BC government admits it "missed the mark" on self-care bingo tweet

Feb 19 2021, 7:45 pm

The BC Government addressed criticism of its self-care bingo tweet Friday, saying it “missed the mark” during the COVID-19 crisis that’s caused mental, emotional, and financial stress.

The government tweeted out a self-care bingo card around 12:30 pm Friday with squares offering suggestions such as going for a walk and meditating. But some squares were darker, including the free “cried. let it out” space in the middle.

Many called the tweet tone-deaf, and criticized the government for putting the onus on individuals instead of effectively managing the crisis itself.

One person re-worked the bingo card to point out the governments perceived failings during the pandemic.

“Our post was meant to give people ideas of how they can take care of themselves and their neighbours and point them to free and low-cost mental health supports,” the government’s account tweeted later Friday evening.

“We’ve seen positive feedback, but also heard we missed the mark. We know there’s a lot more work to do to get through this — we’re committed to doing the work.”

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