Counselling and Mental Health

From the Counsellor’s Corner…

My name is Nadine Lennox and I am the school counsellor at Strathcona Christian Secondary School. If you do not already know me, I am looking forward to meeting you. I meet with students about academics, career, relationships or mental health. My office is in Room 203 and you can meet with me, email, video meet or call during regular school hours from 8:30-3:20 pm.

Mrs. Nadine Lennox - Jr. and Sr. High Counsellor

nadine.lennox@eips.ca

Video Meet (by appointment)

 

If you are requiring support during non-school hours, please reach out to:

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (4 am to midnight)

Text: TALK to 686868

Text for Help: 741741

The Distress Line (Suicide Support): 780-482-4357 or crisissupportcentre.com (24 hours)

Please read below for a more extensive listing of resources.

 

 

                           

Virtual Parent and Caregiver Support Groups with Strathcona County

Confident On My Own
For: Parents, caregivers and their children
ages 10 or older
Saturday February 20 1:30 to 3 p.m.
To register visit: strathcona.ca/parentsupport

Parenting Through Uncertainty
For: Parents and caregivers of children ages 0-18
Wednesdays, January 13 to February 17
10:15 to 11 a.m.
To register visit: strathcona.ca/parentsupport

Straight Talk About Teens
For: Parents and caregivers of youth ages 12-18
Thursday January 14
6:30 to 8 p.m.
To register visit: strathcona.ca/parentsupport

Triple P Discussion Group:
Dealing with Disobedience
For: Parents and caregivers of children ages 2-12
Saturday January 23 1 to 3 p.m.
To register visit: strathcona.ca/parentsupport

Mental Health Resources

Mental Health Resources:

Alberta Health Services Help in Tough Times is an up-to-date and comprehensive website where Albertans of all ages can quickly find information about coping and stress management, access to community support services and virtual mental health supports.

Hope for All - Immediate Help Phone Numbers

Alberta Health Services has a text resources and service called Text4Hope.

Togetherall is a new virtual mental health resource from Alberta Health Services.  Togetherall is a clinically moderated, online peer-to-peer mental health community that empowers individuals to anonymously seek and provide support 24/7. Togetherall is free to all Albertans aged 16+, register using your Alberta postal code.

 

Primary Care Network   The Sherwood Park PCN Mental Health (MH) Program offers a variety of free services on a referral-only basis: Initial assessments, treatment plans, and navigational assistance are provided by mental health clinicians for children (pre-school & up), adolescents, and adults. Please note, the clinic is not a counselling center and does not provide ongoing services/treatment.  

 

Important Mental Health Numbers:

 

Addiction Helpline – 1-866-332-2322

Community Resources – 211 Alberta

Crisis Text Line - Text CONNECT to 741741

Family Violence – Find Supports – 310-1818

Income Supports – 1-866-644-5135

Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868

Mental Health Helpline – 1-877-303-2642

Mental Health Online Sessions

 

HELP Contacts

Please click Youth Help Card to get a more extensive list of help contacts.

Kids Help Phone

Phone: 1-800-668-6868

Text: TALK to 686868

Live Chat Counselling at www.kidshelpphone.ca

Canada Suicide Prevention Service:

Toll-free 1-833-4564566

Text: 456445

Addiction Helpline: 1-866-332-2322 (albertahealthservices.ca)

Bullying Helpline: 1-888-456-2323 (bullyfreealberta.ca)

Children's Mental Health Crisis Line: 780-427-4491 (albertahealthservices.ca)

The Distress Line: 780-482-4357

 

 

 

Youth Connection Opportunities

Compete in various online games and join the leaderboard
for a chance to win prizes.

January 29 1:30 to 3 p.m.
February 3 1:30 to 3 p.m.
February 4 1:30 to 3 p.m.

· Escape Room
· Slopeball
· Kahoot
· Skribble.IO
· plus more

Register now!

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Community Big Brothers Big Sisters Program

The Community Big Brothers Big Sisters program is one mentor (Big) and one mentee (little) spending time together building a friendship based on trust, support, common interests, and fun! Bigs and Littles participate in a variety of activities – everything from riding bikes, skating, reading, working on homework, cooking, playing video games to just talking and sharing with each other. The focus is on friendship and new experiences. Volunteer Bigs (Mentors) are asked to be able to give a minimum of one hour a week or every other week for the duration of a year. Volunteers in this program are meeting youth out in the community evenings or week-ends.

  • Virtual Mentoring
  • Virtual Reading
  • Virtual Tutoring

Check it out!

Bullying Help

https://www.bullyingcanada.ca/get-help/

Sometimes, it is nice to text someone (anonymously) who is completely removed from our situation. That person will listen and give you effective strategies to handle your present situation.

