Building your resilience during COVID-19

How lifestyle changes help you and loved ones cope with stress, anxiety, and depression.

Tuesday July 28th, 2020, at 6pm

Online Zoom meeting: register through Eventbrite and we will send you the Zoom link before the event.

The event is no cost, with 30 spots available.

The FGCA is partnering with two local Family Physicians, Dr Josh Levin and Dr Virginia Gooderham, to offer this free opportunity for folks to discover and explore their own capacities for resilience.

These doctors’ integrated lifestyle approach provides an opportunity to tap into our inner resources, learn the process of healthy behaviours and get connected with others in order to change the way we think and feel. Discover how improving your physical activity, eating habits, relationships, sleep, tobacco, and alcohol consumption, strategies to manage stress will help you to feel better in your everyday life. Read more on our website.

Funded in part by the United Way of Greater Victoria.

Read more about how lifestyle medicine can help


Wellness Together Canada  Accessed through a web browser or a mobile app, the platform is a source of credible information and provides opportunities for self-assessment, as well as connecting confidentially through phone or chat with various professionals.  This effort is a partnership between Stepped Care Solutions, Kids Help Phone, Homewood Health, Greenspace Health, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, and the Canadian Psychological Association. 

WE Well-being Governments collaboration with WEschools has made available new, free virtual programs for students, parents and educators to empower youth, educators and families with tools and resources to promote their own well-being and the well-being of their community.

Canadian Mental Health AssociationNew online resources, including counselling, have become available, while other programs are in the works and due to be launched soon.

Bounce Back a self-directed, free, online course from the Canadian Mental Health Association to help people manage low mood, stress, and anxiety.

Psychological First AidB.C.’s registered psychologists are offering free “Psychological First Aid” during coronavirus pandemic.

Online Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practice Every Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Community drop-in sessions, with with local therapists and trained teachers.

Fun for Life GO combines ideas from the City’s experts in fitness, programming for children and older adults, and outdoor recreation, with links to other helpful resources. Staff from the Crystal Pool and Fitness Centre are creating videos from home to stay connected with residents while recreation facilities remain closed.

Esquimalt Neighbourhood House- free counselling for adults, via audio or video. contact form here: Or try call (250) 360-0644 or (250) 385-2635 ext 208

Youth & Kids

Here2Talk a new, free mental-health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students.

YouthSpace Online crisis & emotional support chat without judgement. Confidential & anonymous, for folks under 25 years of age.

Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports – online and through integrated service centres in communities across BC.

WE Schools @home offers free online tools and resources to complement and support at-home learning. Developed for Grades K through 12, this weekly lesson package includes interactive and experiential curriculum-based resources, materials and lesson plans with an emphasis on well-being, social and emotional learning, service-learning and fostering resiliency


ShelterSafe an online resource to help women and their children seeking safety from violence and abuse. The clickable map will serve as a fast resource to connect women with the nearest shelter that can offer safety, hope and support.

Island Crisis Line If you require urgent emotional support, including having thoughts of suicide and other mental health issues, please call Vancouver Island Crisis Line: 1-888-494-3888.

VictimLinkBC Victims of family and sexual violence can find support online: Or by calling 1 800 563-0808

Women’s Support Services Victims of family and sexual violence can find support online: Or by calling 1 855 687-1868 or texting 604 652-1867