Living with Depression
Know that you are not alone and the feeling can be treated.
During these difficult times, it cannot be stated enough that your mental health matters. As you deal with the realities of COVID-19, it is understandable that your mood may start to take a turn for the worse.
You Are Not Alone
Depression affects hundreds of thousands of Canadians, of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. Everyone reacts differently to depression, and it should not be mistaken for just a feeling of sadness; the important thing to know is that it is treatable.
Your Mental Health Matters
The impact of COVID-19 has placed educators under tremendous stress, which can be draining to your mental health. Remember that you are only human. Be sure to meet your basic needs: eat, sleep, socialize, and take breaks. Check out this article on how to take care of yourself in any way that you need to.
Someone Is There For You
Don’t ever feel ashamed to seek treatment or care – the help you need is available. There are resources below that you can try, and a much larger list on our resources page.
For more information, we have compiled a list of resources to help you cope up with anxiety during these difficult days.
6 Tips to Respond to Employee Anxiety About COVID-19
Meant for employers and managers, this webpage created by the Canadian Mental Health Association contains tips for responding to the feeling of anxiety staff may be having.
7 Science-based Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety
In this article hosted on The Conversation, psychologist Jelena Kecmanovic provides science-based methods on dealing with anxiety caused by COVID-19.
How to Stay Psychologically Healthy During the Coronavirus Outbreak
This article by Psychology Today provides proven techniques for managing stress and anxiety over the COVID-19 outbreak.
Tips for Supporting Your Mental Health Through the COVID-19 Pandemic
COVID-19 Anxiety Coping Strategies
COVID-19 and Anxiety
Coping with COVID-19
Depression Self Screening Test Offered Through Here to Help BC
Here to Help BC offers a variety of self-screening tests designed to look at symptoms that may be present in some mental illnesses.
Do You Feel Alone? You Are Not Alone.
Many others who have experienced depression have shared their personal stories.
Anti-Depressant Skills Workbook: A Self Care Guide
Using a cognitive and behavioural approach the ASW guides you to make important changes to help emerge from depression. ASW is available in multiple languages including: English, French, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Punjabi, Farsi, and Vietnamese.
Develop a Plan for Resilience
Workplace Strategies for Mental Health has created a booklet to assist in building a plan for resiliency.
Build Skills, Bounce Back
BounceBack® is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach.
Coronavirus and Mental Health: Taking Care of Ourselves During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
The American Psychiatric Association has some recommendations on how you can take care of yourself.
Looking For More?
Free resources to help with your anxiety available from your phone