Signs of stress in a younger child

Signs of stress in a teenager

Trouble sleeping Displays concern, wants to be held, asks questions Complains of physical pain like tummy ache Behaviour is agitated and challenges you No longer wants to play and doesn’t enjoy favourite activities anymore Displays regressive behaviour such as bedwetting

Worries about the health of friends and themselves Feels unaffected by the situation or minimizes the danger No longer interested in favourite activities Trouble sleeping, appetite changes (eats too much or not enough) Wants to drink alcohol or take drugs Is aggressive, irritable and refuses to obey public health orders

Take care of yourself Your children experience events through your eyes. Be attentive to their feelings, emotions and reactions. If you feel it necessary, take a few minutes off by yourself to calm down, in the bathroom, for example.

When should I seek help? If you see no improvement in your child’s outlook despite all your efforts at reassuring and comforting or if you observe that the negativity is persistent or even grows in intensity, contact Info-Social at 811 (option 2). You will receive more information and be directed to a psychosocial health professional that can provide support and advice that meet your needs. Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons should dial 1 800 361-9596 (toll free).


Maintain virtual social links Allow the children to maintain their virtual links with friends and/or other family members, such as their grandparents. An active social network helps fight isolation. There are a variety of ways to communicate and even play without being physically present: telephone, chat rooms, video calls, social networks, email and the Web.

Telephone resources for people needing support or a friendly ear: • Tel-Aide This listening centre provides help 24/7 to people suffering from solitude, distress or who need to have someone listen: Go to for contact information on your regional listening centre. • Écoute Entraide Community organization that supports people who are emotionally suffering: 514 278-2130 or 1 855 EN LIGNE (365-4463) • Tel-Jeunes 24/7 hotline for youngsters in need of support: 1 800 263-2266 • LigneParents 24/7 hotline for parents in need of support: 1 800 361-5085 Telephone hotlines for people in psychological distress or contemplating suicide: • Regroupement des services d’intervention de crise du Québec 24/7 services for distressed people (French):

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Stay informed You need to stay well informed about what’s going on to keep calm when interacting with your children. Always rely on trustworthy resources, like the Government of Québec website: Qué Do not let your children loop television reports about the pandemic, and avoid alarmist conversations about the number of deaths, the deterioration of the situation, pessimistic scenarios, etc. with them. • Telephone assistance service 1 866 APPELLE (277-3553)

Qué / coronavirus 1 877 644-4545

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