Due to the shutdown imposed to reduce the spread of COVID-19, many of us have been wrested from the comfort of our daily routine. We no longer are able to meet loved ones & family, and our other social connections have become restricted to a digital space. This can give rise to stress or anxiety. It is important for our mental well-being that we connect with friends and family in a safe way, ensure we are staying healthy with enough exercise and food.
It’s completely normal to experience stress and anxiety in the face of circumstances we cannot control. When uncomfortable feelings come up, pay attention to them and know that there are people and services available to help you manage them. #ItsOkayToNotBeOkay pic.twitter.com/uCLLcttPKy
— John Tory (@JohnTory) April 11, 2020
If you are experiencing stress, anxiety, panic or depression, and if you require emotional support related to COVID-19, do reach out to any of the following community resources (at no cost):
Email crisisservicescanada.ca, call 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645, 24 hours a day, 7 days per week
Call 416-408-4357, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Text 45645 between 4 p.m. and midnight. Translation is available in many languages for crisis calls only.
Call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Service is available in English and French.
Call 416-323-3721 between noon and 8 p.m. Call 416-960-9276 between 8 p.m. and midnight. Text 647-557-5882
- Toronto Seniors Helpline: 416-217-2077
- Ontario Psychological Association for frontline workers in community agencies. Call: 416-961-5552
- Caribbean African Canadian Social Services (CAFCAN) for Black residents. Call: 416-740-1056
- Across Boundaries for Black and Indigenous People/Persons of Colour (BIPOC) Call: 416-787-3007
- Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) for Indigenous residents
416-929-5200, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Translation is available in many languages.