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Pathways, library team up for mental health

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 4:44 PST, Fri January 8, 2021

Pathways Clubhouse and Richmond Public Library are joining forces to battle mental health.

They’ll be co-hosting a series of virtual “Beyond the Blues” education events this month that will focus on parenting during a pandemic. The first event in the series will take place on January 13.

This year’s events are taking place against the unprecedented backdrop of a global pandemic which has disrupted the lives of British Columbians of all ages for almost a year. Organizers said the need to support the mental health of British Columbians has never been more apparent. The ongoing COVID-19 crisis response has resulted in massive lifestyle changes for families and has turned the worlds of children and teenagers upside down.

“As families grapple with an ever-changing normal, stress and anxiety can escalate”, said Kate Adams, head of children and family services at Richmond Public Library. “For many families, the already significant anxiety and worry around catching the virus has been compounded by an uncertain future and the stressors brought on by restrictions on social interaction”.

Children and youth are struggling with the challenges of interrupted learning and online schooling, disrupted schedules and excessive screen time, event organizers said. Many are also experiencing feelings of loneliness and isolation brought about by a lack of physical interaction with friends and extended family.

The pandemic parenting series will provide parents with practical strategies to help them support their children and teens during this challenging period and help them to cope with feelings of anxiety and worry.

“Beyond the Blues” events are delivered free of charge and over Zoom.

Raising Children in a Digital World

Jan. 13, 4:30 to 6 p.m.

Presented by Dr. Deborah MacNamara 

The digital world is here to stay, changing our society in a way that has far-reaching consequences for our children. How do we prepare them to live in this new world and yet preserve what is required for healthy development to take place? We will consider the digital revolution through the lens of developmental science, committed to helping adults help children reach their full human potential.

Pandemic Parenting: Strengthening child and family resilience during COVID-19

Jan. 20,10:30 a.m. to noon

Presented by Dr. Ashley Miller 

How has the pandemic changed parenting and family relationships? Many parents describe feeling exhausted, irritable and worried about how to make life manageable for their children and for themselves. Dr. Ashley Miller will share practical strategies for improving child and parent mental health and nurturing relationships, even during these most difficult times.

Parenting strategies for supporting your teen: How to manage anxiety and stress during COVID-19

Jan. 27, 10:30 a.m. to noon

Presented by Dr. Gabriela Ionita 

This parenting workshop will provide you with practical strategies that you can use to support your teen and help them manage anxiety and stress. You will learn what anxiety is, how it impacts your teen, and practical coping skills to support your teen.


For more information on the series click here.

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