New website provides access to beneficial resources
April 30, 2020, Victoria, B.C. — BCcampus has created a website for the B.C. public post-secondary sector that addresses the increased need for mental health supports during the COVID-19 pandemic. The website, Adapting to COVID-19, is a centralized place to host relevant and accessible resources to support staff, faculty, and students.
The site will also share upcoming events and webinars, as well as provide recordings of sessions that interested parties were not able to attend. BCcampus recognizes that providing easy-to-use resources for students will decrease stress and anxiety related to the challenges they are currently facing. All resources developed by BCcampus will be openly licensed and published with accessibility in mind.
“Our goal is to provide a resource to help students, staff, and faculty gain access to the substantial amount of mental health supports available throughout the province and across the nation,” explained Robynne Devine, project manager for Collaborative Projects at BCcampus. “There are many agencies providing tools to cope with anxiety, fear, and isolation, and we’ve curated this information in an easy-to-use format to help reduce stress.”
This website includes the following topics as a starting point and is evolving as new supports and resources are identified:
- Mental Health Support
- Financial Relief
- Protecting Your Rights
- Controlling the Spread
- Staying Safe
- Online Learning and Teaching
BCcampus will ensure that the list of resources is updated until March 2021, or until the short-term issues associated with COVID-19 have been entirely resolved.