COVID-19 Information and Mental Health Resources

The health and safety of our staff, program participants, visitors and partners is of top priority for The Sinneave Family Foundation (Sinneave). We continue to monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation and follow the advice of Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer and Alberta Health Services.  Please click here for updates on Sinneave Programs and Services.

We recognize that the there are many needs emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic, and autistic individuals and their families are experiencing direct impacts. These are stressful and uncertain times.  Staying connected is important in taking care of your wellness and mental health. We want to share some information and resources that may be helpful.

Sinneave Resource Centre:

Sinneave’s Resource Centre is operating virtually at this time. Please email our Resource Centre at ambassador@sinneavefoundation.org if you are looking for information or support. Our Ambassadors provide information, navigation, and support to all individuals, families, professionals and community members interested in autism information and resources.

Community Resources:

NEW May 2021 – COVID-19 – Low Stimulus Vaccine Clinics in Calgary and Spruce Grove

  • Alberta now has two low stimulus COVID-19 vaccine clinics available to support people with behavioural or special needs who require a quieter, less stimulating environment located in Calgary and Spruce Grove.
  • To book an appointment please call AB Health Link at 811
  • The clinic in Spruce Grove provides an environment with reduced sensory input, including dim lights and reduced noise. Client appointments are spaced to limit the number of individuals in the clinic during the assigned hours. Dedicated, private clinic spaces also contribute to a reduction in sensory stimulus during the immunization appointment. Families and clients are encouraged to use personal comfort items to provide distraction.
  • Alberta residents who do not live in or near either of the two clinics in Calgary or Spruce Grove can call their local Public Health Office and discuss available options for extra support to access COVID-19 vaccine appointments.
  • AHS will continue to monitor the demand for this service and may be able to open other similar clinics, depending on the need and the teams’ capacity.

Calgary Distress Centre – or tel:403-266-HELP (4357)

Access Mental Health – Alberta Health Services

COVID-19 and Your Mental Health – Mental Health Resources in Alberta

Corona Virus Information for Albertans – Government of Alberta

Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic – Centre for Addictions and Mental Health

H-CARDD COVID-19 Resources – CAMH / H-CARDD Resources for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

Articles and Information:

How COVID-19 May Impact Your Mental Health and How to Cope” by Katelyn Lowe

Keep Calm and Self-Regulate” by Teresa Hedley

Thinking about emergencies, developmental disabilities and COVID-19” by Yona Lunsky

 

Contact us: info@sinneavefoundation.org

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