Prescription for Resilience: Coping with COVID

White Coat, Black Art

The global pandemic has led to devastating loss and isolation for Canadians and people around the world. The challenges have been immense, and we are all looking for ways to cope. One of the greatest resources we have right now is one another.

Prescription for Resilience: Coping with COVID is a special series of stories presented by CBC Radio One’s White Coat, Black Art. Canadians share what they have done to cope and where they have found resilience in their daily lives, in both big and small ways. The hope is that these stories will provide inspiration that can be applied to your own life.

Some of these stories were featured in the White Coat, Black Art programs. Listen: Part one | Listen: Part two.

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Sheila White, 97, stays active and connected to her community throughout the pandemic.


Life is nothing but one option: to keep moving, to wake up every morning and start chasing your dream again. Hassan Al Kontar A former Syrian refugee, Al Kontar made headlines around the world in 2018 when he was stranded in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur International Airport for nearly seven months. He says his time in the airport taught him many of the survival skills that have helped him cope with the current pandemic.


PHOTOS: Finding resilience

Anna-Kay Brown with her children: 12-year-old Anthony, six-year-old Arianna, and two-year-old Amaiyah. (Submitted by Anna-Kay Brown)
Anna-Kay Brown with her children: 12-year-old Anthony, six-year-old Arianna, and two-year-old Amaiyah.
Chantelle Richmond with her husband Ian, and children Maya and William, at the Springbank Road Races in London, Ont., in Oct. 2016. (Submitted by Chantelle Richmond)
Chantelle Richmond with her husband Ian, and children Maya and William, at the Springbank Road Races in London, Ont., in Oct. 2016. (Submitted by Chantelle Richmond)
Brianna Seewald holds up the halo device.
Brianna Seewald's social media followers have been waiting to see the removal of the halo device.
Manjushree Thapa's sketch of a dragonfly accompanied by a note: 'I love painting. I'm not sure why I ever stopped.'
Manjushree Thapa's sketch of a dragonfly accompanied by a note: 'I love painting. I'm not sure why I ever stopped.'
Clockwise from top left: Anna-Kay Brown, shown here with her children, learned the importance of self-care and how to make time for family. (Submitted by Anna-Kay Brown); Chantelle Richmond, shown here with her family, turned to running to cope with loss and isolation. (Submitted by Chantelle Richmond); Manjushree Thapa’s art helped her cope with grief (Manjushree Thapa); Brianna Seewald used her recovery to entertain and inspire her social media followers. (Submitted by Brianna Seewald); Jennifer Eastham used art to battle pandemic loneliness. (Submitted by Jennifer Eastham)

LISTEN: White Coat, Black Art's Prescription for Resilience special

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