Just a reminder as we head into the weekend…you are appreciated! Take care and be well.
Hey everyone, the Ministry of Health has issued updated guidance about essential visits to support individuals with disabilities while in the hospital. If a visit is deemed “essential,” then it is permitted.
—UPDATE: June 1, 2020—
Hey everyone, a big thanks to our friends at COPCS for the following resource:
Are you a Caregiver and Feeling Anxious? Online Group Chat with Anne!
These can be scary times! Are you a parent or support worker caring for a person with an intellectual disability and would like to talk about your worries? Using our smartphones or computers, we’ll all “Zoom” (talk together) about anxiety and supporting ourselves and someone else during these Covid times.
When: Wednesday mornings at 10:00—11:00 on May 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2020.
To join: Email Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org for referral and instructions.
Hosted by: Anne Halas, Training Facilitator with Developmental Disabilities Mental Health Services.
Workers at the 32nd Street Tim Hortons in Vernon videotaped a dance salute to frontline health care workers — we can all support frontline workers by staying at least 2m apart!
Stay safe and healthy!
Our friend Val H had the best doctor… Jim Noiles. While Jim retired a few years ago, he has continued to stay active and helping others. One of the things he’s done over the years is the MS Bike Ride. He’s on a virtual team this year raising funds to beat Multiple Sclerosis. If you’re interested in donating to the cause, check out the ride through Jim’s fundraising page here.
Best wishes on the ride Jim!
Hey everyone, you might have read that the Province has posted BC’s Restart Plan, and it talks about a safe re-start with WorkSafeBC. WorkSafeBC has a page dedicated to return to safe operations. On their page, they have a great list of resources geared to support mental health in the workplace:
- COVID-19 Psychological First Aid Service: Information and Signup (British Columbia Psychological Association) – Free virtual counselling provided by registered psychologists.
- COVID-19: Staying Well In Uncertain Times (Canadian Mental Health Association – B.C.) – Tips and information on how to reduce and manage anxiety in the workplace due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression (Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions) – Tips and resources on things we can do as individuals and collectively to deal with stress and support one another during these challenging times.
- Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak (World Health Organization) – These mental health considerations were developed by the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Use as messages targeting different groups to support for mental and psychosocial well-being during COVID-19 outbreak.
- Mental Health and COVID-10 (Conference Board of Canada) – Videos on different aspects of mental health, including coping with anxiety, job loss, and dealing with isolation.
- Taking Care of Your Mental Health (COVID-19) (Public Health Agency of Canada) – Tips and resources for taking care of your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Feel free to share with others!
Hey everyone, the Province has posted BC’s Restart Plan to their website. As well as having great resources, it talks about:
- Protective measures we’ve taken in B.C. have made a difference
- The next stage of our challenge
- How we’ll keep transmission low
- How we’ll start getting people back to work (including details on “Phases 1 to 4”)
- Some next steps to make life a little easier
- How we’ll keep taking care of each other
- The little things make a big difference
You can also download the plan as a PDF. Check it out!
Hey everyone, the Government of Canada is warning against Coronavirus (COVID-19) scams:
|As COVID-19 continues to spread globally, protect yourself and beware of associated scams. Fraudsters want to profit from consumers’ fears, uncertainties and misinformation. Turn to trusted resources and advice for health, financial and security resources.|
Full details can be found here
Be aware of what information you provide, who you are providing it to, and why you need to provide it. If you aren’t sure of “the facts”, you can ask lots of questions and you can talk it over with someone you trust before you decide what to do!
Stay safe, and stay healthy.
Hey everyone, there is a free webinar later today called “Community Living in Isolation: Responding to COVID-19.” You can check out details and register here.
This webinar is presented in partnership with CLBC and the BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA). Panelists will be considering what Community Living looks like in a pandemic, when access to community is limited, and also discussing how the Community Living and housing sectors are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.