Toronto – May 14, 2020 – With the COVID-19 pandemic presenting a range of new stressors and challenges for workers across the country, UFCW Canada has launched a new series of webinars aimed at helping Canadians maintain their mental health in this time of crisis.
The first webinar in the series, titled “Mental Health Matters: Surviving COVID-19,” was a major success on social media, reaching thousands of viewers via Facebook Live and garnering hundreds of engagements on the platform.
Broadcasted during Mental Health Week, and featuring commentary and question-and-answer sessions with Jack Veitch, Manager of Community Engagement and Education at the Canadian Mental Health Association, the webinar explored common stressors associated with COVID-19, and how to set boundaries with friends, colleagues, and members of the public during the pandemic.
The 40-minute webinar also pointed UFCW members, family members, and community allies towards free resources that can be accessed if they are experiencing challenges with mental health, as well as new webCampus courses that examine a breadth of mental health issues. It was followed up by a second and equally popular webinar that talked about finding balance amid COVID-19.
The next webinar in the series, “Mental Health Matters: Connections,” will discuss healthy ways of staying connected through COVID-19, and how we can support each other as we work to weather this crisis. It will be broadcasted on Facebook Live on Tuesday, May 19 at 8 pm. For details and updates on the “Connections” webinar, follow UFCW Canada’s Facebook page.
As Canada’s leading union, UFCW offers the most advanced labour education programming in North America, because our union believes that education is empowering. To learn more about UFCW Canada’s ground-breaking education programs and resources, visit our Union Training and Scholarships webpage.