BC Wildfire crews on scene at the Garrison Lake Wildfire southwest of Princeton on Aug. 20. (BC WIldfire Service)

BC Wildfire crews on scene at the Garrison Lake Wildfire southwest of Princeton on Aug. 20. (BC WIldfire Service)

Keremeos people wanted for study on impact of climate change and COVID-19

UBC and LSCSS partnering on study to understand affects on mental health

With COVID-19, a crushing heatwave and most recently the constant smoke from nearby wildfires, many people have had their mental health affected over the last year.

The Lower Similkameen Community Services Society and the University of British Columbia are partnering together on a research study to better understand the impact of climate change events on the mental health of people living in the province’s rural communities.

There are multiple ways to participate in the study, including completing a discrete online survey, uploading and sharing with the researchers items such as photos, stories and drawings related to the pandemic, wildfires or mental health or participating in an online interview with the researchers over UBC Zoom.

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The goal of the study is to provide information and create community actions to address the impact of climate change and the pandemic on people’s mental health.

To participate in the survey, or for more information, you can go to ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_etFlMuUCZXjSklL.

The information-gathering phase of the study will close on Sept. 30.

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