Coping with COVID-19
We find ourselves in challenging times. Changing our routines, dealing with uncertainty and learning, as social beings, to interact differently. Together, we can find ways to connect, stay well and take care of each other from afar.
- Reach Out (crisis response service)
- CMHA Mental Health & Addictions Crisis Centre
- National Suicide Prevention Line
- Good 2 Talk Helpline
- Crisis and Mental Wellness Centre
- Community Crisis Centre 24/7 Crisis Line
Schulich Medicine& Dentistry Peer Support Opportunity
There are still several ways in which students can work together academically and socially. It's important we all take the time and effort to look out for each other. With varying relationships and living situations, social distancing and self-isolating can be challenging in many ways for many people.
A helpful way to make sure we are collectively looking out for each other. Participants join into pairs, trios or groups and are asked to formally identify themselves as a “buddy system.”
Near Peer Supports
Consider offering your time/skills to a peer in a class below yours. For example, Year 4 students could demonstrate clinical skills sessions via video chat for students whose clinical skills learning has been postponed.
Compiled Covid Activities - activity list suggestions compiled from FEMAP (First Episode Mood and Anxiety Disorder Program).
Mental Health & Physical Wellness
During these challenging times, it’s important to take care of yourself and others both physically and mentally. The resources below may be helpful to you.
- Counselling for Health Care Providers
Free therapy sessions for any health care workers involved in the COVID-19 Crisis.
- Wellness Town Halls
Voluntary informal conversations via Zoom where the LEW office team and students can join together to share concerns, questions, ideas and connection.
Information on sessions will be sent out via Schulich e-newsletters.
- U Windsor Wellbeing Portal
This is an extremely well-resourced site with a focus on managing your wellbeing during this time including managing isolation and anxiety.
- Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)
Online resource provided by the University of Windsor that includes a number of helpful modules and guided activities for your wellbeing.
A mindfulness blog that you can join for free.
A lifestyle media brand dedicated to inspiring you to live your best life - mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally, and environmentally.
- Sexual Assault Crisis Line: 519-253-9667
- Coping with Substance abuse-A resource through Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse to direct those who may need more support
Mindful - youtube channel created by 2, second year medical students at the University of Ottawa who recently started a meditation-based YouTube channel called "mindful" to combat the negative impact of COVID-19 and social isolation. Their goal is to allow free access to such simple, yet life-changing mindfulness techniques to all medical students across Canada.
It can be extremely overwhelming to filter through constant information sources - blogs, articles, websites, studies, resources. Please look at some articles, readings and websites others have deemed worthy.
- That discomfort you're feeling is Grief
- Taking Care of Your Mental Health During Corona Virus
- Tolerance for Uncertainty Workbook
- Medical Student Education in the Time of Covid-19
- Tips to work at home more smoothly
- Tips to manage long days of video
- Loneliness, articles regarding loneliness: ncbi and nytimes
- Avoiding Physician Burnout
Arts & Culture
- Project Gutenberg
- The Sims 4
- Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)/Edx: https://www.mooc.org
- Nightly FREE Met Opera Streams
- Virtual tours of famous museums!
- Social Distancing Festival
- Yo Yo Ma's Encouraging Songs of Comfort
- Free Streaming from Kanopy until April 17
- Live virtual concerts
Social distancing and self-isolating is different for everyone due to locations and relationships. As humans, feeling connected is important. Below are some ideas to connect virtually to continue engaging with peers, classmates, friends and family.
- Virtual Talent Show
- On-Line Movie Night/Shows
- Digital Games – jacktv
- Zoom Lunches
- Zoom Lunchmates - sign up to zoom with a classmate
- Trivia tournament – kahoot
- Google Chrome free extension: "Netflix Party"
- Online Family Feud
- Hogwarts Digital Escape Room
- Online Pictionary/Skribbl
- Houseparty App
- Mustangs Virtual Programming for Children - starting April 14th, will be released twice a week. Free virtual programming for children with some activities and games.
It's time like these when those in a career that centers on helping others feel especially drawn to help; when and where they can. There is much need in every community, but it can sometimes be difficult to know exactly how to help. Together, we can highlight local needs and opportunities for volunteering. Please remember to review the Schulich Policy regarding volunteering. Now is a great time to build your CV in alternate ways than you may have expected. Many groups at each university campus are mobilizing efforts, please consider joining the communities we learn and thrive in during these difficult times.
- Pillar Non Profit London
Hub for volunteer opportunities needed in London Ontario
- Goodfellows Windsor
- Unemployment Help Centre 519.944.4900
Contact: Ali Bazzi
The Unemployment Help Centre serves as a hub for food banks, meals on wheels, etc.
- University of Windsor Volunteers
- UofW has a direct contact for organizations and health agencies who want to reach out for support.
- United Way Windsor
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org The United Way, Windsor anticipates a number of needs during this crisis including a need for funds/gift cards, volunteer drivers to deliver services and assistance in sharing United Way needs with the greater community using social media platforms.
- Student Senior Isolation Partnership-partnering medical and undergraduate students to visit an elderly person within their community: https://www.ssipp.info/ssipp-x-covid-19-Western University: email@example.com
- Public Health: call backs and tracing. Year 4 student contact: Adrina Zhong
- Hospice:phone calls to cheer up patients. firstname.lastname@example.org