VENTA CARE CENTRE QUALITY CONTINUING CARE

13525 102 Street Edmonton, AB,T5E 4K3 Phone: 780 476-6633

Support for Venta Care Centre Staff

COPING WITH STRESS AND ANXIETY

DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

 

 

COVID-19 is a new virus and we are still learning about it. The uncertainty about the virus and the changes that are unfolding can make most people feel a bit anxious. This is normal, and it actually can help motivate us to take action to protect ourselves and others, and to learn more about the pandemic.

 

While it is important to be informed and to take action to limit the spread of infection, the amount of information and attention on this topic can increase stress and anxiety.

 

Venta Care Centre would like to ensure staff suffering with anxiety during this time have access to help.

 

If you, or your loved ones are struggling, know that you are not alone and reach out for help:

  • If you need to talk with someone and seek support, reach out to the Employee & Family Assistance Program at 1-877-273-3134 for professional supports. It is a free, flexible and confidential service available 24/7

 

Make sure you are taking care of yourselves, your families and reach out to friends and neighbors, virtually for support.

 

Doing the following things may help:

  • Eat well-balanced meals
  • Take a walk or exercise at home
  • Make time for activities you enjoy
  • Call your family, friends - connect with others. Talk with people you trust.
  • Take a break from news and social media.
  • Set aside some time to unplug from all electronics, including phone, tablets and computers.

 

AHS podcasts that share ways to deal with mental health issues:

 

Dr. Nicholas Mitchell, AHS Provincial Medical Director for Addiction and Mental Health, has a series of short Mental Wellness Moment videos in which Dr. Mitchell talks about a variety of topics from managing childcare, dealing with loss and the need to create a daily schedule

https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page17012.aspx

 

On March 24, AHS launched the Text4Hope program, which aims to help provide encouragement and hope to Albertans.

 

Text4Hope sends subscribers text messages of support in the hope of easing stress or anxiety.

 

Albertans can text COVID19Hope to 393939 to subscribe, and they’ll receive daily text messages on how to focus on healthy thinking or suggested actions to help them manage their mood.