COVID-19 resources: mental health

Please Read: As information on prevention, policy, and programs is rapidly evolving, these resources generally direct users to frequently updated sites, rather than single pages that can go quickly out of date. We provide evidence-based resources and encourage members to dig deeper as their mission/work requires. We are grateful to everyone as they do their best through this crisis and wish all well as we work within this extraordinary time.

Virtual Mental Health Supports During COVID-19

Virtual services are available for British Columbians who are experiencing mental health challenges, such as anxiety or depression, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This page offers links to resources for various populations, including Indigenous people, those who have experienced family or sexual violence; healthcare workers and more.

Mental Health Commission of Canada launches free online crisis training for essential workers during COVID-19

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has developed a trio of free crisis response training programs designed to help front-line workers deal with the stress of these exceptional circumstances. The three new online programs (Caring for Yourself, Caring for Your Team, and Caring for Others) are designed to help people deal with these new challenges and are based on the MHCC’s successful in-person courses: Mental Health First Aid and The Working Mind.
Resources for those experiencing anxiety

Anxiety Canada provides resources for adults, youth and kids to help them deal with feelings around COVID-19. Includes recordings of town halls, and opportunity to sign up for future town hall events on Youtube and Facebook Live.

Coping with stress during the COVID-19 outbreak from the World Health Organization

What is Social Distancing and Flattening the Curve?

Mental Health and Cultural Supports to Indigenous people during COVID-19, from FNHA

Protecting Your Mental Health in the Coronavirus Climate:
We are not helpless in light of current news events. We can always choose our response. If you are struggling, here are some things you can do to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty.

Coping with Current Events: Managing Anxiety and Stress
The Canadian Mental Health Association is offering a Coping with Current Events series in the hope of  bringing together the community during a time of unknown, to learn and support ourselves and others. The online Coping with Current Events: Managing Anxiety and Stress will discuss the impact of the current events on our well-being, what we can do to feel a little more in control, and some options to help manage our feelings of anxiety and stress. Managing your stress and well-being during this time is as important as managing your physical health.

Psychological First Aid
The BC Psychological Association Support Service offers “Psychological First Aid” telephone calls, free of charge, to any BC resident (19+) affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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