It goes without saying that being laid off is stressful. It is at the forefront of the minds of the Officers and Staff in our office each day as we continue to work towards recalls and recall extension. We understand that waiting for information can be agonizing and it takes a toll on a person’s mental health. We have gathered some free of charge resources for laid off Members to consider if they are struggling – many of these would also be appropriate for teens or spouses to consider as well:
1. Distress Center – “Distress Centre Calgary (DCC) has provided 24-hour crisis support in Calgary and southern Alberta since 1970. We do this through our 24- hour crisis line, email, daily chat, and daily text for our youth. We also have professional counselling for clients with issues that cannot be resolved over the phone”
Phone Number: 403-266-HELP (4357) and ask for an intake to counselling
Online Intake Form: CLICK HERE
Daily Text Messaging (for teens): 587-333-2724
Daily Online Chat (for teens): – CalgaryConnecTeen.com
“What to expect after filling out the intake form: Our intake coordinator will contact you by phone in 3-4 days to ask you some questions and set up an appointment if our counselling is a good fit for you. You need access to a phone. We cannot communicate with you by email because of the privacy limitations with it.”
Counselling info: “We provide free, general, short-term crisis counselling at Distress Centre. One to six counselling sessions are provided to help support an individual, family or couple coping with a crisis.”
2. Owl Pod – Free Mental Health Clinic
-Covered by Alberta Health Services – no cost to Albertans anywhere in the province.
-Online Virtual Appointments Available 7 Days a Week.
-Have your doctor fax the referral form to Owl Pod at 587-834-6704
-Referral form found here: CLICK HERE
3. Wellness Together: This is the same company that allows active Members to access EFAP. They have put together free resources to ensure those that take the first step, get the help/assistance they need.
Website: https://ca.portal.gs/ Click “Take that first step”
It is highly recommended you set up an account now while you are hopefully feeling okay, so when you need this service you can just log in. There is a short wellness quiz similar to one given by a GP to assess how you are feeling mental health wise. It is best to be honest.
Phone Number: Call 1-866-585-0445 to speak with a counsellor.
Texting: Text COVID to 741741 to connect with a trained volunteer crisis
responder for support. This option is for crisis. Our admin tested it and it takes less than a couple minutes to connect to a live human being to speak to.
4. Resources for those who are no longer accessing CERB: CLICK HERE
This includes info on if you need financial assistance after CERB ending and also information related to EI.
5. The Canadian Mental Health Association is holding a town hall for Canadians living with Major Depressive Disorder. Please see details below, including how to sign up in one easy step!
On Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. MST, the Canadian Mental Health Association will be hosting a town hall for Canadians living with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD). The town hall will discuss the key findings from our research and your thoughts about them. Further, you’ll help us identify how best to support those living with MDD based on these findings. The town hall will be hosted via the Zoom platform and will be available to all English-speaking Canadians who wish to attend.
If you wish to attend CMHA, Alberta Division’s MDD town hall, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and request the Zoom link.
For more information on their MDD research project
We cannot stress enough how important it is to look after your mental health. Not only are laid off Members dealing with a pandemic and the uncertainty and stress that brings, they are also facing the loss of their employment for however long a period.
We continue to meet with management and have a meeting on Thursday January 28, 2021 specifically to discuss recall rights/extensions. We are doing everything we can to bring our Members back to work and were it solely up to us, everyone would be back already.
We understand it may be difficult to see what is being done, especially when there are not constant updates. We strongly recommend our Members seek out some of the assistance above to help express their anxieties to a professional if that’s what they choose. We remain available to speak to laid off Members should they want to reach out to us also. Contact Info Here
We are not done fighting to bring our laid of Members back.
(EFAP resource information is on this post – this is relevant to active Employees/Members who wish to seek assistance) CLICK HERE