We are currently facing a significant global health crisis and find ourselves at a crucial moment locally, here in Quebec. At Mindspace, we have been working hard this week to take appropriate actions as an organization to protect the health of our employees, therapists, coaches and clients and help curb community spread of covid-19.
We are committed to following the recommendations and policies of public health authorities and firmly believe that collective interventions such as social distancing can significantly mitigate the impact of the pandemic on our lives. As mental health professionals, we are also keenly aware of the growing communal stress response to this event and currently exploring ways to continue providing psychological support, without compromising our commitment to everyone’s physical health.
Our response and protocols have continued to change quickly over the course of the last week, and may continue to evolve in the coming days. Here is what we are doing as an organization as of now:
- We have implemented a company-wide work from home policy for the administrative team.
- All of Mindspace’s group programming currently in progress, or set to begin between now and the end of March has moved to an online format. Courses set to begin in mid-to-late April may also move to an online format, depending on how the crisis evolves. We will update our community as further decisions are made there.
- If you are already a therapy or coaching client at Mindspace, you will soon be contacted directly by your therapist or coach. Mindspace will continue to provide services during this time of need. We are providing increased infrastructure support to our therapists and coaches to provide services via video-conference or telephone, which we recommend wherever possible. Our clinic spaces will remain open for those professionals and clients who mutually agree to continue meeting in person, provided that the client would otherwise not meet Quebec’s criteria for self-quarantine (e.g., has travelled outside of Quebec in the last 14 days, has come in contact with someone from an affected region, etc..).
- Mindspace is also currently exploring other options for how we can support the community through this crisis, including free webinars led by members of our team on how to navigate the psychological challenges associated with these conditions. If you are interested in being notified of these initiatives, please provide us with your information by filling out this form:
We understand that these are challenging times, and we remain firmly committed to helping our community navigate this territory. Although social distancing may be an important protocol to practice for everyone’s health and safety, social isolation need not be. We are all going to need to support each other through this crisis. Please stay connected and let’s keep the conversation going.