During this unprecedented time in our history, as information changes hourly and daily, it can increase the uncertainty that we are feeling. At the same time, as we adjust to the new way of working and practicing physical distancing, we may experience increased levels of anxiety.
We understand this is a stressful and uncertain global situation and that many of you are concerned for your own health, your family’s health and the well-being of the broader community.
We would like to remind you that resources and supports are available to employees, and we encourage you to review the information provided here and access the resources available to you.
- Building Your Resilience [PDF]
- Finding the Silver Lining [PDF]
- Coping with a Traumatic Event [PDF]
- Quelling COVID-19 Anxiety [PDF]
- The COVID19 – Pandemic: Managing the Impact [PDF]
- COVID-19 Managing Stress & Anxiety [PDF]
- How to Speak to Children about COVID-19 [PDF]
- COVID-19 Back to School [PDF]
- Parenting During a Pandemic [PDF]
- Virtual Workspace, the New Norm [PDF]
- Stay Productive and Motivated While Working from Home [PDF]
- Mandatory Mask Mandates
- COVID-19: Managing the Impact [PDF]
Online courses & videos
Homewood Health On-line Course – Resilience
- Resilience is the ability to face life’s challenges, cope with disruptive change or catastrophe and, are better equipped to cope with stress that comes up. This on-line, self-directed course, features video segments of a psychology expert and four people learning to become more resilient. The course features before-and-after testimonials, interviews with a psychologist, and step-by-step exercises. To access this course, you will need to register for Homeweb.
The Not Myself Today employee portal (login required):
- An Astronaut’s Guide to Self Isolation – Chris Hadfield (2:06 minutes)
- Introduction to the SCARF Change Management Model – for insights into why we may feel the way we do right now (3:50 minutes)
- Employees and their dependents have access to iVolve [PDF], which is an online self-paced Cognitive Behavioural Therapy treatment program for depression, anxiety and overall mental health.
- Homewood Health self-care starter kit [PDF] to help you build a self-care plan to improve your quality of life.
- Practicing mindfulness can support our mental health. The Not Myself Today program provides an activity sheet of mindful practices [PDF] to help settle the mind and increase focus and concentration as well as guided audio clips on the employee portal. To access the employee portal, please refer to the login instructions on the Not Myself Today Loop page.
- Stronger Minds by Beacon is a free digital program for all Canadians to support your mental well-being through the COVID-19 crisis. This program provides: timely videos and quick reads from mental health experts, activities to help you gain resilience and “Ask an Expert” videos in response to questions on various topics.
- 30 Day Mindfulness Challenge by MindWell-U is an evidence-based training in mindfulness to help you decrease stress and anxiety, and increase resilience and joy.
- Stress Solutions by Homewood Health is a new Life Smart service that is based on a psychoeducational model that consists of one to three telephonic sessions with a coach to discuss the cognitive aspects of stress, and connections between thoughts and feelings.
- Employees and dependents may take advantage of professional counselling services through BCIT’s Employee and Family Assistance provider Homewood Health at 1-800-663-1142.
- Wellness Together Canada: a free digital resource created in response to an unprecedented rise in mental health and substance use concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with funding from the Government of Canada.
The resources below are offered through LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) and are available to all BCIT employees.
- Getting to the Core of Your Overwhelm
- Embracing Unexpected Change
- Health and wellness for working remotely
- Working remotely from home
- Expectations with your remote boss
- Avoiding distractions
- Maintaining regular contact with team members
Holding remote meetings
- Stay connected with Zoom meetings
- Facilitate your virtual meeting
- Successful remote meetings
- Manage participation in your virtual meeting
Additional BCIT resources
- Telework Resources
- ITS Resources for Working Remotely
- ITS Knowledge Base – Information on BCIT systems and tools, including Zoom, AccessAnywhere and Workspace
- LTC Help Centre – Information on the Learning Hub and other online learning tools
- Occupational Health & Safety – COVID-19 related information, including posters, assessments and safe work procedures