What a ride it’s been since March 2020 with COVID-19 and all the things that come along with living through a pandemic!
Before COVID-19, much of the work of the Stigma-Free Society was conducted through in-person presentations at schools and organizations where we would educate youth and teens about mental health awareness, the elimination of stigmas and how to live a stigma-free life. As COVID-19 became more rampant and with the closure of schools and an unknown future, our charity needed to pivot and ensure we were able to continue to promote our important messages.
Our team quickly rallied and with the support of our Board of Directors, we were able to create our COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit in a matter of 15 days. The Youth Toolkit has sections for both youth (grades 4-6), teens (grade 7-12) and based on feedback from our community, sections were added for parents and educators.
While less-restrictive COVID-19 restrictions are still in place, our team continues to work hard at adding content to this Toolkit on a weekly basis.
We’ve also realized over the past few months that there are a number of other areas that need our attention and support….and here is where we need you!
We would truly appreciate your feedback on the current Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit so we can continue to add content, education and ensure we are capturing the needs of our community.
In addition to the COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit, we are working on the following online resources:
Stigma-Free Youth Mental Wellness Toolkit
This toolkit will be similar in structure to our COVID-19 Toolkit, but will have more general information on mental health, mental illness, activities to stave off boredom and conversation cards to help adults and youth/teens keep communication open – always, not only during a pandemic. Basically, this is a revamp of the COVID-19 Toolkit to ensure that the content is still available to the public once we get through this pandemic and will be especially useful for Educators wanting to teach on the topic of mental health.
Rural Mental Wellness Toolkit
This particular Toolkit is being created for people living in rural, farming and countryside communities. We have been advised that life in a rural community has a number of challenges and information and education to individuals living in these communities is desired and needed. We are also working with professional peer support trainers, and hope to bring this component into fruition for these communities.
ALL of the above new resources require plenty of content creation, organization and research. We are asking for feedback, suggestions and input on all of the above resources, including the already launched Stigma-Free COVID-19 Youth Wellness Toolkit.
- Have ideas? We want to hear them.
- Have suggestions? Great! Pass ‘em over.
- Are we missing something? Let us know!
- Know someone who is an awesome writer and wants to volunteer? Amazing! Send them our way.
- Is there an area we’re missing? We want to know about it.
Your feedback is incredibly important to us and we 100% are open to hear it. Please send any and all feedback, suggestions and/or ideas our way. You can email your feedback to [email protected] and we will be in touch very soon!
Thank you for your interest and support.
Author, Lindsay Goulet, Community Development Manager, SFS