Get Mental Health Help at Home During COVID-19
April 24, 2020. Article by: Government of B.C.
This page was updated on May 11, 2020. Download the BC COVID-19 Support app for emerging information and a self-assessment tool. Check for updates on mental health and substance use supports.
There is no “right” way to feel during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are each experiencing this in our own way. This experience and the stress that we feel may even change day-to-day.
Many people are feeling heightened emotions right now. Longstanding challenges may be escalating, or you may be struggling for the first time with your mental health. Some people may be using alcohol or other drugs to cope with how they are feeling.
If you’ve been feeling fearful, anxious, depressed, frustrated or confused — you are not alone.
What you might be feeling
You may be living on your own and having a hard time. You could be with your family and feeling added pressure or busy-ness. You might be providing an essential service and going to work each day.
As a society, we are spending increased time at home or indoors, and some people may be spending more time alone. Social (physical) distancing and self-isolation may cause you to feel lonely, abandoned or lost. You may be experiencing grief and loss over the things you were anticipating or have lost as a result of this crisis.
If this is happening to you, it is very normal — however, it is important to find support if you need it.
You may find that people are expressing emotions or behaving in ways that might not be typical for them. This is not a reflection on you, they may be stressed or struggling.
Now is the time to take care of yourself and to support others when you are able. It is just as essential to pay attention to your mental health as it is to take care of your physical health.
Get support now
Virtual supports during COVID-19 are available for all youth, adults, seniors and health care workers in British Columbia. These services provide mental health and substance use help during this unprecedented time.
You are not alone, reach out for help now. We are all in this together.
If home is not a safe place for you, call VictimLinkBC at 1-800-563-0808 for confidential support, information, and referral services. Children and teens can call the Kids Help Phone to speak to a counsellor day or night at 1-800-668-6868. Call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number if you or someone you know is in immediate danger.
Physical, verbal, or sexual abuse at any time, at any age, or in any relationship is not okay.
What else can help?
Other measures you can take to support your own mental health right now are:
- Know the facts: use reliable sources of information
- Reach out: have supportive virtual connection with family and friends
- Have calm conversations: talk with others – especially children – in a way that eases fear
- Practice self care: take time for yourself to relax and de-stress