Although Mental Health Awareness Month is in May, it is always important to keep the conversation about mental health alive and well. We are living in ~unprecedented~ times that are overwhelming and exhausting—both physically and mentally. With COVID-19 forcing many closures, resources for those suffering from mental health have steadily diminished.
Many Canadians are suffering from extreme appetite changes, lack of sleep, and trouble focusing due to COVID-19 and recent events in the Black Lives Matter movement (which is NOT over). The lack of resources, combined with the lack of awareness for the resources we DO have many people don’t know where to go for help.
Keep reading to find out more about resources that are available to YOU. You’re not alone.
Disclaimer: This is NOT a comprehensive list of resources, but rather a starting point for those who need help seeking support.
The CMHA not only educates the public on mental health but also provides services, resources, and events to break the stigma. They listen to your specific needs and help you to understand how to better balance your feelings and emotions. As of right now, CMHA is committed to protecting the health, safety, and well-being of the community battling with COVID-19. Turn to CMHA to learn how to maintain mental health, understand mental illness, recovery, and finding help.
If in a crisis, contact their Mental Health Helpline or call 1-866-531-2600.
Wellness Together Canada recognizes the strain COVID-19 has had and continues to have on millions of Canadians across the country. Isolation, financial or employment uncertainty, and disruptions to daily life can take a toll on mental health. Their website allows you to create an account and take a “wellness self-assessment.” It will offer a personalized, full range of FREE options for support. They offer support for adults & youth dealing with stress, addiction, environmental factors, and response to the unprecedented rise in mental distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In cases of crisis for youth (text WELLNESS to 686868), for adults (text WELLNESS to 741741) and Indigenous people can reach out to Hope for Wellness at 1-855-242-3310.
- To Write Love On Her Arms (TWLOHA)
TWLOHA is a website dedicated to Black Lives Matter & Black mental health. Those in the Black community seeking help, self-care, and counseling during times of crisis, can access the many resources on the website that are available and personalized to your specific needs.
For crisis text lines in Canada, text HOME to 686868 and in the United States text TWLOHA 741741.