Things are changing rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay up-to-date with seminars, virtual meetings, and opportunities to stay connected with Wellbeing Waterloo Region!
Information about COVID-19
Refer to the Region of Waterloo’s Public Health Department page on COVID-19 to stay up-to-date with the most recent regional changes and guidelines.
Virtual Coffee Chats
Wellbeing Waterloo Region is offering virtual coffee chats so we can connect and have some informal time to talk and share a cup of coffee together. We are not sure how this will go but at the very least it will help us test out our virtual software and get your ideas of what else we can do to support you.
Each coffee chat will have a theme.
Coffee chats will be held on Mondays and Fridays from 1:00 – 3:00. You can drop into or out of the coffee chat at anytime. If we get a good response, we may offer them more often. Please register here.
Individual video counselling or phone support for service providers
Carizon is offering individual counselling video or telephone support to any service provider who needs it. They have partnered with the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to provide counselling sessions via phone or video chat at no cost to you. This service is available immediately.
Should you wish to be connected to a counsellor, please call (519) 743-6333 and press 1 when prompted. You will be directed to the intake team who will book an appointment for you. If you call outside of regular hours, please leave a message and they will get back to you as soon as possible.
Because community is important and we are all in this together, counselling services are offered to you at no cost for the next few weeks thanks to funding from the LHIN. Please note, sessions via phone or video are for those seeking support for mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety, depression and stress. For those experiencing severe symptoms or in crisis please contact Here 24/7 at 1-884-437-3247 (Here247). If you are in crisis, please call Here 24/7 at 1 (844) 437-3247 or 9-1-1.
In partnership with Carizon, Wellbeing Waterloo Region is offering online educational seminars. These seminars give us the opportunity to tune in, listen and learn. The information covered will be psycho-educational in nature, covering several topics affecting people right now. Topics such as dealing with anxiety, isolation, worries about the future, managing stress, coping strategies for working from home or managing the stress and uncertainty of being a direct service worker.
Delivery: These seminars would be offered online, be one hour in length and be delivered by two counsellors on Tuesdays at 3:00pm.
These sessions will be offered online and will be limited to 50-100 participants each session. If you are interested in virtually attending a session click on the link to register and then we can send you details about how to log in.
Service Provider Support Circles
One of the main reasons for Wellbeing Waterloo Region’s existence is to connect and support people and organizations. We have partnered with Carizon to offer online support circles to help our partners as we know this is a trying time in a quick and ever-changing environment. We want to ensure we provide relevant topics, information and grounding sessions that you will find valuable and important.
Carizon has many knowledgeable counsellors who will facilitate smaller group counselling sessions. These sessions will be a facilitated discussion focused on topics such as mindfulness or managing anxiety, allowing time to share how you and your organization are feeling and dealing with the pandemic. As always, our purpose is to support and connect our network throughout this unprecedented time. (There is also an option to have the counsellors facilitate a more unstructured support group, where people can reach out for help on whatever issue they are finding challenging at the moment.)
These sessions are not intended to answer questions about the virus itself. The main goal is to support service providers and connect you with others who are facing similar challenges to inspire hope and wellbeing in our community.
Delivery: These Support Circles would be offered online, be one hour in length and be facilitated by one counsellor on a variety of days/times depending on the needs of the group. Register for a support circle here.