|FACE COVID||‘FACE COVID’ is a set of practical steps for responding effectively to the Corona
crisis, using the principles of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT).||FACE COVID eBook - by Russ Harris.pdf|
|MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT FOR STUDENTS IN BC ||The Government of BC has compiled a comprehensive list of mental health supports available for students to access online, via telephone or in-person. Many of these resources can also be found on Heritage Wood's counsellor's main resource page under "youth resources"||https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/mental-health-support-in-bc/students|
|SUPPORTING LEARNING AND WELLBEING DURING THE COVID 19 CRISIS - FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS AND TEACHERS||It’s no surprise that teachers across the globe are rising to the occasion and educating their students, whether connecting online, sharing activity packets, recording read-alouds, or inventing other creative teaching methods—while taking care of their own loved ones and trying to stay healthy.|
Because that’s what teachers do—and we acknowledge you with gratitude and awe.
In support of your efforts, we have compiled Greater Good in Education practices and other resources that offer ways to address student and adult anxiety in this time of uncertainty, and that cultivate our human connection through kindness, compassion, and other prosocial qualities.
|Greater Good in Education|
|SHARED CARE BC||The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults, children, and youth. The Child & Youth Mental Health & Substance Use (CYMHSU) Community of Practice has created the following document to provide information and advice on managing anxiety and stress in families with children and youth during the COVID-19 outbreak. ||CYMHSU resources|
|COVID 19 PSYCHOLOGICAL SUPPORT SERVICES||Experiencing stress associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic? You are not alone. |
The BCPA Covid-19 Psychological Support Service is designed to help any BC resident who is experiencing stress, anxiety, or uncertainty due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Please read all of the information before completing the request form below. More resources can be found below the request form.
What is the BCPA COVID-19 Psychological Support Service?
The Psychological Support Service offers “Psychological First Aid” telephone calls, free of charge, to any BC resident (19+) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
|TRANSITIONS SOCIETY - EMOTIONAL SUPPORT FIRST AID||Who would benefit most from the Emotional Support Sessions? For you or anyone who is typically doing ok in life overall. However, because of added stress, strain, trauma, or conflict, support with a trauma-informed professional can help provide extra tools to handle arising challenges.|
How many times can YOU access this help?
You can use this service as many times as you need. Call 604-941-7111 to be booked in with the next available counsellor.
|Covid Community Message transition society.doc|
|ANXIETY CANADA - special townhall episode||The COVID-19 pandemic has required significant changes to day-to-day life, while creating unique challenges for people prone to anxiety and those who are new to experiencing heightened anxiety.|
So, how do you manage it? For effective and practical CBT strategies to cope with anxiety while self-isolating, join our host, Dan Murphy, and three anxiety experts for our second live Town Hall Episode from Thursday April 16.
Special Townhall video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrZVN2nu4Nk
Anxiety Canada website:
|HERE TO HELP - COVID||This website is included in our regular resources page link as it is a great resource for reliable information and resources on mental health and substance us. Check out their article titled 'COVID-19 and Anxiety' for tips on managing anxiety during the pandemic.||https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/infosheet/covid-19-and-anxiety|
|CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION - STAY WELL IN UNCERTAIN TIMES||Anxiety, stress, worry, fear, uncertainty, dread, sadness, grief: these are all normal and expected responses to a massive disruptive event like a pandemic.|
Tips and resources. We will continue to update this information as the pandemic evolves.
|KEEPING KIDS SAFE ONLINE WHILE OUT OF SCHOOL||With school closures due to COVID-19, children who are at home will potentially have more unrestricted time online. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection, through its program Cybertip.ca, is urging families to have conversations about internet safety and to work together to implement strategies that ensures everyone’s digital well-being.|
Check out this site for a bunch of resources for online safety.
|FREE GUIDE TO LIVING WITH WORRY AND ANXIETY AMIDST GLOBAL UNCERTAINTY||Our world is changing rapidly at the moment. Given some of the news coverage it is difficult not to worry about what it all means for yourself, and for those you love.|
We have put together this free guide Living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty.
