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How to access free mental health and emotional support during the COVID-19 crisis – CBC
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Apr 02, 2020
As the coronavirus pandemic changes everyday life in dramatic ways, it’s also shaking the foundation of our psychological and emotional well-being. “Our basic premise for mental health is feeling safe and secure,” explains psychiatrist Dr. Sabeena Chopra, who works with Stella’s Place, a charitable organization providing support to young people in Toronto. “Now, we’re facing such uncertainty — about our physical health, the health of our loved ones, our jobs, our housing.”
Making matters worse, the COVID-19 crisis is also hindering what Dr. Chopra calls one of the most protective factors we have: social connection. “For some people, there is sometimes a great degree of social isolation even at baseline,” she says, “but now we’re all experiencing it, in a way we never have before.”
If you feel alone, overwhelmed or in crisis, there’s always someone you can call (or text) for help. Here are just some of the free, confidential resources available in Canada, depending on your needs.