Living well during & beyond the coronavirus pandemic
We believe that there should be a way for everyone to do the activities that they need/want to do for their wellbeing. We envision a world with increased accessibility, inclusion, and occupational justice - where everyone has equitable access to participation and community.
In the current health climate, lots of people are physically isolating themselves to protect their physical health or self-quarantine to protect the people in their communities aka. The World. Many of my friends and members of my communities have expressed feelings of depression, emotional distress and anxiety and I’m sure they’re not alone in this experience.
We believe that in times in crisis, it's important to use the tools in our toolkits to support each other and promote mental wellbeing. In occupational therapy, we learn how to build upon strengths and discover possibilities in partnerships with people so that people can get back to doing what is important to them. With compassion and our holistic approach to health and wellbeing, we want to use our skills to support you in living well during and beyond COVID. We want to collaborate with people in partnerships in advocacy towards and promotion of more equitable, accessible, and inclusive communities for all - to share ideas and see where the possibilities can go.
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We believe taking care of our wellbeing is fundamental to living well. We’re passionate about promoting health and wellbeing through occupational balance, self-care, choice, and creating space for self-reflection.
We’re focused on promoting and advocating for all people to engage in meaningful occupations.
Occupational justice is the “right of every individual to be able to meet basic needs and to have equal opportunities and life chances to reach toward [their] potential, but specific to the individual’s engagement in diverse and meaningful occupation.”
(Wilcock & Townsend, 2009, p. 193). Occupational justice acknowledges that people experience different privileges and oppressions in participation based on their different social and economic identities. When we come from a place of privilege, we seek to share our power, to give some of it to voices that are often oppressed or marginalized so that they can be heard.
We’re passionate about working with integrity, honesty, authenticity, respect, and open minds. Our content aims to be faithful to facts and reality. We invited people with lived experience to be a part of the team - we can only speak to the lived experiences that we have.
We appreciate diversity, and promote equality and equity. We believe that everybody should be able to find spaces in which they belong, and should have choice in the communities they join.
We’re committed to fostering a supportive online community through Beyond COVID.
Beyond COVID provides a platform to encourage and promote wellbeing and participation in meaningful activities during and beyond COVID-19.
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Through diverse, multimedia experiences, we strive to share stories and resources, connecting people with ideas to inspire hope, compassion, support, and possibilities for doing what matters.
We also will dive in and get curious about how the strategies that we have developed during COVID can be used beyond the period of the coronavirus pandemic to create more equitable participation opportunities for all.
The Doing Library
A one-stop shop of health & wellbeing resources collected from across the internet. From resources for health professionals and parents, to activity-focused library categories, find tools for doing here.
Weekly Wellbeing Missions
Each week we set a weekly wellbeing mission to inspire people to act towards their wellbeing.
The Do What You Love blog
Here we share stories and information that you may find helpful when connecting to possibilities to do what you love.
Messages for Hope
Here you'll find images and quotes to share hope & compassion & support
Is there something that you are stressed about doing - not sure how to get there or feeling stuck? Is there something that you wish would happen in the world so that it is a better place beyond COVID? Let us know in the 'What do you need?' needs assessment and we will address it within our scopes of knowledge as a collective of humans, including health professionals.
Social Media - @beyondCOVID
Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to stay up-to-date on the latest beyondCOVID happenings
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work
Want to share your vision for living in the world during and beyond COVID? We want to be a diverse team that includes citizens as well as health professionals. We are willing to discuss equitable compensation and opportunities for collaboration that can be mutually beneficial and supportive. We value you, your perspectives, and your expertise in your lived experience - it's important to develop effective solutions to serve online communities.
Start you application today at 'Join The Team' or email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more. We also have a Facebook group where team members can share and discuss ideas to determine the future directions of beyond COVID together.
Beyond COVID Podcast
Feel Good Fridays
Think Beyond COVID Thursdays
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Although some team members are health & wellbeing professionals, this, and any related sites, provides wellness management in an informational and educational manner only, with information that is general in nature and that is not specific to you, the reader. The specifics of an individual experience matter when making decisions for health and wellbeing. The contents of this site are intended to assist you and other readers in your personal wellness efforts.
Nothing in this site or related downloads should be construed as personal advice, and must not be used in this manner. The information provided relating to experiences with conditions is general in nature and based in the author(s) lived experiences and personal views. This information does not cover all possible uses, actions, precautions, side-effects, or interactions of therapeutic strategies. The information in this site should not be considered as complete and does not cover all diseases, ailments, physical conditions that people may live with, or their treatment.
You should consult with your trusted health professional or physician before beginning any exercise or health care program. Under no circumstances should this site substitute for a call or visit with a competent health-care professional. It is recommended that you consult a health care professional that is, or can become, familiar with your lived experience before adopting any of the suggestions in this site or before drawing inferences from it.
Please use your expertise in your own lived experience when making any decisions using the information from this and please consult your health care provider before making any health care decisions or for further guidance. If you have, or suspect you have, a health-care problem, then you should immediately contact a qualified health care professional for treatment.
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