Emotional Health and Wellness during COVID-19

July 17, 2020

by Tasha Lake, UGFHT Mental Health Therapist

Have you noticed an increase in your existing depression or anxiety symptoms?  Or perhaps feelings of anxiety or depression are a new experience for you. According to a survey conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in May and June of this year, approximately 30% of people reported experiencing anxiety and/or depression symptoms during the peak of COVID 19 in April and May of 2020.

All of this is to say you are not alone!

The Upper Grand Family Health Team is here for you. Our team of knowledge and supportive Mental Health Therapists continue to offer virtual care- via telephone and videoconference. Please speak with your family physician, Nurse Practitioner or call us at 519-843-3947 x126  to learn more about our services and how you can be referred.

Looking for online resources to support your emotional well-being? Hilary Blackett’s April blog post outlined a number of virtual mental health and addictions supports available to Centre Wellington residents. Our therapists have also compiled a list of helpful websites outlining resources for crisis and mental health services which you can find here.

Remember, the UGFHT and the resources I’ve outlined here are not emergency services. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health emergency always call 9-1-1 immediately.

The province of Ontario has recognized the significant impacts on the mental health of Ontarians and has provided funding to increased virtual mental health services. Here are some additional options available to you. These services do not require a referral from your healthcare provider. All services listed below are FREE of charge for residents of Ontario.

Big White Wall– Online peer support and self-management tool for people experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Suitable for ages 16+.

iCBT- Internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) to address symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety and depression. Suitable for ages 16+. There are 2 options available 1. Morneau Shepell and 2. Mind Beacon. Both options include access to a therapist to support the online learning materials.

Kids Help Phone -Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. They offer professional counselling, information and referrals, as well as volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.

Bounce Back –Is a skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) for people experiencing symptoms of mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. This program includes access to a coach to support online learning materials. Suitable for ages 15+.

Wellness Together Canada– A website supported by the Government of Canada that provides learning materials and resources as well as access to text, video and telephone coaching.

Stay well everyone!

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