Mental health (COVID-19)
Be mindful of your mental health and the mental health of others
The current circumstances, which for many include significant disruption to their daily lives, can be very stressful and can impact our mental health. There are a number of strategies that you can consider to support your mental health.
- People who are affected by COVID-19 need our support, compassion and kindness.
- Minimize your anxiety about COVID-19, seek information updates at specific times during the day, once or twice.
- Protect yourself and be supportive to others. Assisting others in their time of need can benefit the person receiving support as well as the helper.
- Find opportunities to amplify positive and hopeful stories and positive images of local people who have experienced COVID-19.
- Honour caretakers and healthcare workers supporting people affected with COVID-19 in your community.
- The following mental health resources may support families and children through this uncertain time.
If you have questions related to COVID-19, use our form to submit your information and Public Health staff will call you back within one business day.
Mental health and health care workers
- Managing your mental health and psychosocial wellbeing during this time is as important as managing your physical health.
- Take care of yourself. Try and use helpful coping strategies such as ensuring enough rest and respite during work or between shifts, eat sufficient and healthy food, engage in physical activity, and stay in contact with family and friends.
- Turn to your colleagues, your manager or other trusted persons for social support- your colleagues may be having similar experiences to you.
- Ensure you build in time for colleagues to provide social support to each other.
- If you are a team leader or manager in a health facility, ensure staff are aware of where they can access mental health and psychosocial support services.
Stay positive for your children.
- Help children find positive ways to express feelings such as fear and sadness. Every child has their own way to express emotions.
- As much as possible, encourage children to continue to play and socialize with others, even if only within the family when advised to restrict social contact.
Stay connected to older adults, vulnerable populations.
- Older adults, especially in isolation and those with cognitive decline/dementia, may become more anxious, angry, stressed, agitated, and withdrawn during the outbreak/while in quarantine. Provide practical and emotional support through informal networks (families) and health professionals.
- Share simple facts about what is going on and give clear information about how to reduce risk of infection in words older people with/without cognitive impairment can understand.
- Keep regular routines and schedules as much as possible or help create new ones in a new environment, including regular exercising, cleaning, daily chores, singing, painting or other activities.
Stay connected, even in isolation.
- Stay connected and maintain your social networks. Even when isolated, try as much as possible to keep your personal daily routines or create new routines.
- During times of stress, pay attention to your own needs and feelings. Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly, keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy food.
- Seek information updates and practical guidance at specific times during the day from health professionals, Public Health Sudbury & Districts, and the World Health Organization. For more detailed information, visit WHO.
- The Mental Health Commission of Canada Commission‘s new resource hub offers information about managing your mental health, working from home, and dealing with physical (social) distancing during COVID-19.
Remember: While you may not feel sick, and while we know these measures are significant, please be mindful of the members of our community who are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than others. We are all in this together.
This item was last modified on June 8, 2020