COVID-19: Taking care of your mental health

Free and confidential mental health and substance use support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Wellness Together Canada.

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You can talk to a professional one on one. Call 1-866-585-0445 or text WELLNESS to:

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If you're in crisis

If you're in immediate danger or need urgent medical support, call 911.

If you're experiencing gender-based violence, you can access a crisis line in your province or territory.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For residents of Quebec, call 1-866-277-3553 or visit

Visit Crisis Services Canada for the distress centres and crisis organizations nearest you.

For Indigenous peoples

Hope for Wellness Help Line

Call 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or connect to the online Hope for Wellness chat.

Services are available:

Access programs and services to improve your mental health and help prevent suicide in Indigenous communities.

For youth and young adults

Kids Help Phone

Call 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868. Available 24 hours a day to Canadians aged 5 to 29 who want confidential and anonymous care from trained responders.

For additional resources or to access support through Facebook Messenger visit the Kids Help Phone website.

Access resources for youth on how to protect and improve your mental health.

For parents and guardians

It's normal for you or your children to feel overwhelmed, stressed, confused, scared or angry during this time. Take time to understand how your child is feeling as well as your own feelings and needs.

For older adults

During the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults may experience feelings of loneliness and/or isolation that can impact mental health. We've put together a list of easily accessible resources for older adults and caregivers.

Fear, stress and worry are normal in a crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many changes. You might feel like you're no longer in control of things. It's normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or worried. People react in different ways. Some common feelings include:

Mental health and substance use

There are many links between mental health and substance use. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on the mental health and substance use habits of many people across the country. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use, help is available.

Get help with substance use.

Tips for taking care of your mental wellness

More ways to get help

If you need help, you can call a:

You may also want to talk to another trusted professional, such as a counsellor or spiritual leader.

Provincial and territorial resources

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New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island

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