Mental Health and COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic may make us feel confused, sad and anxious. Self-isolation may make us feel separate from some of the activities we used to do to help manage our feelings. It's important to learn about resources and supports to help you take care of yourself and your family.

Virtual Mental Health Supports

Virtual Mental Health Supports for COVID-19 are available for youth, adults, seniors and health care workers in British Columbia. These services provide online mental health and substance use support. They include services such as virtual counselling, senior volunteer services and crisis support. If you are struggling with your mental health or experiencing a crisis, reach out now. Learn more about virtual mental health supports at Government of BC: Virtual Mental Health Supports for COVID-19.

Domestic and intimate partner violence can increase during a crisis. Regardless of the situation, violence and abuse are never acceptable. Visit BC Centre for Disease Control, People who may be or are experiencing violence for information on the services that are available to help you and your family.

Learn more about the mental health resources that are available for families, workers, older adults, Indigenous people and more. 

Parents and Children

Providing children with a little guidance and extra nurturing can help reduce their stress levels during the pandemic. Children may wonder why they can’t see their friends or why they have to wash their hands more frequently. Be supportive when listening to their concerns and questions. For more information on how to support your child, see:

Teens

Physical distancing means that many teens are missing out on the regular activities they take part in. This can lead to increased anxiety, feelings of isolation and unhappiness. This makes it more important than ever for teens to stay connected to their social groups. With a little creativity and research, it is possible to learn new ways of doing so. Emphasizing self-care and health is also a good way to lessen stress and help teens adjust to the new normal. For more information, see:

Additional resources for students of the LGBTQ2S+ community who may be feeling vulnerable and disconnected from their peers and school:

Adults

Change can be difficult, especially during times like these. You may be experiencing more stress and uncertainty. Understanding the facts about COVID-19 can help reduce this uncertainty and provide you with tools to cope. Practicing compassion and good self-care can help manage anxiety and lessen stress. For more information see:

Older Adults

For older adults, self-isolation can be particularly challenging. You may have feelings of loneliness, isolation and depression. Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation. Learning ways to connect with family and friends virtually can help. If you find that you are struggling with your mental health, reach out to your health care provider. For more information on supporting your mental health during COVID-19, see:

Caregivers

If you are a health care worker or if you are caring for someone who is ill, you may feel extra stress and anxiety. You may worry about the health and safety of people in your care, as well as your family and yourself. For information and support, visit:

Indigenous People

Mental health and cultural supports are available during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more:

Workers

If you are continuing to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, you may want a better understanding about how to protect your health and safety. Find resources to support you if you are experiencing stress, anxiety or uncertainty during this time. To learn more, see:

More resources

It is important to know that no matter how you are feeling, you are not alone. Whether you are looking for information and support for yourself or for a loved one, help is available. Learn more about available resources:

Find more information about COVID-19 and how to protect yourself, your family and your community, see Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

Last updated: May 6, 2020

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