COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellness


Understanding the Impact of COVID-19
Getting Support
Staying Connected
Being Resilient

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Living through a pandemic is stressful and it is normal to feel worried or anxious. FNHA has produced a series of videos and fact sheets designed to help you support your mental health and wellness during this difficult time. These resources aim to explain the nature of the pandemic and the impact it might be having on your mental health. They also provide specific suggestions for dealing with the mental health and wellness issues raised by the pandemic.

The extremely contagious nature of COVID-19 means that we have to keep physically distant from others. But we can stay close emotionally. This is the time to lean on each other, and to reach out if we need support.

Understanding the Im​​​pact of COVID-19

Coping with COVID-19​ (video, 1.03 mins) – Dr. Nel Wieman, FNHA Deputy Chief Medical Officer

The Overall Wellness Impact of COVID-19 (video, 3.55 mins) – Dr. Nel Wieman, FNHA Deputy Chief Medical Officer 

Staying Co​​nnected

Connecting with Technology During COVID-19 (fact sheet) – How to Connect Safely, Things to Do while Connecting Virtually, Other Ways to Check In 

Connection with Culture and the Land (fact sheet) – Connection with Culture, Connection with the Land, Indigenous Resources

Keeping Well and Staying Connected during COVID-19 (fact sheet) – Write Letters, Send a Gift or Meal, “Drive-By” or Physically Distanced Visits, Vision Boards, Gratitude List, Simple Things You Can Do

Staying Connected during the Pandemic (fact sheet) – “Drawing on Indigenous strengths to stay connected and well” 

When Staying Home Is Not Safe (fact sheet) – Domestic Violence May Increase During The COVID-19 Pandemic, Factors that Can Increase Domestic Violence, Physical Safety Is More Important than Self-Isolation, What Communities Can Do, To Report Abuse, Some Numbers to Call

Being R​​​esilient

From Lateral Violence to Lateral Kindness (fact sheet) – Lateral Kindness Promotes Social Harmony, Send a “Lateral Kindness Gram” to Lift Someone’s Spirits, Every Person’s Bill of Rights, Tools to Resolve Conflicts – a Checklist, Resources

Practicing Self-Compassion (fact sheet) – Providing Loving Kindness for Ourselves, A Relaxation Exercise, Start a Self-Compassion Journal, Create a Loving Kindness Phrase

Reactions to Crisis (fact sheet) – Reactions to Crisis, Trauma, Things to Think About as You Move Forward

Techniques for Grounding (fact sheet) – The Benefits of Deep Breathing, Traditional Practices, Affirmations Are Powerful, Try One of These Affirmations

The Medicine of Resilience (fact sheet) – A message from Dr. Shannon McDonald, FNHA Acting Chief Medical Officer 

Trauma-Informed Yoga and Meditation​ (fact sheet) – What Is Mindfulness?, Yoga and Mindfulness as a Therapy for Trauma, Body Scan Meditation, Mindful Walks

We Have So Many Strengths – (video, 7.42 mins) – Dr. Nel Wieman, FNHA Deputy Chief Medical Officer 

Getting Su​pport

BC Treatment Centres, Programs and Detox (fact sheet) – treatment centres that accept FNHA’s per diem rate for Status First Nations

Mental Wellness and Cultural Supports​ (fact sheet) – Telephone and Online Support, FNHA Mental Wellness and Counselling Support through Health Benefits, Indian Residential School Resolution Health Support Program Providers, FNHA Treatment and Healing Centres​

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gov.bc.ca/covid-19 is information for BC residents about COVID-1​​9, including the latest restrictions​​

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, please contact y​​our primary care provider or local public health office or call 8-1-1.

Self-Assessment Tool​

 FNHA COVID-19 Information

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