Wellness Matters

A program of support for nurses 

Nurses know the importance of caring for themselves in order to be effective in caring for others. We counsel patients and the people we care most about to make healthy food choices, stay hydrated, keep active, get enough rest, maintain healthy relationships, take time to recharge and manage stress.  But that doesn't always make it easy to follow that excellent advice, especially during these unsettling and uncertain times.  

The Association has been developing a self care program for nurses called Wellness Matters.  In response to the pandemic, we have directed our focus to feature supports and resources for nurses related to the pandemic response. In addition to our COVID-19 webpage that has credible evidence-based resources and our self-care page, we will be launching a live one-hour virtual forum called Talk Tuesdays every evening at 8:00 pm, starting April 14th.

Talk Tuesdays

Talk Tuesdays is a virtual forum that takes place every Tuesday evening at 8:00 pm. Each forum will have a featured topic based on members’ input and questions.

The forums feature a nurse with specialized knowledge and skills in the topic area. The first 30 minutes of the session are a brief overview of the topic, followed by an open Q&A period where participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and share stories. 
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On-demand self-care series 

This series will be experiential in nature with a focus on stress management and utilizing individual strengths and resources as we navigate the challenges presented by COVID-19.

Assistance from the Canadian Federation of Mental Health Nurses

More than 100 psychologists from every province and two territories in Canada have signed on to an initiative of the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) to provide psychological services, via tele-health, to health care providers working at the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Psychologists have agreed to respond to requests for services within 24 hours and at no charge.

Link to access services: https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/psychservices/

Free counselling and health services to Manitobans of all ages during COVID-19 Pandemic

Aulneau Renewal Centre

Aulneau Renewal Centre is offering wellness checks, staffed by counsellors, on the phone and online for anyone who may have anxiety, feel socially isolated and/or have uneasy feelings during this pandemic. Services are open to anyone 16 years and older. For a wellness check-in, call 204-987-7090 or complete your form at aulneau.com.

Sara Riel Inc.

Sara Riel Inc. is offering three services remotely, on the phone, to anyone 18 years and older:

- The Seneca Warm Line: a 24 hour phone line available to anyone who is looking to sort their thoughts and feelings with a peer who has experience with addiction and mental health challenges. For the Seneca Warm line, call 204-942-9276 or 204-231-0217.

- The Employment Warm Line: for anyone experiencing a challenging financial time or in need of employment, this phone line can help you with your employment issues at this uncertain time. For the Employment Warm line, call 204-237-9263, ext. 137.

- The Employer Warm Line: this phone line is open to managers and employers to help provide resources and guidance on wellness services for themselves and their workforce during this unprecedented time. For the Employer Warm line, call 204-237-9263, ext. 125.

Note: Sara Riel Inc. is still accepting new clients. Anyone facing mental health or addiction challenges can access services at this time.

Youville Centre

Youville Centre is offering mental health and health services such as counselling, dietician consult, information on sexual health and much more, for people of all ages (youth, teen and adults).
In the coming weeks, Centre de santé Saint-Boniface will offer online health and wellness programs. Visit youville.ca or call 204-255-4840.

Centre de santé

Centre de sant’és Walk-In Connected Care Clinic is open 7 days a week. Following strict protocols, you can come to the clinic to receive services from a nurse or nurse practitioner for non-COVID-19 related illnesses. It is advisable to call the clinic ahead at 204-940-3838 to determine if a clinic visit is recommended. Visit centredesante.mb.ca.

Mental Health Resources

Click on any of the titles below to open the resource in your browser. 

Mental health resources for healthcare workers and the public

source: Shared Health Manitoba 

We Will Get Through This Together: Tools for Manitobans with Anxiety Over COVID-19

(source: CBC news)
Print article, March 24, 2020. Features interviews with the Director of Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM),Mary Williams, Psychologist, Dr. Rehman Abdulrehman, and Director of Klinic, Veronica Marshall regarding reactions to COVID-19, tips for coping and resources available to Manitobans.

Anxiety and COVID-19

(source: CTV Morning News)
4-minute video, no date. Psychologist, Dr. Jason Ediger, offers some suggestions for managing the anxiety associated with the current pandemic.

COVID-19: Balancing Public Health and Mental Health

(source: Anxiety Canada)
Print article, March 24, 2020. Psychologist Dr. Maureen Whittal offers tips on how to maintain good positive health and also addresses the question “Are you appropriately or excessively concerned?”

