During these difficult times it cannot be stated enough that your mental health matters. As you deal with the realities of COVID-19, it is understandable that your mood may start to take a turn for the worse.
When these moods start to last longer and affect your daily routine – your work and relationships – it may be depression. Know that you are not alone and the feeling can be treated.
It cannot be stated enough that your mental health matters.
Depression affects hundreds of thousands of Canadians, of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Everyone reacts differently to depression, and it should not be mistaken for just a feeling of sadness; the important thing to know is that it is treatable.
The impact of COVID-19 has placed healthcare workers under tremendous stress, which can be draining to your mental health. Remember that you are only human. Be sure to meet your basic needs: eat, sleep, socialize, and take breaks. Check out this article on how to take care of yourself in any way that you need to.
Don’t ever feel ashamed to seek treatment or care – the help you need is available. There are resources below that you can try, and a much larger list on our resources page.
If you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone who may be, call the Suicide Prevention line at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). You can also call the Canadian Suicide Prevention Service line at 1-833-456-4566. Someone will be ready to listen and speak to you.
For more information, we have compiled a list of resources to help you cope up with anxiety during these difficult days.
Here to Help BC offers a variety of self screening tests designed to look at symptoms that may be present in some mental illnesses.
Many others who have experienced depression have shared their personal stories.
Using a cognitive and behavioural approach the ASW guides you to make important changes to help emerge from depression. ASW is available in multiple languages including: English, French, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Punjabi, Farsi, and Vietnamese.
Workplace Strategies for Mental Health has created a booklet to assist in building a plan for resiliency.
BounceBack® is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach.
The American Psychiatric Association has some recommendations on how