Have an opinion you’d like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)

Have an opinion you’d like to share? Submit letters to the editor through our website, via email or the postal service. (Heather Colpitts/Black Press Media)

LETTER: Langley letter writer concerned about impacts a year into pandemic

Are community groups supplying frontline workers with the PPE to keep them safe?

Dear Editor,

This is a copy of an open letter which I sent three weeks ago to the Langley Stepping Stone Society, and the impact COVID-19 is having on the more vulnerable members of society. Although I have yet to receive a formal response, I felt it was important to share to create conversations around mental health support. I thank you in advance for your consideration.

To Whom it May Concern,

I just want to take a moment to thank you for your efforts in the community these past many years. You may or may not remember me, but I struggled with mental health issues for a long time. Thankfully, the Langley Stepping Stones Community Clubhouse was very much a part of my recovery.

I was surely fortunate, in this, as I was gifted with many other points of support. Family was primarily one.

Now, however, COVID-19, which has been ravaging around our world for over the last year has made it difficult beyond measure. Many places are no longer allowing in person visits or connections, once so vital to recovery. I am also continuing on my own recovery in another light, having been sober the last four years. I used to have a community support worker through the clubhouse that would come to my home and visit me to help. Or, alternatively, to assist me, we would meet for coffee as required if I felt up to it.

• READ MORE: COVID hospitalization costs $23,000 per stay, four times as much as average

Which brings me to my next question for the Langley Stepping Stone.

Now, with COVID-19 globally since last March what measures or safety protocols are in place which Community Support Workers abide by to help clients through these extremely challenging times? Does the Fraser Health Authority (through Langley Mental Health) also have input into these guidelines which govern how yourcommunity support workers perform their duties? Are in-home visits (and wellness checks) continue to be regularly done if a client is struggling?

I have a friend who works in the industry as a home-care worker, so in order to complete work for her clients, she dons (all supplied by the employer) a mask and gloves in order to complete work these tasks as needed.

• READ MORE: B.C. company first in Canada authorized to sell N95 masks made in-house

Also, a number of my close friends are finding it difficult to cope and maintain their mental health and well-being. I am thus deeply concerned, even frustrated when I hear their ongoing stories. I do hope there are options actively in place to try and continue to assist them.

Again, thank you for the work you do, and look forward to your soonest response.

Shauneen Pattinson, Willoughby

.


Do you have an opinion you’d like to share? Please send us a letter to the editor, including your first and last name, street address, and phone number. Email: news@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

CoronavirusLetter to the Editor

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Brendan Martin is on a hunger strike to raise awareness of fighter jets being purchased by the Canadian government. (Special to Black Press Media/Canadian Press)
Langley physician on two-week hunger strike to protest Canadian fighter jet purchase

No Fighter Jets Coalition member Dr. Brendan Martin last ate on April 10

The Langley Seniors Resource Centre has a tax clinic that wraps up April 30, 2021. (LSRC grpahic)
Seniors centre offers tax clinics and men’s sexuality group has online support meeting

Most in-person events remain on hold but here’s information on two events

.
LETTER: Langley student spills about the link between milk and climate change

Grade 7 students at Gordon Greenwood Elementary were tasked with writing about climate change.

.
LETTER: Langley student delves into climate change and the impact on storms

Grade 7 students at Gordon Greenwood Elementary were tasked with writing about climate change.

The Giants play at Prospera Place in Kelowna Wednesday night against Victoria, then are back on the same ice again Saturday to take on the Rockets. They defeated Prince George Monday, 2-1 in Kamloops. (Allen Douglas/Special to Black Press Media)
VIDEO: Giants climb to top with 11 games remaining

Vancouver G-Men play again Wednesday, hoping to take down Victoria for a fourth time this season

A lone traveler enters the Calgary Airport in Calgary, Alta., Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
VIDEO: Trudeau defends Canada’s travel restrictions as effective but open to doing more

Trudeau said quarantine hotels for international air travellers will continue until at least May 21

B.C. Finance Minister Selina Robinson leaves the assembly with Premier John Horgan after the budget speech Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Paid sick leave for ‘hard-hit’ workers left out of provincial budget: BCGEU

‘For recovery to be equitable it requires supports for workers, not just business,’ says union president Laird Cronk

A large crowd protested against COVID-19 measures at Sunset Beach in Vancouver on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. (Snapchat)
VIDEO: Large, police-patrolled crowds gather at Vancouver beach for COVID protests

Vancouver police said they patrolled the area and monitored all gatherings

In this image from video, former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, center, is taken into custody as his attorney, Eric Nelson, left, looks on, after the verdicts were read at Chauvin’s trial for the 2020 death of George Floyd, Tuesday, April 20, 2021, at the Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis, Minn. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Court TV via AP, Pool
George Floyd’s death was ‘wake-up call’ about systemic racism: Trudeau

Derek Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday on all three charges against him

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Former University of Victoria rowing coach Barney Williams is photographed in the stands during the Greater Victoria Invitational at CARSA Performance Gym at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, November 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Rowing Canada sanctions former head coach of B.C. varsity women’s team

Suspension of Barney Williams would be reversed if he complies with certain terms

A man pauses at a coffin after carrying it during a memorial march to remember victims of overdose deaths in Vancouver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. announces historic half-billion-dollar funding for overdose crisis, mental health

Of it, $152 million will be used to address the opioid crisis and see the creation of 195 new substance use treatment beds

Most Read