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. Because of the high volume of requests, we are unable to respond to phone inquiries at this time
We know that the news these days might be unsettling, and the uncertainty about our public health may be causing anxiety. During this time, we encourage you to be kind to yourself. To practice self-care in a way that's most meaningful to you, and to remember that even while self-isolation and social distancing strategies are necessary, it's important to stay connected with one another. Send a message or make a phone call to those you think might be feeling anxious, or if you are feeling alone. We are at our best when we support one another.
If you are in need of assistance, call 2-1-1 (AB only) or the Mental Health Help Line at 1-877-303-2642. For great resources and tips, please visit the Canadian Mental Health Association's website
. The CDC has some information on how to cope with the COVID-19 crisis
, which you might find helpful. Additional resouces can be found below.
Mental Health Apps (PDF)
In this downloadable PDF you will find a collection of apps to support your mental health. These apps range from very specific to general mental health purposes.
Social distancing vs social isolation
Remember, social distancing doesn't mean social isolation. Make a phone call or send a text, email, or fax if that's what you prefer! Let's #HelpPreventTheSpread. For more information on social distancing, download the AHS COVID-19 Social Distancing Fact Sheet.
Text for Hope
Alberta Health Services has launched a new program called Text For Hope where Albertans can subscribe to the free text-based program and receive text messages that will help ease stress and provide hope in uncertain times. Albertans can text “COVID19Hope” to 393939 to subscribe.
Join Jane from our YMCA Supports for Wellness team every monday as she brings you wellness right into your home.
YWell: Health and wellbeing videos
Keeping your mind healthy and strong is very important, that is why YMCAs in Canada have created YWell: Mindfulness. Watch free videos that cover topics on self care, anxiety, relaxation and more! Don't forget that your mental health is important too.