In late 2021, the BCMA conducted a COVID-19 Impact and Recovery Sector survey. As part of this survey, respondents provided some insight into the mental health of museum workers during the ongoing pandemic and requested resources addressing common concerns such as living wages, job security, and support systems.
In response, the BCMA hosted webinars on Demystifying Unions, Aiding and Addressing Burnout, and Living Wages. These webinars, along with additional resources to support ongoing mental health and wellness in the sector, are available as a collection below.
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Hear from the Vancouver Foundation on why they fund Living Wage Employers and from Centre A on the benefits they've seen since becoming a Living Wage Employer.
Access to counsellors
Wellness Together Canada was created in response to an unprecedented rise in mental health and substance use concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with funding from the Government of Canada. As a country, we are facing challenges at a scale we’ve never seen before, from social isolation and financial insecurity to substance use concerns and racial inequality.
Community Action Initiative, in partnership with the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions and the Ministry of Health, is pleased to have awarded 29 Community Counselling Grants to organizations across British Columbia.
Ways to combat burnout
Burnout can manifest out of extreme and prolonged stress and can leave us feeling exhausted, discouraged, overwhelmed and unmotivated. The World Health Organization categorizes burnout by three symptoms: feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, negativity or cynicism related to your job, and reduced professional efficacy.
Actionable resources for workplace mental health
Mental health is a state of well-being in which you realize your own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively, and are able to make a contribution to your community.
Working for a Living Wage: Making paid work meet basic family needs in Metro Vancouver 2022 Update The 2022 living wage in Metro Vancouver climbed to $24.08 per hour which is $3.56 higher than last year’s rate of $20.52 per hour. This is the highest annual increase in the Metro Vancouver living wage since it was first calculated 14 years ago.
Health and wellbeing support networks
Responding to the immediate needs identified by racially marginalized museum workers, the IBPOC Network hopes to provide targeted support for IBPOC and equity-seeking members of our community through workshops, webinars, networking, and resource development.
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