Protecting your Mental Health


If you need help now, call 9-1-1 or contact a crisis intervention service.

Building your mental health to feel as well as possible during COVID-19 is important. If you feel stressed and anxious, you are not alone. If you need help, find a local mental health service in your area.

What You Can Do to Cope

  • Use skills and supports that helped you through tough times in the past
  • Take care of your body as best you can (i.e., eat, sleep, drink water, and be active)
  • Be kind to yourself – you’re doing your best to cope during a difficult time
  • Connect regularly with loved ones or other supports
  • Talk to others about how you feel - whether it be a friend, family member, or a professional
  • Build skills to help you relax (i.e. deep breathing or meditation)
  • Make self-care a priority as best you can and start small

Ways to Reduce Anxiety Now and in the Long-Term

Ways to reduce anxiety

Learn more about how to reduce stress and anxiety here: Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health).

5 Ways to Well-Being

There are 5 simple daily actions you can take to improve your mental health on a regular basis. Learn about the 5 Ways to Well-being and build them into your life.  

Child and Youth Mental Health

Parents and caregivers play an important role in helping children understand the COVID-19 situation, recognize their emotions, and access further support, if needed. This is a good time to talk often with the children and youth in your life about how they are feeling.

Resources for Parents:

Resources for Youth:

Indigenous Mental Health

Below are links to resources and services about wellness during COVID-19 from Indigenous perspectives:

Reach Out for Help 

If building your mental health on your own feels overwhelming, it may be helpful to reach out to a professional for support.

Learn about mental health and substance use services in your area.

North Bay

345 Oak Street West

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)