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Mental wellness during COVID-19

These are uncertain times. Every week, almost every hour, we are changing and adapting our new reality 

Below are some ideas about how to stay well in the face of constant change:

  • Daily structure – set up a routine in your house that provides predictable events.  Everyone does better when they know what to expect next.
  • Family meals – whenever possible, eat together and connect over food.
  • Limited media – set up times to hear the news, then disconnect from it.
  • Exercise – take a class off YouTube, try something new, return to what used to bring you joy.
  • Reach out – stay connected to family and friends while maintaining social distancing.
  • Go Outside – breathe the air and appreciate the environment.
  • Practice good sleep hygiene – keep to a regular sleep/wake schedule, limit screens before bed and take a relaxing shower or bath prior to sleep time.
  • Read books together.
  • Keep future focused and positive – this is our reality for now, but it will not be forever.
Additional Community Resources
  • Child & Youth Mental Health and Indigenous Child & Youth Mental Health
    Call 250-741-5701 to arrange an intake session by phone
  • Nanaimo Family Life
    Call 250 754-3331 to arrange services by phone
  • Youth Safe House
    Call 250 753-8266 to determine if a bed is free; MCFD social workers are meeting clients and arranging support
  • Discovery Youth & Family Substance Use Service
    Call 250 75307255 for telephone intake. Services will be offered by phone. They will talk to parents of students younger than 12 and will attempt to engage with any family in crisis where substances are a part.
  • Nanaimo & Area Resources for Families (NARSF)
    Call 250 754-2773 for services including SAIP, LIFT and Eating Disorders

Community Service Providers

Vancouver Island Crisis Line
Call 1-888-494-3888
Text 250-800-3806 (6:00 – 10:00pm)

Kids Help Phone

Brooks Landing Crisis Counselling Services
Drop in service; crisis worker will call or text 10:00am – 6:00pm

Nanaimo Youth Wellness Centre – Nanaimo Aquatic Centre
General Practitioner face-to-face service still available
Tues 8:30am – 2:30pm; Wed 3:00 – 6:00pm; Thurs 9:00am – 2:30pm
John Barsby students can access care here

Grant Avenue Health Centre
Face-to-face nursing services everyday, including weekends
250 755-3388

Nanaimo Child Development Centre
(250) 753-0251