The news is full of information and updates about COVID-19. This new virus is affecting people in British Columbia, Canada and across the world. Times like this can feel stressful and overwhelming.
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 if you are feeling sick
- Practice good hygiene:
- Wash your hands regularly
- Avoid touching your face
- Cover coughs and sneezes
- Clean frequently touched surfaces
- Keep physical distancing as much as possible when out in the community
- Don’t shake hands or hug people outside of your family
- Consider the use of a non-medical mask when physical distancing is not possible, such as on transit or while shopping
- Only get together in small groups of around 2 to 6 people and keep a physical distance.
Learn more about physical distancing and why it helps during a pandemic.
When things change so quickly, it can be hard to know what information is accurate. It’s helpful to keep up-to-date but it’s also okay to switch off your devices if this is getting too much. Read our tips for when the news stresses you out to learn about the different ways to take care of yourself.
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 – Some services will be affected during this time. Please contact the centre directly before your visit to have the most up to date information about what services are available.
- 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
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 every day. Check the BCCDC website for the latest on COVID-19.
A Guide to COVID-19 for Youth
A summary of COVID-19 in BC, who to contact, and how to take care of yourself.
Physical distancing and why it helps during a pandemic
In the midst of COVID-19 in BC, there is a lot being done to help limit and slow the spread of the virus. Physical distancing is something we can all do. But what is physical distancing exactly? 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. What do we say to our youth about this issue and how can we be supportive? 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.
This page will be updated frequently, as new information becomes available.
Last Updated: May 6, 2020