In the world today, many youth are left with fear, anxiety and isolation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coronavirus is also a mental health emergency. The stresses of this pandemic can worsen symptoms of those living with mental illness and trigger mental illness such as anxiety in others. While we must distance ourselves physically, we don’t have to distance ourselves socially, as a community, in these times, because we can safely connect online. Call each other, text, Facetime, there are still a lot of ways to stay in touch with each other.
While maintaining social isolation and distancing, there are many other things you can do to keep you occupied. Such as: take pictures, go for a walk, write, read, bake, cook, spend time with family, play games, exercise at home, watch movies, and so on.
In northern, rural and remote communities, such as Pinehouse, finding solitude is often fairly easy to do. We recommend youth and people to get outside at least once a day on their own, and go for a walk on the track or out onto the lake while keeping your distance. Try connecting with nature, even taking pictures. Share your pictures with others. Get some exercise and vitamin D as long as you can do it safely, distancing yourself from others, and remembering to wash your hands as directed.
We look forward to opening the Pinehouse Photography Club studio again once this pandemic is over. In the mean time we are still offering cameras and equipment for free to youth and community members. If interested for yourself or your child, please call 1-306-690-4554 to arrange a pick up time.
"Yesterday we started a challenge for Canadians to build their bubble of protection & #StayInsideYourBubble. We need to maintain this zone of protection around us to keep COVID-19 out. Ideally, each of us builds our own 2-metre radius bubble. But couples, families, & other cohabitants can create a bubble with 2, 4 or more people all keeping to one bubble." -Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada's Chief Medical Health Officer
We'd love to see your physical distancing bubbles Saskatchewan!
If you are ever feeling sad, confused, anxious, alone, or have any concerns or questions, we encourage you to contact:
Call a counsellor: 1-800-668-6868
Text CONNECT to 686868