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Word in the Network: Staying Well in Uncertain Times


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PVN partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Division (CMHA) to provide a virtual learning session that gave patient partners some tools and tips on how to stay well during uncertain times. This session was well attended and has provided a glimpse into how future virtual sessions can be done to keep us connected and learning from each other. Read on for a recap of the webinar!

Feeling stressed, anxious or depressed? All the information about COVID-19 is a lot to take in, but we’re all in this together and here to support each other.

On April 30, we partnered with CMHA’s CEO Jonny Morris, as he hosted a virtual talk about support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jonny shared resources and answered questions as participants were introduced to innovative tools and tips specially developed to help both, the public and care workers during this unprecedented time.

Another great part of the discussion was around the Bounce Back program, designed to give people access to materials and resources that can be customized to fit everyone’s needs: workbooks, activities, videos, or a trained coach who can provide up to six phone sessions. The program features three delivery methods: coaching, online and Today Video.

Equally important was to find out about “Care for Caregivers,”, the resource that provides mental health support for health care providers and provides tips on how to support the mental health of employees.

CMHA remains a great partner in our efforts to help our patient partners stay healthy and safe! Watch the webinar here: /resources/staying-well-in-uncertain-times-may-4-2020-webinar/

Author: Irina Apostu

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Karla Warkotsch

Patient Experience Consultant – Interior Health

Karla Warkotsch

The question I like to ask health care employees is ‘Who is this for?’ and ‘Do we have the right people at the table?’ As a health care employee, I see how easy it is to fall into doing for, rather than doing with patients. The voices of the patient, family and caregiver are essential to ensure the patient is central to the direction and focus of the work being done.