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Protecting Your Mental Health

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*UPBEAT MUSIC THROUGHOUT ENTIRE VIDEO*



[0:00 – 0:05] GWLRA LOGO APPEARS

[0:05 – 0:08] CAMERA PANS AND SHOWS BUILDING

[0:08 – 0:16] CUT TO MAN WALKING INTO FRAME PICKING UP GARBAGE

[0:13 – 0:23] JOHN – MY NAME IS JOHN, I AM ONE OF THE MAINTENANCE GUYS HERE AT GWL. MY BUILDING IS 35 HIGH PARK, BUT I TAKE CARE OF 8 BUILDINGS.

[0:23 -0:25] CUT TO FOOTAGE OF JOHN CLEANING UP GARBAGE ON GROUND

[0:25-0:32] JOHN – ONE OF THE BEST THINGS, THAT I LIKE ABOUT MY JOB IS PROVIDING THE BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE FOR OUR RESIDENTS

[0:26 – 0:35] CUT TO FOOTAGE OF JOHN ENTERING A RESIDENT’S APARTMENT

[0:35 – 0:39] CUT TO FOOTAGE OF JOHN FIXING DISHWASHER

[0:39 – 0:55] JOYCE – MY NAME IS JOYCE, I’M A SENIOR CITIZEN, RETIRED OBVIOUSLY, WHO MOVED FROM MONTREAL TO BE WITH FAMILY. AND I’VE LIVED HERE, IN THIS BUILDING, IN THIS APARTMENT, FOR THE LAST 8 YEARS.

[00:55 – 0:58] CUT TO FOOTAGE OF HIGH PARK FROM RESIDENT’S BALCONY

[0:58 – 1:01] CUT TO FOOTAGE OF TORONTO LANDSCAPE FROM BALCONY

[0;59-1:16] JOYCE – WHEN WE HAD THE LOCKDOWN, OBVIOUSLY WE COULDN’T GO OUT, I HAD TO DEAL WITH THAT AND THERE WAS ANXIETY AND ISOLATION THAT HAPPENED. BUT I WOULD REACH OUT TO SOMEONE WHEN THAT HAPPENED.

[1:06 – 1:10] CUT TO FOOTAGE OF COMPUTER SHOWING VIRUS AROUND GLOBE WITH RED DOTS

[1:10 – 1:14] CUT TO FOOTAGE OF COUPLE SITTING ON STOOLS. BOTH ARE WEARING MASKS.

[1:16 – 1:20] ALLISON – I’M ALLISON, AND I WORK IN REAL ESTATE MARKETING

[1:20 – 1:25] JULIAN – HI I’M JULIAN AND I’M CURRENTLY AT HUMBER FOR THE ADVERTISING AND GRAPHIC DESIGN PROGRAM

[1:26-1:34] ALLISON – EXERCISE HAS BEEN A HUGE HELP FOR ME DURING THIS PANDEMIC, IT HELPS RELIEVE STRESS.

[1:34 – 1:40] JULIAN – GOING ON A WALK IS REALLY IMPORTANT IN THAT SENSE. IT REALLY HELPS COPING MENTALLY.

[1:40 – 2:02] LARRY – MY NAME IS LARRY, I’M A PHYSIOTHERAPIST IN TORONTO, I LOVE WHAT I DO BECAUSE IT’S SO REWARDING TO SEE PEOPLE COME INTO OUR WORK TOGETHER STRUGGLING AND LOOKING FOR ANSWERS AND TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SUPPORT THEMSELVES THROUGH THEIR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, AND TO GUIDE THEM THROUGH A JOURNEY OF SELF DISCOVERY AND HEALTH.

[2:02 – 2:07] CUT TO FOOTAGE OF TIME-LAPSE OF MALE STANDING WITH MASK ONE WHILE PEOPLE WALK AROUND HIM

[2:07 – 2:12] CUT TO FOOTAGE OF STORE SIGN WITH REDUCED HOURS DUE TO COVID

[2:02 – 2:28] LARRY – A LOT OF THE COMMON WAYS IN WHICH WE WOULD LOOK AFTER OURSELVES AND PRACTICE SELF CARE HAVE BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM US

LARRY – WE NO LONGER CAN GO TO THE GYMS OR GO OUT AND SEE A CONCERT OR LIVE MUSIC, AND SO WE ARE HAVING TO DISCOVER NEW WAYS OF LOOKING AFTER OURSELVES AND BEING IN COMMUNION AND CONNECTING.. AND THAT CAN BE CHALLENGING.

[2:26 – 2:29] CUT TO YOUNG WOMEN WEARING MASK

[2:28 – 2:37] JOHN – WE GOT HIT HARD, BUT THEN JUST LIKE I SAID WE DO THE BEST WE CAN. MAKE DO OF WHAT WE HAVE.

