There are some obstacles and detours on the "Road of Life" that are difficult to face on our own: getting sick, losing a loved one, living with a disability or chronic health problems, moving away from family and friends, being unemployed, experiencing discrimination, facing a natural disaster, and more…
There are many ways to get through tough circumstances. One important way is to ask for support from family, friends and faith or cultural groups. Another way is to look for help from community supports and services (like the internet, libraries, telephone help lines, counselling services, food banks, parent-child drop-in centres, community centres, etc.).
Reaching out for help is part of resilience. And our children will benefit from learning this, too.
Melissa shares how she found the courage to ask for help for her depression. (1 min. 51 sec}
Here’s what you can do
Tell your child it is OK to ask for help when we need it. Everyone needs help sometimes.
Role model asking your child and other family members for help in doing daily activities. Tell them why their help is important to you.
Reach out to someone you trust in your community when you need extra assistance. Help your child think of all of the people he or she could reach out to if help is needed.
Create a ‘Help Signal’ with your child. Let your child know that some problems need adult help. Work together to choose a code word or signal that your child can use to alert you (or another caring adult) when they need extra help.
Find others who are dealing with similar challenges — there are many support groups where parents help other parents, both online and face-to-face.
Read or tell your child stories about how others reach out to give or get a helping hand. Click here for children’s stories about reaching out for support.
When I found out I was pregnant, I thought, 'Oh, no. What am I going to do?' because I was in school . I didn't know how to care for a baby. I was basically homeless
couch surfing at a friend's and then living with my sister. But we had a fight ... READ MORE
Tips and Activities
Fun activities for you and your child that support reaching out and resilience. (under construction)
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