Family breakdown can include divorce, separation, grief, and loss, which can create stress and overwhelm for both adults and children. Below are resources and tools you can use to help manage this change.
Separation and Divorce
A breakup or divorce launches you into uncharted territory. Everything is disrupted: your routine and responsibilities, your home, your relationships with extended family and friends, and even your identity. A breakup also brings uncertainty about the future. HelpGuide.Org shares how you can care for yourself after experiencing a separation or divorce.
Separation and divorce can be an extremely stressful time for children and youth. eMental Health shares things parents can do that can help children and youth cope better with separation and divorce.
Grief and Loss
At some point in life, we will all lose someone or something important to us, and be faced with grief and bereavement. eMental Health provides information to help support both adults and children dealing with grief and loss.
Financial stress can impact anyone. From the student who sees their loan amount piling up, to individuals wondering how they will ever be able to retire without sufficient savings. For many, it is stressful to even think about, but avoidance keeps this stressor in the back of your mind all of the time, affecting your health and well-being.
Take action to feel in control of your situation. If you feel overwhelmed or paralyzed, reach out to someone who will sit with you and help create a plan. Whether you choose a friend, a credit counselor, financial planner, or a bank employee – just get the help you need to move forward with a plan of action rather than staying overwhelmed in your current situation.
If your employer offers an Employee Assistance Program, you can use the services of a financial counselor who can help you prepare a budget and offer debt management advice. All services provided by the EAP are confidential. Contact your employer's EAP provider for more information.
Clearly understanding your current income and expenses and creating a financial plan going forward can provide a sense of control. No matter your situation, remember that you are not alone and that there are options and resources available to you. Review them and see what will work best for you.
To begin with, the Government of Canada offers resources and strategies in You Owe Money and Paying Back Student Debt. They share some important information including sources of assistance if you are having trouble making payments.
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If you or someone you care for are trying to find health services, support, or information for an illness or disease, there are actions you can take to help get the best possible health care. Health Charities Coalition of Canada created The “How To” Health Guide in 2011 and it includes strategies that can help you advocate for necessary health services.
The Canadian Resource Centre for Victims of Crime assists victims of crime in obtaining services and accessing resources, including:
- Women in abusive relationships
- Men in abusive relationships
- Children experiencing abuse
- Victim service information