1 in 3 Canadians experience mental illness in their lifetime
During a pandemic is it very easy to feel lonely, scared, and stressed. What you need to know is that what you are feeling is very normal. Since we are all unique, many people express their feelings in different ways. You might feel socially excluded, scared of contracting the Covid-19 virus, and anxious from being away from certain family members.
To take care of yourself you should stay informed by watching the news, but always remember to take breaks! While still being conscious of the social distancing rules, it is not impossible to set up video calls with your friends and family. The feeling might not be the same as seeing them in person but at least you can communicate. To maintain mindfulness and peace, meditating and stretching are vital.
Here is a great restorative yoga and meditation video to help with stress relief.
Here is a list of services to call or text if you are feeling emotional pain, suffering, having suicidal thoughts, or know someone that is going through a tough time and requires help. It is crucial for you to know that you are not alone.
This website provides support to all Canadians by providing helpful numbers to call when in distress.
The Kids Help Phone is available to anyone ages 5 to 29 seeking professional counselors.
Call (toll-free): 1-800-668-6868
Text "CONNECT" to 686868
Available to all Indigenous peoples throughout Canada who seek crisis intervention. Online counseling is available in French, English, Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut.
Call (toll-free): 1-855-242-3310
Canada Suicide Prevention Service
If you or someone you know is thinking of committing suicide make sure to call or text.
Text (4pm to 12am ET):