Day of Mourning

Today is an important day in our province as we take time to honour our annual National Day of Mourning, a day set aside to commemorate workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace hazards and incidents. This day is observed in over 80 countries worldwide.

EASE for Parents

Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators (EASE)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EASE team has been hard at work adapting EASE classroom activities for use at home by parents and caregivers to support children’s mental health and continuous learning.

EASE at Home is a collection of fun and practical strategies to help guide parents and caregivers in managing their children’s anxiety and worries in the comfort of their home during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

The links below include suggestions for fun and engaging activities:

EASE at Home – Grades K– 3

EASE at Home – Grades 4 – 7

For more everyday activities and resources to help support continuous learning while families are home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, view the Ministry of Education’s Keep Learning BC website https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/ and First Nations Education Steering Committee’s website. http://www.fnesc.ca/continuous-learning/  

Background and Overview

EASE was originally developed through a partnership with Anxiety Canada and since 2019, has been introduced to schools throughout British Columbia. EASE is a collection of evidence-informed anxiety prevention and resilience-building resources for use with students in grades K-7. These stand-alone resources aligned with B.C. curriculum and were designed to benefit all children by fitting into existing classroom routines and practices.

EASE uses cognitive behavioural strategies to address the thoughts, feelings and behaviours associated with anxiety. Classroom activities are aimed at increasing the emotional health and resiliency of all children and are designed to be delivered by classroom teachers, but can be adapted for use by school counsellors, administrators and support staff.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) is committed to making mental health supports available in schools. The new Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions also brings additional government focus and commitment to mental health promotion, prevention and early-intervention activities in B.C. schools. We are working with the education sector and our ministry partners to develop a sustainable and comprehensive plan for supporting school mental health. 

Educator Workshops & Resources

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please note that all remaining 2019-20 EASE workshops are currently on hold until further notice.

Two EASE workshops are available – one for Primary (K-3) educators and one for Intermediate (4-7) educators. Workshops and classroom resources are provided at no cost to B.C. teachers, school counsellors and other educators who participate in one day of interactive professional development to:

  • Find out about anxiety and how it impacts children
  • Discover ways to integrate anxiety prevention tools as part of regular classroom routines
  • Get hands-on strategies to help students:
    • Recognize helpful and unhelpful thinking
    • Take brave steps to face a challenge
    • Use relaxation skills to dial down strong emotions and build resilience

For more information about workshops or to view the current schedule, visit Anxiety Canada’s website.  Workshops will be added as they are confirmed, so keep checking back.

Easing children’s anxiety

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Education and Health’s EASE team has been hard at work adapting EASE classroom activities for use at home by parents and caregivers to support children’s mental health and continuous learning.

EASE at Home is a collection of fun and practical strategies to help guide parents and caregivers in managing their children’s anxiety and worries in the comfort of their home during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

The links below include suggestions for fun and engaging activities:

EASE at Home – Grades K– 3

EASE at Home – Grades 4 – 7

For more everyday activities and resources to help support continuous learning while families are home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, view the Ministry of Education’s Keep Learning BC website https://www.openschool.bc.ca/keeplearning/ and First Nations Education Steering Committee’s website. http://www.fnesc.ca/continuous-learning/  

More information is available at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/child-teen-mental-health/ease