[2:37-2:42] JOYCE – CONNECT WITH PEOPLE . REACH OUT TO EITHER FAMILY OR FRIENDS

[2:41 – 2:46] CUT TO FOOTAGE OF FRIEND CONSOLING HER FRIEND

[2:42 – 2:44] JOYCE – GO NOCK ON A NEIGHBOURS DOOR, CALL YOUR PHARMACIST. LET SOMEONE KNOW YOU ARE HAVING A DIFFICULT TIME. YOU KNOW VECAUSE THERE IS HELP OUT THERE, AND THE OTHER THING I WOULD SAY IF YOU CAN, DO SOMETHING, KEEP YOURSELF BUSY, DON’T JUST ALLOW YOURSELF TO SIT THERE AND FEEL SORRY FOR YOURSELF, . REACH OUT AND THERE IS HELP OUT THERE.

[3:09 – 3:17] CUT TO FOOTAGE OF FRIEND CONSOLING FRIEND PT 2

[3:17 – 3:43] LARRY – WHEN YOU ARE LIVING IN A COMMON AREA IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO LOOK OUT FOR YOUR NEIGHBOURS. IF SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS SICK OR NEED SOME SUPPORT, IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO CHECK ON THEM. PERHAPS A CONVERSATION, A KNOCK ON THE DOOR, A CUP OF COFFEE OR A MEAL EVEN, WERE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER AND SUPPORTING EACH OTHER THROUGH THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

[3:43 – 3:45] JOHN – TAKE A DEEP BREATH, DON’T THINK TO MUCH, GIVE IT A WALK. ENCOURAGE YOURSELF THAT THIS IS JUST TEMPORARY.

[3:56 – 4:01] JULIAN – SOME SORT OF MEDITATION. IF THEY’VE NEVER DONE IT BEFORE, NOW IS PROBABLY A GOOD

[4:01 – 4:06] CUT TO FOOTAGE OF LEAVES

[4:03 – 4:10] CALM YOUR MIND, AND YOU CAN BE FOCUSED ON WHAT’S ACTUALLY IMPORTANT, AN THAT THE SITUATION IS ONLY TEMPORARY.

[4:09 – 4:13] CUT TO FOOTAGE OF TREE REVEALING SUN

[4:11-4:33] 24 HOURS IS A LOT OF TIME TO BE IN THE SAME ROOM, BECAUSE USUALLY YOU ARE AT WORK AND YOU COME HOME AND THERE ARE THINGS TO DO AND SEVEN TO TEN IS YOUR TOGETHER TIME. MANAGING THAT AND KEEPING THINGS SEPARATE BUT TOGETHER AT THE SAME TIME IS PRETTY CRUCIAL TO KEEPING THINGS GOOD

[4:33-4:51] LARRY- BE KIND TO YOURSELF, BE KIND TO THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU, GET OUTSIDE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE EVEN IF IT’S FREEZING COLD, PUT ON SOME WARM CLOTHES, GET SOME FRESH AIR,. IT’S REALLY VALUABLE FOR IMPROVING YOUR WELLBEING AND LEVEL OF STRESS AND INCREASING YOUR HEALTH

[4:29-4:33] CUT TO SHOT OF HIGHWAY IN WINTER

[4:38 – 4:41] CUT TO SHOT OF FROZEN LAKE

[4:41-4:45] CUT TO SHOT OF SUNSET ON OCEAN

[4:45 – 4:51] CUT TO SHOT OF SUNSET OVER FIELD

[4:51 – 5:03] JOHN – THIS IS NOT THE END OF THE WORLD, WE HAVE TO MOVE ON AND FIND SOME ALTERNATIVE THINGS FOR THE TIME BEING, BECAUSE IF NOT YOU ARE GONNA BURY YOURSELF THINKING TO MUCH

[5:03-5:11] CUT TO LADY HOLDING SIGN THAT SAYS “TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG”

[5:03 – 5:10] JOYCE – YOU KNOW WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER AND WE’RE GONNA TO GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER, THAT’S THE ONLY WE ARE ARE GONNA DO IT

[5:11-5:15] CUT TO SHOT OF CONSTRUCTION WORKER CONSOLING FRIEND

[5:10 – 5:19] AND WE’RE ALL GONNA END UP IN A HEALTHY WAY DOING WHAT WE NEED TO DO FOR ONE ANOTHER

[5:19 – 5:26] LARRY – DON’T FORGET EVEN IF YOU ARE STRUGGLING, THERE IS NO SHAME IN REACHING OUT AND ASKING FOR HELP. WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER

[5:26 – 5:38] CUT TO CALL TO ACTION : “IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP, CONTACT CRISIS SERVICE CANADA WWW.CRISISSERVICE.CA

[5:38-5:43] CUT TO GWLRA LOGO


The impact of COVID-19 has affected all of us. And while there’s finally light at the end of the tunnel, we need to stay strong and look out for ourselves and one another. This video features fellow residents, a GWLRA employee, and a psychotherapist sharing tips and advice on how to cope during these challenging times.