Family Well Being

Rural Response for Healthy Children provides this collection of definitions, videos and resources to help families understand the significance of growing resilience together.  We look forward to creating and expanding resources for families to use at home to support their children and selves in well being.

In 2018 and 2019, the Government of Ontario supported our Growing Family Resilience initiative for parents and their children who attend elementary school.  Weekly mindful breath and body movement sessions were held across the County that engaged over 100 families in the practice.  The intention is that as parents and children build their awareness through mindfulness it will contribute to their resilience to cope during difficult times associated with school, such as relationships, assignments, exams and homework.  Parents play a significant role in their children’s success at school.

We encourage you to view these videos and create a regular practice at home with your children.  There are so many benefits!

What is well being?   Well being describes your mental state – how you are feeling and how well you can cope with day-to-day life.   It is normal for well being shifts daily, monthly, yearly depending on situations.

What is resilience?   The capacity to maintain well being during difficult situations is what we call ‘resilience’.  Resilience can be taught, and learned and the elements that build resilience can be introduced into everyday life.

What is stress?  Stress is a feeling that people have when they are overloaded and struggling to cope with life situations.  Stress is normal and essential.  For example, the “fight-or-flight” mechanism can tell us when and how to respond to danger. However, if this mechanism is triggered too easily, or when there are too many stressors at one time, it can undermine a person’s mental and physical health and become harmful.

What is mindfulness?  Mindfulness means “paying attention in a particular way:  On purpose, in the present moment, and without judgment” (Jon Kabat-Zinn).  Mindfulness is a meditation tool that may be practiced to build resilience.

Mindfulness 101 Tip Sheet

Raising Mindful Children:  Parenting Tips

Mindfulness Children’s Book List

What is mental health?  Mental health is a resource for living. It allows us to learn, work, play and find enjoyment in life. It helps us through tough times.

Resources and information on this page was collected from a variety of sources, including; Canadian Mental Health Association, CHEO (pediatric hospital and academic health science center in Ottawa), Ottawa Public Health and Mind UK.