Covid -19 Information

The BC Centre for Disease Control, a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority, provides provincial and national leadership in disease surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention and consultation. Here you can find Covid-19 self assessment tools, provincial data, and resources for health workers dealing with Covid-19.

Information about COVID-19, how to protect yourself, your family and your community and what to do if you suspect you have the virus. Here you can find information for health professionals, community partners, and the general public, as well as public health orders and shareable resources.

Support for Mental Health

BounceBack is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.

Anxiety Canada is a leader in developing free online, self-help, and evidence-based resources on anxiety. In dealing with Covid-19 they’re currently hosting town halls with an expert panel discussing effective and practical strategies to cope with anxiety.

Fetch BC, supported by Nanaimo Division of Family Practice, provides a local directory of organizations supporting adult mental health.

Vancouver Island Crisis Society provides short-term nonjudgemental support, crisis intervention, resources, public access to Island Health’s Mental Health and Substance Use services; training in schools; workshops; and bereavement support.

Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888, 24/7
Crisis Chat: www.vicrisis.ca, 6pm-10pm
Crisis Text:
250-800-3806, 6pm-10pm

Support for Essential Workers

The BCPA Covid-19 Psychological Support Service is designed to help health care and other essential workerswho are experiencing stress, anxiety, or uncertainty due to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

Training and education resources to improve psychological health and well being for workers responding to COVID-19. A partnership between SafeCare BC and CMHA. Available: April 20th.

Support for Seniors

Safe Seniors, Strong Communities is a program that matches seniors who need support with non-medical essentials, to volunteers in their community who are willing to help.

Support for First Nations

The FNHA is working with provincial and federal partners to actively monitor and respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
We all need to work together to protect each other, especially our Elders and people who are vulnerable.

Support for Students

Here2Talk connects students with mental health support when they need it. Through this program, all students currently registered in a B.C. post-secondary institution have access to free, confidential counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24/7 via app, phone and web.

Support for Families

CEO Veronica Carroll interviews experts across Vancouver Island on issues affecting children’s health. They discuss strategies parents can use to help their children amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, how parents can support their own wellbeing, and age-appropriate tips on how to communicate with their children about the current situation.
The Nanaimo Child Development Centre has been working around the clock strategizing and developing programming to be able to offer continuity of service. You can continue to reach NCDC by email or telephone. There is a list of resources available to families on their website.
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