As we continue to face the challenges of COVID-19, it’s as important as ever we take care of our mental health. Whether at home or working, we urge you to keep in touch with loved ones and reach out for help if you need it.

The Province is expanding existing mental health programs and launching new virtual services for all those experiencing anxiety, depression or other mental health challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Access to free and low-cost virtual mental health services has been expanded across BC for adults, seniors, and youth. Front-line health care workers experiencing distress and mental health concerns in response to COVID-19 also have access to increased mental health services. Full list of available services here.

New BC COVID-19 mental health self-assessment tool helps you take a look at your mental health and wellness in light of COVID-19. Use the tool online.

VictimLink BC provides immediate 24/7 crisis support for victims of family or sexual violence is available by phone through VictimLink BC’s 24/7 telephone service. Call 1-800-564-0808 or send an email for more info.

Here2Talk provides free, confidential mental health counselling and referral service for post-secondary students by app, phone, or online chat, 24-7. Call 1-877-857-3397 to speak with a counsellor or get more information online.

WE Schools @ home and EASE at Home (Everyday Anxiety Strategies for Educators) are new, free virtual educational programs available for students, parents, and educators to support the mental health of K-12 children. More info.

Wellness Together Canada provides free tools and resources to help Canadians get back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues as well as counselling by text and phone. Wellness Together Canada

Helpful Resources

The best way to protect yourself against mental challenges is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Explore some of the first responder tools and resources available to help you protect your mental health, including self-care education apps and critical incident response strategies. – A one-stop Canadian Mental Health Association: a one-stop shop for resources. – A free online program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. – What to do if you’re anxious or worried about COVID-19. – Health and wellness resources, services and support for children and youth.

HealthLink BC – If you have health questions call 8-1-1 to talk to a registered nurse or 3-1-1 for specific mental health support. – If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or at risk of harm, call or chat online with a crisis responder any time.