May 12, 2022

British Columbia expands mental health supports for health and social care workers – Port Alberni Valley News

Health and community support workers in British Columbia will now have access to increased mental health support.

The province has created two programs to address specific challenges faced by health and community service workers called Care to Speak and Care for Caregivers. British Columbia is investing $735,000 to provide online peer support and targeted mental health educational resources to community health and social service workers.

In a news release, the province said more than 76,000 workers have accessed the programs since 2020.

The province said the investment will help give more workers access to the program and increase the availability and means for health care workers in long-term and continuing care to connect to peers who have experience in the sector and who have been trained in active listening and can provide mental health supports.

“Many community health and social service workers have experienced distress, anxiety, grief, depression and trauma when responding to COVID-19 and poison drug emergencies” , said Jonny Morris, CEO of the British Columbia Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association. “Care to Speak provides free and confidential emotional support to those who benefit from it, and provides a bridge to other services such as the Provincial Mobile Response Team. If you are a caregiver, ask for help. If you know someone who is, share this resource and show you care.

Care to Speak is available Monday to Friday from 5pm to 9pm, with additional hours Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10am to 2pm

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