COVID-19 Resources

By now, you’re likely well aware of the outbreak of COVID-19, and its health implications. With the spread of the coronavirus, most workplaces will be affected in some way and that can take a toll on the mental health of first responders. It’s important to remember that mental health is just as important as physical health when responding to a situation like this. These resources are intended to help first responders and first responder organizations better understand how the pandemic can have an impact on mental health, and to offer suggestions on how to support the mental health of first responders.

BC Emergency Health Services Handbook

BC Emergency Health Services has their handbook through an app and is the official source for their treatment guidelines. In addition, it contains BCEHS-specific operational content and various clinically accepted best practice models for paramedics. The app now has an additional button for COVID-19 and contains best practices for things such as PPE. While this was designed for paramedics, firefighters and police may find this useful. Here are the links to find it in the app store:

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Behavioral Health Considerations

The International Association of Fire Fighters has produced this advice on mental health issues that may be experienced during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Boreal Wellness Centres Public Safety Personnel Support Groups

These support groups will use a curriculum developed by a psychologist and will be conducted via secure video conference. This will allow participants to join from a convenient location while adhering to the social distancing recommendations.

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Coronavirus: Managing Stress & Anxiety (Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna)

Tips and information on how to reduce and manage anxiety in the workplace due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Coronavirus Sanity Guide

In times like these, we need practical, actionable ways of coping with stress, fear, and anxiety. The meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks on this page will help you build resilience and find some calm amidst the chaos.

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Covid-19 Psychological Support Service

These support groups will use a curriculum developed by a psychologist and will be conducted via secure video conference. This will allow participants to join from a convenient location while adhering to the social distancing recommendations.

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Crisis Response Virtual Training

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has developed two free crisis response training programs for essential workers: Caring for Yourself and Caring for your Team.

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Critical Incident Stress Management – COVID-19 Perspectives

Videos from a CISM perspective on COVID-19.

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Edgewood Health – Essential Workers Support Program

Open to essential workers from all provinces including grocery retail, transit, fire, police, paramedic, medical staff, and any other occupations active in response to the pandemic, the bursary will cover the cost of residential treatment for Substance Use Disorder (SUD), Post-Traumatic-Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or concurrent mood or anxiety disorder.

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First Responder Health – Video Series

This series consists of conversations between emergency workers and distinguished mental health professionals. Each conversation is designed to provide you with insights and resources to enhance your mental health and well being.

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Guidance for Peer Support – Checking In With Quarantined and Isolated Members

The International Association of Fire Fighters has produced this guide on creating infrastructure to conduct outreach to quarantined and isolated members and suggestions for what to cover in outreach interactions.

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Helping Your Family Cope With COVID-19

The International Association of Fire Fighters has produced this advice on how to help your family cope.

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Homewood Health COVID-19: Pandemic Toolkit

The toolkit is a consolidation of content, both directly and indirectly related to COVID-19.

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Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak (World Health Organization)

These mental health considerations were developed by the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Use as messages targeting different groups to support for mental and psychosocial well-being during COVID-19 outbreak.

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Mental Health Practitioner Directory

This directory includes mental health professionals who have received specialized training in treating first responders. If you lives in a more remote part of British Columbia, you can utilize the secure telemedicine platform.

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Pandemic Influenza Psychosocial Support Plan for Health Care Workers and Providers

The purpose of this document is to outline the non-medical issues and consequences of an influenza pandemic and provide a planning framework for the development of workforce resiliency programs and support strategies to address the psychological and social (psychosocial) needs of HCWP.

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Provincial Health Officer Letter to Police and Fire

Advice to police and fire departments and their members regarding self-isolation precautions related to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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RESILIENCE BOOSTER!

The Canadian Mental Health Association has produced this advice on boosting mental resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Supporting the Psychosocial Well-being of Health Care Providers During the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

The purpose of this document is to outline guidance for psychosocial planning for health care providers who provide care and services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Thoughtfull – Canadian Mental Health Association (Kelowna)

Online courses and presentations are available to help manage workplace mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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What to Expect During Quarantine or Isolation

The International Association of Fire Fighters has produced this advice on emotional reactions to, and coping with, quarantine or isolation.

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