April 1, 2020
Source: Government of Canada * Public Health Agency of Canada *Awareness resources
Feelings of fear, stress and worry are normal in a crisis
The COVID-19 pandemic is new and unexpected. This situation 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. People may react in different ways. 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. Talk to friends or family about your feelings and concerns through email, phone calls, video chats and social media platforms
Practice mindfulness. Take deep breaths, stretch or meditate
Try to eat healthy meals, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep
Consider how to take advantage of any unexpected flexibility in your daily routine
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. If you do use substances, practice safer use and good hygiene
You’re not alone – 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:
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.
Download the Always There app for additional support.
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.
Experienced and culturally competent Help Line counsellors can help if you want to talk or are distressed.
Telephone and online counselling are available in English and French. On request, telephone counselling is also available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.
Crisis Services Canada
Available to all Canadians seeking support. Visit Crisis Services Canada for the distress centres and crisis organizations nearest you.