Aanii:

Since Covid 19 has started and the world has gone into lock down and or quarantine, MCFN Members feel uncertain about our future, especially our health and the health of our family.  Members have been asked to stay home to flatten the curve of Covid 19 and have been doing a great job. MCFN want to thank our community members for doing their part in staying home and only going out for essentials.

However, MCFN Members find themselves worrying more about what may happen to them and their future. Some are worrying about finances and how they are going to pay rent and afford to put food on the table. All this worrying and uncertainty has increased anxiety and depression. Some may also be living alone with limited supports not available in person. However, some supports are doing virtual sessions or visits which may help in feeling less lonely.  Please check in with your therapist/counselor or family and friends.

MCFN has put some mental health links together for you to know that you are not alone during this uncertain time we are in.

https://mentalhealthweek.ca/

https://mentalhealthweek.ca/en/toolkit/

https://mentalhealthweek.ca/en/yourmentalhealth/

If you’re experiencing emotional distress and want to talk, you are welcome to call  MCFN Mental Health Worker Faith Rivers at 905-536-7863.

You can also call the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or the online chat at hopeforwellness.ca. It’s toll-free and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1 or the number for emergency services in your community

Please remember to use your traditional medicines to clear your mind of possible worrisome thoughts/feelings and to feel calm and to decrease anxiety and depression.

Making Cedar tea clears bacteria in your home, which gives you a better chance at protecting your health and home. You can also drink a few cups a day or week and it also helps strengthen your immune system.

Chi Miigwech