CMHA offers tips to support mental health amid concerns of COVID-19 pandemic

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CMHA offers tips to support mental health

amid concerns of COVID-19 pandemic

(Owen Sound, March 16, 2020) – Amid public concerns of the developing COVID-19 pandemic, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) experts are reminding individuals with exacerbated anxiety and depression symptoms of how to manage their mental wellness at this time of uncertainty.

CMHA Grey Bruce Mental Health and Addiction Services offer these five basic tips to help individuals experiencing heightened mental health concerns to remain calm and balanced as this public health situation unfolds.

  • Considering the level of attention and seriousness being paid to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s normal to feel anxious. Try not to avoid, ignore or suppress anxious thoughts. Instead, be aware of your anxiety and accept that you’re feeling anxious in this situation. Try to keep things in perspective; notice and challenge your thoughts that may be extreme or unhelpful.
  • Self-care is critically important at this time, as worries can be made worse if we aren’t taking care of ourselves. Lean on social supports, try to get enough sleep, eat healthy, exercise and engage in enjoyable activities. Do the things you would typically do to support your health, and be sure to use caution and follow health and safety guidelines while doing them.
  • Seek information from reliable news sources only. Limit checking in on the latest news to short, defined periods, and refrain from setting related push notifications on your device. Appropriate information consumption may be calming and can lessen the sense of danger.
  • Take the recommended precautions as outlined by Health Canada and other credible health agencies. Remain focused on the factors within your control, such as washing hands, covering your mouth during coughs and sneezes, avoiding non-essential travel, etc.
  • If you’re noticing that your symptoms of anxiety (in association with COVID-19 or otherwise) are causing you significant distress or are interfering with your ability to function normally, reach out for formal mental health supports from a recognized agency, such as CMHA.

CMHA Grey Bruce Mental Health and Addiction Services provide programs and services to support your mental wellness, such as our walk in counseling, case management and more at www.cmhagb.org

About CMHA Grey Bruce

At the CMHA Grey Bruce we cultivate hope, resilience and community for those who live with, and are impacted by, mental illness and/ or/ addiction. We want to create an inclusive community inspiring hope, choice and well-being for all. We are driven by our values of compassion, dignity, inclusivity, integrity and choice.

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For more information, contact:

Abby Drimmie
Fundraising, Media Relations, Special Event Coordinator
Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce Mental Health and Addiction Services
647 457 2625

adrimmie [at] cmhagb [dot] org