Sharon Goertzen

The pandemic has forced many women into, or to stay in difficult relationships or situations – the options to leave may be limited and the consequences of doing so may be worse than staying put. If self care is possible between the demands of difficult circumstances, work, children and other obligations, make it a priority. If it is not possible, know you are coping the best way you can. Reach out for help if you can from: a trusted friend/co-worker, family member, or counsellor.

Some resources:

  • Faye Peterson Transition House Women’s Shelter:  24/7: 807-345-0450, 1-800-465-6971 https://fayepeterson.org/
  • Beendigen Women’s Crisis Home: 24/7: 807-346-HELP (4357), 1-888-200-9997 https://www.beendigen.com/
  • Talk 4 Healing Help Line:   Talk, text or chat in 14 Indigenous languages: 1-855-554-HEAL(4325); www.talk4healing.com 
  • Sexual Abuse Centre Thunder Bay: 345-0894; 24 hour Crisis Response 344-4502 http://www.tbsasa.org/
  • Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Treatment Centre TBRHSC (hospital): 684-6751; or go directly to emergency and ask for the Sexual Assault nurse.  https://tbrhsc.net/programs-services/emergency-critical-care-services/sexual-assault-domestic-violence-treatment-centre/
  • Northwestern Ontario Women’s Centre 807-345-7802

Think about taking care of your basic needs as much as possible:

Are you getting enough sleep?

Are you drinking enough water?

Think about some activities that you might enjoy and can do . What have you enjoyed before but not done in a while? Sometimes a little fun can distract you for awhile from what is going on around you. Some examples include:

  • Reading a book
  • Arts & crafts
  • Watching your favourite show/movie, or listening to music
  • Taking a bath
  • Meditating
  • Writing in a journal

More resources to help you with self care:  https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19

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