Teachers / Parents
Message to parents:
Our children are not looking for us to be perfect, they are looking to us to see how we navigate the imperfect … giving ourselves, and them, permission to stumble or make mistakes as we move through a difficult time and have compassion for each other as we experience difficulties.
During these long days and weeks, full of many unknowns, we wanted to provide you with some resources that you can engage in together, or provide to your children to give yourself space. These resources and others that we will share with you on our social media are intended to provide you with some tools to acknowledge and talk about how caring for each other is an important part of our mental health and important to the current situation we are all facing.
Let us not hold ourselves to some impractical standard, or strive for what’s perfect; let’s acknowledge what’s real and be kind to ourselves about not getting everything right – it’s okay.
We hope that you find these resources helpful.
Message to Teachers:
Learning from home may look different for every student, in each school and for each of you. We know this is a challenging time for you as teachers, and for children, youth and families.
During these long days and weeks, full of many unknowns, we wanted to provide you with some resources that you can engage with your own children or youth or for your students. These resources and others that we will share with you on our social media are intended to provide you with some tools to acknowledge and talk about how caring for each other is an important part of our mental health and important to the current situation we are all facing.
May 7th has always used a heart to support child and youth mental health and this year is no different.
We love seeing all the heart’s in people’s windows and we hope you will consider using some of our hearts in support of National Child & Youth Mental Health Day.
We invite you to download one or more of our heart colouring pages and colour them yourself or with children and youth. Then place these images, along with others you may have, in your window in support of caring about each other and your community – especially on May 7th – and send us your pictures or videos ~!
We would like to acknowledge, thank and inspire all those that are doing amazing work in schools, community and at home during these challenging times.
Meet Lulu, FamilySmart’s new mascot
Lulu was created as a mascot for FamilySmart to represent who we are as an organization, who we are as people who work for FamilySmart and to bring some lightness to what is often difficult times for young people managing mental health challenges and their families or caring adults.FamilySmart honours young people struggling with their mental health and their families or caring adults and so does Lulu.
Lulu is a bright, playful, engaged, friendly, and perhaps a little shy, character. She is meant to be enjoyed by all.
Graeme Partridge-David, FamilySmart Parent in Residence, created Lulu as he is also a very talented cartoonist. Please enjoy some colouring pages featuring Lulu.
We look forward to seeing your creations. Please take a photo and email it to us at email@example.com or share it on your social media accounts and tag us at @familysmart.ca or Facebook/FamilySmart.
We hope you love Lulu as much as we do.
We have created this electronic postcard for you to send to someone you care about. Simply download the postcard and then use the white space in the middle of the heart to create your own message. You can use this electronic postcard to send to someone in your family, a teacher, or even someone you don’t know as the simple act of sending a caring message can have a big impact on someone. Send as many as you want – today, tomorrow and throughout this time. Your caring message will help bring joy to someone during this time.
(Teacher) “I appreciate that you are making an effort to support my child during this transition.”
(Friend) “Thank you for checking in on me and asking how I am doing”
(Child) “I care about how you are feeling. If you would like to share your feelings with me I am here”
We encourage you to share this link with your friends and loved ones and encourage them to share a caring message. Please use #may7icare
In order to create your own message on the postcard, you can save it to your device/computer, use a word processor to write your message and then save it as a PDF or image to send.