Welcome to the Lake Trail Counselling Page! On this page, you will find information and links related to the field of counselling.
We are currently publishing a weekly newsletter "Parenting in a Pandemic" as a response to COVID-19. Please click on the images for full PDF editions and extra resources.
The counselors at Lake Trail are ready to work with you, especially in this time of isolation. Please contact Jessica Kerekes Rinn (Jessica.email@example.com) or Jocelyn Schultz (Jocelyn.firstname.lastname@example.org).
Issue #8: "Returning In-Person" and "Placemaking"
Parenting in a Pandemic Resources
Safe Technology Use
Even if you think you are pretty savvy with technology, the landscape in this area shifts every minute of every day. It can be hard to keep up on the latest and greatest recommendations and best practices. Here are some sites that can help with cyberbullying, cyber security risks, and how you can protect yourself and your devices.
We have also added a couple of helpful resources in the area of youth mental health.
Get Cyber Safe – Government of Canada – What is cyberbullying? Is your child being cyberbullied? Is your child cyberbullying? What are the legal consequences of cyberbullying?
Cybertip.ca – Canadian Centre for Child Protection – Tip Line for reporting exploitation of children.
Mobile Phone Safety – Get up to date resources for guiding the use of mobile phones for teens.
The following are some links recommended by Dr. Claire to help with understanding and explaining the sexual health curriculum and answering questions you might have regarding sexual health.
Youth may experience times of mental health crisis or concern their own safety or that of someone they know. In these times, it is important to have access to supports that are available immediately. The following are some important links and numbers that could be used in the event of a crisis.
www.vicrisis.ca - Vancouver Island Crisis Line is available to anyone in crisis or in need of support. Trained counsellors are available 24 hours a day at 1-888-494-3888 or online at email@example.com. They are also available by text from 6pm-10pm at 250-800-3806. This agency allows people in crisis to access supports from trained mental health professionals in order to help themselves or to send help to a friend in crisis.
Need Help Now – Canadian Centre for Childhood Protection – Steps to help in situations of exploitation. How to stop material from spreading on the internet and how to get help.
1-800-663-9122 - Ministry of Children and Families - If you or someone you know is in danger due to abuse or drug/alcohol use in the home, you can call this number to get help.
Anxiety and Depression
Many students at the middle school age level begin to struggle with symptoms of low mood and feelings of anxiousness and stress. While many of these feelings are normal and natural and often related to changing hormones, there are some things that can be done to support a healthy positive outlook during this time. Mental health can be seriously impacted by diet, exercise, sleep, mindful practices and technology use. The following are some websites that can be useful in helping young people to overcome feelings of low mood and stress.
https://www.anxietycanada.com/ - On this site, you will find a number of amazing resources for supporting those who are struggling with symptoms of anxiety and low mood. This is a useful website for youth because it has a lot of information and support specific to young people.
MindCheck.ca – A variety of resources to explore mood/anxiety, substance abuse etc.