Coping with the stresses of COVID-19 and back to school jitters is a potent mix for many, prompting several Port Coquitlam businesses to offer support through a campaign called Mental Health Matters.
Organized by the Downtown Port Coquitlam Business Improvement Association, the campaign is already underway and will run on social media through October, as well as during Mental Health Week Oct. 4-10.
“This school year we want to encourage self-care by providing information and resources about the people and businesses within downtown Port Coquitlam that can help. We want families to know that support is in their backyard, show them how they can access it and most importantly, that they’re not alone,” said Jennifer McKinnon, Downtown PoCo BIA’s executive director.
Each week the Downtown PoCo BIA will feature one of its members that supports mental health, including Jessica Cooper Counselling, Aster Wellness, Strawberries and Sunshine, Riverside Counselling, Connected Natural Medicine and others.
It’s all part of an effort to remind Port Coquitlam residents that mental health matters, according to McKinnon, who said participating members will offer tips and resources to help families get through these challenging times.
In addition to local businesses, the campaign will feature messages from Mayor Brad West, Port Coquitlam MLA Mike Farnworth and Coquitlam-Port Coquitlam MP Ron McKinnon.
To follow the Mental Health Matters Campaign visit the PoCo BIA website at downtownpocobia.com or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @downtownpoco #mentalhealthmatters #takecarepoco