CHAIRMAN REACHING OUT
WELLNESS AND STRESS RELATED ONLINE RESOURCES
ACCESSING THE CHAT
ABOUT THE SERVICE
- Confidential one-to-one chat with the Chairman
- Real time chat technology
- Short-term support for employees who are overwhelmed and difficulty coping with the current pandemic.
ONLINE RESOURCE FOR MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT
- Black Dog Institute Online Clinic: https://onlineclinic.blackdoginstitute.org.au/?s=covid-19
- Camh Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic: https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19
Get support from team members: Develop a buddy system.
- Monitor each other. Encourage each other to take care of oneself. Share opportunities for stress relief (rest, routine sleep, exercise and deep breathing).
- Practice breathing and relaxation techniques.
- Maintain a healthy diet and get adequate sleep and exercise.
All the issues you might need to address during this pandemic situation may feel overwhelming. It can be useful to identify which things are actually problems that need to be solved or addressed, and which are just worries that are not necessarily grounded in reality. Click here for some steps you can take to resolve issues that come up for you.
This time may be very challenging for children and adolescents, some of whom might not understand the reasons for school closures and the cancellation of extracurricular activities. In addition, they are likely to be bombarded with information through social media and from their friends that can cause anxiety and alarm.
Young people may also sense the anxiety of their parents, and worry about their own health and that of other family members. For example, young children may not understand why they can no longer hug a grandparent.
Children need to be reassured in a way that is age appropriate. Click here for some tips on how to talk to your children and family.
Our stress and anxiety generally cause us to focus on negatives and trigger "what if" questions, such as "How will I cope if I get sick?" or " How will I manage if I have to self-isolate?" They can also drive us to think worst case scenarios.
In stressful situations, people often overestimate how bad the situation can get, but underestimate how well they will be able to cope. People are resilient and have coping skills they use everyday.
- Think of difficult or challenging situations you have an encountered that you were able to manage. Even if things weren't perfect, what did you do to cope with the situation?
- Remind yourself that you can handle stress and that if you feel you need support, you can reach out to family, friends, colleagues or professionals.
- Remember our collective resources
- Try to replace catastrophic thoughts with something like, " This is definitely a difficult time, but we will get through it together."
- Don't underestimate what you are able to do when faced with challenges.
Quarantine (separating well people who have been exposed to the virus, to see if they become ill) and self-isolation (separating people who have symptoms so that they can't infect others, including clse family members) are sometimes needed to prevent the spread of a virus in a community including close family members. Click here for guide to self isolation which provides advice on how too proceed if you are in the situation.