We know this is a frightening and confusing time. The Town of Crossfield has compiled a list of social service and mental health resources to help you as you navigate your way through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mental Health supports
Your mental health is equally as important as your physical well-being at any time but even more so as we all navigate this new COVID-19 pandemic. The following are online resources to help you through these unsettled times:
- What to do if you're feeling anxious or worried about COVID-19
- Mental health and coping with COVID-19 from the Centres for Disease Control (CDC)
- Talking with children about COVID-19, also from the CDC
- Help in tough times from Alberta Health Services
- Talking to children about COVID-19, from the National Society of School Psychologists
- COVIBOOK - a downloadable colouring book for children
- Community Addiction and Mental Health Services
- Canadian Mental Health Association - Mental Health and the COVID-19 pandemic
- My Hero is You - Storybook for children on COVID-19
- www.headspace.com/covid-19 - meditation
- Building Resilient Families - from Alberta Health Services
- Centre for Online Mental Health Support
- Going Back to School during COVID-19- from Alberta Health Services
Find an entire network of community, social, health and government services: food, shelter and/or transportation, financial support to help pay utility bills, rent and/or damage deposit, mental health and addictions support, information on government programs and phone numbers, where to go for legal support, volunteer for an organization, donation of furniture and/or clothing, concerned about a friend or family member, and much more.
- 24 Hour Support | Dial 211|
- 20 East Lake Way, Airdrie, Alta
- Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Wednesday 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Closed on Statutory Holidays
- (403) 948-0063 | email@example.com
- Airdrie RCMP Detachment
- 2 Highway Park Way NE, Airdrie, Alta
- Available Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to take calls from the community for emotional support, information and referrals via telephone only – (403) 945-7290. After hours, leave a message and your call will be returned. Continue to call 911 in an emergency.
- COVID-19 and Pregnancy, Birth, Postpartum, and Breastfeeding - Information for Expectant and New Parents
- Nutrition and COVID-19
Taking Charge Of What You Can: A COVID-19 Toolkit
Alberta Health Services has put together a toolkit with handy tips and links to resources for anyone struggling with their mental wellness during this pandemic.
Access the toolkit here.
If you're looking for something for the kids to do while they're at home, Calgary's pro sports teams have you covered. The teams recently launched the United by Community program which includes lots of resources and fun things to do for kids - calgaryroughnecks.com/roughnecks-directory/
New website that includes translated Covid-19 information for clients, including links to translated resources from AHS, Government of Alberta and Government of Canada - diversitycalgary.ca/
Click on ‘COVID-19’ on the menu for the ‘multilingual resources’ pages with the list of all COVID-19 translations.
- For anyone wishing to read in a different language, simply click on the desired language from the main menu.
- The website links to all its translated Nutrition Services resources.
ConnecTeen is a confidential peer support service for youth in Calgary and area. Being a teen can be tough; you have more independence, responsibility, and stress as a teenager, and you probably have more questions too. You can connect with a peer who understands your unique situation and can help talk you through your issues without judgment. This service is confidentialso no one needs to know you contacted them.
- Phone 24/7: (403) 264-TEEN (8336) | Text (daily): (587) 333-2724
- Online Chat: CalgaryConnecTeen.com
- Email: ConnecTeen@distresscentre.com*email is best when your request is not urgent and no one is in danger
This new online hub co-ordinates community services for older Albertans and seniors during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Sign up at corealberta.ca, explore the collaborative opportunities and subscribe to the newsletter. If you have any questions about CORE Alberta or would prefer to register via email, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Free Distress Counselling - 24 Hour Support. This service is free and offered in more than 200 languages.
- (403) 266-HELP (4357) | Hearing Impaired: (403) 543-1967 | email@example.com
- Online Support: anyone not comfortable picking up the phone and calling, is encouraged to use the online chat.
- Online Crisis Chat: Chat is available from 3 to 10 p.m. weekdays and from 12 to 10 p.m. on weekends, accessible from the top right corner of every page on the website.
COVID-19 supports for Albertans. Immediate relief for Albertans affected by the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Income Support/AISH - www.alberta.ca/income-support.aspx
- If you are already an Income Support or AISH client, contact your Income Support Worker. If you aren’t receiving Income Support, you can still apply. Call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1 (877) 644-9992
- TTY toll-free: 1 (800) 232-7215 (ask to speak to Alberta Supports)
- Family Violence Info Line
- Call 310-1818 | 24/7 | 170+ languages
- Chat online alberta.ca/SafetyChat | 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily | English
Please note: the Alberta Supports Contact Centre is not able to provide assistance accessing the provincial Emergency Isolation Support payment or federal COVID-19 benefits. Please visit the Government of Canada website for information.
Safe Halloween Tips From Alberta.Ca
The province has provided information tips for having a safe Halloween in the middle of a pandemic on its website.
- Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits - www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/ei-sickness.html
Wellness Together Canada
This portal, set up by the federal government, provides Canadians with access to a self-assessment tool, group coaching, online courses, apps and more.
Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. 24-hour online and counselling available for those 5-20 years old in both English and French. Whether by phone, text, mobile app or through their website, you can connect with them whenever you want, however you want, no matter what you want to talk about. They are there to listen with no judgment. This service is completely confidential. You don’t even have to tell them your name if you don’t want to.
Resources for parents with kids at home during this pandemic through the KidsAtHome initiative.
Support Services include counselling, outreach, community development and family resources. Contact Community Links directly for more information on their adjusted programs as of March 17, 2020, in light of COVID - 19. Details are posted on their website as well.
- (403) 945-3900 | 1 (866) 945-3905 | firstname.lastname@example.org