NORTH VANCOUVER (May 4, 2020) – BC Liberal Critic for Mental Health and Addictions Jane Thornthwaite released the following statement today for Mental Health Week:
“Mental Health Week has always been an important reminder to all British Columbians to take care of their mental health. This year, our mental wellbeing is being tested more than ever as we tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. It is critical to remember that no one is alone in feeling stress, anxiety or even depression right now. It’s ok to not be ok.
“For many of us, the past six weeks have been the most challenging in memory. It is important to acknowledge that fear and anxiety at this time is completely understandable.
“There are simple steps we can take to help relieve the anxiety and stress many of us are experiencing. Be mindful and deliberate about where you get your information. There is plenty of misinformation out there. Take breaks from the news and social media. Go for a walk outdoors (while maintaining distance), read a new book, practice mindfulness and reach out to others who might need help with shopping.
“There are many free virtual resources you can access if needed such as Bounce Back BC or Foundry for children and youth. If you or someone you know needs to talk, you can also reach out to 310-MENTAL.
“This year’s theme is ‘get ready to get loud and get real,’ encouraging everyone to reduce the stigma around mental health and to speak up. By doing small things to stay positive and mentally healthy we can get through this period of uncertainty together.”
Canadian Mental Health Association – Coronavirus: managing stress & anxiety
Bounceback BC – A free online program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry
Anxiety Canada – What to do if you’re anxious or worried about coronavirus (COVID-19)
Foundry BC – Tips for when the news stresses you out
Healthlink BC – If you still have questions call 8-1-1 to speak with a registered nurse, or access online resources for health-related questions — alternatively, dial 3-1-1 for mental health help
Crisis Centre BC – If you or someone you know is feeling hopeless or at risk of harm, call or chat online with a crisis responder any time