This is an unprecedented global crisis that is having an impact on all aspects of our lives. It is important to acknowledge how difficult this is on our members and their families. Access to mental health support during this time is critical.
Many of our collective agreements have an Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), that provides access to a variety of mental health and crisis support. This varies across the Units of CUPE Local 905 - if you are unsure about your access to this type of service, please contact your Unit Chair or a Steward.
Residents of York Region or South Simcoe County can access the Community Crisis Response Service from York Support Services Network. Visit the website or call 1-888-310-COPE
Visit CAMH’s website on coping with the impacts of COVID 19.
Please reach out to someone if you need support.
Many people are reporting feelings of helplessness during this time. We see our communities struggling and are unsure how to help. Getting involved in supporting your community is always a great way to improve mental health as it increases feelings of hope and connection to others and can help reduce stress and anxiety. It might feel like it’s impossible to help others during this time but there are unique opportunities to volunteer or join a community organizing effort online, all from the safety of your home.
Check out this document from Communities Not Cuts to read about ways to get involved, get connected, and take action to protect public services. They have helpful suggestions like joining Care-Mongering groups or other online ways to make a difference in your community.
It feels good to know you’re doing good for others, even small actions can have big impacts on the helper as much as others. If you’re not sure how to get started or would like support from your union, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about our Mobile Action Committee and other ways to get involved in community actions.