A new hashtag has popped up and it’s #caremongering – what does it mean? (clue: it started in Canada by caring Canadians!)
Read more here: https://www.bbc.com
Just a few days ago the word “caremongering” did not exist. Now, what started as a way to help vulnerable people in Toronto has turned into a movement spreading fast across Canada.
More than 35 Facebook groups have been set up in 72 hours to serve communities in places including Ottawa, Halifax and Annapolis County in Nova Scotia, with more than 30,000 members between them.
People are joining the groups to offer help to others within their communities, particularly those who are more at risk of health complications related to coronavirus.
The pandemic has led to acts of kindness around the world, from delivering soup to the elderly in the UK to an exercise class held for quarantined residents on their balconies in Spain.
But in Canada, a country whose inhabitants are stereotyped in the media as kind to a fault, helping others has become an organised movement called “caremongering”.
Use the hashtag #caremongering to find a (or start) a Facebook group in your area to offer support and care!
During this unprecedented time where we’re getting isolated and overwhelmed, it’s necessary to find positive, supportive and comforting messages and people who can help us to get through this together.
Apart from posting supportive and inspirational messages on my blog, I’m committed to sharing resources to help support people emotionally, to connect and to get support.
As it’s all driven by social media, the altruism is arranged online and the hashtags provide a permanent record of all the good happening in different communities across Canada – an uplifting read in anxious times.
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The first “caremongering” group was set up by Mita Hans with the help of Valentina Harper and others. Valentina explained the meaning behind the name.
“Scaremongering is a big problem,” she tells the BBC. “We wanted to switch that around and get people to connect on a positive level, to connect with each other.
“It’s spread the opposite of panic in people, brought out community and camaraderie, and allowed us to tackle the needs of those who are at-risk all the time – now more than ever.”
You can also do a Google search of this new hashtag to discover more positive resources!
“Anxiety, isolation and lack of hope affects you. In providing this virtual community which allows people to help each other, I think it is really showing people there is still hope for humanity. We haven’t lost our hope.”
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Typically, posts are divided between two main topics – #iso and #offer. #iso posts are for people “in search of” help, whereas #offer posts are (as the name implies) for people offering help.
There are other topics for things like discussions, news articles and which shops are open, but these two tags make up the bulk of the posts in the groups.
“There’s a lot of negative things about social media,” he tells the BBC. “It’s a place that can make you feel isolated normally. This is an opportunity to people to reach out and help each other.
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