Prairie Post (East Edition)

SaskA­bil­i­ties col­lab­o­rates with part­ners to pro­vide men­tal well­ness sup­port

- By Matthew Lieben­berg mlieben­berg@prairiepos­t.com Health · Mental Health · Medicine · Society · Ableism · Infectious Diseases · Health Conditions · Discrimination · Human Rights · Swift Current · United Way · Government of Canada

A col­lab­o­ra­tive ini­tia­tive by the SaskA­bil­i­ties Swift Cur­rent branch is help­ing in­di­vid­u­als to achieve a sense of men­tal well­ness and to deal with feel­ings of iso­la­tion and un­cer­tainty due to the COVID-19 pan­demic.

SaskA­bil­i­ties Swift Cur­rent re­ceived a fed­eral grant of $10,000 to sup­port in­di­vid­u­als ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­abil­ity through the pro­vi­sion of in­ter­ac­tive vir­tual work­shops that en­hance their men­tal health.

“SaskA­bil­i­ties was re­ally pleased to re­ceive the fund­ing from the Gov­ern­ment of Canada’s Emer­gency Sup­port Fund,” Pro­gram Man­ager Jayda Watson said. “It was in round two of that fund­ing op­por­tu­nity, and it is be­ing ad­min­is­tered through the United Way Regina. The fund­ing re­ally has al­lowed us to in­crease our ca­pac­ity, to en­hance men­tal health and well­be­ing and the cop­ing skills for in­di­vid­u­als ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­abil­ity as we con­tinue to tran­si­tion through the COVID-19 pan­demic.”

In­di­vid­u­als ex­pe­ri­enc­ing dis­abil­ity are try­ing to cope with the same pan­demic fa­tigue as ev­ery­one else. They are miss­ing their in-per­son con­nec­tions and their pre­vi­ous par­tic­i­pa­tion in com­mu­nity events and ac­tiv­i­ties.

“So we were re­ally proud that this fund­ing is pro­vid­ing us the op­por­tu­nity to of­fer the ad­di­tional sup­port to in­di­vid­u­als with in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­i­ties dur­ing this un­prece­dented time,” she said.

SaskA­bil­i­ties Swift Cur­rent had to change the way it pro­vides sup­port to in­di­vid­u­als due to the pan­demic and it iden­ti­fied the need for th­ese men­tal health work­shops.

“We are able to pro­vide and have been pro­vid­ing lots of vir­tual pro­gram­ming that peo­ple have been par­tic­i­pat­ing in and join­ing, and some lim­ited in-per­son ac­tiv­i­ties ad­her­ing to the guide­lines laid out, but through that we know that there are peo­ple who are need­ing to find ways of cop­ing,” she said. “We want to fo­cus on the healthy cop­ing skills and mov­ing through the pan­demic in a way that al­lows us to come out stronger as we move through.”

 ?? Photo pro­vided by SaskA­bil­i­ties Swift Cur­rent ?? SaskA­bil­i­ties client and em­ployee Jenita Dickie par­tic­i­pates in an in­ter­ac­tive vir­tual workshop.
Photo pro­vided by SaskA­bil­i­ties Swift Cur­rent SaskA­bil­i­ties client and em­ployee Jenita Dickie par­tic­i­pates in an in­ter­ac­tive vir­tual workshop.

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