Powell River Board of Education
Learners Preparing for the Challenges of Tomorrow
COVID-19: Health & Mental Health Resources

*updated May 4, 2020

General

BC Centre for Disease Control

Provincial and national information about COVID-19. Information about how to protect yourself, your family, and your community can be found here, as well as common questions can be found on this website.

BC COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information

Information and links for British Columbians regarding BC's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

EASE at Home

EASE at Home is a collection of fun and practical strategies to help guide parents and caregivers in managing their children's anxiety and worries in the comfort of their home during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

FNHA Information on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) has created a COVID-19 web portal to help BC First Nations people and their health care providers and community leaders to get the information they need to keep themselves and others safe.

Foundry BC's Guide to COVID-19 for youth.

A summary of COVID-19 in BC, who to contact, and how to take care of yourself, written with youth in mind.

Health Canada

Up-to-date information about COVID-19 for Canadians including links to disease updates, Canada's symptom self-assessment tool, symptoms and treatment, and travel advice.

Helping children cope with changes resulting from COVID-19.

Families everywhere are adapting to the evolving changes in daily life caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is very important to remember that children look to adults for guidance on how to react to stressful events. The tips included in this resource may help.

Helping children cope with stress during the 2019-nCoV outbreak.

This simple but informative infographic from the World Health Organization (WHO) provides information to parents and caregivers about how to help children cope with stress during COVID-19.

How can we talk to kids about COVID-19?

Published by the Canadian Paediatric Society, this practical resource gives tips on how to talk to children about COVID-19 and help build the resilience that we all need to get through this.

Keep Learning BC

The Ministry of Education's Keep Learning website for parents and caregivers includes a section on Keeping Healthy that provides information about talking to children and youth about COVID-19, taking care of our own and our children's mental health and well-being, and links to more mental health resources.

*NEW  Maintaining Mental Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This informative presentation put together by SD47 school counsellor, Jocelyn Williams, explores mental wellness, the challenges presented by COVID-19, and strategies for self-care and building resilience.

Managing COVID-19 stress, anxiety, and depression.

Great tips from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions on keeping calm, practicing self-care, and seeking help.

Mental Health Infographics

These infographics published by Believe Perform give great tips for how to look after your mental health and cope with a wide variety of situations due to COVID-19. From How Parents Can Support Teenagers During Lockdown  to How Families Can Keep Essential Mental Health Habits Going During Self Isolation  there is likely an infographic here that speaks to you.

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Parenting in the time of COVID-19.

Published by the World Health Organization this document aims to help parents interact constructively with their children during this time of confinement. These six one-page tips for parents cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19.

Psychological impacts of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Published by the Canadian Psychological Association this resource contains information intended to help people cope psychologically in the face of health risks like COVID-19. It is important to remember that it is normal to be emotionally affected by events like wide-spread illnesses, and that there are steps we can take to help us cope.

Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit.

The Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit, designed by the BC Stigma-Free Society, is a comprehensive educational resource that can help youth in Grades 6-12, as well as educators and parents during COVID-19. The toolkits includes activity ideas, educational resources, a parent section, and much more.

Supporting the young people in your life during COVID-19.

Kids Help Phone shares some tips for supporting the young people in your life during this unprecedented time. It's natural for you and the young people around you to have questions/concerns about COVID-19 and its impacts.   

Supporting your family through the COVID-19 crisis - video series

These videos provide practical strategies that can be used by your whole family to cope with this current crisis. In the videos, you and your children will learn tools for soothing feelings like fear, confusion, and boredom. Tools for staying focused and hopeful are also addressed.

Local

Child & Youth Mental Health (Powell River)

Community-based CYMH services for a range of specialized mental health services. During the COVID-19 pandemic, intake for new CYMH services is being taken over the phone on Tuesdays from 9:00 am - 4 pm. Please call 604-485-0603 and say you are requesting new CYMH services. You will be asked for basic identifying information and then a CYMH clinician will phone you to complete the intake interview.

Powell River Child, Youth & Family Services Society

PRCYFSS are still offering services to families and youth, but they are working while keeping a safe social distance. If you or your family needs support and you are not already connected to one of their team, please call Kevin at 604-223-7036.

Powell River Community Health Centre - Youth Clinic

The Powell River Youth Clinic remains open Tuesdays from 3:15 pm - 5:15 pm with modified service. They have moved to virtual appointments, phone and text assessments, and parking lot pick ups, but will see clients in person if necessary. Please call 604-485-3310 or text 604-223-7283 for more information. You can also visit their Facebook page for more information.

Phone Numbers/Crisis Resources

  • BC's COVID-19 non-medical information phone line: 1-888-268-4319 or 1-888-COVID19
  • Crisis Centre BC: (phone/text/chat options available) 1-800-784-2433 or 1-800-SUICIDE 
  • Foundry BC (phone/chat/video calls available) 1-833-308-6379 or 1-833-F0UNDRY to book appointment or https://foundrybc.ca/virtual
  • Mental Health Line: 310-6789
  • Helpline for Children: 310-1234 
  • Kids Help Phone (phone/text/chat options available): 1-800-668-6868
  • Youth In BC (phone and chat options available/resources): 1-866-661-3311
Other Resources