COVID -19 Series: Secondary Wellness Tools
Email Header

April 13, 2020
COVID - 19
Secondary Snapshot
Wellness Tools


Who Needs Wellness Tools?

Full Image
An individual can fall anywhere on the axis of mental Wellness and Illness.  For example, an individual with a serious mental health concern, may have excellent wellness through their coping with medications, routines and supports, so they are high for both wellness and illness. 

Conversely, a youth may have no diagnosed or un-diagnosed mental illness, but their wellness is also low:  inconsistent sleep, poor diet, peer and family conflict, limited variety in activities compounded by the serious impact the pandemic is having for all of us.  The bottom line is that wellness tools are helpful for all of us, regardless of our current mental health and the state of the world.  
Wellness Tools:

Wellness APPS:

Booster Buddy

This free local app,designed for youth, focuses on strategies to monitor and improve mental health. You can manage your personal wellness journey and earn achievements as your sidekick guides you through a series of daily quests designed to establish and sustain positive habits.



Sleep, meditation, and relaxation are in your hands with Calm, another popular mindfulness app. These guided meditations are perfect for complete novices through seasoned practitioners, and you have your choice of when it comes and  how much time you can dedicate each day.  



The app introduces teens to mindfulness activities and was designed at BC Children's Hospital.



Colorfy is an adult coloring book brought into the digital realm. With a selection of images and mandalas to choose from, or the option to upload your own sketches to color, you can spend hours in a flow state or focused meditation through this app. 


Physical Wellness Websites:

The Canadian Food Guide offers suggestions for healthy eating.

This article from the Sleep Foundation looks at the relationship between poor sleep and the current pandemic, offering strategies to improve sleep.

Stay Physically Active During Self-Quarantine Guide offers suggestions and specific exercises for staying active while on self quarantine.

Mental Wellness Websites: 

The Mind your Mind site offers a variety of resources to support mental health, and this specific page presents a variety of ideas to boost mental wellness.
The Mood Enhancing Presciption (MEP) is a tool from site that allows teens to plan their days through the lens of optimizing mental wellness.
The Canadian Mental Health Association presents a series of one page documents titled, "Here to Help".  This page investigates strategies to improve mental health and the link to physical health.
yd2 yd2 yd2

Wellness Videos:


First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) Chief Medical Officer, Dr Nel Weiman, discusses wellness from an Indigenous cultural perspective 

UC Davis Chief Wellness Officer and Psychiatrist Dr. Peter Yellowlees discuss the COVID -19 Crisis, focusing on stress and wellness strategies 


Indigenous Medicine Wheel:

What is an Indigenous Medicine Wheel?

There isn’t a simple answer to the question as medicine wheels come in more than one form, and their significance and use is culture-specific. There is, however, one fundamental similarity besides the shape - medicine wheels represent the alignment and continuous interaction of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual realities. The circle shape represents the inter-connectivity of all aspects of one’s being, including the connection with the natural world. Medicine wheels are frequently believed to be the circle of awareness of the individual self; the circle of knowledge that provides the power we each have over our own lives. 

Staying Well During COVID-19 Pandemic

Full Image
 Community Services:
Full Image

Mental and Physical Health Resources for Families: 

IMCRT (Integrated Mobile Crisis Response Team):  

Individuals in crisis can call the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-484-3888 and the staff will support and offer crisis intervention options.  

Pediatric Mental Health Services VGH: 

Please call the VGH switchboard at 250-727-4212 and ask for the Crisis Team if you feel your child (under 17) is at the point of needing to come to ER for mental health reasons.  Staff would like to plan ahead, to avoid close physical contact if at all possible.  

Mental Health Services Jubilee: 

Please call the Jubille switchboard at and ask for the Crisis Team if you are feeling your child (17 and over) is at the point of needing to come to ER for mental health reasons.  Staff would like to plan ahead, to avoid close physical contact if at all possible.

Youth Empowerment Society:

All outreach workers are maintaining contact with youth through video conferencing, text  and phone.  The Alliance Club is open 12 - 6pm, Monday through Thursday.  They are taking new referrals, but no face to face meetings. Detox is still available in a modified capacity.  Kiwanis Youth Shelter is still accepting 24 hour intake.

Neighbourhood Houses: 

All Neighbourhood Houses are only offering essential services and have limited staff on site.  They ask that you call first, so that safe physical space can be maintained.
Burnside Gorge: 250-388-5251
Saanich: 250-360-1148
Fairfield Gonzales:  250-382-4604
James Bay: 250-388-7844
Quadra:  250-388-7696
Esquimalt:  250-385-2635
Fernwood:  250-381-1552

Island Sexual Health: 

M-F from 9 - 4pm: Offering phone/video access to Dr/nurses and sexual health services.  Pleae call ahead for an appointment time at 250-592-3479, or text a sexual health question to 250-812-9374

The Foundry:

M - F phones are answered at 10:30am as they work to best serve youth.   There are limited in-person interactions and they are moving towards telehealth and phone communication.  Services still offered include communication with: Doctors, Nurses, Counselling, Peer Support and Outreach.  

Child and Youth Mental Health: 

Victoria, Saanich and Aboriginal Child and Youth Mental Health are still accepting referrals and conducting intakes (by phone), and continue to work with current clients and families by phone, email, and soon via Skype Business.  At the moment, all groups are postponed.


Discovery Services is still supporting clients but through video, texting and phone.  They are still accepting new referrals.  Families can directly refer or can contact the school counsellor.

Ministry of Children and Families:

The Ministry of Children and Families continue to provide support to families, although the medium may be by phone or online,  and they  will continue to respond to protection concerns.  Please call Centralized Screening at 1-800-663-9122 if you think a child or youth is being abused.

Victoria Native Friendship Centre:

 Essential services will continue including daycare, shelter, and homelessness outreach.  Plans are also being made for food hampers for community members connected to a program who may struggle during our time of reduced service.  If you require food supports, or want to confirm if the service you access available, please contact your VNFC Outreach/Support Worker or reception:

Needs2 Suicide Prevention Education and Support:

NEEDS2 offers support and crisis response for youth through live chat, text, discussion forums, and through Youth talk email counselling.  Chat hours are between 6 pm and midnight.  Call 250-386-6328 or visit
 Learning Resources:
BC Numeracy Network

TedED - Parents can sign up for grade specific daily lessons on any subject imaginable. Fun and engaging!

Free Indigenous movies online CBC

The Ministry of Education site contains excellent information on learning at home and resources for families

The Greater Victoria School District provides learning opportunities for elementary, middle and secondary age students.

BCTF - Aboriginal Education Teaching Resources

 Learning Resources for Students with Complex Needs:

Food for Families

Full Image
Full Image