Protecting your Mental Health

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Feeling anxious and stressed are normal feelings with the current COVID-19 situation. It is important that you pay attention to your needs and feelings at this time. We also need to be supportive of others.  

Here are some strategies to help you through this time: 

  • Maintain daily activities that promote health (e.g. healthy eating, physical activity)   
  • Get proper rest and sleep 
  • Practice relaxation and meditation 
  • Find a balance when it comes to checking news and media  
  • Bring an intentional mindset to unplugging from electronic devices and find healthy ways to spend your time (e.g. read a book, play a game, have a bath) 
  • Remember that you are resilient and not alone in feeling this way  
  • Connect with loved ones regularly by phone or video  
  • Be kind to yourself - improving mental health takes practice and time 

For more information on reducing stress and anxiety for adults and children, see Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic.

For actions and strategies for improving your well-being during difficult times visit our 5 Ways to Well-being page. 

Protecting Children’s Mental Health

Parents, caregivers and other trusted adults can play an important role in helping children make sense of what they hear in a way that is honest and minimizes anxiety or fear. Learn how to talk about COVID-19 with the children around you: Talking With children About Coronavirus Disease 2019.

Resources for Parents:

Mental Health Services

Help is available. Many mental health services have temporarily moved to telephone and online support and it is recommended you call rather than attend a service in person.

To find a mental health service in your area contact: ConnexOntario or 1-866-532-2600.  

If you need immediate mental health support, contact a Crisis Intervention Service in your area.

Child and Youth Mental Health Crisis Line (for children, youth, parents, and service providers) 

  • 1-844-287-9072 to receive support by telephone call or video 

Kids Help Phone 

  • 1-800-668-6868 

Additional Resources

North Bay

345 Oak Street West
705-474-1400

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302
705-746-5801

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)
1-800-563-2808