May 4th – 10th is Mental Health Week
What does mental health look like in the time of COVID-19?
COVID-19 has certainly added anxiety and stress to all of our lives. This week, in honor of Mental Health Week, we focus on some helpful resources that can help to support our mental wellness at this uncertain and difficult time.
- The Government of British Columbia has provided this webpage on Virtual Mental Health Supports During COVID-19. This page includes helpful links to other sites and organizations who are also providing virtual support.
- The Canadian Mental Health Association (national site) is also providing some resources to support mental health during COVID-19. This page includes articles to support staying connected emotionally when we must be apart physically.
- HealthLink BC also provides some resources on Mental Health and COVID-19
- The Government of Canada has also provided some info on Taking Care of your mental health during COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Some other resources to support dealing with stress and anxiety are available on this page on the CEAN Website.
If you are experiencing feelings of distress and despair, call the Crisis Line:
Professionally trained volunteers can provide free, confidential, non-judgmental, emotional support if you are experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Vancouver, Richmond, North Shore and Sea to Sky: (604) 872-3111 – phone lines open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. For deaf or hearing-impaired call: 1 (866) 872-0113
Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast and Bella Coola: 1 (866) 661-3311 (toll-free) – phone lines open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Richmond CHIMO Community Services: (604) 279-7070 – phone lines open 8:00 a.m. to midnight, 7 days a week
Seniors Distress Line: (604) 872-1234 – phone lines open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Supporting Connection, Resiliency and Stress Release
The Recreation Therapy Team at Vancouver General Hospital also created some great resources for our staff which includes sites to support connection and fun at this time. We are happy to share some of them with you!
We hope you find these resources helpful. We also want to take the opportunity to thank all of the patients, clients and families within Mental Health & Substance who participate on engagement processes, adding their voices and experience to planning and decision-making at VCH.