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A range of information and resources to help people experiencing loss and grief are outlined in this CAMH document. https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19/loss-grief-and-healing

THRIVE LONDON: Support After Sudden Bereavement During the COVID-19 Pandemic https://bit.ly/393Q7fK

Grief and bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic Supporting yourself and others (Ireland) – http://www.hscbereavementnetwork.hscni.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Grief-and-bereavement-during-the-Covid-19-pandemic-supporting-yourself-and-others-2.pdfa

This guide to moral injury during COVID-19 has been developed as a practical resource for healthcare workers and organizations to better understand the range of moral emotions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic and to develop organizational and individual strategies to mitigate risks of lasting harm.

“Moral injury refers to the psychological, social and spiritual impact of events involving betrayal or transgression of one’s own deeply held moral beliefs and values occurring in high stakes situations”.
Since the COVID-19 outbreak, healthcare workers have been under intense stress making critical decisions like triaging life-saving care when resources are limited or postponing ‘non-essential’ care such as psychotherapy for patients with mental health conditions. If this moral stress is not addressed, it can cause long term injury – moral injury.

This guide provides recommendations for organization, team and individual supports for healthcare workers.

Support for healthcare staff in managing these stressors is critical if we are to avoid the most severe harms. This is a responsibility that is shared across all levels of an organization. https://www.moralinjuryguide.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/Moral-Injury-Guide.pdf

Explanatory video: https://vimeo.com/435899612


Mental Health supports – https://socalsunrisemh.com/managing-mental-health-during-covid-19/


Workshop and Resources for Long Term Care Staff and Managers and Staff https://www.sararielinc.com/language/en/long-term-care-workshops/ 


Wellbeing guide to support you to achieve a greater sense of well-being in whatever areas you choose (developed by WRHA). https://wellbeingguide.ca/wp-content/site/


Province of Manitoba Mental Health Virtual Therapy


Calm in the Storm app – an app for coping with the stresses of life (developed by Klinic, Canadian Association for Suicide Prevent, and Winnipeg Suicide Prevention Network)


Coping with Coronavirus Angst: 15 Opportunities for Self-Care


Self-Compassion Break & Meditation


Releasing Anxiety Meditation in this Challenging Time


Tara Brach – Livestream Guided Meditations


How to Stay Connected During Self-isolation


How to Respond to COVID using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Techniques


TED The Importance of Self-Care


Mental Health Commission Resource Hub


Carolyn Klassen (speaker at CCDDA 2019) COVID-19 Coping Kit


The Discomfort Your Feeling is Grief


Self-care for DSP’s in Crisis


Meditation for DSP’s in times of Stress


Looking after your mental health (plain language)


Province of Manitoba – Mental Health


Mental Health America Resources


7 tips on how to quell anxiety about nova coronavirus outbreak from mental health experts


10 Tips to Reduce Anxiety During the COVID-19 Outbreak

  • https://bhatiapsychology.com/blog/10-tips-to-reduce-anxiety-during-covid-19/?


How to Prevent Loneliness in a Time of Social Distancing

  • https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/how-to-prevent-loneliness-in-a-time-of-social-distancing/?


COVID-19 and Anxiety


Centre for Addiction & Mental Health


Mindful Poetry & Music


ADAM – Anxiety & Worry Support Program


How to Support the Mental Health of Workers in Times of Change and Uncertainty: Responding to a Pandemic


Mental Health & Resilience During COVID-19


Being a Mindful Employee: An Orientation to Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (SafeWork Manitoba 75 minute free online training)


Aulneau Free Wellness Check & Counselling


COVID 19 and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Mental Health Research and Practice



Excellent Webinar – “Self-Care for Health Professionals Working in Intellectual Disability Services Through the COVID 19 Pandemic” – https://youtu.be/JDh9YzHC4tQ to watch and the power point presentation can be accessed here: http://www.professionalpalliativehub.com/sites/default/files/Self-Care_Covid-19_ID%20Services_Prof_Robertson.pdf


The Government of Manitoba website on Mental Health during COVID-19 provides information on free services available and how to access: https://www.gov.mb.ca/covid19/bewell/index.html


Mental Health and COVID-19 resources:  https://mhanational.org/covid19


Canadian Mental Health Association – Manitoba and Winnipeg – Service Navigation Hub (SNH) provides information on a range of topics related to mental health, mental illness, distress and strategies connected to resilience. You can reach them directly at: 204-775-6442 or email at: hub@cmhawpg.mb.ca


Aulneau Renewal Centre – providing free wellness checks with a counsellor via phone call. Register online for a scheduled wellness check here.


The Hope for Wellness Help Line – offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.


Workplace Strategies for Mental Health – Videos to support good mental health throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


Sara Riel Inc.’s Employment Services are providing  you with information and support on the differing benefits available, as well as support in employment related skills such as cover letters, resume writing, job searching, interviewing and mental health support.  Check out their press release on this service: https://abilitiesmanitoba.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Sara-Riel-Press-Release-Employment.pdf


Manitoba Possible put together the following resources: 


COVID-19 and Anxiety – https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/infosheet/covid-19-and-anxiety


NADSP webinar on Self Care for the DSP: https://youtu.be/CL95EsnLFuo


Complete Mental Health Guide During Covid-19 Pandemic  This document was developed using crowd sourcing material in Vancouver, Canada. https://peak-resilience.com/blog/2020/3/15/covid-19-amp-your-mental-health-a-comprehensive-resource-guide


Exercise can boost our immunity and improve mental health.  The [National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD)] put together a playlist on YouTube of 32 of their videos that you can exercise with at home! https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwMObYmlSHaPIArTOC4JBZfeuU7LN7KVJ


Webinar recording -Promoting Mental Health and Resiliency for Developmental Services Staff https://youtu.be/K9DzEn41vwU



Look out for those around you and check in on someone if you notice significant attitude or behavioural shifts. If you do see significant changes and are worried about someone you love, Be There provides information on how to start a conversation and give support.


The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has tips, coping strategies, and resources to manage mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic.


The Compassion Fatigue project has some useful resources  – https://compassionfatigue.org/

Coronavirus Coping Strategies

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