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On March 26, 2020, 70 campus stakeholders gathered to discuss how they are supporting their campus communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. With campus closures disrupting regular services, participants discussed and shared different ways they are boosting mental well-being and helping prevent social isolation. A snapshot of the resources discussed is shared below.
Online Support Groups/Counselling
Zoom is a popular platform for campuses to host 1:1 counseling sessions and support groups remotely. However, there is a privacy risk as outlined here. Other platforms used by different campuses for various telehealth needs are Doxy and Titanium.
Guidelines to delivering care virtually can be found here and here.
To find local counseling services in your area or any other mental health services, please visit BC211 for resources.
Online Social Activities
Hosting online multiplayer game sessions can help prevent social isolation. Some options to boost interactivity are Quiplash, Houseparty, and PlayingCards.
When modifying in-person activities/courses to be delivered online, some recommendations can be found here and here.
Various campuses are providing different financial aid to campus members based on their capacity. From individual gift cards to food banks and opening up institutional emergency funding; the response is diverse. Some funding options are also available from CBC and here for the general community (author and source unknown).
The BC Recovery Benefit (the benefit) is a one-time direct deposit payment for eligible families, single parents, or individuals. Benefit eligibility is based on net income from your 2019 tax return. You must apply to receive the benefit.
Return to Campus Fall 2021
As of Summer 2021, post-secondary schools plan for a full return to campuses in the Fall of 2021. To learn more, click here for the COVID-19 Return-to-Campus Primer to read about the interim plans to return to in-person teaching and learning.
Click here to view the Go-Forward | Guidelines for B.C.’s Post Secondary Sector
For more information about your campus’s safety plans for COVID-19, please visit this website and find the name of your institution among the list of post-secondary schools.
310-Mental Health (310-6789 – no need to dial an area code): “for individuals who would like emotional support, information, and resources specific to mental health in British Columbia. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and is toll-free anywhere in British Columbia (no need to dial an area code).”
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433): “for individuals who are or know someone who is having thoughts of suicide. The service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and in up to 140 languages. Operated in partnership with Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre of BC.”
Crisis Lines By Area