Help in Tough Times
Uncertainty can be emotionally overwhelming
Caring for yourself and others in uncertain times can be challenging. In times like the ones we are currently facing, it is normal to feel anxious and worried, and not know what to do. If you are feeling overwhelmed, taking a moment to acknowledge you are having a normal reaction to an abnormal situation can be a helpful first step. Whatever you are feeling is OK, but know there is help available if you are struggling.
Often when we face stress, our wellness practices and healthy habits may give way to other priorities or concerns. That said, maintaining our wellness physically, mentally and spiritually during times of stress is one of the most important things we can do both for ourselves and those around us. There are steps that you can take to recharge your battery and prepare for the unknown. Consider the tips in the resources below to help you maintain your wellness.
Consult useful online resources
- Alberta Health Services Mental Health Resources
Resources to help you or someone you know impacted by financial pressures, unexpected difficulties, unemployment or stressful situations.
- What to do if You’re Anxious or Worried About COVID-19
- Parent/Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope With the COVID-19
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network
- Psychological Coping during a Pandemic
Psychologists’ Association Of Alberta
Rely on trusted sources of information
Though there’s much about the coronavirus outbreak over which you have no control, you can choose to embrace the kinds of practices that will keep you and your loved ones safe such as the health practices suggested by the World Health Organization and Alberta Health Services.
Only Share and read/watch reliable information:
Another way to care for yourself is to care for others by sharing the best information you’ve discovered.
When you find a reputable resource that’s particularly helpful, share it with a loved one. When you learn about practices that keep people safe, let a relative who is vulnerable to illness know. In a culture where people are feeling anxious, you can be a gift to others.
If you become consumed by breaking news about the spread of the coronavirus, you can also choose to step away from media reports for a time. At the same time, if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed by the news or compulsively checking the news, then you need to take a break and set limits for yourself.
Seek support from the City
The City of St. Albert offers a variety of Support Programs & Services
Explaining Mental Health to Children
The City of St. Albert, in partnership with Alberta Health Services, has developed a pair of books that can help introduce and contextualize the concept of mental health and its importance for wellbeing to children.
Find someone to listen
If you or someone you know needs help, the following counselling resources can be reached by phone:
- Distress Line: 780-482-4357 (24/7)
- Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642 (24/7)
- Family Violence Info Line: 780-310-1818 (24/7)
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868 (24/7)
- Children’s Mental Health Crisis & Response Team: 780-427-4491 (visit their website for hours of operation)
- Addictions Help Line - 1-866-332-2322
- AHS Mental Health Helpline - 1-877-303-2642
- Child Abuse Hotline (including reporting suspected child abuse): 1-800-387-KIDS (5437) (24/7)
- LGBT Youthline: 1-800-268-9688 (2 – 7:30 pm MT Sunday-Friday)
- Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860 (24/7)
- Indigenous Hope for Wellness Help Line: 1-855-242-3310 (24/7)
- Information and referral to services: call 211 or visit www.ab.211.ca
- Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre Crisis Line: call or text 1-866-956-1099 (24/7)
- Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters Line (to connect to your local shelter): 1-866-331-3933 (24/7)
- Online Alcoholics Anonymous Counselling (meeting directory)
Counselling is also available by phone or online through Momentum Counselling
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
Last edited: March 19, 2020