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Welcome to our Wellness Corner

Wellness matters for everyone. With the current outbreak of COVID-19 many of us are experiencing higher levels of stress, anxiety, isolation and boredom than usual. Both the fear of COVID-19 itself and the required physical distancing of 2 metres can impact our well-being on many levels.  

Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and your community stronger1. 

Wellness Corner will help residents and the broader community by providing:

  • Wellness Week Calendars changing weekly with tips and tricks to get through the week 
  • Resources in our community 
  • Resources outside of our community that are available in person, or by telephone and online

Weekly Wellness Calendar Week 3

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Wellness Week Calendars

These calendars have been created with community in mind by providing some suggestions for activities to try while you are physically distancing or quarantining.  

You will find activities intended for all ages and a diverse range of interests.  As our circumstances continue to change outside of our control it is important to find ways to maintain your overall wellness. We hope that these suggestions might provide you with some new and unique things to try! 

Resources in our Community

Activities to Fight Boredom and Isolation  

Check out the following community Facebook Pages to find out about activities you can enjoy to be well in mind and body: 

Mental Health Resources  

  • 2-1-1: Provides information and resources for mental health supports. Please call 2-1-1 
  • AHS Rural Addictions and Mental Health: For counselling please call their intake line 1-877-652-4700
  • Foothills Community Counselling: Is currently taking intakes for phone sessions only. Please email fcc@highriver.ca to get in touch  
  • How’s Your 5: A tool you can use to help deepen conversations with your friends and family by asking: How’s your Work (or school), How’s your Love (relationships), How’s your Play (hobbies) , How’s your Sleep, How’s your Eating. For more information, visit the Our High River website.
  • Primary Care Network: For youth counselling sessions please call for more information. 4-3-652-1654  

Financial Support

  • 2-1-1: Please call for specific information
  • Alberta Works: To apply please call 1-877-644-9992

Food Security

  • Burgardt’s Butcher in partnership with Wild Rose Community Connections is offering free delivery. Please call 403-498-6393 to place order and arrange payment. For more information, visit the Wild Rose Community Connections website
  • Food Rescue: To place an order email highriverfoodrescue@gmail.com or call at 403-601-2910 during business hours
  • Meals on Wheels: Please call 403-652-2200 for more information
  • Salvation Army Food Bank: Call 403-652-2195 ext. 2
  • Sobeys in partnership with Wild Rose Community Connections is offering free delivery. Please call 403-601-2910 or email sobeyshrgroceryorder@gmail.com with your name, phone number, address, and grocery list.  For more information, visit the Wild Rose Community Connections website

Resources Outside of the Community

Mental Health Resources   

  • Access Mental Health: Provides information on mental health supports available to you. Please call 403-943-1500
  • AHS Help in Tough Times webpage: Provides a range of resources for citizens. Visit Alberta Health Services for more information
  • AHS Text Line: Provides a positive set of daily messages including advice and encouragement helpful in developing healthy coping skills and resiliency. Text COVID19HOPE to 393939
  • Anxiety Canada: Provides access to tools and resources to help Canadians Manage anxiety. Visit the Anxiety Canada website for more information
  • Canadian Mental Health Association: Provides a wide range of resources for mental health supports related to COVID-19. For more information, visit the Canadian Mental Health Association website
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Provides information and resources related to COVID-19, stress and coping and other mental health supports. For more information, visit the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention website
  • Distress Centre: Provides over the phone support and free crisis counselling. Please call 403-266-1605
  • Family Violence Info Line provides support for family violence 24 hours per day. Please call 310-1818 or chat online on the Family Violence Info Line from 8 am to 8 pm daily
  • Woods Homes: Provides counselling support for families and individuals through text: 587-315-5000, phone: 1-800-563-6106 and e-therapy: etherapy@woodshomes.ca

AHS has provided the following information sheets regarding COVID-19, your mental health, and preparedness:

Financial Support

Longer-Term Income Support for Workers 

The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) will provide $500 per week for up to 16 weeks. Applications open the week of April 6.

If you are eligible for EI, you will receive this benefit by applying for EI. If you have already applied for EI do not apply again.

While receiving CERB you will not receive EI. When your eligibility for CERB ends you may still be eligible for EI benefits. Please visit the Canada Emergency Response Benefit page for more information.

If you are NOT eligible for EI you will need to apply through the Canada Revenue Agency. For eligibility and application information visit this Canada Revenue Agency website

  • You may apply online through your CRA account.
  • If you do not have a CRA account you may choose to register for one on this CRA page.
  • You may apply over the phone through an automated phone service by dialing 1-800-959-2019 or 1-800-959-2041. Instructions can be found on this CRA website.

Emergency Care Benefit

Providing up to $900 bi-weekly for up to 15 weeks. Applications will be available in April. For application and eligibility information please refer to the Government of Canada website.

Visit the COVID-19 section of the website to see the Town’s response to the pandemic as well as other local information.

1https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html