It has been one heck of a year around the world, and the COVID-19 mental health crisis is at the forefront of everyone’s radar. Today I want to share some resources, tips and strategies to help you keep on top of your mental health and to help with coping during this time. Mental health and COVID-19 go hand in hand no matter what side of the fence you are on.
I have been seeing so many people ask what they can do for their mental health during COVID and I wanted to put something together for those struggling with the COVID-19 mental health crisis.
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You are not alone in The Covid-19 Mental Health Crisis
I know these are extremely trying times and I struggle as well from time to time. We all have good days and bad days but I hope this article will help you to have more good than bad going forward.
A few polls have shown that as many as 7 out of 10 people are struggling with their mental health due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I imagine that nearly every person has been affected in one way or another.
Financial strains, isolation and dramatic changes have a huge impact on our mental health. Adults and children are being impacted all around the world with varying degrees and the focus on mental health has never been more important than it is now.
Below you will find resources, tips and strategies that I hope will you cope.
Mental Health And COVID 19 Coping Resources
COVID-19 has stoked the fire of awareness of mental health again. Resources are popping up from governments around the world and I want to share some of them from Canada and the USA with you right off the bat in case you are facing a COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis right now.
If you are in a mental health crisis right now that is dangerous to your immediate health or you are not safe please call emergency services.
Canada COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
All adults can access support workers, psychologists and other professionals by texting WELLNESS to 741741. All chats/calls are confidential.
This service is available for youth as well by texting WELLNESS to 686868.
Military children can text CAFKIDS or JEUNESFAC for french to the 686868 number to chat with someone specializing in the complexities of military families.
The Kids Help Phone is still active as well and can be reached by calling 1-800-668-6868 (ages 5-29 years old).
The Hope For Wellness chat and phone line is available to all indigenous people of Canada 24 hours a day at 1-855-242-3310 or by starting a chat here.
Canada also has the Canada Suicide Prevention Service available to all Canadians at 1-833-456-4566.
You can reach out to Crisis Service Canada by calling 1-833-456-4566 or by texting 45645.
If you are looking for a distress centre close to you please check out the Local Resources and Supports page here on the Crisis Services Canada website.
COVID-19 Mental Health Resources available in The United States Of America
The Disaster Distress Hotline is available by call or text at 1-800-985-5990
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available at 1-800-273-8255 or you can go here to join a live chat here for deaf and hard of hearing.
There is also a National Helpline that you can call at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) this is a free helpline that will help connect you with the right mental health services in your area.
The Crisis Text Line is available by texting SIGNS to 741741. This service is free of charge and available 24 hours a day 7 days a week
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is available at 1-800-799-7233 or by texting LOVEIS to 22522
National Child Abuse Hotline is available at 1-800-4AChild (1-800-422-4453) or text 1-800-422-4453
Veterans can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text 8388255.
Teens can call the OK2Talk Helpline at 1-800-273-TALK.
While checking them out I saw that they have opportunities for teens to submit a written piece about their mental health journey. I really like this as writing therapy is a very powerful tool. You can check out this opportunity on their submit a post page.
How to Cope with the COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis
First off, there is no right or wrong way, there are no one-size fits all and there may be good days and bad days using the exact same tips, strategies and tools. We are each unique and we all have different ways of expressing and coping with our feelings and emotions like stress, fear and anxiety.
If you are feeling like your brain is running full speed ahead and you can not seem to get it to slow down then I recommend trying some mindfulness activities to help try to calm your mind.
Recently I shared 5 Mindful Exercises to tone your mind and your body. There are options for every level of fitness and every level of mindfulness. These are some of the most profound exercises in the world to help you reconnect within yourself and improve your mental health.
Slowing down your thoughts can be difficult and overthinking is a common obstacle everyone deals with at some point in their life. For more tips on this subject please visit our How to stop overthinking post.
Practicing ways to reduce stress and anxiety through relaxation is also vital to your mental health, you can read my 10 stress relief activities here to help you relax your mind, body and soul.
There are a lot of opinions in the world right now and given that people are experiencing less and less human interaction society seems to be notching up the controversy and the devastation is very real.
Please try to remember to be kind to one another, we all have moments where it can be hard but before you type that reply, take a deep breath and chose your reaction. Remember it does not matter what other people think!
One of the largest components of the COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis that many will experience lasting effects of is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Health Care workers and families who have seen the harsh hand of the coronavirus are subject to PTSD and medical trauma involving mental health. If you are struggling and want to learn more about PTSD please read our article on Surviving PTSD.
Staying healthy physically is essential to our mental health. In our Happiness Journal & eBook set, we discuss nutrition and ways to eat healthy to help our mental health as well as our physical health.
Vitamins such as vitamins B6, B12, C, and D can help boost our immune systems and our mental health when our bodies may be deficient.
Minerals such as magnesium can help reduce stress and encourage better sleep quality both of which may be great benefits to coping with your COVID-19 Mental Health.
Please be sure to talk to your doctor before adding any new supplements to your daily diet.
Additional ways for coping with COVID-19 Mental Health Challenges
The ideas listed above are ways we can deal with the COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis that we can adapt and use in the thick of it. Please remember to reach out to the appropriate support systems in your area if you are in immediate crisis and need help now.
I wanted to share a few additional ideas to help you cope and alter your thinking processes as well.
Some great general tips to relieve the overwhelm of COVID-19 on your mental health include:
- reducing time on social media,
- taking a break from watching the news,
- ensure you are reading credible COVID-19 information,
- connect with others virtually or by phone,
- eat well-balanced regular meals,
- try to incorporate a routine for the whole family,
- ensure you are getting plenty of sleep,
- be aware of your alcohol or other substance consumption,
- take time to learn something new,
- set a goal you actually want and take action
- be aware that new changes take time and be forgiving as you learn,
- practice mindfulness with self-care, meditation, journaling, etc.
Strategies for coping with COVID 19 Mental Health Crisis
I thought it may be beneficial to share some articles with strategies to help your coping process with the COVID-19 Mental Health Crisis that can be found right here on our website or in our free resources and our shop.
- Reframing Negative Thinking (Lesson #3 Free Course)
- Changing Your Perception
- Dealing with the 5 stages of PTSD
- 7 tips for dealing with work-from-home burnout
- Using affirmations to practice gratitude
- Resources and tips for small businesses struggling in the pandemic
- Check out our anxiety and stress-related category for more articles
- See all our free resources for mental health & personal development
- Check out all our products from mental health & personal development
Covid 19 Mental Health Crisis Overview
I know this post covers a large array of information and I truly hope that you are able to find resources, tips and strategies that help you move forward in regaining your positive mental health.
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If you would like to reach out to me personally feel free to contact me through my contact page. Let’s keep building our community and being kind to one another.
Stay safe and take care,
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