COVID-19’s Impact on Mental Health: How Coronavirus, Quarantine, and Isolation Affect our Psychological State

(source: CTV News)
5-minute video, no date. Psychologist, Dr. Deanne Simons offers tips on how to maintain good mental health in the midst of the pandemic.

COVID-19: Managing Stress in this Anxious Time

(source: Institute for Disaster Mental Health)
Print article, no date. 5-page document offering strategies for managing stress and anxiety associated with COVID-19. Strategies are organized into the following categories: name it change it; change what you can; accept what you can’t change; choose your news carefully; don’t judge yourself or others; and stay connected. 

Those forced to self-isolate should try to maintain as much normalcy as possible says Psychologist

(source: Calgary Harold)
Print article, March 20, 2020. Psychologist, Dr. Patrick Baillie, discussing the importance of maintain some sense of normalcy during the pandemic.

What to do if You’re Anxious or Worried about Coronavirus

(COVID-19; source: Anxiety Canada)
Print article, March 11, 2020. Psychologists Dr. Maureen Whittal, Dr. Lynn Miller, and Dr. Melisa Robichaud offer suggestions about how to manage anxiety and worry about COVID-19.

Coping with and Preventing COVID-19

(source: Canadian Psychological Association)
Print article, March 13, 2020. Provides general information about COVID-19, ways to keep safe, psychological reactions, and tips for how to stay calm but appropriately vigilant.

Psychological Impacts of the Coronavirus

(COVID-19; source: Canadian Psychological Association)
Print article, March 20, 2020. Provides information regarding assessing and coping with risk of contracting COVID-19, how to manage stress, taking care of family, taking care of people in quarantine, and signs and symptoms that might indicate the need for professional help.

Coping with COVID-19 Town Hall

(source: Anxiety Canada)
1-hour video, March 26, 2020. An international panel of anxiety experts discuss a number of topics including: dealing with anxiety associated with uncertainty, feelings of isolation, urges to hoard/stockpile household items, and how to help younger family members and seniors.

Managing Stress during COVID-19

(source: Manitoba Government)
Print article, March 25, 2020. A government webpage that includes information managing stress for you and your family, five steps for staying healthy, common thoughts during pandemics, caring for seniors, helping youth to cope, and outside supports and resources.

Mindfulness Exercise for Anxiety and Worry Association with the COVID-19 Pandemic

(source: Beck Institute)
9-minute video, March 31, 2020. Psychologist, Dr. Robert Hindman, from the Beck Institute provides general information about worry and takes viewers through a brief mindfulness exercise to help with worry and anxiety associated with COVID-19.

Survey: How are you coping during COVID-19?

COVID-19 is changing core aspects of people’s lives in a unique manner. Social interactions, family and work are all affected. Researchers want to understand the impacts of these changes and determine what helps people cope. They have launched a study to examine the psychological, social, and financial impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic at various stages of the outbreak.
You are invited to take part in the study by completing an online survey. The survey will enable the research team to assess the impacts of the COVID pandemic with a focus on health care providers, patients and the general public. Participation in the study is completely voluntary. Your answers will remain confidential.
If you wish to fill out the survey, you can do so by clicking the image below (or via this link 

Unprecedented: Nursing in a Pandemic (podcast)

Caring for COVID-19 patients has created considerable stress and trauma for nurses and healthcare workers. A new podcast, “Unprecedented: Nursing in a Pandemic,” brings together frontline nurses with psychology experts to offer coping strategies nurses can easily implement. https://www.laboure.edu/podcast

Wellness Togther Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support

We all have different needs. Wellness Together Canada allows you to choose from a variety of resources to motivate and support your wellness journey. Click here to visit the Wellness Together Canada website. 

Five-minute self-assessment
Where are you now on your wellness journey? Take the self-assessment as a first step.

Your health metrics
Track your progress with on-going assessments. People do better when they keep track of their wellness and can see their progress.

Self-guided courses and apps
These best-in-class resources can improve mental wellbeing. Try out a few that interest you and see which work best.

Online community of support and coaching
There are other people who may have similar experiences to you. Connect in a safe and confidential environment.

One to one counselling
Sometimes speaking with a mental health professional can really help. Get free access to professional counsellors by phone, text or video.