The change and uncertainty due to COVID-19 can have a big impact on our mental health. Taking care of ourselves is especially important during this difficult time, when stress might be higher than usual. Help is available. Find information below about who you can contact for support during COVID-19.
Mental health services and supports for children and youth:
Foundry BC offers in-person and virtual support for youth including peer support, mental well-being programs and groups. They have recently introduced virtual drop-in counselling.
Child & Youth Mental Health (CYMH): Mental health assessment and treatment services (ages 18 and younger), including for anxiety and low mood.
Kids Help Phone offers COVID-19 specific mental health supports for young people. They also have 24/7 confidential support lines (call 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868).
Mental health resources for families and caregivers:
Here2Talk is a 24/7 mental-health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students.
- Students can engage in chat sessions with a trained counsellor. Download the Here2Talk app or visit here2talk.ca
- They can also speak to a counsellor by phone, toll-free at 1-877-857-3397 or direct at 604-642-5212.
The YMCA has mental health programs and supports.
- Y Mind Youth: a free mental wellness program for youth (ages 18-30) experiencing anxiety.
- Y Well: an online video series of self-care tools to keep your mind healthy and strong during COVID-19.
- Care for caregivers: Information and workshops to support healthcare worker mental health.
- Care to Speak: Peer support for BC healthcare workers. Available in online chat or phone (call 1-866-802-7337)
- The Mobile Response Team: Support the mental well-being of frontline healthcare workers. Available 24/7. Call 1-888-686-3022 (a 24/7 phone line for healthcare workers) or e-mail MRT@phsa.ca.