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Coronavirus and CMHA

The health and safety of our clients and staff remains our priority as we continue to monitor the #COVID19 situation and find the best and safest way to provide services and programs. We are doing everything possible at this time to keep safe options available to support individuals in need of care. We will continue to inform our clients and the community of further changes to our programs and services.

Mental Health Resources****

Crisis Support available 24/7 1-888-893-8333

CMHA recognizes that at this time of uncertainty, symptoms of anxiety and depression may be exacerbated.

These five basic tips may help individuals experiencing heightened mental health concerns to remain calm and balanced as this public health situation unfolds.

• Considering the level of attention and seriousness being paid to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s normal to feel anxious. Try not to avoid, ignore or suppress anxious thoughts. Instead, be aware of your anxiety and accept that you’re feeling anxious in this situation. Try to keep things in perspective; notice and challenge your thoughts that may be extreme or unhelpful.

• Self-care is critically important at this time, as worries can be made worse if we aren’t taking care of ourselves. Lean on social supports, try to get enough sleep, eat healthy, exercise and engage in enjoyable activities. Do the things you would typically do to support your health, and be sure to use caution and follow health and safety guidelines while doing them.

• Seek information from reliable news sources only. Limit checking in on the latest news to short, defined periods, and refrain from setting related push notifications on your device. Appropriate information consumption may be calming and can lessen the sense of danger.

• Take the recommended precautions as outlined by Health Canada and other credible health agencies. Remain focused on the factors within your control, such as washing hands, covering your mouth during coughs and sneezes, avoiding non-essential travel, etc.

• If you’re noticing that your symptoms of anxiety (in association with COVID-19 or otherwise) are causing you significant distress or are interfering with your ability to function normally, reach out for formal mental health supports from a recognized agency, such as CMHA.

additional information about the COVID-19 Public Health Ontario

World Health Organization

Crisis Support available 24/7 1-888-893-8333

Kids help phone or please text CONNECT to 686868 to reach one of the trained volunteers at their confidential texting service.

Public Health Agency of Canada’s COVID-19 Information line: 1-833-784-4397

May 13, 2020

Visit our website for more details about changes to services www.cmhastarttalking.ca

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