Free Planning Tool – myBooklet BC

The Family Support Institute (FSI) is holding an information session on February 16th at 6:30 pm about how to use a free online planning tool called myBooklet BC. This tool – myBooklet BC – can be used to store and share a personalized information booklet full of strengths, goals, gifts, and more…consider participating if you want to:

  • learn the basic functions of myBooklet BC
  • learn tips to make using myBooklet BC easier (like formatting information)
  • learn many different ways myBooklet can be used for the individual’s benefit

Mental Health Self-Help Booklet series…

If you need resources for those you support, check out this series of self-help booklets designed to provide people with an opportunity to talk through feelings, and to make plans for staying well. They are available through H-CARRD (Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities) on their website.

The booklets cover a number of topics, including:

  • Coronavirus
  • Feeling anxious about Coronavirus
  • Feeling down
  • Exercise and staying active
  • Sleep
  • Problem solving

The booklets can all be used with support from family members, friends, staff and health care professionals.

Fear, stress, and worry…

…are all normal things to experience in a crisis, like COVID-19. The Government of Canada is reminding people that it’s normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or worried. Everyone reacts differently; this can look like:

  • Boredom and helplessness.
  • Concern or fear for your children, family and friends.
  • Constant worry about your work or finances.
  • Feelings of exclusion and loneliness.

Here is a Government of Canada website with a list of ways to help take care of yourself.

Your social distancing reminder of the week…

…comes with an invitation to join in upcoming online events hosted by the Family Support Institute! Check it out!

Upcoming FSIBC Zoom Conversations
Our Zoom conversations are a safe space for families and caregivers to come together for support, camaraderie, inspiration, trouble-shooting, and sharing what’s hard. Some of these sessions are by theme/topic and others are for general conversation and engagement. Whatever you might be feeling right now — overwhelmed, sadness, fear, anxiety — you are not alone.

https://mailchi.mp/fsibc/jan3?e=2c975e4e6a

You can also subscribe to their newsletter by clicking here.

Connection in the time of COVID

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Hey everyone, your social distancing reminder of the week is inspired by the current edition of the Plan Institute’s newsletter, which has a great article about connecting intentionally with others during these trying times – check it out here! Their suggestions include:

  • creating a “virtual bubble”
  • connecting within your neighborhood
  • calendars of Covid-safe events to look forward to

As well as many others! Give something new a try and share your favorites in the comments!

Great News!

Hey everyone:

Such COOL news from Lea – Aaron H created a video game called “Mystical Echoes” that is available for purchase on the Steam app, you can find it listed under Considra Games. There is a preview of the game on YouTube, so you can check out his creation!

Aaron says he plans to start working on making another video game soon – can’t wait to check it out, Aaron! Way to go!

Mental Health during the holidays

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Hey everyone, the Government of Canada has circulated helpful advice to support mental health heading into the holidays — check it out below and share with others:

The holiday season can be a difficult time for many, especially with the COVID-19 pandemic. You may be experiencing:
-Worry about finances and gift giving.
-Fear of getting sick
-Family conflict from differences in risk comfort level.
-Sadness from being away from loved ones.
These feelings are normal. To learn more about how to take care of your mental health during the holidays, visit:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/guidance-documents/plan-safe-holiday-celebration.html#a7