BBBS UPDATES ON RESPONSE TO COVID19
Following the norms established by the Public Health officials of Quebec and Canada, we ask that matches do not meet in person and continue frequent virtual contacts until further notice.
Certain volunteers and parents have brought to our attention serious concerns regarding the negative impacts confinement and isolation have had on their youth’s mental well-being, despite maintaining regular contact with their mentor (for example, excessive screen time or video-game use). There have been some requests to establish a form of in-person contact between matches to provide increased support to youth in difficulty. Follows is our response these exceptional cases:
- An in-person meeting respecting physical-distancing laws must first be permitted and validated by a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ clinical team. The authorisation of the BBBS team is obligatory.
- Such situations where in-person contacts are deemed relevant will only be approved by the BBBS team if all three match participants (youth, mentor, and parent/responsible adult) recognise the necessity and are agreeable.
- Physical-distancing norms must be respected:
- The meeting must take place outside.
- A minimal distance of 2 meters (6 feet) must be maintained all times between participants.
- Neither person can have symptoms or have been in contact with a symptomatic person within the past 14 days.
- The use of a mask or face covering is strongly recommended.
Everyone is facing difficulties at the moment, especially families. Thus, in addition to the services offered by Big Brother Big Sisters of Greater Montreal, we wanted to provide some other references that could be helpful.
– Suicide prevention center (Suicide Action Montréal): 1-866-APPELLE (277-3553)
– Kids Help Phone: 1 800-668-6868
– Government telephone line providing general information about Covid-19: 1-833-784-4397
– Quebec’s government information for the people line regarding COVID-19 : 1 877 644-4545
– Parents’ line : 1800-361-5085
– Psychosocial phone service ‘Info-Social’ : 811
– SOS violence conjugale : 1 800 363-9010.
– Tel-Jeunes : 1-800 263-2266
– Tel-Aide : 514-935-1101
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