Resources for COVID-19
Mental health resources suggested to us:
- “No, How Are You, Really? Acceptable answers to this suddenly complicated question,” article by May Pang: https://medium.com/@alwaysmay/no-how-are-you-really-468c0087b75
- “How to be Your Best in Times of Crisis” A TED Talk by psychologist Susan David (recommended by a therapist). In a special virtual conversation, she shares wisdom on how to build resilience, courage and joy in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. She offers ways to talk to your children about their emotions, keep focus during the crisis and help those working on the front lines. https://www.ted.com/talks/susan_david_how_to_be_your_best_self_in_times_of_crisis?utm_campaign=tedspread&utm_medium=referral&utm_source=tedcomshare
- Kelty’s Key – a free on-line service funded by Vancouver Coastal Health www.keltyskey.comYou can tailor it for: anxiety, chronic pain, complicated grief, depression, family support, insomnia, panic, substance abuse.
- Little Oaks Psychology have a series of free resources they called “crisis and isolation supports” and include free 20 min consults, weekly group parenting workshops, free online therapy groups for teens & youth and more: https://www.littleoakspsychology.com/new-services
- Online Therapy, E-Therapy, or Tele-therapy however you call it has quickly gained popularity as it has become essential way for counselling to continue in this time of physical isolation. Perhaps people could search ‘therapist in my area’ to find something that works for them.
- Starling Minds has developed a free program in response to COVID-19 and it unpacks how what we are feeling (whatever that may be) is normal and provides a series of cognitive behaviour therapy “how to” videos. https://info.starlingminds.com/covid-19-b2c-faq
- Bounceback BC https://bouncebackbc.ca/was a recommendation of Dr. Bonnie Henry during a recent press conference.
We know that people have different needs, and will have different experiences, so we ask you to follow what feels appropriate for you and your family. We aren’t able to guarantee the quality or experience you will have, or how quickly these agencies can respond to your needs. We do want to offer you some resources that we hope may be of use.
Beacon Guidelines for Small Groups 2020
Following the Board guidelines for Beacon groups or events from June 25 – October 31, Beacon:
- Continues to suspend all in-person Sunday services.
- Continues to support on-line groups and events via Beacon’s Zoom account.
- If established Beacon groups decide to hold an in-person event, in keeping with the Phase 3 BC ReStart Plan, they follow the recommendations that allow gatherings of 2-6 people in conditions that allow safe physical distancing as well as follow other hygiene considerations.
- If new groups wish to hold an in-person event, they notify the Board by and follow these same recommendations.
Considerations before deciding to host an event/group:
- Measure the space you plan to gather in, allowing extra space in addition to the 2 metres between people, so people can move safely. Include a plan for entering and exiting the space, and access to a washroom.
- We highly encourage outside events. If the event is outside, have a back-up plan for rain (with cancellation deadline to let people know). Please don’t compromise people’s health to squeeze into a space not big enough to safely accommodate them. Better to re-book the event.
- Include others who choose not to meet in-person so they can participate through an online or phone connection. Plan for someone to be the connector between those connecting by phone/online and those in-person so they can also communicate in meaningful ways.
Safety and well-being:
- Follow the BC Provincial Health Officer’s regulations – check the most current information at:
- Ensure washrooms are always well stocked with liquid soap and paper towels and that warm running water is available. Also, have hand sanitizer available that contains at least 60% alcohol, tissues, and waste baskets.
- Encourage everyone to wash their hands with plain soap and water OR an alcohol-based hand sanitizer before and after the event.
- Do not share food, utensils, glasses and dishes. If you want to have a refreshment break, ask people to bring their own.
- Do not have singing or playing wind instruments at this time. Because COVID-19 transmits while doing these activities, safer procedures are still being worked out by the experts and we are waiting until there are safer ways to do these beloved activities.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, bathrooms and other surfaces just before and also just after the event. Have cleaning supplies available in bathrooms in case people want to use them.
- Encourage members to greet each other with a smile and wave, as opposed to any direct person-to-person contact (unless they are in the same household or “in your bubble”). As host, if you see people breaking the 2 metre physical distance, please speak up in a compassionate manner, and remind them you want them and others to stay safe.
- Speak up if you are concerned and work together to problem-solve to stay within health guidelines.
- Visual cues can be helpful as reminders, consider printing and posting signs reminding everyone to remain physically distant, wash their hands (and even how to safely wear a mask). See resources below for links to signs from the BC Centre for Disease Control and Worksafe BC.
- Ask people to RSVP ahead of time:
- To set a safe limit on those participating in person. Have a plan to address things if the group becomes too large and safety parameters you’d set are breached.
- Also so you have the names and contact information if there is a need for contact tracing if someone becomes ill after the event.
- Explain the physical set-up and ways you are following guidelines (include a copy of these Beacon Small Group guidelines).
- Remind people to stay at home if any of their direct family members (or people they have regular contact with) have cold or flu-like symptoms, including coughing, runny nose, sore throat and/or fatigue.
- Encourage those in high-risk categories to connect to your event via online or by phone. If they choose to attend, encourage them to wear a non-medical mask or face covering. (It isn’t legal to require people to wear them.) Eye-protection is also recommended (e.g., regular glasses or sunglasses). Take extra precautions for those at higher risk for serious illness from COVID-19, including older people and those with chronic health conditions. Ask them what might help them feel less at risk and find ways to accommodate or let them know if you can’t meet their needs.
At the event:
- No handshaking or hugs with people outside of your “bubble” (your household and others you have chosen to be part of your immediate small circle).
- Practice good hygiene and remind others to do the same, including: regular hand washing; avoiding touching your face; covering coughs and sneezes; disinfect frequently touched surfaces. Explain to people where the washroom/sanitizer is.
- Maintain physical distance as much as possible. Explain to people the “traffic-flow” plan you have for entering/exiting the space, etc.
- Include others by regularly having time for the person connecting those by phone/online and those in-person so they can also communicate in meaningful ways.
- From Provincial Health Officer: Order for Mass Gatherings (September 8, 2020): https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health/about-bc-s-health-care-system/office-of-the-provincial-health-officer/covid-19/covid-19-pho-order-gatherings-events.pdf
- BC Centre for Disease Control Guidelines for Faith-Based Organizations (September 11, 2020): http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/community-settings/faith-based-organizations
- Dr. Bonnie Henry’s update for Religious Communities (article, May 13, 2020): https://www.straight.com/covid-19-pandemic/may-13-coronavirus-update-bc-dr-bonnie-h enry-religious-services-large-retail-stores-resume
- Calgary United Church’s experience as they were following the guidelines we have now in Phase 2:
- Posters and Signs
○ BC Centre for Disease Control Posters:
■ Hand Washing – hand hygiene steps
○ WorkSafe BC Signs
■ Hand Washing – when to do it