A message from Drs. Unjali Malhotra and Nel Wieman, FNHA Office of the Chief Medical Officer
⦁ Stress ⦁ Loss / separation of friends, family, co-workers ⦁ Loss of livelihood / financial hardship⦁ Loss of homes and resources⦁ Personal loss ⦁ Uncertainty / anxiety⦁ Change in housing arrangements ⦁ Breakdown of norms, including loss of routines⦁ Loss of control
⦁ Awareness: All community members must be aware that vulnerable people will be more vulnerable during a crisis. ⦁ Community involvement: We are all connected and need to be aware of how we are all doing, especially during a time like this. When one of us is in danger, we need to join together as best we can as a community member, family member, friend, or co-worker. If you think someone is being abused, you can call shelters for advice (see below). You can also be the voice for someone being abused if they ask you to call for help for them.
⦁ If you are in immediate danger, or think someone else is, please call 911.⦁ You can call shelters or support lines. If phones are shared or you can be overheard or are being monitored, you could try asking general questions about isolation and coping to avoid worsening abuse. Or try to connect with the shelter or organization by text or email (see below) or through another person. ⦁ You can still see or talk to a doctor, although many are carrying out their duties by phone appointment because of the pandemic. If phones are shared or you can be overheard, try to connect with the doctor’s office by text or email or through another person. We understand that for some this may be difficult. ⦁ If it’s safe, try to be the family member who goes grocery shopping or to the pharmacy and call for help from there.
⦁ Battered Women’s Support Service ⦁ Crisis Centre⦁ Ending Violence Association of BC⦁ VictimLink BC