Resources for coping with increased stress and anxiety

Managing stress and anxiety at the best of times can be challenging for anyone.  Below are valuable resources that you and your family or household can access to promote a healthy mental and physical lifestyle.

Each resource below is categorized into sections to help you find what you need quickly and includes a mixture of both in-person and online tools. 

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Resources for coping with increased stress and anxiety

*Local Resources

 

Mental Health

Anxiety Canada

General information about anxiety
Download PDF resources

https://www.anxietycanada.com/

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

General information about mental health and community resources. They have also created a COVID-19 Information section.

https://cmha.ca/
COVID Info  

Centre for Addiction and Mental health

Information about mental health, substance use, scientific research, and education

https://www.camh.ca/

* West Coast Mental Health & Substance Use (Island Health

Currently phone support is available with a mental health clinician
8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday

Self refer by calling
(250) 726-1282

*NTC Counselling

Teechuktl Counselling (currently by phone for existing clients)

https://nuuchahnulth.org/node/216

*Pacific Rim Hospice

Hospice is offering Telephone Counselling with Tara Souch, Registered Clinical Counsellor – 30 minute check ins (12pm-6pm appointments available) for ANYONE experiencing anxiety or distress over COVID-19.  There is no cost for this service.   

Info and to book an appointment:
https://tarasouch.janeapp.com/

*Westcoast Community Resource Society

Services available via phone, email, or internet.  The transition House will remain open and available to women in need:

www.wccrs.ca
Phone: (250) 726-2343
After-hours emergency: (250) 726-2020

COVID-19 Specific

BC Ministry of Health

Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety & Depression

BC Ministry of Health

BC CDC

BC Centre for Disease Control

www.bccdc.ca

FACE COVID Resource

Coping resource designed by Russ Harris (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)

FACE COVID

Psychology Tools

Free guide to living with worry and anxiety amongst global uncertainty

Worry & Anxiety  

Just Listening

Emotional distress about COVID-19 is not a mental illness, it is a natural response to a stressful situation. Empathetic listening can lessen the emotional distress.

https://www.justlistening.com.au/

 

Mindfulness and Relaxation Resources

Palouse Mindfulness Course

A free online self-paced course on mindfulness-based stress reduction

https://palousemindfulness.com/

Insight Timer

A free app for android, iPhone, or desktop computer with music, meditations, and courses on managing stress, anxiety, sleep, pain, etc. (in app purchases, but most content is free)

https://insighttimer.com/

Headspace

Free for beginners (in app purchases afterwards). Headspace helps you start a mindfulness practice

https://www.headspace.com/

Calm

Free app for meditation and sleep

https://www.calm.com/

Meditations on Loving Kindness & Compassion

Instructions on how to relax and create a feeling of love and compassion for yourself and others.

loving kindness

4-7-8 Breathing Technique

Details on a breathing technique to help with sleep/insomnia

478 breathing

Self-Compassion

Free self-compassion guided meditations, exercises, and research

https://self-compassion.org/

Mindful Self Compassion Practices for COVID

Mindful self-compassion practices and resources (Kristin Neff & Chris Germer)

mindful self compassion

Self Nourishment Course

Free online modules on gratitude, self compassion, and staying well

PSR

 

Ways to Connect from Home

7 cups

Online access to empathetic listeners, guidance on self-help, and online therapy starting at $150/month

https://www.7cups.com/

*Vancouver Island Crisis Society

Crisis line 1(888) 494-3888
Crisis text (250) 800-3806

https://www.vicrisis.ca/

*Kuu-us Crisis Line Society

Adults/Elders (250) 723-4050
Child/youth (250) 723-4050

https://www.kuu-uscrisisline.ca/

*Local Resource Directory

West Coast health resources and contact information

http://www.coastalfamilyresources.ca/resources

Health benefits

If you have health benefits you may be eligible for counselling (see if this can be done online or by phone)

Check with your employer/benefits provider

AA Meetings

AA meetings are being held by phone or video meeting every day at noon and 7:30pm

Call: (778) 907-2071
Meeting ID: 419-585-9765

Ways to Keep Busy

Down Dog Yoga App

Yoga, HIIT, Barre, and other workouts. Available for free for healthcare professionals, students, and teachers until July

https://www.downdogapp.com/

Virtual Museum Tours

A list of 10 museums that offer free virtual tours

https://www.virtualiteach.com/post/2017/08/20/10-amazing-virtual-museum-tours

Concerts

A variety of musicians are hosting live streamed concerts. Here’s a central list!

https://www.socialdistancingfestival.com/live-streams

 

Podcasts

On Being

Includes a listening care package for uncertain times link 

Search for these titles wherever you stream your podcasts (apple music, Spotify etc.)

Poetry Unbound

Readings and reflections on poetry and the human spirit

Invisibilia

“Unseeable forces control human behavior and shape our ideas, beliefs, and assumptions. Invisibilia—Latin for invisible things—fuses narrative storytelling with science that will make you see your own life differently.”

All in the mind

Exploration of mind, brain, and behaviour.  All in the Mind