Free phone counseling…

Along with their COVID-19 Mental Health Check-in self-assessment, free counseling is one of the resources listed by the Canadian Mental Health Association B.C. Division.

A new network of certified counsellors have volunteered their time to offer free, short-term 1:1 counselling online or by phone. If you’re interested, email bccovidtherapists@gmail.com with your name, best contact information, and general availability to receive an appointment time. A counsellor will respond to you directly to set up an appointment time.

Please forward this information as needed!

Happy (virtual) Canada Day!

Many of us enjoy going to our local Canada Day celebrations, being out in our communities, and celebrating our country together.

While this holiday might look a bit different for us this year, there are many ways we can all still celebrate safely! Lots of cities are taking the celebrations virtual. The Government of Canada even has an entire webpage dedicated to virtual celebrations, and Canada Day Celebration kits with activity themes!

No matter how you are celebrating Canada Day this year, remember to keep a safe social distance, at least 2m from other people. Stay safe and healthy, and have fun!

MyBooklet BC Training Sessions…

Hey everyone, check out this free online training offered by the Family Support Institute:

Family Support Institute of BC is inviting you to join us for the myBooklet BC zoom session presented by Lydia Kang – the creator of myBooklet BC.  Lydia will introduce and showcase the exciting myBooklet BC updates and upgrades coming soon.

If you want to learn how to create a personalized “All About Me booklet” for/with individuals with diverse abilities and their families, this session is for you!

Details of the zoom sessions: If you have any questions, please contact Lydia Kang via email lkang@fsibc.com or call 604-862-6807.

There are two options available: Monday, Jun 29, 2020 07:00PM– 9:00PM and Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 10:00AM– 12:00PM.

Plan Institute workshops and resources!

Hey everyone, in case you missed their email – Plan Institute continues to offer their workshops online, including:

  • Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning (Thursdays, at a variety of times);
  • Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) Levels 1 and 2 (offered monthly);
  • Personal Support Network Facilitation – 6-week online course (Sep 14 to Oct 25, or Nov 2 to Dec 13)

They are also collaborating with PLAN to offer Staying Socially Connected during the COVID-19 pandemic from May 26 to June 23. The webinars which have already aired are available here.

Did you know that friends, family members, people with disabilities, or support workers can call Plan Institute anytime to talk about:

  • the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP);
  • estate planning;
  • advocacy approaches;
  • the Disability Tax Credit;
  • government benefit programs;
  • social network building;
  • NEW: how to stay socially connected during COVID-19

Their toll-free Disability Planning Helpline is 1-844-311-7526.