Isolation has always been a health stressor. Add to this the fears generated by the COVID-19 crisis, the financial pressures created by job loss and business closings, and it is not surprising that there has been an increase in domestic violence , alcohol and mental health issues in some places.
Health care providers are well aware of the convergence of events, a perfect storm that has put pressure not only on family relationships, but also on the individual’s ability to cope with this crisis.
Online resources are available during these days of physical distancing and social isolation.
The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) offers a number of free online mental health supports, including Big White Wall mental health support (click here), a virtual care solution available without references, and BounceBack , mental health coaching to deal with symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Telehealth Ontario provides a link to ConnexOntario for addiction, mental health and problem gambling treatment and mental health supports for youth from MindYourMind.
The Center for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has a special section on COVID-19: Mental Health and Well-Being, specifically for health workers and health workers, with counseling and coping strategies.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) offers comprehensive resources and links on its website, specifically related to COVID-19, as well as a reminder that residents can call 1-833 in the event of a crisis -456-4566 or visit CrisisServicesCanada.
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has a COVID-19 section that includes a list of mental health supports for children and youth (including Kids Help Phone) and adults; click here for information.
Locally, Jolene Heida & Associates (South Simcoe Therapy Center) continues to provide telephone and online support services to clients who are struggling to cope during these difficult times.
“If customers need assistance, they can call our main line (905-778-0088) and we will get back to them as soon as possible,” said Heida.
The key, everyone says, is to build resilience: find the connections and supports that help build a more positive outlook and break down the barriers created by isolation.