The Southwest Booster

Saskwell and 211 Saskatchew­an teaming up to help with reopening anxiety

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This past month the Government of Saskatchew­an opened up the province, removing the majority of COVID-19 guidelines, including making masks optional and allowing businesses to operate at maximum capacity. Although to some people this is news that they have been waiting over 18 months to hear, others are skeptical about the “return to normal.” Due to the current number of COVID-19 cases, the news of the Delta Variant in the south, or just the shock factor of going over a year with social distancing to virtually back to normal overnight, many residents are experienci­ng discomfort with this sudden change of lifestyle.

In an effort to help residents of Saskatchew­an deal with the stress, anxiety and uncertaint­y that some may experience with the reopening of the province, Saskwell and 211 Saskatchew­an are combining their resources in order to offer residents a holistic approach to conquering mental health issues they may face, no matter the degree of intensity.

Saskwell is a free twoway texting wellness service which was developed with the intent to support residents of Saskatchew­an during and beyond COVID-19, by providing them with mental health and wellness resources. Although the service was originally designed to offer general mental health and wellness support; Saskwell has added social anxiety tips to help residents through this latest transition. Users can sign up by texting JOIN to 759355, calling 1-855-2375934 or signing up online at besaskwell.memotext. com.

211 Saskatchew­an is a free and confidenti­al service, accessible through online (sk.211.ca), phoning 2-1-1 or texting 211, which links people within Saskatchew­an with community services in their area, offered through social programs, communitie­s, non-clinical health care, or government programs. With a centralize­d database of all available resources, 211 Saskatchew­an makes it so residents are one search, call, or text away from finding the help they need. 211 Saskatchew­an is a service of United Way Regina and United Way Saskatoon and Area.

Users who are looking for mental health support(s) through the 211 website can now be directed to Saskwell as a possible resource for supporting their mental wellness. Similarly, if users of Saskwell are struggling with more than just reopening anxiety or need additional support, Saskwell offers 211 Saskatchew­an as a resource for users to seek help through. There, users can quickly and easily find a wide range of helpful resources in their area. Together, this texting service and 211 Saskatchew­an are committed to helping all residents of Saskatchew­an get the support they need during these fast-changing times to Be Saskwell.

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