COVID-19 Mental Health and Wellness

​​Coping with COVID-19 • Healthy Families • Kindness • Staying Connected • Being Resilie​​nt​ • Getting Support


Dr. Nel Wieman, FNHA Deputy Chief Medical Officer, speaks about mental health during COVID-19

Coping with COVID-19

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 n​ature 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.

Healthy Families​

  • K​eeping Kids Active (fact sheet) – Fun and Interactive Indoor Activities (Active Play, Build a Fort, Going on a Bear Hunt, I Spy, Puzzles, Freeze Games, Hide and Seek, Treasure Hunts, Simon Says, What's Inside the Box, My Masterpiece Collage, Create a Puppet, Make Playdough, Balancing Game, Memory Game), Importance of Balance, Structure and Routines (CBC News, Meal Time, Prayer and Time for Honouring, Bed Time), Other Helpful Links​
  • Parenting Children (fact sheet) – Supporting Children | Routines | Emotions | Self-Care | Comfort | Talking with Children | Family Traditions | Memories​
  • Parenting Youth (fact sheet) – Supporting Youth | How Youth Are Staying Connected 


Staying Co​​nnected

Being R​​​esilient

  • Coping with Grief and Loss​ (fact sheet) – The Five Stages of Grief, Many People Are Grieving, Healthy Coping Strategies, Denial and Isolation, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance​
  • Domestic Violence (fact sheet) – Make a Safety Plan, Tips to Stay Safe during a Violent Incident, Tips on How to Create a Safety Plan for Your Children, More Information about Safety Plans, Get Phone Support​
  • Managing Anxiety​ (fact sheet) – Learn about Anxiety, the Anxiety Profile, ​Techniques for Coping with Anxiety
  • 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
  • Suicide: Responding and Keeping People Safe (fact sheet) – Talking about Suicide, Signs that a Person May Be Thinking about Suicide, What to Do if You’re Worried, Crisis Lines​
  • 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 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 Wie​​man, FNHA Deputy Chief Medical Officer

Getting Su​pport

 Be a COVID-19 #VaxChamp!

Ashley Mitchell and Vincent White Quills, Witset First Nation, Take the Pledge!

 Wanting to get vaccinated?

 Looking for BC government COVID-19 info?


 Been exposed or experiencing symptoms?

Contact y​​​​our primary care provider or local public health office or call 8 - 1 - 1(Ta​ke a self-assessment.)​ 

 FNHA COVID-19 Information