Supports for Families
Canadians and beyond are grieving the tragic accident that took place in Saskatchewan on April 6. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus accident.
These rare events can impact each of us differently, we may feel sadness, grief, helplessness, anxiety, and anger. We have put our crisis response team in place and they will remain as long as is needed to assist students and staff.
For our families feeling the weight of this tragedy we encourage you to reach out to trusted family members, friends, and professionals. If you are in need of further support please contact your neighborhood school. We will be sure to direct you to the appropriate supports in your community. We would also like to share the following services available through Alberta Health Services:
- For counseling services or consultation call the Community Addiction and Mental Health Services - Rural intake line at 1-403-995-2712 or 1-877-652-4700. An intake worker will set up an appointment and/or direct you to immediate support if it's needed in the moment.
- Should families or individuals need immediate social-emotional or mental health supports call Access Mental Health at403-266-4357 or go to your nearest urgent care centre.
Speaking with your child
As always keeping open communication with your child is important. Providing the opportunity for your child to talk about their thoughts and feelings, in a safe environment with you, supports the connection that children and youth need to work through their fears and feelings.
- Allow children and youth to express their feelings. Let them know that their feelings are normal, expected and shared by many others.
- Limit media consumption, especially in elementary schools. Children struggle to distinguish between TV and reality. Limiting media exposure for older children can keep them from focusing too much on the crisis.
- Be calm, offer reassurance and explain how children and youth are in a safe place.
- Respect diverse responses. Some teens prefer to talk to adults – like parents or teachers – while others prefer to talk to friends. It is very common as well to have either a delayed or denied response.
- Let your child guide you regarding their level of concern or desire for information.
- Discuss events in terms that are appropriate to a child’s age and level of development.
- You may need to continue discussions. Acknowledge new information as it is available.
We also know that social media is often a way that our youth communicate their thoughts and feelings. Asking questions of your child such as following can help open the conversation.
- “What are people saying on Twitter?”
- “What are people posting on Snapchat?”
- “What are people posting on their Snapchat Story?”
- “Is anyone posting on Instagram?”
- “What are you seeing on Instagram?”
- “How are you feeling about what is being posted?
- “Have you posted anything, or responded to any postings
We value a positive relationship with our families and view ourselves as partners with you in the life of your child. Please reach out to your child’s school with any questions or concerns you may have. We are here to offer assistance and support.