Expanding Mental Health Strategies
"From zen mindfulness and calming rooms to “trauma-informed practice,” public schools are ramping up efforts to address growing challenges around student mental health."
Parent Stress and Teaching Kids during COVID-19
"Instead of trying to micromanage every second of your child’s day and create an extremely detailed schedule, Schwartz suggests just remembering to set up enough time for learning, physical activity, and relationship building each day."
Supporting families of first responders
“There are programs available for the first responder or the military member themselves in terms of dealing with post-traumatic stress and things like that, but what we heard from so many families is that there was nothing for them,” Dr. Kelly Schwartz said.
In the news
"Research shows as many as one-third of first responders — paramedics, police officers and firefighters — will experience post-traumatic stress as a result of performing their job duties. And for various reasons, many don't seek out professional help. A team of researchers at the University of Calgary is now working to change that by developing family-based supports"
Rallies against racism and injustice
"Kelly Schwartz, a child psychologist at the University of Calgary, says racism and the use of stereotypes are learned behaviours that can be unlearned. He encourages parents to give their children platforms to explore different sides of other cultures and ethnicities."