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Monday, April 13, 2020

Program To Help Manage Stress & Be Happy During Isolation

Grey Bruce | by Claire McCormack  

The Bounce Back Program Has Free Workbooks, Videos and Coaches to help you maintain mental health.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in some way, and it can take a toll on our mental health.

For those who are struggling to stay happy, trying to manage increased stress or struggling with mental health issues, there is a program that offers to help.

The Bounce Back program is a free, province-wide one that can be accessed online or by mail. People can use workbooks, up to six telephone sessions and a number of videos.

It's described on its website as aiming to help you, "Manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry."

"It's been very popular," says Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce's Jackie Ralph, who notes it was viewed 4,000 times on Facebook one recent weekend.   

The phone portion offers 'coaches,' says Ralph noting, "This isn't a therapist or a counselor, it's just somebody who has been through a similar situation and learned the same techniques," says Ralph.

"This something that is really connecting with people" says Ralph, "This is something I can do at home, this is something I can do on my own time and I can be connected with somebody who I can have a conversation with about this, all while I'm doing this. I think these are things that people are really reaching out for."

Ralph say the booklets are sent by mail, "You don't need internet, it's just a booklet that you work through." She says after each booklet, you can connect with a coach and ask them any questions you have.

Booklets include these titles:
Why Do I Feel So Bad?
How to Fix Almost Everything
I Can't Be Bothered Doing Anything
Ten Things You Can do To Feel Happier Straight Away
I'm Not Good Enough
Enjoy Your Baby
Reclaim Your Life
Are You Strong Enough To Keep Your Temper?
Worry: Fix It, Face It, Forget It
The Things You Do That Mess You Up
Why Does Everything Always Go Wrong?
Write All Over Your Bathroom Mirror

Meanwhile, the videos aim to give practical tips on managing your mood, sleeping better, building confidence, increasing activity, problem solving and healthy living.

Ralph says during this time of physical distancing it's important to connect in other ways, "The things you can do are only limited by your creativity, by what you've got in your house." Ralph points to putting up a sign in your window to connect with people outside.

If you are in crisis, you can call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, the Mental Health Helpline at 1-866-531-2600, or find your local CMHA branch.
For immediate help, call 9-1-1.

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