In BC, we have made progress in the fight against COVID-19 with the steps we have all taken to slow the spread of the virus. Plans are now in place to ease restrictions, with guidelines to continue to control the spread of the virus.
Here are some things to keep in mind during this time:
- Stay at home and away from others when you are feeling sick, even if symptoms are mild
- Keep physical distancing as much as possible when out in the community
- Avoid crowded places and non-essential gatherings
- Practice good hygiene:
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your face
- Cough and sneeze into your elbow or sleeve
- Clean frequently touched surfaces
- Greet people with a wave instead of a handshake, kiss or hug
- Consider the use of a non-medical mask when physical distancing is not possible, such as on transit or while shopping
- Take care of your mental well-being and practice self-care
Learn more about physical distancing and why it helps during a pandemic.
As the province moves into a new kind of normal, it can come with a lot of feelings of stress or anxiety when things still feel uncertain. Learn more when “normal” might not feel so normal, and how to manage feelings of uncertainty as you find a new routine.
There’s a lot to deal with right now. It’s important to find the right type of support for you if you need it. Keep in mind that the support you need can change as time passes. For many people, staying connected to family, friends, and loved ones is important.
Where can I go to get support?
- Foundry Virtual – Foundry is now offering virtual drop-in counselling sessions by voice, video and chat to young people ages 12-24 and their caregivers.
- Find a Foundry centre in your community – Foundry centres are now re-introducing in person services, but will continue to offer select services virtually – over the phone or video chat. Please call your local Foundry centre for the most up to date information on service availability.
- Kids Help Phone – text CONNECT to 686868 (text STOP, if you would like to stop the conversation)
- Try Pathfinder, Foundry’s 4-step tool to help you find personalized support options
- Find other support options on our Get Support page
Changes to Foundry Centres
The safety, health and well-being of our young people and their families, staff and our community partners is our top priority. We’ve taken a number of measures at Foundry centres to ensure we are aligned with BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations. A few of these measures include:
- Plexiglass barriers at reception desk and waiting areas seating being spread out to accommodate for physical distancing
- Staff members practicing physical distancing and being equipped with person protective equipment (PPE) including masks, gloves, etc.
- Adjusting service hours to decrease number of people in center at once
- Hand sanitizer or alcohol-based hand rub being available throughout the centre
- Thorough cleaning of all shared equipment (including Toolbox iPads) after each client and all other areas of centre cleaned multiple times throughout the day
Resources available regarding COVID-19
- For non-medical information about COVID-19 call 1 888 COVID19 seven days a week, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. or text message 604-630-0300. Information is available in more than 110 languages.
- The BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool can help you decide if you need testing for COVID-19. You can complete this assessment for yourself, or for someone else, if they are not able to.
Information is changing frequently. Check the BCCDC website for the latest on COVID-19.
Foundry’s Response to COVID-19
Find out more about Foundry’s response through our COVID-19 Report.
BC's Restart Guide for Youth
A summary of Do's and Don'ts with easing restrictions and how to take care of yourself as the province begins a new normal.
Tips for When "Normal" Doesn't Feel Normal Anymore
Read below for some ways when “normal” might not feel so normal, and how to manage feelings of uncertainty as you find a new routine.
Physical distancing and why it helps during a pandemic
In response COVID-19 in BC, physical distancing is something we can all do. Read on for more about physical distancing, how it helps, and ideas for what you can do while keeping your distance.
Tips for When the News Stresses You Out
Events around the world can be scary. If you’re feeling anxious about what’s going on around the world, you’re not alone. Your feelings are valid, and there are things you can do to take care of yourself.
How To Talk To Your Teens about Coronavirus
As someone supporting a young person, you might have difficulty communicating with them during this global health crisis. We have some tips from one of Foundry BC's counsellors on how to be there for the young person in your life.
Everyone feels anxious at times, but too much anxiety can get in the way of daily life. Anxiety can become a problem when it doesn't go away, gets worse or makes it hard for you to do the things you want to do.
Everyone can experience stress from time to time, but continuing to feel stressed can get in the way of daily life. Check out this section to learn more about what leads to stress, how to manage and prevent it from affecting your mental and physical well-being.
Common Questions about COVID-19
Find answers to some of the most common questions about COVID-19.
COVID-19 Resources List
A full list of resources compilied by the Family Support Institute including health, finance, food, and safety resources.
Want to beat those COVID blues? Get active!
Abigail, from Foundry's own youth advisory committee, has a few ways to keep yourself well during COVID-19.
This page will be updated frequently, as new information becomes available.
Last Updated: July 22, 2020