Russia - Ukraine Conflict

Limestone Learning Foundation
Russia - Ukraine Conflict: Supports for Students and Families
Posted on 02/24/2022
Russia Ukraine mapWe recognize that world events impact the lives of our students, staff and families. With the recent escalation of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, and its prevalence in the media, know that we have a variety of supports available through schools to support your student. We extend our sympathies to anyone affected by conflict.

Our educational services team has prepared some tips to potentially help you support children at this time. 
  • Recognize that children and youth may become concerned that something bad will happen to themselves, family or friends. Explain that safety measures are in place and reassure them that you and other adults will take care of them.
  • If your student is not focused on the conflict do not dwell on it. Try to avoid having detailed adult conversations regarding the conflict in front of younger children. However, be available to answer questions to the best of your ability. Young children may not be able to express themselves verbally. Pay attention to changes in their behaviour or social interactions.
  • For some, limiting exposure to media coverage may be important. Images of a disaster or crisis can become overwhelming, especially if watched repetitively. Young children in particular may not be able to distinguish between images on television and their personal reality. Older children may choose to watch the news—be available to discuss what they see and to help put it into perspective.
  • Be  aware of your own needs. Don’t ignore your own feelings of anxiety and concern or anger. Talking to friends, family members, and mental health counsellors can help. Let them know you are concerned. You will be better able to support them if you can express your own emotions in a productive manner.
As always, our top priority is the safety and well-being of all students. This is a responsibility we take very seriously. If you are concerned about how your student is reacting to this international event, and if you would like additional support, please reach out to your school.  

School Mental Health Ontario offers a variety of supports for students, families and educators. The resources provided by SMHO have been shared widely with our educators.

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