Helping kids express gratitude during a difficult time

TVOkids offers children a strategy for improving their mental health amid the pandemic
By Daniel Kitts - Published on May 07, 2021
More than a year of living through a pandemic has taken a toll on children. (fizkes/



You don’t need to be a psychologist to know that this is a difficult time for many children. Stuck at home and unable to play with friends, they’re dealing not only with pandemic-related stressors, but also with the usual anxieties and insecurities that come with being a kid.

Unfortunately, getting access to mental-health care can be difficult in Ontario. For many parents, it’s hard to know where to turn.

But there are resources. And, for Mental Health Week, has launched a page that teaches children about the concept of gratitude and how it can help people through tough times.

Many experts recommend showing gratitude on a daily basis as a means of improving mental health — and it can work for kids as well as grown-ups.

If you think your child could benefit from learning more about expressing gratitude, visit

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