Mental Health

No doubt, COVID-19 is causing everyone to adapt to changes in unforeseen ways, including us at the community Wellness Centre.  We had to postpone two talks on mental health that were planned to take place last March: Stress & Anxiety: Managing Through Understanding and Stress & Anxiety – Helping Children Through Understanding. If you might be interested in attending one of these talks someday in the future, you can still register.  Please let us know if you’re interested so that we can add your to the list of participants.

So what are we doing to care for your mental health in this highly unusual time of COVID-19?  Read on!

Online mental health resources

We are now turning our focus to mental health resources available to you in English. If you feel you are in crisis or would simply like to know how to take good care of your mental health in these unusual times, we hope these resources will help.

Crisis care

If you are in a crisis or need immediate assistance

General tips and tools to care for your mental health

  • Government of Canada
    Wellness Together Canada online portal will direct you, depending on your self-assessment results, to self-guided online and mobile tools (apps),  two online peer support communities (Big White Wall, I CAN SFI) and a free one-to-one counselling (Homewood Health) service for adults.
  • Ami-Quebec: amiquebec.org
    If you are a person living with a mental illness or a family member or friend of somone living with mental illness, Ami-Québec offers a range of over-the-phone support groups and workshops in English.  Support groups are facilitated by people with lived experience, either as a caregiver or having lived with mental illness, support groups help you develop a healthy perspective on mental illness, explore coping strategies, and learn about support services and resources in the community. Workshops cover a variety of topics and are designed for three audiences: those living with mental illness only, those living with mental illness and their family or friends and for family and friends of those living with mental illness only. You may call for inquiries at 514-486-1448.
    Upcoming Ami-Quebec support groups
    Upcoming Ami-Quebec workshops
    Ami-Québec audio recordings and videos of past talks
  • World Health Organization: WHO.org
    The World Health Organization is the reference for information on COVID-19 but also holds some interesting golden nuggets for explaining COVID-19 to your child and breaking down harmful or stress-inducing myths.
    My Hero is You, e-storybook for children on COVID-19, published March 31, 2020 available in 37 languages
    Mythbusters 
  • Canadian Red Cross online psychological first aid courses
    Developed to give a well-rounded approach to psychological first aid and wellness.  Two courses available online:  Self Care, and Caring for Others for only $20 each!
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