Mental health tips in a time of physical distancing

Video / April 09, 2020


Coronavirus Health and Safety
Tips to Take Care of Your Mental Health in a time of physical distancing

Fortify your mental health
Follow these simple steps to protect yourself, your family, and your Defence Team colleagues.
Check your sources
Get information from reliable sources, such as the new DND/CAF COVID-19 page on
Stay informed but follow news coverage in moderation
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, and surfing social media.
It can be upsetting to repeatedly hear about the crisis.
Take care of your body
Try to eat healthy, exercise regularly, and get plenty of sleep.
Maintain healthy relationships
Consider alternative ways to communicate and stay in touch.
Such as video calling, texting, or a good old-fashioned telephone call.
Talk to family or friends about your feelings
Show support and empathy to those dealing with difficult situations.
Identify what is within your control
Direct your energy towards doing what you can to stop the spread of the virus.
Like washing your hands, and practicing physical distancing.
Cut yourself some slack
As we adjust to physical distancing and working from home, remember that this is a unique situation. 
We’re all in this together.
Don't forget: mental health resources are readily available for anyone who needs them! 
If you are in distress or feel a high degree of: 

  • Uncertainty
  • Worry
  • Anxiety
  • Stress

…or just need someone to talk to…
The Canadian Forces Member Assistance Program & The Employee Assistance Program
To talk to a mental health professional, call
1-800-567-5809 (Hearing impaired)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
* Open to all Defence Team members and eligible family members
Stay safe
Stay healthy
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