We have included a mixture of psychoeducation about normal and excessive worry, lots of normalization, and a selection of practical exercises that you, your clients, or anyone can use to manage worry and maintain well-being in these uncertain times. Please feel free to share this widely.
|TALKING TO CHILDREN ABOUT CORONAVIRUS||Quick notes and guidelines from National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) www.nasponline.org and the
Child Mind Institute Inc. https://childmind.org||Talking to children about coronavirus.pdf|
|SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE AND CHILDREN WITH WORRIES ABOUT COVID 19||Advice for
that work with
young people . This is a time of uncertainty and a lot of children and young
people will be feeling anxious and worried about what is going
on. This is a normal response to the situation and below we
offer some advice about what adults can do to help and
support children and young people.
There is a lot of information becoming available - this is great
but may also be confusing, so we have pulled together some
advice and some of our favourite links in to one place. We hope
this will be helpful. ||COVID19_advice-for-parents-and-carers_20.3_.pdf|
|BOUNCEBACK FOR YOUTH||Part of our regular resources, Bounceback is a great individually focused self-help tool.|
We all feel sad sometimes. But when feeling low, stressed out, worried, depressed, irritable, angry - or even nothing at all - gets to be too much, remember that you do have the power to change how you feel.
With BounceBack® you can design your very own mood-lifting program! Select workbooks, activities and videos to create your own self-help journey, or work with a trained coach over the phone! It’s like building your very own BounceBack® toolkit.
There is also a link for "coping with covid"
|THE FOUNDRY||Also a part of our regular wellbeing resources, the Foundry is an amazing resource for mental and physical support. In this section you can learn about health and wellness topics, use tools to check out what's going on for you, and quickly connect to resources, services and supports.||https://foundrybc.ca/info-tools|
|TOOLS FOR MANAGING UNCERTAINTY AND CHANGE (YOUTH)||Are you, or a teen you know, feeling bored, anxious or uncertain about change, as if the world is on pause from normal life? You’re not alone! |
Join teens from throughout B.C. for twice-weekly webinars to have some fun, connect with others, and learn ways that you can support yourself.
In each 30-minute webinar, an experienced mindfulness educator will introduce you to a variety of mindfulness-based activities that you can try. Learn how to recognize and manage difficult emotions, like boredom, anxiety, disconnection and loneliness. Relate and connect with others #TogetherAtHome. Drop-in for one or more sessions
|TOOLS FOR MANAGING STRESS AND BURNOUT (ADULTS)||The Crisis Centre of BC is offering free courses, free of charge, to provide resources and strategies to help us through these challenging and changing times.|
The current health situation is beyond what many of us have dealt with in our lifetime. Join us in this 6-week online course to connect with others, and learn ways that you can support yourself. Each 60-minute webinar is led by an experienced mindfulness educator who will share simple, practical mindfulness tools to support our mental health. Each session focuses on a different theme, and incorporates a variety of activities, videos and guided mindfulness practices. Relate and connect with others #TogetherAtHome.
Participation is flexible.
|CHILD AND YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH ||Child and Youth Tri-Cities is still connecting with children and youth via tele-counselling. Please call the number to the right (236 is a new BC area code as this is a new number for their office).|
Children and youth can access free and voluntary community-based mental health supports and services in B.C. - in fact, Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) teams currently have about 100 walk-in intake clinics for children, youth and their families at convenient locations throughout B.C. Walk-in clinic times vary; a list of clinics and hours is below.
|START (Short Term Assessment Response Team)||If you or someone you know are experiencing a mental health crisis, contact START. (START) Team provides confidential mental health crisis intervention services for children and teens.||Youth, families, schools and medical professionals can directly access our services by contacting the START Team at 1-844-START11 (1-844-782-7811). |
Click here for more info: START
|CRISIS INTERVENTION||If you are in crisis, distress, or having thoughts of suicdie help is available. We are here to listen, here to help - 24/7|
If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide call 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE) or call your local crisis centre.
|Anywhere in BC: 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)|
Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789
Vancouver Costal Regional Distress Line: 604-872-3311
Online Chat Service for Youth: www.youthinbc.com (noon to 1am)
Online Chat Service for Adults: www.crisiscentrechat.ca (noon to 1am)