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COVID-19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Resources

Authorities have encouraged residents to practice social distancing by staying home and away from others if you are sick. The advice should be perhaps to practice social engagement and physical distancing. Use some of the free tools that are available to reach out and keep contact with friends and family members (Google Hangouts, WhatsApp, etc.)

If your life is in danger or you know someone’s life is in danger DIAL EMERGENCY NOW (often 911 in your area).  DO NOT HESITATE! You can click here for Emergency services in your area.

Mental health resources during COVID

  1. On-Demand Webinar: Mental Health and Resilience During Covid-19 Trainer: Vicki Enns, MMFT, RMFT

Description: The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping our lives in a way that has great potential to impact our mental health. Key changes include heightened anxiety in our local community and the world; social and physical disconnection from others; and the ever-present threat of an unfolding unknown. These factors can create new mental concerns, or exacerbate existing ones, such as anxiety, depression, trauma, and our patterns of coping. This webinar will explore key factors for understanding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Viewers will receive concrete guidance for building resilience and staying emotionally and mentally healthy during this stressful time, including insights for supporting children.

  • FACE COVID – Video

How To Respond Effectively To The Corona Crisis

  • Wellness Together Canada 

May 5, 2020 Article (By Laura Armstrong/ the Star)  

Wellness Together Canada offers online mental health help during COVID-19 and hopefully beyond

Wellness Together Canada provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed. Create an account and answer a series of questions to guide you in choosing from a variety of tools and resources to get you back on track.

Visit Wellness Together Canada now

  • Tips on how to deal with anxiety during the lockdown – Video

Lockdown Anxiety Tips with Dr. Korol & Brittlestar

  • Online Therapy – Video

Dr. Korol’ s tips for therapists wanting to transition to online therapy 

 Online Therapy: Intro to Ethics and Best Practice C19 Edition – part 1

  • Emergency Medicine (EM) article about

Managing Stress and Anxiety Related to COVID-19

  • Fact Sheet compiled by the Psychologists’ Association of Alberta

Psychological Coping During a Pandemic

Provincial and National Student Loan programs

Important COVID-19 Update-Alberta Student Aid

Alberta Student Aid has taken the following measures to support student loan borrowers during COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Alberta Student loan repayment is paused for six months beginning March 30, 2020.
  • Interest will not accrue during this time.
  • You do not need to apply for the repayment pause.
  • If you choose, you may continue making payments during this period.
  • You are still responsible for making scheduled payments until March 30.

To see the status of your Alberta student loan, login to your MyLoan account.
Stay informed – go to studentaid.alberta.ca for any updates to Alberta Student Aid

Please click here for all financial aid options.

StudentAid BC during COVID-19

StudentAid BC continues working with schools to mitigate any potential impacts related to COVID-19 on students who receive financial help.

StudentAid BC policy is that financial assistance recipients should not be disadvantaged due to an interruption of study caused by natural disasters or events like the COVID-19 outbreak.

Effective March 30, 2020, all British Columbia student loan borrowers will temporarily have their repayments suspended until September 30, 2020. During this time, no payment will be required, and interest that currently applies to the federal portion of student loans will not accrue. Repayment will be paused automatically, so borrowers do not need to apply to have their repayment suspended.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section below for more details on the temporary suspension of payments.

National Student Loans Services Centre

To support student loan borrowers during COVID-19, payments will be suspended without interest accruing to borrowers until September 30th, 2020. Learn more 

For more information about Financial Aid Option please click here 

Assistance during COVID-19

Alberta

  • The Psychologist’s Association of Alberta

The Psychologist’s Association of Alberta has established a Disaster Response Network which has psychologists willing to provide 1-3 sessions of telepsychology services (pro-bono) for individuals experiencing distress due COVID-19. For more information, please contact the PAA at PAA@PAA-AB.CA of toll free at 1-888-424-0297.

  • COVID-19 info for Albertans 

Actions to protect Albertans and prevent the spread of novel coronavirus

Distress Centre Calgary 

24 Hour Crisis Line – InformAlberta.ca

Mental Health Help Line

Edmonton Distress Line

Crisis Supports

  1. COVID-19 info for British Columbia

VGH Access and Assessment Centre

BC 211

Crisis Centre BC

Kelty Mental Health

Coast Mental Health

BC Virtual Mental Health Supports During COVID-19

Canadian Mental Health Association BC

BC Centre for Disease Control

BC Centre for Disease Control

Provincial Health Officer

HealthLinkBC

Extended supports help youth in care during pandemic

Vancouver Island

City of Vancouver

Crisis Services Canada

Government of Canada’s Mental Health Supports

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Income tax filing and payment deadlines: CRA and COVID-19

Government of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

Government of Canada travel advisories

Support for students and recent graduates impacted by COVID-19

Economic Response Plan for Individuals

  1. Other Resources 

You might be eligible for resources from different government bodies. Explore your options.

  • Supports for loss of income

B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers ($1,000)

Canada Emergency Response Benefit ($2,000)

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

  • Work Opportunities 

Support for Students and Recent Graduates Impacted by COVID-19

Student Work Placement program

Removing barriers for international students working in essential services to fight COVID-19

  • Student Benefits 

https://www.canada.ca/en/departmSupport for Students and Recent Graduates Impacted by COVID-19

Student loan repayment suspended

  • Rent and Housing 

Support for Renters and Landlords

BC Hydro announces bill help for customers affected by COVID-19

  • Food Security 

Greater Vancouver Food Bank

BC Food Banks

  • Transportation 

TransLink Updates

Precautionary Measures Recommended by the WHO

  • Frequently clean hands by using alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
  • If you are sick (e.g., flu, cold), do not come to work.
  • When coughing and sneezing cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – throw tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness.
  • If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care.

Please find below a list of other resources that might be useful if needed.

About the Coronavirus COVID-19

In this video, you will learn about the symptoms associated with COVID-19. They are quite a bit different from a regular cold. The disease seems to start with a fever, followed by a dry cough.

COVID-19 Update 3: Symptoms of COVID-19 – YouTube

PLEASE keep calm if you are feeling any symptoms. Contact your doctor or see a

Canadian (licensed in Canada) Doctor Online (Covered in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia with a valid Health Card). Self-quarantine and improve your immune system by getting enough sleep, eating the right food and drink enough liquid. 

Coronavirus Covid-19 Fact Sheet

COVID-19 self-assessment tool

How to manage anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak

How to Make Working Remotely a Success

Social Distancing: What it means and how you can manage it in day-to-day life

More Resources 

CBC News

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

World Health Organization

Free and family friendly: things to do or watch while you stay at home

Virtual Tours Museums and Art Galleries