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

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.

We All Have Mental Health (Grades 1-3)

We All Have Mental Health (Grades 4-6)
 

Find someone to listen

If you or someone you know needs help, the following counselling resources can be reached by phone:

Counselling is also available by phone or online through Momentum Counselling

If you are in immediate danger, call 911.


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Last edited: March 19, 2020