A new study from Mental Health Research Canada has found that COVID-19 is affecting Canadians’ mental health significantly right now.
A recent Mental Health Research Canada study reveals anxiety and depression among Canadians are at their highest du… https://t.co/2ZaDZ9wogU— Health Canada and PHAC (@Health Canada and PHAC)1616418105.0
Wellness Together Canada
When using the services, Canadians will be able to access instant support via various platforms, including text or online. One-on-one professional counselling via phone, text or video-chat and youth-specific help is available, too.
Mental health resources
Earlier this year, the prime minister spoke out about mental health and urged Canadians to consider accessing Canada’s Wellness Together portal.
It’s not the only free service out there though, as several provinces have support resources of their own.
For example, the University of Toronto has a free course that offers to help manage your anxiety during the pandemic.
In B.C., post-secondary students can access free 24/7 counselling online via Here2Talk.
Starling Minds is another Canada-wide online mental health platform that offers free and confidential services aiming to help people with stress and anxiety during the pandemic.
How to improve mental health
The federal government’s Healthy Canadians Instagram page has shared plenty of useful resources related to mental health during the pandemic.
In one post, Health Canada shared some tips to take care of your mental health during the pandemic.
Their advice included staying in touch with loved ones via video-chat, doing daily physical activity and keeping your brain stimulated in any way you can.
If you or anyone you know is struggling with depression or mental health concerns, please reach out to a trusted peer, parent or health care professional. You can also contact a helpline which is available 24 hours a day to talk. Or click here, for additional resources.
If you need immediate assistance please call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital. Support is available.