Focus Group Participants Wanted: Learning to Manage Stress in a Healthy Way

Meredith Woermke, Project Manager, Health Literacy on February 26, 2014

As mentioned in this great blog post by Kim in December, it is normal for kids and adults to experience stress.  Small amounts of stress can help us to feel alert, energized and can help us to perform well in certain situations.  However, too much stress can be overwhelming and can negatively impact our thoughts, feelings, and behaviour.  Learning how to recognize how stress affects us, how we react to it, and how to manage stress in a healthy way can help us to handle challenging that may come our way.

The Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre is developing a fun, interactive online resource that will help kids aged 9-11 to better understand and manage stress. This resource will build on the stress management content in the Healthy Living Toolkit and will feature age-appropriate activities to help kids learn about stress, to identify what causes them stress & how they react to it, and to develop healthy ways to manage stress.  

We have developed some really fun ideas for this resource and we are looking for kids ages 9-11 to participate in a short (30 minutes to 1 hour) focus group to provide some feedback on these ideas.  We want to make sure the resource is appealing to kids so we will be looking for feedback on the name of the resource, on what the resource’s animated character looks like, and on other fun components.

If your child would be interested in participating, please email me at The focus group will take place in mid-March either after school or on the weekend. Exact date to be determined.

Please feel free to pass along this invitation through your networks and to other parents!


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