Taking Care of Yourself During COVID-19
This is an unprecedented situation, and it’s OK to not be OK. As essential workers, many of you don’t have the option to stay home, and this brings even more concerns as you worry about protecting yourselves, your loved ones, and your patients. This page is dedicated to mental health and wellness. It offers a variety of resources to assist you in navigating this stressful time. You know the value of caring for yourself – let us help.
The information in this resource does not replace the advice and care of a mental health professional. If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please go to your local emergency department, call 911, or reach out to your local crisis/support line.
Free Psychological Services
The Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) has compiled a list of psychologists who are volunteering psychological services to front line healthcare providers during this time of crisis. Visit the CPA page to find out how to contact a psychologist in your home province.
FRONTLINE provides fast, free counseling to health care professionals and essential workers to deal with anxiety, stress, fear, isolation, or other difficult emotions during coronavirus.
Canada text: 741741
National Mental Health Survey
COVID-19 Related Mental Health Resources
Wellness Together Canada – A resource funded by the Government of Canada in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health
Mental health and psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19 outbreak – Messages for healthcare workers; team leaders or managers in health facilities; carers of children; older adults, people with underlying health conditions and their carers; and people in isolation.
Psychological First Aid for Frontline Healthcare Providers During COVID-19 – a workbook and wellness guide developed by Dr. Mélanie Joanisse, Clinical and Health Psychologist
Psychology Works fact sheets series covering a variety of mental health topics
This site from The Pain and Wellness Centre site offers tips on managing mental health during isolation.
Looking after your mental health while self isolating – this UK site from Young Minds is directed at younger people in isolation.
Supporting someone in self-isolation – this site offers ideas and actions you can take to make sure that your loved ones who remain in isolation stay well.
The Tolerance for Uncertainty: A COVID-19 Workbook was created to assist with managing strong emotions through a form of psychological treatment called Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). DBT is an evidence based intervention that helps individuals identify their feelings and learn skills to better manage their emotions.
National Mental Health Programs and Resources
- Mental Health Meter – This self-assessment tool will help the user understand the characteristics of their mental health.
- Bounce Back program – A free program that helps participants develop skills to improve their mental health. Designed for adults and youth 15 years or older manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. This program is free for participants who will work with a trained coach and workbooks to build skills to improve mental health. Requires the participants to have a primary care provider, and will work with primary care providers through walk-in clinics. Recommended time: 20-30 minute sessions, two to three times per week (over 3-6 months) Coaching and workbooks are available in French and in English.
- Not Myself Today – A workplace mental health initiative designed to help employers build mentally healthy workplaces. Contains a toolkit of ready-to-implement activities and resources.
- Mental Health Works – a program of evidence-based, capacity-building workshops, webinars and presentations to build mental health awareness and teach participants how to respond to challenging situations. (This nationwide program is an enterprise of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario division.)
- The CMHA also offers courses at locations across Canada.
This toolkit includes tools and resources for starting the dialogue about mental health and wellness in your organization and with others.
This site includes Domestic Violence resources for those who are or those who know someone who is seeking help.
Workplace-specific Mental Health Programs and Resources for Employers and Employees
Supporting the Well-Being of Healthcare Workers on the Front Line of the Covid-19 Crisis (A summary of the webinar is also available.)
Pause4Providers – Daily 30-minute anonymous drop-in sessions. Each session offers short mindfulness practices to help participants to unwind, revitalize and to learn ways to find calm in the midst of the pandemic. The program is open to all healthcare providers, trainees, hospital workers, leaders and researchers.
The Canadian Health Workforce Network (CHWN) has partnered with the Canadian Foundation of Healthcare Improvement (CFHI) to develop this database of health workforce innovations in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Ontario Division: Mental Health in the Workplace: An Accommodation Guide for Managers and Staff
- Manitoba and Winnipeg Division Community and Workplace Education
- Alberta Division Workplace training resources
- British Columbia Division Workplace programs
Emergency Responders: Tips for taking care of yourself – Understanding and identifying burnout and secondary traumatic stress; responder self-care techniques; after the response: family and work-life
Mental Health Resources for MRT Students and Educators
Canadian Mental Health Association and Canadian Association of College and University Student Services
Grief and Bereavement Resources
Webinar series on grief and bereavement
Employee Assistance Programs
Many employers offer Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) that include short-term counselling, financial support programs, family support resources, and more. These services are free for employees and completely confidential. Ask if your manager or employer if this service is available at your place of work.