Novel Coronavirus COVID-19

Care for Your Mental Health

NEW Last updated: April 4, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic brings a high level of stress and anxiety as it rapidly changes the way we work, socialize and live. Caring for your mental health is important in these times.

People naturally have many different feelings and responses, both positive and negative, when they have to cope, including:

  • panic, anxiety, worry, fear
  • anger, disbelief
  • helplessness, despair
  • sleeplessness
  • lack of concentration
  • exhaustion
  • loneliness
  • co-operation, teamwork
  • generosity towards others
  • inspiration
  • strength in connecting with others/community

Social (physical) distancing

When you are asked to social (physical) distance to protect your health, those around you and your community:

  • Try to set up a routine with as many familiar activities as possible.
  • Plan to do some basic school work with children for part of the day.
  • Understand and reassure yourself and family members that the disruption is only temporary.
  • Talk to others who are having the same experience.
  • Avoid alcohol and drug misuse.

Ask for help

Health and well-being must be supported by a network of people who can share your experiences with you. Don’t try and manage by yourself. Talk to family and friends and use the resources in your community:

  • health care providers
  • spiritual care providers and advisors
  • professional counsellors

Need Help Now? Contact a Crisis Line.