Wellness and Learning Initiatives

continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation. The mental wellness of our community is our top priority during these challenging times. The Wellness and Learning Initiatives team is working hard to fulfill our promise to support each individual’s mental health by offering live webinars for students as well as our partners’ staff, which are overwhelmingly well attended. The Wellness and Learning Initiatives Team will continue to waive the associated fees for this service until it is safe to resume face-to-face seminars and workshops. We want to make sure that everyone has access to relevant support and advice during these uncertain times because CARES.

Is it time to worry? Understanding stress, and its manifest form we call anxiety
October 21, 2020
12:30pm to 1:30pm ET
Audience: General

Anxiety is experienced by all living creatures. While we may experience it differently and for different reasons, problematic anxiety is something you are not born with; it develops over time. Anxiety can be a helpful motivator however when tensions are high it can become paralyzing. Understanding anxiety during stressful times can be helpful and can change the outcome of the experience.

This session is designed to assist participants to better manage the impact of various stressors in their life. It is aimed at equipping participants with the basic skills to identify, monitor, and cope successfully with various levels of tension and worry, so they can begin to unlearn problematic anxiety habits and replace them with helpful, coping habits.


Is it time to worry? Understanding stress, and its manifest form we call anxiety
October 22, 2020
10:00am to 11:00am ET, 6:00pm to 7:00pm ET
Audience: General

Anxiety is experienced by all living creatures. While we may experience it differently and for different reasons, problematic anxiety is something you are not born with; it develops over time. Anxiety can be a helpful motivator however when tensions are high it can become paralyzing. Understanding anxiety during stressful times can be helpful and can change the outcome of the experience.

This session is designed to assist participants to better manage the impact of various stressors in their life. It is aimed at equipping participants with the basic skills to identify, monitor, and cope successfully with various levels of tension and worry, so they can begin to unlearn problematic anxiety habits and replace them with helpful, coping habits.





The Quarantine Student Connection by CARES


The Quarantine Student Connection by CARES is a professionally monitored, weekly student support group via videoconferencing. The Quarantine Student Connection by CARES offers students in quarantine the convenience of having a safe environment to connect with each other, lessening their distress during this mandatory isolation.

Broken down by province, students can register for a peer-to-peer group session held weekly during the duration of their quarantine. Monitored by a mental health professional, students lead the 30-minute session, sharing experiences, coping strategies, and educating each other on ways to improve their overall health and wellness, while gaining the mental health benefit from virtual “check-ups” and staying socially connected.

To join the Quarantine Student Connection peer-to-peer support group click on the province in which you are currently under quarantine and register for one of the sessions. Please note that all groups sessions are held in English.


Students quarantined in British Columbia or Alberta


Morning session - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/8957486345559283471
Afternoon session - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3108972891186308367


Students quarantined in Saskatchewan or Manitoba


Morning session - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4807334626039215119
Afternoon session - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7326754470916395791


Students quarantined in Ontario or Quebec


Morning session - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6269552051131636494
Afternoon session - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/5320959388829707791


Students quarantined in New Brunswick or Nova Scotia


Morning session - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6089079311505596687
Afternoon session - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3465080517664254991


Students quarantined in Newfoundland or Prince Edward Island


Morning session - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6089079311505596687
Afternoon session - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/3465080517664254991


Students quarantined in Yukon, Northwest Territories or Nunavut


Morning session - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/4807334626039215119
Afternoon session - https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/7326754470916395791


Do you need urgent help?


If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse - help is available.

You're not alone; talk to someone you can trust. Click HERE for support available.

If you are in crisis please call your local Emergency Services or visit the closest Emergency Department.

There are a number of recorded webinars that you may find helpful during your time in quarantine. They may also be helpful for you as you move from quarantine to studying.



Lead by example by making your mental wellness a priority!


CARES Featured Webinars

Featured Webinars

Webinar for Staff and Faculty Mental Wellness during Pandemic
In light of growing concerns around the Coronavirus outbreak, we are seeing an increase in individuals feeling nervous. Being concerned and empathetic about this outbreak is normal. However, you and your students may experience feelings of discomfort, impacting concentration, productivity and even disrupting sleep patterns. This free one-hour workshop will provide simple tips, practices and ideas on how to respond to students that are nervous and explore ways that will support our well-being and ways to keep ourselves, or students, and our communities empowered, nourished and supported.

When plans change: Managing disappointment and becoming resilient
Any life is a life of change. We experience transitions in work and relationships, changes in our physical and mental health, and new events in our school communities and even in our world. Sometimes we know a change is going to happen, while other times it comes suddenly and unexpectedly. Maybe it is a disappointment, or maybe it is a wonderful surprise. As we start to re-adjust from online instruction, isolation, and physical distancing to a "new normal", this webinar will explore a few healthy practices for increasing your level of resilience and coping with change and disappointment.

Call to "Triple" Duty: Working, parenting, and teaching from home
Amidst the unique disruption caused by COVID-19, parents and children have been forced to adjust to a new rhythm, a new routine, of school and work at home. This “new” normal has triggered a much broader variety of emotions in all of those impacted. Without proper planning, what once was a clear separation of home and work has the potential to set off a collision of the two different worlds; we now must answer the Call of “Triple” Duty. This seminar will discuss some of the challenges of managing the demands of parenting, working, and teaching in the home while providing effective tips to adjusting and establishing new routines.

Tips on Healthy Coping Skills for Uncomfortable Times
The truth is, while COVID-19 has caused significant changes in our lives, we will all at some time in our lives have to deal with disappointment, setbacks, failure, and even loss and trauma. Everyone must face difficult situations, and they must come up with effective ways to deal with and bounce back from these situations. Coping skills help you tolerate, minimize, and deal with stressful situations in life. During this extraordinary time, we all need effective coping skills to help tolerate and overcome distress. This webinar will explore the various types of coping skills, and provide tips on developing positive coping mechanisms, to enhance your coping skills toolkit.