Taking care of your Mental Health during COVID-19

Michelle Mak COVID-19, Newcomer Information

The COVID-19 pandemic is a situation that can be unsettling and can cause a sense of loss of control. It is normal for people and communities to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or worried.

Some common feelings may include:

  • Fear of becoming ill or infected with COVID-19, or infecting others
  • A sense of being socially excluded or judged by others
  • Fear of being separated from loved ones due to isolation or physical distancing
  • Feelings of helplessness, boredom, loneliness and depression as a result of isolation or physical distancing
  • Fear of losing your job or not being able to work and struggling financially
  • Concern about your children’s education and wellbeing

Care for your mental and physical wellbeing

  • Stay informed but take breaks from social media, watching, reading, or listening to news stories
  • Practice physical distancing, but stay connected.
  • Practice mindfulness.
  • Try to eat healthy meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep
  • Focus on the positive aspects of your life and things you can control
  • Be kind and compassionate to yourself and others
  • If you can, minimize substance use.

Ask for help if you feel overwhelmed

If you need additional support, call your primary health provider, a registered psychologist or other mental health provider in your community.

If you are in crisis, please contact:

Kids Help Phone

1-800-668-6868 or
Text CONNECT to 686868
Available to young Canadians between 5 to 29 years old who are seeking 24-hour confidential and anonymous care with professional counsellors.

Hope for Wellness Help Line

Call the toll-free Help Line at 1-855-242-3310 or connect to the online chat.

Available to all Indigenous peoples across Canada who are seeking immediate crisis intervention.

Crisis Services Canada

Available to all Canadians seeking support.

For more information, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/diseases-conditions/taking-care-mental-health.html