THE MEDICINE WHEEL:
The Nursing Clinic located at the Judith Fisher Centre.
Email address: LasquetiHealthCentre@gmail.com
Nurse: Dianne McClure RN/MN
Cell: 250-240-5712 | Home: 250-752-7419
Clinic phone (during clinic hours): 250-333-8891
Hours: Drop in Thursday from 11:00am – 3:00pm September/October 2018
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As we are all aware Covid-19 has not gone away. However, Vancouver Island and the neighboring gulf islands have done a terrific job at keeping the number of positive cases down. As we enter “phase 3” and some of the restrictions are lifted we still need to be cognizant of the fact that the virus has not disappeared and physical distancing, hand washing, as well as the wearing of a mask (when physical distancing of 2 meters can not be practiced) are the main ways of keeping safe.
People living on Lasqueti Island are quite fortunate to live in a place where the pandemic may not affect their day to day lives in any great way. Nevertheless most of us also realize that everyone is affected by this pandemic. However, not everyone is affected equally. Results of a research study out of UBC has found that since the pandemic began people with pre-existing mental health conditions were three times as likely to have had suicidal thoughts as the overall population. People with disabilities, low incomes or indigenous people were more than twice as likely to have had suicidal thoughts. Jonny Morris, CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association of BC acknowledges that for those with mental health conditions the struggle of maintaining care routines, relationships with family and care providers as well as picking up prescriptions etc, can be compounded by the stresses of just “grappling” with this very new time, which can, for many, be quite a scary experience.
Vancouver Island has a crisis line for those in need. The following are the numbers.
The suicide crisis line serving all of Vancouver Island 1-800-SUICIDE ; 1-800-784-2433 (if you are considering suicide or concerned about someone who may be)
310 Mental Health Support : call 310-6789 (no need to dial the area code) for emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health.
Stay safe, Stay well, Be kind. Dianne
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