

  1. Stay active and get some fresh air - Walk around your house, play Wii Sports, follow a workout online, do things in your yard, and/or sit on your balcony.
     
  2. Stick to a healthy diet - Remember to eat your fruits and veggies, and limit your treats.
     
  3. Get good quality sleep - Make sure you are getting enough sleep, take a rest if you need to, and stick to a fairly consistent day schedule. It is recommended that electronics be turned off two hours before bedtime for better sleep.
     
  4. Connect with others - Call, email, Facetime, video chat, be creative - but make sure you are physically distancing the recommended two metres (the length of a hockey stick) away from others.
     
  5. Manage your stress - Work through conflicts and talk to someone you trust about your problems. Positive self-talk can help.
     
  6. Keep planning for the future - Do something meaningful, kind or purposeful each day to keep you on the path to mental wellness.

Reach Out for Help

Our High School Counsellors and Trauma Response Team have compiled a list of crisis hotlines and community resources for people of all ages who may be seeking extra help. If you are concerned for your own well-being or that of a loved one, there are numerous ways to reach out.

More Information for High School Students

If you are a MCHS or SGCHS student, and you have questions or concerns about registering for courses, graduation and/or post-secondary, or just need to talk to a counsellor, get in touch with your school's Student Services department.

MCHS Student Services
Phone: 780-963-2255

SGCHS Student Services
Phone: 780-962-0800

For the most up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Alberta Government website.