Wednesday, 17 June 2020

COVID-19: Our Top Mental Health Resources for Students

Blog written by Frances Kinloch. Photo by Retha Ferguson from Pexels
Take care of yourselves, be safe and be supportive of each other. We are all navigating a strange and unfamiliar time.
Royal Roads' counselling department is here as a resource to meet with you remotely should you need any support during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Below are some top resources where to learn more about the COVID-19 situation or for mental health and wellness assistance. 

We are following recommendations from our top health officials and keeping our student body up to date on relevant information for their mental health and well-being at this time.

Mental Health during Covid-19

•    Anxiety Canada:  Covid-19
•    Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression
•    Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
•    Covid-19: Taking Care of Your Mental Well-Being (Video)
•    Mental Health Considerations
•    YMCA Virtual Mindfulness Groups for Youth 18-30
•    Foundry BC drop-in virtual counselling for youth 12-24 and their families
•    211 Seniors hotline for assistance during COVID-19
•    That Discomfort You are Feeling is Grief, Harvard Business Review (Article)
•    Navigating Uncertainty Together: Supporting Families with Children and Teens during COVID-19 – A resource by Ann Fraser, RCC
o    Part 1
o    Part 2
o    Part 3
o    Part 4

Staying up to date

•    BC COVID-19 Response Updates
•    BC COVID-19 Support App
•    Updated information from Canada.ca
•    BC Centre for Disease Control
•    Public Health Agency of Canada
•    World Health Organization
•    Travel & Tourism Canada
•    COVID-19 Stigma Guide
•    Advice on mass gatherings
•    Ministry of Health BC COVID-19 symptom self-assessment tool

For non-health related COVID-19 questions (e.g. supports, programs, etc), a new dedicated phone line has been set up at 1-888-COVID-19.

Mental Wellness Resources

•    Kelty’s Key (extensive free resources)
•    Antidepressant Skills Workbook
•    Looking After Yourself Modules
•    Anxiety Canada
•    HealthLink BC 
•    Bounceback (Free skills building, online coach optional)
•    Act Mindfully (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Skills Training)

Videos and Recordings:

Guided Meditations with Tara Brach
30 Day Yoga Challenge with Adrienne

Apps

 Headspace meditation and mindfulness
 https://www.headspace.com/



Calm for sleeping better

https://www.calm.com/












Mindshift for anxiety management

https://www.anxietycanada.com/resources/mindshift-cbt/

CBT i-coach for insomnia

https://www.ptsd.va.gov/appvid/docs/CBTiCoachFlyer_508.pdf

Insight Timer for meditation

https://insighttimer.com/







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