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Your Mental Health Matters To Us

January 28, 2021

We understand that it has been a challenging year. This winter is even more demanding on our mental health and well-being because of all the COVID-19 stresses and changes in our daily lives. It’s no surprise when depression and anxiety surface. Mental health issues are more common than you think. “It’s okay to not be okay.”  

At Prov, we encourage those of you who are struggling in whatever way to explore how you can address your challenges. We especially encourage our students to reach out to us. Providence has free, confidential counselling services available to you. You can set up an initial Zoom appointment at

There are also many additional mental health resources available. Here are a few you may find helpful:

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Practicing good hygiene is an important way to help protect yourself from getting a viral respiratory illness. Some suggestions are as follows:
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean them with an alcohol-based hand rub if soap and water are not available
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue; then, dispose of the tissue
  • Limit touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid close contact (less than two meters) with anyone showing symptoms of a respiratory illness, such as coughing or sneezing
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle with adequate sleep, balanced diet and exercise
  • Minimize prolonged, close contact with other individuals in public
  • Avoid greetings that involve touching such as handshakes
  • Disinfect frequently used surfaces
  • Follow public health advice related to self-monitoring and self-isolation if you’ve travelled or been exposed to someone ill with the virus
  • Consider avoiding travel, crowded places and events, especially if you are at higher risk


COVID-19 is similar to the common cold and symptoms can range from mild to severe as follows:
  • fever
  • cough
  • sore throat
  • runny nose
  • shortness of breath
  • breathing difficulties

Older people and those living with chronic health conditions are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with pneumonia and severe acute respiratory syndrome (etc.). Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to the virus.


Prior to any visit to the Providence campus, all community members and guests must screen themselves by answering the following questions. (Further information on screening can be found here):

  1. Am I currently experiencing a new onset of any of the following symptoms: Fever/chills, cough, loss of taste or smell, vomiting or diarrhea for more than 24 hours, sore throat/hoarse voice, shortness of breath? (Note: Call 911 immediately if you are experiencing severe symptoms or difficulty breathing.)
  2. Am I currently experiencing a new onset of TWO OR MORE of the following symptoms: runny nose, muscle aches, fatigue, conjunctivitis (pink eye), headache, nausea or loss of appetite, skin rash of unknown origin?
  3. Have I been in close contact with someone that is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19?
  4. Have I travelled to any location outside of Manitoba in the last 14 days that requires a 14 day quarantine period upon return, or have Manitoba health officials recommended that I self-isolate or quarantine?

If the answer to ANY of the above questions is “yes,” you should immediately go home to self-isolate and you are NOT permitted to enter the Providence campus. If you have answered “yes” to questions one or two, you must complete the self-screening tool or call Health Links at 1-888-315-9257 to seek medical advice and information about COVID-19 testing. Local public health officials will advise you of your next steps based on your test results and will be in contact with Providence if necessary.

If you live in residence or in Turner, you are required to call the Emergency On-Call Phone 204-746-4785 IMMEDIATELY for further instructions on self-isolation. Please click here for specific self-isolation/quarantine policies.

The campus is open to Providence employees and students on a limited basis.

Due to the #RestartMB Pandemic Response System, as of November 12th, we are in critical red level, and employees and students are working and studying remotely for the remainder of the fall semester. Only staff providing essential services to residence students are still on campus.

To limit the number of people on our campus, Providence remains closed to the general public. Anyone wishing to come to campus for specific, institutional business should email or call 204-433-7488 to inquire before their arrival.

Providence employees are available by phone and email from 8:15 am - 4:30 pm.