 

Alternatively, contact me (Mrs. Lennox - nadine.lennox@eips.ca) or head into my office (Room 203) to discuss what is going on and work with me to find the best ways to handle your situation. I am happy to listen too. 

  • Love is Respect
    • American site providing information about healthy relationships and about abuse.
  • BullyingCanada 1-887-352-4497 
    • 24/7 support network that offers life-changing assistance via telephone, online chat, email, and texting.
  • Need Help Now
    • Support for dealing with peers, removing online pictures and more. 

Bullying Awareness Week - November 16-20

Strathcona Christian Secondary School is engaging in Bully Awareness Week.

Please take a look at some of the discussion questions we've been exploring and decide whether some of them could be extended at home at the kitchen table this month:

Monday - First Video - Introducing “Bullying Awareness Week.”

Monday-Friday

Grades 7-12 

Student Facilitated Discussion about Bullying:

Grade 11 Missions Students are going to every class and facilitating a discussion with the students around some main topics. The answers came from students.

-When we have all this information every year, why is bullying still a problem? What are we missing? 

  • People have free will
  • Some people lack self-awareness
  • Some people misunderstand what bullying really is and think that their behaviour doesn't count as bullying (especially when it is covert).
  • Tuning out/Disengaging/Lack of empathy

-We have talked about a typical bullying situation, but what isn't talked about that often? We don't talk about harm that happens within an established relationship as much. This  happens sometimes between friends and students and adults. What can you tell me about that?

  • Friendships and romantic relationships can be even more destructive if there are unhealthy patterns
  • It's hard to address bullying in a relationship because you may feel like if you address it, you will lose the relationship.

-What is the most helpful response an adult has given/could give when a student discloses about a bullying situation?

  • I believe you.
  • I am here for you.
  • This is not something that you need to ignore. 
  • I’ll keep an eye out and shut that stuff down when it’s happening.
  • Where is this stuff happening?  I’ll get that area or time better supervised.
  • Here is bullying hotline number to call or text.

-What has been/could be the best way for an adult  to handle a person who seems to hurt people with their words or actions?

  • Increase supervision around the offender.
  • Pull them aside and have a conversation with them about the impact of their choices
  • Model healthy, respectful behaviour
  • Get to know the student to find the root of the problem. 
  • Offer supports and resources
  • Address the problem

-What has actually been effective or could potentially be effective in handling people who hurt us emotionally, physically or psychologically?

  • Tell them how you feel, if it feels safe
  • TELL AN ADULT what is happening
  • Ask for what you need
  • Set a boundary
  • Forgive, but if the behaviour doesn't stop, stay away from them
  • Pray for them

-How does being treated disrespectfully by an adult perpetuate the bullying? 

If a student is treated disrespectfully by an adult, they may think "I can’t lash out at that adult, so without realizing it, I take my pain out on my peers around me." This can perpetuate the harm.

-What can you do if you know that you are the one that can be hurtful in the way that you speak or act toward others?

  • Apologize
  • Adjust your behaviour
  • Give people permission to say something when you’ve gone too far or check yourself for acting on an impulse. 

 

Monday-Friday

 Videos and discussion questions for morning devotions this week. Each of the videos are very short in length and they are designed to create discussion in class. There are separate junior high and senior high videos/questions

Career Decision Making

Many students are not sure what they want to do when they leave high school. Sometimes, when they take CALM and complete interest inventories, a career seems a long way off. This year, please complete and print out the results from some of the questionnaires on this link, explore the Alberta Education’s Time to Choose Your Post-Secondary Education information, and book an appointment with me by emailing nadine.lennox@eips.ca. This way, we will have an opportunity to discuss career plans and possible post-secondary options. 

Family and Community Services

Sometimes Life is Complicated…

  • Solutions Navigators and Family Resource Facilitators are skilled, passionate individuals that use a strength based, forward looking approach to support families of school aged children.

 

  • Your designated Solutions Navigator/Family Resource Facilitator will keep ongoing, regular connection and communication with you or the key contact for your school throughout the year.

 

  • Navigators/Facilitators can help support parents, youth, adults, and seniors with family supports and outreach, as well as things like finances, subsidies, housing, forms and applications.

 

  • Navigators/Facilitators also offer supports including skill building, education, guidance, and access to community resources including counselling.  Navigators/Facilitators will be sharing our parent skill building opportunities with you.

 

  • No appointment is required, and services are free.

We listen.  We support.  We connect

Our call-in hours are:

Monday and Friday

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

For more information:

call 780-464-4044

 

Parenting is a journey, and everyone needs help sometimes. 

Parenting is a journey, and everyone needs help sometimes. 

