The COVID-19 pandemic posed many challenges to our community. However, one important issue that is often addressed as an afterthought is deteriorating mental health, which was greatly amplified by the lockdown and safety regulations.
Impact Without Contact is proud to present Project Mental Health Kits, led by our Public Health cohort director, Helena. Project Mental Health Kits is a two-pronged volunteer initiative that aims to both raise awareness about mental health, as well as supply useful tools to improve mental wellbeing to the vulnerable members of our community.
Volunteer Involvement and Roles
A team of 62 volunteers from 5 countries was put together to create mental health awareness pamphlets directed at youth and adults. Volunteers took on the role of Researcher (responsible for researching and compiling information on mental health facts and helpful resources), Designer (responsible for designing pamphlets on Canva), or Editor (responsible for editing pamphlets). Our volunteer and executive team communicated through Zoom, Google Meets, and our Discord server.
The completed pamphlets were then printed out and added to 800 mental health kits, which included fidget toys, a sleeping mask, earplugs, and motivational messages submitted by volunteers. The completed kits were donated to shelters across the GTA.
Due to the flexible nature of this initiative, volunteer hours were authorized on a case-by-case basis through personal tracking and the assessment of our Public Health Cohort Director. Although this opportunity is now closed, similar remote volunteer opportunities will be offered in the future. Stay up to date with our initiatives by following @impactwithoutcontact on Instagram!