COVID19 Impact Update
To: Supporters and followers of the British Columbia Brain Injury Society (BCBIA)
During these trying and unprecedented times, the BC Brain Injury Association will attempt, as best as possible, to maintain its strong presence and voice for the brain injury community in BC.
With the ability to use Brainstreams.ca as our platform we are able to communicate relevant and up to date issues in regard to brain injury.
We are doing our best to respond in a timely manner to all questions and enquiries made to Brainstreams.ca
Behind the scenes, board members of the BCBIA continue to work tirelessly on their committee duties and responsibilities. Personally, I thank them and our contractors for their commitment and outstanding work.
Unfortunately, we have had to temporarily suspend some select BCBIA projects in order to maintain appropriate and currently recommended social distancing guidelines. Watch Brainstreams.ca and this page for future updates on this projects.
Stay safe, stay well.
Geoff Sing – President BCBIA
COVID19 Information and Resources
Questions about COVID19 and best safety and health practices in Canada?
- Call Public Health Agency of Canada: 1-833-784-4397
- Call HealthLinkBC (8-1-1) at any time or speak with your BC health care provider
- BC Centre for Disease Control: website and online information
Participate in a UBC COVID19 Research Study:
Are you a British Columbia resident? Researchers at UBC want to hear from you! They are conducting a study about people’s daily life during the COVID19 pandemic. To learn more please contact the Miller Lab at email@example.com. Click here for more information about the study.
One-time $600 payment to persons with disabilities:
Our government understands that persons with disabilities have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and is continuing to take steps to ensure that their needs are supported during the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 17, 2020, the Government of Canada announced a one-time $600 payment in recognition of the extraordinary expenses faced by persons with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This payment of up to $600 will be automatically issued to persons with disabilities. Payments are expected to be issued beginning this Fall.
For more information about this payment visit the Government of Canada website.
Brain Injury and COVID19 Information & Resources
Questions about COVID19 and brain injury? Below are some tips and resources from brain injury organizations:
- Health and Financial Tips and Information from Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association
- Coping with Stress During Difficult Times – FREE webinar by Nanaimo Brain Injury Society
- A Guide for Mental Health During COVID19 – tips sheet from Brain Injury Canada
- 10 Ways to Stay Connected During Social Isolation – tip sheet from Brain Injury Canada
- #TogetherApart Weekly Challenges – weekly challenge ideas during physical distancing from Brain Injury Canada
- Home Learning During the Pandemic for Students with Concussion – tip sheet from G.F. Strong School Program (VSB) Adolescent and Young Adult Program, G. F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre
- COVID19 Resources – health, safety and financial information and resources compiled by Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association
- COVID19 Supports and Programs – tip sheet and resource list from Disability Alliance BC
- Recreational Respite Virtual Resources – online recreational therapy services by Recreational Respite
- Online Aphasia Community Programs – Free Online Meet-ups for Families Living with Aphasia by Aphasia Recovery Connection and Lingraphica
- Online Stroke Recovery Programs – by the Stroke Recovery Association of BC
- Online Resources for People With Disabilities – from Disability Alliance BC
News articles related to COVID19 and brain injury:
- What life is like now for 3 people with brain injuries – and their loved ones – news article from CBC News Canada
- Possible neurological complications of COVID19 – Globe and Mail news article
- What does COVID19 do to your brain? – Wired news article
- Neurological Implications of COVID19 Raise Concerns – Psychology Today news article