COVID-19 resources for youth and students
Information on how you can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, tips for taking care of your physical and mental health, and other resources to help you.
On this page
- Your role in preventing COVID-19
- Taking care of your mental and physical health
- Financial support
- Preventing cyber scams
- For youth experiencing family violence
- For Indigenous youth
Your role in preventing COVID-19
Youth and students play an important role in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 by following public health measures. This includes:
- staying home if you're ill
- wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
- use alcohol-based hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol) if soap and water aren't available
- coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
- dispose of any soiled tissues as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
- practising physical distancing
We've responded to some of the top questions you may have about COVID-19 in a series of video interviews.
You can spread COVID-19 to others even if you don't have any of the symptoms, such as cough, fever or difficulty breathing. Physical distancing helps slow the spread of this disease.
Tips for physical distancing
The following content has been adapted with permission from Ottawa Public Health.
Learn more about how you can help protect your family, friends and community.
Taking care of your mental and physical health
For some of you, this can be a difficult time for many reasons. School has been interrupted. You aren't able to connect with your friends in the same way. Many activities and important events have been cancelled. It's okay not to be okay, especially when the world has been turned upside down. But it's important to remember that this situation won't last forever.
You're not alone. You may feel overwhelmed, confused, scared or angry during this time. Take care of your mental and physical health during this time by:
- taking breaks from social media and the news
- practising healthy habits and a regular routine
- eat well
- be active
- get enough sleep
- minimize screen time
- focusing on the good things and looking for positives in each day
- spending time doing things you enjoy, starting a hobby or learning a new skill
- staying connected virtually with your friends and extended family through:
- phone calls
- video chats
- social media platforms
The above list has been adapted with permission from School Mental Health Ontario.
It's important to take care of your mental and physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ask for help if you need it. If you can, talk to a trusted adult. If you need someone else to talk to in confidence, reach out to a youth organization, such as:
- Kids Help Phone
- Wellness Together Canada: Mental health and substance use support
- Hope for Wellness Helpline
- mental health counselling and crisis intervention for Indigenous peoples across Canada
- Canada Youth Network
- School Mental Health Ontario's resources for students
- COVID-19 youth mental health resource hub
- education, tools, support and reliable information to support youth through the unique mental health situations they're faced with as a result of COVID-19
- the hub is a collaboration of Jack.org, School Mental Health Ontario and Kids Help Phone
- Crisis Services Canada: Resources and supports
- LGBT Youthline
- Be There
- digital resource created by Jack.org that provides youth with knowledge, skills and confidence to identify and support each other through mental health struggles
We have put in place a number of measures to help youth, post-secondary students and recent graduates financially, including:
- the Canada Student Service Grant
- the Canada Emergency Student Benefit
- new jobs and opportunities for students
- suspending repayment and interest on student and apprentice loans
Learn more about these and other financial programs, and how they can help you.
Preventing cyber scams
We've seen an increase in reports of harmful phishing campaigns and malware scams related to COVID-19. Learn how to protect yourself against scams.
For youth experiencing family violence
If you're experiencing violence or abuse at home, you should seek help at a time and place that's safe for you.
For Indigenous youth
We've put together a list of Indigenous resources about COVID-19 across Canada. This includes two videos that show how you can help keep your family and community healthy and safe:
- Physical distancing: Stop the spread of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities
- Keep it clean: Stop the spread of COVID-19 in Indigenous communities
Other resources for Indigenous youth
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