In this issue
Welcome to HeretoHelp Within Reach! HeretoHelp Within Reach is a quarterly newsletter that highlights resources from HeretoHelp and the BC Partners for Mental Health and Substance Use Information. In this issue, we cover our resources to help British Columbians take care of their mental health and well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Mental Health Supports
A directory of free and paid mental health supports, including counselling and psychotherapy, self-management course, helplines and crisis lines, support groups, and self-management workbooks and other resources.
COVID-19 and Anxiety
Quick tips to help you manage stress, worries, fear, and uncertainty. You'll also find resources and help if you need extra support.
Balancing healthy eating and exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic
The pandemic has created a lot of extra pressures around food and exercise. People may find themselves eating more or less than usual or feeling pressure to pick up a home exercise routine, jump into home baking, and other activities that may be particularly challenging for people who are managing disordered eating or exercise. Jessie's Legacy shares strategies to help everyone find healthier ways to think about their body and take care of their mental health during the pandemic:
Wellness Modules are a series of guides that share evidence-based skills to help people manage stress, sleep well, deal with anger, find balance, and more. They're a great resource for anyone who would like to work on their mental health and well-being.
Mindfulness issue of Visions Journal
There is increasing interest in mindfulness, a practice that may help people manage stress, anxiety, and the ups and downs of life. The Mindfulness issue of Visions Journal explores some of the benefits of mindfulness and shares tips and resources for anyone who is interesting in starting their own mindfulness practice.
BC Partners respond to COVID-19
Our partner agencies and organizations provide information, resources, and support to British Columbians.
Anxiety Canada: Coping With COVID-19 shares tools and strategies to help people manage anxiety and uncertainty related to COVID-19.
BC Schizophrenia Society: COVID-19 & Supporting Someone Living with Schizophrenia provides resources for families and caregivers.
Canadian Mental Health Association BC Division: COVID-19: Stay Well In Uncertain Times offers information, tools, and evidence-based strategies to help people find a balanced approach to information, take care of themselves, cope with financial uncertainty, and find help and resources when they need it.
Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research: Safer Drinking Tips During COVID-19 offers tips for people who drink, particularly marginalized folks who may have reduced access to alcohol during the pandemic. Find information about assessing risk of withdrawal and managing or reducing alcohol use safely.
FamilySmart: In The Know education and support events are now offered online. Family members of children and youth can watch a video and then connect with other families in a facilitated discussion.
Jessie's Legacy: Daily Routine & Self-Reflection Worksheets to Help You Navigate COVID-19 offer worksheets and activities to help everyone take care of themselves and cope with changes like physical distancing.
Mood Disorders Association of BC: A number of support groups are now online. Find the full schedule here!