COVID-19 and Your Well-Being

As you are preparing for a new normal and returning to campus, it is important to continue to take care of yourself. Here are 7 things you can do:

  • Stay socially connected even with the need for social distancing or self-isolation. Use technology – stay connected with colleagues, friends and family with Facetime, Zoom or other video conferencing, or by phone.
  • Get plenty of sleep. Having enough quality sleep will help you cope and deal with stress.
  • Continue to eat healthy to ensure your brain and body are able to handle stress and prevent illness. 
  • Exercise. Participate in activities that are outside or at home such as nature walks or online yoga.
  • Practice mindfulness. There are plenty of apps and online resources available to guide you.
  • Be compassionate and understanding of others. This is a stressful time for everyone.

PERSONAL RESILIENCE, WELL-BEING & MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

Wellness Together Canada 
Tools and resources to help Canadians during this challenging time. Includes modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.

Bounce Back
Free, evidence-based program designed to help youth & adults experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate depression, low mood or stress, with or without anxiety. Teaches effective skills to help people improve their mental health.

HeretoHelp 
Information about managing mental illness and maintaining good mental health, including screening self-tests.

Mindfulness Meditation
Drop-ins for staff, faculty and students through Zoom. No experience necessary.

Mindfulness for Beginners by Jon Kabat-Zon (LinkedIn Learning course)
This course explores five guided meditations based on Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), a well researched program offered in medical clinics and hospitals around the world. Jon Kabat-Zinn is well known for bringing mindfulness meditation into the mainstream.
(visit library website https://www.lib.sfu.ca/find/other-materials/lil-linkedin-learning] to set up a free LinkedIn Learning account for SFU staff & faculty) 

LifeSmart: Stress Solutions 
Coaching support as opposed to counselling support.

Webinar - Enhancing Psychological Health, Wellness & Resilience in the Era of COVID-19
Webinar by Registered Psychologist, Dr. Joti Samra.

Stress Strategies
A problem solving approach to learning helpful ways to respond to life’s stresses.

MindWell
Wellness tips and free mindfulness resources and training.

Well-being & Resilience
Compiled conline learning resources

COVID-19 SPECIFIC RESOURCES

Mental Health & COVID-19 Video Series

A series of short videos on relevant topics related to COVID-19 and mental health, by the Conference Board of Canada.

Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety & Depression
Summary of resources from the Government of BC & Ministry of Mental Health & Addictions.

COVID-19: Stay Well in Uncertain Times 
Canadian Mental Health Association tools & tips to stay well through the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes strategies for when you’re feeling overwhelmed.

COVID 19: Stay in Touch with Others
Article offering ideas to stay connected during the pandemic, by the Canadian Mental Health Association.

COVID-19: Employee Fatigue, Isolation and Loneliness
Homewood Health article with tips to combat feelings of fatigue, isolation and loneliness.

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELLING & CRISIS SUPPORTS

Employee & Family Assistance Program 
Confidential, professional counselling is available for you and your family members (online or by phone). Phone: 1-800-663-1142.  We encourage all staff to create an online account to access a variety of resources. 

Psychologist Support 
Psychologist benefits through Pacific Blue Cross for those who have extended health benefits (to check eligibility and coverage, login to your PBC Member Profile).

Crisis Intervention & Suicide Prevention Centre 
Confidential, non-judgmental, free emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including thoughts of suicide. Call 604-872-3311.

SFU SUPPORTS

Wellness & Recovery Team – for Staff & Faculty
We encourage you to connect with us early if you’re worried about someone or need support yourself.  We can connect you to resources and offer advice for return-to-work, sick leave, and workplace accommodations (rtwdm@sfu.ca).

Health & Counselling Services – for Students
A variety of counselling, medical and well-being supports are available to SFU students.

LEADERSHIP AND MENTAL HEALTH & WELL-BEING

Psychological Health & Well-being for Leaders Session Recording
Recording of a session held for SFU leaders

Psychologically Safe Leader Assessment
Assessment & tools on various leadership topics relating to psychologically healthy workplaces

Psychological Health & Safety Standard for the Workplace
A voluntary standard that specifies requirements for a broad and systematic approach to develop and sustain a Psychologically health and safe workplace.