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Mental health is our ability to feel, think and act in ways that help us to enjoy life and deal with challenges. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all in many different ways, including our mental health. This page lists supports available across Halton that you and your loved ones may find helpful during this time.

About mental health

We all have mental health, just like we all have physical health. Mental health is our ability to feel, think and act in ways that help us to enjoy life and deal with challenges.

Life involves constant ups and downs. We can never completely get rid of problems or avoid crises. However, by learning how to cope with everyday life events and make positive health choices, you can improve your chances of avoiding emotional and physical illness.

Halton Region Public Health provides information and resources on mental health issues and concerns, including:

Mental health and COVID-19

COVID-19 is affecting the lives of Halton residents in many different ways. It is normal to feel stress and concern. Remember to take care of your mental health, just as you would take care of your physical health.

While physical distancing is important to help limit the spread of COVID-19, we can still find ways to stay connected through technology and practice self-care. Don’t hesitate to reach out to a colleague, friend, loved one or health professional if you need support.

Tips to take care of your mental health

  • Stay informed: It is good to stay updated on COVID-19 but avoid excessive exposure to media coverage of the virus. Periodically check the news and recommendations from trusted sites, such as halton.ca/COVID-19 or covid-19.ontario.ca.
  • Structure your daily routine: Be specific about when you will go to bed, get up, exercise, eat, shower, dress, work and clean. Keep your mind focused and busy by controlling what you can.
  • Take care of yourself: Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, practice meditation and get plenty of sleep.
  • Exercise regularly: Exercise helps the body cope with stress. Visit ParticipACTION’s online Physical Activity Resource Guide (external link) for tips on how to stay active at home. For more information, please refer to the Staying active during COVID-19 section of halton.ca/COVI9.
  • Keep a daily journal: Write out thoughts and feelings—it’s an excellent way to process them.
  • Stay positive: Look for opportunities that can help you laugh and have a bit of fun. Focus your energy on positive thinking, and practice being grateful for what you have.
  • Make daily social connections: Set times for when you will phone, text, email or video chat with people you care about.
  • Seek support when you need it: Regularly reach out to loved ones or call a mental health professional in the community if you need support.

Mental health resources

If you are currently receiving mental health and addictions services and supports, please contact your service provider to learn about potential virtual care options.

If you (or someone you know) are experiencing thoughts of suicide or harming yourself, please call 911.

Tip sheets

  • Kids Help Phone (external link)
    Free, confidential online and phone counselling, and volunteer-led text-based support for youth across Canada. Youth can also find information on how to access community support services on their website or call 1-800 668-6868.
  • Mind Your Mind (external link)
    Provides online tools and apps to support youth mental health.

Tip sheets

  • Good2Talk (external link)
    Free, confidential support service for post-secondary students that provides counselling, information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being.

Tip sheets

If you are a health care worker impacted by stress related to COVID-19, support is available to help you cope. This support includes resources you can access on your own, with a group of peers or with a clinician.

Self-led support

Find resources, tips and ideas (external link) to help you maintain your mental wellness and cope with stress.

Get support with peers

Participate in an online session with peers to learn about building resilience and maintaining wellness through lectures and case-based discussions.

These resources are available in English only.

Talk to a clinician

If you are a frontline health care worker and would like confidential support from a clinician, including iCBT supports, contact:

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