Community and Mental Health Supports

Beaumont residents have developed two community initiatives geared to helping residents in this time of social distancing:

  • Spontivly, a locally developed app, mapped out where supplies are available in Beaumont. You can also tag yourself as a volunteer if you are able to help collect groceries or other required items for members of the community. Download the app for iOS or Android here.
  • Beaumont, Alberta Community Response to COVID-19 is a locally created and maintained Facebook group geared to sharing information, educational resources, offers to collect supplies, tips and supports to help keep us protected and of course lots of room for discussion. (Please note that this group has no affiliation with the City of Beaumont and the link is provided for resident information.)

The outbreak of COVID-19 and the requirements of social distancing may be stressful for some. Beaumont has local supports in place thanks to Family and Community Support Services (FCSS). To maintain good mental health, FCSS suggests the following resources:

  • Offer supportive listening if someone wants to talk
  • The Distress Line offers supportive listening for any distressing issue; you don’t need to be suicidal to call: 780-492-4357
  • Counselling – FCSS can offer a subsidy to families or individuals who qualify: 780-929-1006
  • Addictions and Mental Health, Alberta Health Services: 780- 424-2424
  • 24 hour Addiction and Mental Health Crisis Response Team 780-342-7777
  • Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642
  • KIDS help phone: Text CONNECT to 686868
  • The Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network offers mental and emotional health assessments and assists patients in finding most appropriate mental health service in the community (available through referral by your regular doctor): 780-986-6624

Mental Health Tips

It is normal to feel stress and anxiety during a public health emergency, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. This can be heightened if you have chosen or are required to socially distance yourself. Alberta Health Services offers these tips to protect your mental health:

  • Limit the amount of time you spend watching, reading, or listening to news about COVID-19
  • Get the facts about COVID-19 from reliable sources such as www.alberta.ca/covid19
  • Be mindful; gently paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and body sensations. This can help you understand why you’re feeling anxious or stressed
  • Use healthy approaches and skills you normally use to cope with stressful situations
  • Keep in mind that this situation is temporary, and eventually things will return to normal

Alberta Health Services has compiled tips and other resources to help you cope with the current situation and look after your mental health. Read more here.