We are now in week two of physical distancing. What is physical distancing, you ask? Well, it’s the new-and-improved term for social distancing because social interaction is still encouraged. We’d all just prefer that you maintain a physical distance whenever possible. This means that you should still check in on your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbours through telephone conversations, text messaging, video chats, email, social media, or calling out over a distance greater than two meters. The further the better.
So the big question on my mind is how is your mental health faring? Uncertainty makes most people anxious. Most sources I can find online say that we should all try to get some fresh air, exercise, eat healthily, and stay connected with family and friends. Are you trying to do these things regularly?
For anyone who has been impacted by layoffs or must continue to work because you provide an essential service, we are here for you. We understand that these things further complicate an already difficult time. If you need assistance, support, or just to talk, we are here for you. Contact information for NSUPE Business Agents, Local Executives, Executive Council Members, Table Officers and more can be found online at www.nsupe.ca.
Members who are in Locals 2, 13, and 14, you have access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We encourage you to take advantage of this completely confidential and free resource if you need support during this time. The contact information for these programs can also be found on your Local pages at www.nsupe.ca.
For information related to mental health and Covid-19, we strongly suggest visiting the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s website by clicking here. This website includes information on coping with stress and anxiety, dealing with quarantine and isolation, and information on stigma and prejudice.
Lastly, we encourage everyone to post, connect, and share on NSUPE’s social media accounts. Links are provided below.