This page is intended to direct people to numerous resources in our area that may be of use as we navigate these challenging times. You will find an array of links to respected government and health authorities on this page - but don't forget to scroll down to the bottom of the page where you will find informative attachments e.g. ANXIETY DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC; The Covid-19 Virus & Depression; Pathways Covid-19 & Seniors' Health; Local Restaurants & Farm Markets operating during Covid-19.
We will continue to add to this list as we learn about more resources. If you know of any information that would be a helpful addition to this page, please send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org
COVID-19 Pandemic – Be Prepared, Be Well: How to care for yourself and others (from the BC Centre for Disease Control) HERE
Government of Canada - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Information page HERE
Government of British Columbia - Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Information page HERE
BC Emergency Benefit for Workers and other financial supports HERE
Statement on safe spaces for people fleeing domestic violence. HERE
Emergency funding for children with special needs. HERE
More funding to emergency supports for Indigenous students. HERE
Applications are now open to access the temporary rental supplement. To learn about eligibility and apply, visit www.bchousing.org/bctrs
BC Hydro bill relief information HERE
Canadian Mental Health Association
New online resources, including counselling, have become available, while other programs are in the works and due to be launched soon. Check out what is available here
BC Psychological Association’s COVID-19 Psychological Support Service
Offers “Psychological First Aid” telephone calls, free of charge, to any BC resident (19+) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. More info HERE.
Bounce Back Online
Self-directed course from the Canadian Mental Health Association to help people manage low mood, stress, and anxiety. The online version is available for free.
A new, free mental-health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students. HERE
Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support
Provides tools and resources to help get Canadians back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues. More info HERE.
In Crisis? If you require urgent emotional support, please call Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888.
Youth (under 25 years of age) may access youthspace.ca Online crisis & emotional support chat without judgement. Confidential & anonymous. Starting April 20th the Foundry will offer virtual drop-in counselling sessions through chat, voice only, or video calls to young people ages 12-24 and their families/caregivers! foundrybc.ca
BC 211 - Safe Seniors, Strong Communities Program matches seniors who need support with non-medical essentials, to volunteers in their community that are willing to help. Call 211 or visit the website to sign up.
Online campaign brings greetings to seniors
BC Care Providers Association has launched its #TellThemYouCare web portal, inviting the public to send messages of love and support to seniors living in care homes or receiving home care. Care home staff or home health support workers will then share the messages with seniors.
Local Restaurants - Many local restaurants and food services are still operating in some capacity during Covid-19. Please phone to check their hours and service policy.
Local Stores - While most local stores are currently closed, many sell products on their website and some are offering free local contactless delivery. Please continue to support your favourite local stores and our local economy.