Supporting Parents/Caregivers during a Pandemic: Information for Primary Care by CYMH ECHO

The COVID-19 pandemic has not been easy on children, youth and families, many of whom are reporting increased stress, anxiety and depression during this time. Learn more about pandemic mental health, and strategies to support parents/caregivers, children and youth during this unprecedented time.

These Special Interest ECHO Sessions are in-depth educational opportunities on a specific child and/or youth mental health topic. These ECHO sessions run for 1 hour and include a de-identified case presentation from a participant within their own practice.


Part 1: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST

By the end of this session, participants will know how to:

  • List ways in which the pandemic has been stressful for children, youth and families;
  • Identify parents in distress;
  • Provide basic strategies to support parents (e.g. self-compassion, self-care) including
    referrals when necessary

This virtual education session is offered at no cost to participants. Earn up to 1 certified Mainpro+® credit!

Part 2: Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • “Pandemic parenting/caregiving” strategies such as developing deliberate, daily routines;
  • Emotional coaching (including empathy, validation and acceptance);
  • Self-regulation strategies for their children and youth.

Dr. Michael Cheng, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Cheng is a child psychiatrist who is passionate about the importance of healthy attachments to people and activities that give purpose, hope and meaning. He is the co-founder of, a website that seeks to support primary care providers in their work with patients with mental health needs. He is a mentor with the Collaborative Mental Health Network (CMHN) of the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP). Michael is married to a family physician, with whom they share two wonderful young children. During his spare time, Michael’s interest is sleep.

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