 

The Strathcona County Family Resource Network offers a range of parenting supports and services including: 

• Information on child and youth development 

• Discussing challenges and individualized parenting plans 

• In-home, phone or virtual options

 

We listen.  We support.  We connect

Our call-in hours are:

Monday and Friday

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

For more information:

call 780-464-4044

Counselling Services

Counselling Services

 

  • Family and Community Services (FCS) is offering both virtual and telephone counselling in its efforts to help residents feel safe, supported and connected. At this time, residents are invited to phone FCS at 780-464-4044 to access supports, including phone or virtual counselling.
  • We are all impacted by COVID-19. Many of us are experiencing the impacts of financial stress, job loss, domestic violence, restrictions on seeing loved ones and friends or major changes to daily routines. People may feel uncertain, anxious, isolated, irritable, lonely or even have a sense of grief and loss.
  • Counsellors are available on Mondays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • No appointment is needed. Call and you will be connected to the next available counsellor. 

 

We listen.  We support.  We connect

Our call-in hours are:

Monday and Friday

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

 

For more information:

call 780-464-4044

 

Saffron Centre Free Online Presentations

Saffron is now offering free online presentations that are available on Youtube! Please check them out:

Internet Safety (Junior/Senior High): https://youtu.be/MFyGxwFYMa0

Healthy Relationships (Junior High): https://youtu.be/kQICfkmRWmo

Healthy Relationships (High School): https://youtu.be/zaSH6zk5kzw

Cyberworld: https://youtu.be/Uy0ruoLOooY

*Boundaries and Harassment (Junior High): https://youtu.be/oJNsZvZF1O4

*Sexual Assault and Harassment (Junior/Senior High): 

*Saffron does offer Sexual Assault and Harassment presentations for junior high and senior high, but it can be an especially tough topic for those at the junior high age. If you’d like to access these, please contact me directly and I can send you the link.

 

CYBERWORLD: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOUTH PRESS SEND?

December 8, 2020 at 7:00pm via Zoom 

Presented by SAFFRON Centre, supported by Strathcona County Mental Health Capacity Building Program 

In this presentation, we provide parents and caregivers with information on the popular websites, games and apps that are being used by children and youth. 

We will discuss legal consequences and the potential dangers online as well as sharing tips for starting conversations with children and youth. 

Join the Zoom meeting at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85671916163?pwd=Ympsb3JMellJelhXMk0zbWFucnJ2dz09 

For questions, or if you are having trouble logging on, email Stacie.Pederson@strathcona.ca 

Mental Health Awareness Week May 4 - 8

Teen Mental Health 


Exercise for Mental Health

Exercise, Immunity and the COVID-19 Pandemic

Hygiene

Take Care of Your Body

Pray 

Jason Upton - Teach Us How to Pray

 

Economists find mixed values of 'thoughts and prayers'

 

Be Encouraged by God's Word

How should we interpret the Bible? - Common-questions - BioLogos

 

Sing 

Check out this link and allow this song to refresh you. Us too, God!

Funny I Sing In The Shower Funny Sayings Singing

Breathe

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Take Care of your Senses

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Reach Out #Get Real

  • Contact the School Counsellor - nadine.lennox@eips.ca (regular school hours)
  • Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 (24/7)
  • Call a friend 
  • Ask for prayer - contact Mrs. Tuckwood

Check in with Yourself

Mental Health Meter

 

Social Connection

Online Resources for Social Connection 

Bored? Looking for something different to do? Join us weekly for fun activities and games that are not academic. Sign up today! Youth Zone for Wellness google classroom

(grades 7 – 9): ie6emuh

(grades 10 - 12) giuktrk

Apps
Calm Harm is an award-winning app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, using the basic principles of an evidence-based therapy called Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT).
Calm Harm provides tasks to help you resist or manage the urge to self-harm. You can make it private by setting a password, and personalise the app if you so wish. You will be able to track your progress and notice change.
Please note the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it.

Clear Fear is an app developed for teenage mental health charity stem4 by Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, and uses the evidence-based treatment CBT to focus on learning to reduce the physical responses to threat by learning to breathe, relax and be mindful as well as changing thoughts and behaviours and releasing emotions.
You can personalise the app if you so wish and you will be able to track your progress and notice change.
Please note the app is an aid in treatment but does not replace it.

Articles


Psycho-educational Videos
Anxiety Explained for Teens

Saffron Centre Free Online Presentations

Internet Safety (Junior/Senior High): https://youtu.be/MFyGxwFYMa0

Healthy Relationships (Junior High): https://youtu.be/kQICfkmRWmo

Healthy Relationships (High School): https://youtu.be/zaSH6zk5kzw

Cyberworld: https://youtu.be/Uy0ruoLOooY

*Boundaries and Harassment (Junior High): https://youtu.be/oJNsZvZF1O4

*Sexual Assault and Harassment (Junior/Senior High): 

*Saffron does offer Sexual Assault and Harassment presentations for junior high and senior high, but it can be an especially tough topic for those at the junior high age. If you’d like to access these, please contact me directly and I can send you the link.

