I hope it's okay I add a few more!
Social distancing doesn't mean you can't find ways to help people out in your community, especially those who may be more vulnerable or may need a little extra support during this time. For a lot of communities there are still ways to reach out, and I want to mention a few. So, online I find there's often community facebook groups, and I'm still involved in my old one just because I suck at using Facebook, but I've found that so many people are willing to help out. If you're able to, maybe checking out those online groups and seeing if anyone is posting they need help, this could be anything from supporting with getting groceries, or for me, we'll usually have a few snowfalls around this time of year so helping out by shovelling, doing little check ups to make sure people are okay. My mom and I definitely keep close tabs on that, and I know there's on older man that would do a walk in the summer and would always stop by and talk to my dad, so we're keeping a close eye and trying to see if we can find him and see if he needs anything. Still, be careful doing so and keep a distance, don't put others at risk.
Right now where I live, there's a massive push towards programming and my mom I guess joined a hackers group (that's what they call it, really it's just people learning or who understand coding, to create resources). In my city, there is call to create some platforms or I'm not quite sure what to call them to connect people to help that they need and such, as well as just creating fun online things to do. Maybe seeing if there's something like that where you can be involved in a group like that and help create things would be an option. One thing my mom and I kind of discussed was that there are a lot of people out of work right now, and quite a few areas include taking care of people - since not everyone who *should* be at the hospital may be able to go if this gets bad, those people would be easy to train for check ups, maybe at home care. I don't know exactly how that would work, but it's not a bad idea honestly.
I know the Pride Centre in my city has brought their groups online, and so I started doing that. If that's of interest to you, contacting your centre may be a good idea, ours is through discord.
Again with the whole helping out in your community, volunteering, I don't know how other places are handling it but just because we have this virus doesn't mean there aren't still people who are at risk of other things or experiencing homelessness, so I've been looking at ways to get involved that way. If you're younger (I'm 15) you may have to have a parent do it with you, so it's definitely something to weigh and discuss, don't take it lightly, you don't want to put anyone at risk. I consider this primarily because I'm a low risk person, and it's something I plan to discuss at length with my family. Also, I worry about our first nations youth who may already not have a stable home during this time, who I know are particularly at risk for things like abuse and other issues - so looking into that sort of thing and seeing what may be helpful, I go to a school where we actually have a cultural liaison, and a high indigenous population so it is often talked about where I go to school. It may also be a good time to really dive into researching about other communities.
For me, I have people in my life who if they contract this virus, they won't be able to pull through, for example, I have a great grandmother in a nursing/care home who is living in the late stages of dementia, so my whole family is looking into ways to communicate, or I guess just "be around her" from a distance, because she doesn't communicate. For example, this kind of looks like seeing if we can get set up on her TV and just let her feel like she's around people that care about her. With other family, it looks a lot like doing FaceTime or joining games online. I think we all know -or may be at higher risk yourself- someone who can't get this virus, and so definitely reaching out and continuing to communicate with the ones you love is a big deal right now.
I've been reading a lot of articles from Scarleteen as has been mentioned, so now all I'm doing is really questioning just how strange the people helping me out with issues here are. It certainly seems like there are some interesting personalities and I love that more than anyone knows, partly because it gives me weird things to bug my mom with.
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