Mental Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mental Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Given the current situation, discussion of COVID-19 has become more common in the media and in general conversations. Young people in particular may experience confusion and worry about family members, friends, neighbors, and themselves becoming sick.

Given the current situation, discussion of COVID-19 has become more common in the media and in general conversations. Many governments have restricted movement within their countries, encouraging citizens to stay at home. It is natural for these changes to create feelings of anxiety, depression and stress within the family. Children, in particular, may experience confusion and worry about family members, friends and neighbours becoming sick. Parents, caretakers, family members, etc. can play an important role in minimizing anxiety and stress by helping children to understand what is happening. Addressing COVID-19 is especially important for children with diabetes to avoid the stress impacting their blood glucose levels.

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Table of contents

  1. Resources for Caregivers
  2. Resources for Children and Adolescents
  3. Resources in Canada
  4. Resources Outside of Canada
  5. Additional Information and References

Keywords: Keywords: Mental Health, Stress, Anxiety, Management, Wellbeing

1. Resources for Caregivers

2. Resources for Children and Adolescents

  • Anxiety Canada website has information and tools to help with anxiety: Anxiety Canada: Home 
  • Anxiety Canada video resources to learning about anxiety, by delivering new research, information and workshops in videos less than 45 minutes: Video Resources 
  • Anxiety Canada mindshift app that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help individuals learn to destress: MindShift™ CBT 
  • Mind Your Mind: a site dedicated to providing education and tools for mental illnesses. Collaboration with community partners and youth aged 14 – 29: mindyourmind.ca 
  • Headspace: A meditation and mindfulness app to reduce stress and teach the basics of mindfulness:  Headspace: Meditation and Sleep Made Simple 
  • Children’s book on COVID-19: This book discusses the pandemic with easy to understand language and pictures for young children. The Corona Virus and Me 
  • COVID-19 youth mental health resource hub: https://jack.org/covid 
  • Canadian Mental Health Association tips and ideas to maintain mental wellbeing 50 ways to stay mentally healthy while social distancing

Remember you are not alone! Call and video chat with family and friends. Try to maintain a healthy routine by being active, avoiding drugs and eating well. Limit worry and stress by reducing the time spent listening to media coverage on the COVID-19 Pandemic.1-2

This image is from Ottawa Public Health

It is important to get help, talk to your healthcare team if stress is getting in the way of daily activities. If you, or someone you know, are feeling overwhelmed and need someone to talk to, consider the following helpline resources:

3. Resources In Canada

4. Resources Outside of Canada

5. Additional Information and References

  1. Ottawa Public Health. Mental Health and COVID-19. https://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/mental-health-and-covid-19.aspx
  2. World Health Organization Europe. Mental Health and COVID-19. http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-emergencies/coronavirus-covid-19/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-technical-guidance/coronavirus-disease-covid-19-outbreak-technical-guidance-europe/mental-health-and-covid-19

Disclaimer: The information regarding COVID-19 is changing constantly as more data become available. The information provided in this website is not meant to replace diabetes healthcare team or public health agencies recommendations, and is intended for information purposes only. Please check with your healthcare providers for any deviations from your care plans.


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