Please refer to these resources for information regarding COVID-19
BC Centre for Disease Control – provincial and national leadership in public health through surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention, and consultation services. Their website includes information for the public. The site also includes specific information for pediatricians and data specific to pregnancy.
BC Center for Disease Control – BC COVID-19 SPEAK Survey: Your story, our future is a population health survey to elicit citizen experience, knowledge and actions during the COVID-19 pandemic. This survey is the first of several activities that will strengthen our pandemic response and our understanding of the impacts of COVID-19 to date (social, economic, mental wellness and community wellness). The survey is open until May 31, 2020. More information about the survey is available here, including information including several language guides.
BC Nurse Line – HealthLink BC – 811 – a free-of-charge phone service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for provincial health information and advice in British Columbia – dial 811 to connect to this service
BC Children’s Hospital – provides answers to frequently asked questions, including information on when to seek urgent care
BC Health Authorities – access to each of the province’s regional health authorities, First Nations Health Authority, and provincial health services
Child and Youth Mental Health Services | MCFD services continue during COVID-19
Government of Canada – information regarding health, finance and economic support, travel, safety and security. Get the Canada COVID-19 app (iOS or Android) for COVID-19 information, recommendations, and resources.
These links provide information regarding specific situations
Anxiety – Coronoavirus Sanity Guide
Anxiety – Anxiety Canada provides information for children, youth, and adults including links to video and audio resources
Autism – Information about supporting children and youth with Autism, when they have anxiety about Covid-19 and are out of school and don’t have their usual routine. Here is a link for a package of specific resources – a very simple example, how to make a timetable for a new daily routine.
Breathing, Calming, Guided Meditations – this link is to a curated collection of online meditations, sleep stories, music and more, all hand-picked to support your mental and emotional wellness through this time.
MCFD Emergency Services for Children with Special Needs | BC Ministry of Children and Family Development
Kids Help Phone – text 686868 or call toll free (1-800-688-6868) 24/7 to reach free support for children and teens
Mental Health – Taking Care of your Mental Health (COVID-19) | Government of Canada
Mental Health – MHCC Covid-19 Resources | Mental Health Commission of Canada
Mental Health and Substance Use Support – Wellness Together Canada | Government of Canada
TED Connects: Community and Hope during coronavirus | TED Live, daily conversation series with featured experts
Youth and Young Adults – Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 confidential health and wellness resources, services, and supports for free via virtual services and access by phone at 1-833-FØUNDRY (yes, that’s FØUNDRY with a zero! or 1-833-308-6379).
Here are some resources for Physicians
Caring for self to be able to care for others | Canadian Society of Physician Leaders (CSPL)
Care for Caregivers – mental health support for health care providers | a partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association (BC Division) and SafeCare BC
Maintaining your and your family’s well-being during a pandemic | Canadian Medical Association, page includes links to each province’s physician health programs, how to talk to your children about COVID-19, and tips for managing stress and anxiety.
Free psychological services for front-line health service providers | Canadian Psychological Association
Here’s a link for the Physician Health Program. The Physician Health Program is now hosting a twice weekly drop-in COVID-19 physician peer support session every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5pm (PDT) via Zoom phone or video. Sessions are drop-in, no commitment necessary, focusing on peer support not psychiatric care. Please click here for more information.
Public Health Agency of Canada – information for health professionals