Deployment Services for Families, Children & Teens
ACTIVITIES & EVENTS FOR FAMILIES / CHILDREN & TEENS
Monthly Family Activities & Events: Looking for fun activities to do as a family? Make sure you subscribe to the following, where we keep you posted on upcoming events and activities:
Program Palooza: Happening the first Thursday of every month, Program Palooza offers activities for the entire family... all at the same time, in the same place and without the need for a babysitter! The Deployment Services team will also be on hand to chat and answer any deployment related questions you may have.
Parenting through Deployment: From telling your children about an upcoming deployment to preparing them for the reintegration; parenting through deployments can be challenging. This program helps give parents the tools to help their children during a work-related separation. Learn about stress management strategies and fun activities to do during deployments.
PROGRAMS for Children & Teens
Children's Deployment Support Program (CDSP): This peer-support program is delivered in the local schools (JK to Grade 8) from October to May. Sessions will help children to understand their feelings, the changes, and possible stressors that occur during a deployment. In a safe, comfortable environment, the children learn positive living skills and age-appropriate stress management strategies to help them with their deployment situation. For more information, please call (613) 687-7587 ext. 3224 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CDSP Boosters: These sessions help school aged children of currently deployed members stay connected until our school sessions resume in October. We will continue to explore our feelings associated with deployment through various games and activities. For more information, please call (613) 687-7587 ext. 3224 or email email@example.com.
Dare to Leap! - Children & Teen Editions: Dare to Leap! for Children and Teens gives youth experiencing a deployment the chance to meet and connect with others experiencing the same thing while engaging in a fun activity. No previous knowledge or skills are required to take part in the activities; just the desire to learn and have fun!
Supports for children & Teens
Childhood is a period of change, and differences in moods and behaviours are all part of a normal childhood. Some characterisitics and behaviours, however, may be signs of underlying mental health issues if they are intense, persist over long periods of time, or are inappropriate for the child’s age.
- avoiding friends and family
- having frequent outbursts of anger
- changes to sleeping or eating habits
- acting out or rebelling against authority
- drinking a lot and/or using drugs
- not doing the things they used to enjoy
- worrying constantly
- experiencing frequent mood swings
- not concerned with their appearance
- obsessed with their weight
- lacking energy or motivation
- increased risk-taking behaviour
- feeling very down
PMFRC Mental Health Services: Our Mental Health team offers free, confidential short term crisis support, child & youth counselling, assessments & referrals, and individual & family therapy, as well as Mental Health Walk-In clinics every Wednesday evening. Teens 12 years of age and older may access these services without parental consent.
Kids Help Phone: This free, anonymous and confidential service for children and youth provides professional counselling, information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being. It is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and may be accessed by phone and online via web post or live chat.
Call: 1-800-668-6868 to speak with a professional counsellor
Good2Talk: This free, anonymous helpline is for people between the ages of 17 and 25, including post-secondary students in Ontario. It provides professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Text: CONNECT to 686868 to connect with a trained, volunteer Crisis Responder
Call: 1-866-95-5454 to speak with a professional counsellor
Mental Health Helpline: Available to people of all ages, this helpline provides information about counselling services and supports in your community. Counsellors listen, offer support and provide strategies to help you meet your goals as well as provide basic education about mental illness.
Text: GOOD2TALK to 686868 to connect with a trained, volunteer Crisis Responder
LGBTQ+ Youthline: This confidential, non judgemental Peer Support service is available Sun-Fri from 4-9:30 PM
Family Information Line: This free, confidential bilingual service offers information, support, referrals reassurance and crisis management to people of all ages.
Resources for Children & Teens
Ideas and Activities for Children Experiencing a Deployment
- Sesame Street for Military Families
- Pinterest Deployment Services Board: Find resources on a variety of topics.
- DIY Deployment Wall: A Deployment Wall is a great way to make your loved one seem a little less far away; it can include photos of your family, pictures of the location where you loved one is deployed, lists of things to tell your soldier when they call, or a place to pin letters that you have received.
- Deployment Journal: What is a deployment journal? It's simply a notebook you create for yourself to record feelings and events during your soldier's deployment. Find how to start your own.
- Deployment Countdown: Here are some ways to have fun while counting down to your soldier’s return date:
- Kiss jar (with Hershey kisses chocolate) or candy in a jar
- Paper chains
- Giant calendar
- Build a puzzle, one piece per day
- Build a box of memories; one memory a day to give to your soldier at homecoming
- Edmonton MFRC Deployment Book: Find the custom-made book template for children who are about to or are currently experience a deployment.
- Joey’s Mom is Going Away, written by Nathalie Connoly, supports children who are separated from a parent. Using text, illustrations and activities the story takes children into Joey the beaver’s world as he copes with his mother’s absence.
- The Worry Tree helps us effectively deal with worrying thoughts.
- Emotional Toolkit: Are you having trouble managing your emotions? Are you looking for ways that help develop self-regulation and coping techniques? Our Mental Health Team has put together a helpful tutorial. Connect with our Mental Health team to learn more on how to build a personalized toolkit to use in times of need by calling our Clinical Manager at 613-687-1641 ext. 2227 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- APPs: Here are a few recommended APPs that may help children experiencing a deployment:
- PMFRC (YES, we have our own APP!)
- Mindful Powers
- Stop, Breathe & ThinkInk: Art Gallery Coloring
- Children’s Sleep Meditation