Your mental health and COVID-19
These are unprecedented times, and health care workers may be experiencing more mental and emotional strain as a result. There are things you can do to deal with stress and support your mental health.
- Reach out. Seek connection.
- Practice self-care. Do things to prioritize yourself and manage stress.
- Ask for help.
Below is a list of mental health resources.
Employee Assistance Program
Your employer may provide access to an employee assistance program (EAP) that you can access. EAPs generally offer confidential counselling and online wellness services to you at no cost. You can check with your employer to see whether you have access to an EAP and how you can access it.
310 Mental Health Support
Provides emotional support, information and resources specific to mental health.
310-6789 (no area code needed)
KUU-US Crisis Response Service
Provides 24/7 culturally-aware crisis support to Indigenous people in B.C.
Call 1-800-588-8717 or visit: www.kuu-uscrisisline.ca
Mental Health and Cultural Supports During COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Open 24 hours, 7 days a week
In English only
Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre
Provides confidential, non-judgmental, free emotional support for people experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including thoughts of suicide.
Senior’s Distress: 604-872-1234
COVID-19 stress management (Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions)
Tips for dealing with COVID19-related stress, anxiety and depression.
View PDF here.
Care for Caregivers
The purpose of this area is to outline guidance for psychosocial planning for health care providers who provide care and services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Enhanced virtual services will help all British Columbians with mental health needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on adults, youth and frontline healthcare workers.
Care for Caregivers: https://careforcaregivers.ca/
Confidential Peer Support Hotline:
Virtual Mental Health Supports for Health Care Workers: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/virtual-supports-covid-19#healthcare
Health Care Provider Support: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-professionals/clinical-resources/covid-19-care/health-care-provider-support
B.C. Centre for Disease Control, Better health through promotion, protection & prevention: http://covid-19.bccdc.ca/