Supports for Children and Youth: Coping with COVID-19 and Tragedy

April 20, 2020

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The SRCE extends our heartfelt and deepest sympathies to the RCMP and all families, friends and communities affected by the tragedy that occurred this past weekend. Our thoughts are with all of them during this very difficult and sad time of loss.

There really are no words to describe how we all are feeling following this horrific tragedy. As a reminder, for our children, youth and families needing support, please note the following resources:

  • Guidance counsellors, school psychologists, teachers, school administrators and SchoolsPlus staff are a few of the supports available for our children and youth.
    • Please email your respective school guidance counsellor and/or email your school administration to connect with the appropriate school psychologist. 
    • SchoolsPlus staff are also available to support children, youth and families and help you access mental health supports and other services you may need,  Please refer to the Parents/Guardians page of the SRCE website for their contact information at
  • Kids Help Phone is available 24/7, by calling 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free).
    • Children and youth may text TALK to 686868
    • Adults may text WELLNESS to 741741
  • IWK Mental Health and Addictions Program is available 24/7
    • Central Referral Service - Please call toll free, 1-855-635-4110 for a referral
    • Mental Health Crisis Line is available 24/7 to anyone experiencing a mental health or addictions crisis, or someone concerned about them, by calling 1-888-429-8167 (toll free).

Talking With Children

When talking with children in the aftermath of a tragedy, the objective is to help them feel safe by establishing a sense of normalcy and security.  For tips for families and teachers on how to talk to children about violence, click here.

Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA)/IWK Resources

For those looking for evidence informed resources for children, youth, families and clinicians, please refer to the National Child Trauma Stress Network.

For more information, please access a copy of the SRCE Mental Health Resources and Services.