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How Canadians have benefitted from taking Psychological First Aid

For a lot of us, this pandemic has changed how we experience day-to-day stress. People from across the country have been using our online Psychological First Aid courses to help find balance for themselves and better support those around them.
Here’s how Canadians have put the Psychological First Aid courses to work for them: 

Ukrainian Canadians reaching out across the country during COVID-19

Potentially reaching 1.4 million Ukrainian Canadians during COVID-19 is no mean feat. But, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) is hoping to do just that, with funding received from the Canadian Red Cross, thanks to the Government of Canada. During this time when people can feel isolated, the UCC is using the funding to help bring people together.

Safety tips for working outside

Beautiful weather tends to make us want to be outside and spruce up our surroundings; but, whatever outdoor projects you may be tackling, always remember to put your safety first! Here are some tips for you.

Tapping into tradition to support food security in Indigenous communities in the Maritimes

Women of First Light is a not-for-profit organization led by Indigenous women in the Maritimes that seeks to heal communities, families and society by remembering and returning to the traditional ways of their ancestors. The group has reintroduced land-based learning activities, such as community gardens in several communities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick as a tool for education to support food security for Indigenous communities.

Heatwave warning: What you need to know about heat-related emergencies

Summer is in full swing in many parts of Canada and folks are enjoying more time outside whether at the lake, lounging poolside or tending to that lawn that needs mowing. With a renewed appreciation for the outdoors after having spent months cooped up, many of us are happy to simply head out the front door and enjoy the sunshine on our faces. While we may be tempted to simply throw on our sandals and rush outside to soak up the sun, there are some important heat-related safety tips to keep in mind.
 

Rudimentary to flourishing: COVID-19 and virtual volunteering

There was a bit of a surprising silver lining to the COVID-19 pandemic for a Saskatchewan-based Canadian Red Cross volunteer Alex Bull. The move to virtual-based volunteering has taken her from “barely” able to turn on a computer to supervising a team of Safety and Wellbeing volunteers using technology.
 

“Diving” into the difference between a lifejacket and PFD – what you may not know about the two

We’ve all seen the terms “lifejacket” and “PFD” mentioned when talking about water safety, but what many people don’t know is that the two items are different in material, level of protection, and purpose. It’s like a bike helmet and a motorcycle helmet– both have similar purposes, but different circumstances will call for more appropriate use of one over the other.
 

Safety protocols mean Red Cross volunteers can help where needed during COVID-19

Even during COVID-19, the Red Cross is on the ground, helping where we're needed. 

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