 

Parenting Support and Other

Family and Community Services is still available to assist you with parenting supports and other concerns related to finances, stress, relationships and others by phone. Please call 780-464-4044to speak to our team during operating hours.

Family and Community Supports

The Child Mind Institute offers a daily tip feature, with helpful tips in supporting children and adolescents through the pandemic/online learning/home support that parents are facing.

 

For more personal advice/support, Family and Community Services Sherwood Park offers phone support to families, with a solution focused approach.

 

Families can also access the services provided by Child and Adolescent Psychologists in Sherwood Park/Strathcona County  by calling the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Intake line

 

Students or parents can contact Alberta Health Services - Child and Adolescent Mental Health using the Intake number 780-342-2701

Movement

Box Breathing

Sensory Ideas

Parent Presentations

RCSD Caregiver Education Sessions - These free sessions provide parents, teachers and community members information about addiction and mental health challenges that can impact children and youth. Presentations are hosted in schools but are open to all adults to attend. For more information, check RCSD Caregiver Education Sessions - Spring 2020 Poster.pdf. Local sessions are from 6 to 7:30 pm at

  • FR Haythorne - Technology and the Teenage Brain on April 16, 2020
  • Elk Island Catholic Schools Learning Services - Understanding and Supporting Youth with Depression and Self-Injury on May 7, 2020
  • Salisbury - Test Anxiety on June 4, 2020

Test Preparation

At Strathcona Christian Secondary School, we have gone into a variety of different classes this month to discuss how to combat test anxiety. 

Test Anxiety Group

Tis' the season students start to think about exams in January. This can be a stressful time, but there are strategies that students can learn to manage their stress. The Strathcona Christian Secondary school counsellor, Nadine Lennox, is running a 10 week group every Monday at lunch from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm in the counsellor’s office (Rm 203) from December 2 - February 24, 2020 to learn and practice strategies to reduce stress during exams.

 

Bullying Awareness Week in November

In November, our school participated in Bullying Awareness Week. During this week, students explored:

What Is Bullying? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUAbAKee0Cw

Bullying is Repetitive, Intentional and Mean

What should we do about it when it happens?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oKjW1OIjuw

Bullying is usually a problem with an imbalance of power. If you hear someone talk negatively about another person behind their back, you can do one of the following things:

  1. If you have a lot of power in the group, you can tell the person who is participating in bullying to stop.
  2. If you have less power, you can just say something nice about the victim.
  3. Another move for the less powerful person, would be to change the subject.
  4. If you have very little power in the group, you can tell a trusted adult, privately.

If someone is being bullied in front of you, you can:

  1. Stand by their side and suggest "Do you want to walk with me to my locker?" or "Do you want to join us?"
  2. Tell an adult

What is Empathy?: If we can know how someone else feels, we are less likely to bully.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDDWvj_q-o8

https://www.flickr.com/photos/123889886@N02/15071711355

How do we create a positive environment in our school?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QO7_WX-gyVU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5yCOSHeYn4

How can we build other people up in our school community?

Lead 9 students visited each classroom and led an activity on encouraging each other. 

What are bullying supports that can be accessed?

  1. Talk to an adult (adult family member or school staff member)
  2. Bullying Helping (24 hr) 1-888-456-2323

 

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental Health Awareness Week is May 6th-10th. In preparation, school staff have had three hours of mental health training. The whole school also celebrated Bell Let’s Talk Day and Hats on For Mental Health Day. Students have been encouraged that “It’s okay, if you’re not okay. Just tell someone.” Also, mental health discussions have been initiated in classes and at the “First” ceremonies throughout the year. A “First” is held on specific Monday mornings throughout the year. It is a time for us to get together as a community to connect and pray together. Teen Mental Health (www.teenmentalhealth.org) recommends that if educators observe significant symptoms and impairment in a student’s functioning at school, best practice is to work with parents to provide on-going support and possibly provide helpful information to parents if a referral to outside supports is in the best interest of the student. Mental health referrals are important, if symptoms of mental disorders are observed. Sometimes, however, mental distress and problems are causing some symptoms to emerge. If a student is experiencing mental distress (i.e. multiple tests and assignments due), there are things that students can do to re-charge and become resilient like sleep, exercise, wholesome food, sunshine, socialization, prayer, and worship. During the “First” and in Bible classes this week, we will be addressing what to do if students are experiencing symptoms beyond mental distress. We will also be giving students opportunities to engage in some of the resiliency building activities during lunch hour this week. Please encourage engagement and conversation about these important topics at home.