Your mental health during the COVID-19 Outbreak

Managing your mental health

Amidst the current outbreak of COVID-19, you may be developing feelings of fear, stress, worry, and isolation – these feelings are natural when facing threats that are beyond our control. Everyone reacts differently to these feelings and they can be overwhelming for some. 

If you need help in coping with these feelings, below are articles and resources that will guide you in managing your mental health.

Taking care of your mental health during the outbreak

Read information to help you manage your stress and anxiety during this period of time. 

  • Understanding Stress
    Know how to recognize your signs of stress and manage the stress response.
  • Psychology Today
    Learn how to stay emotionally healthy during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • World Health Organization
    See ways you can support the mental and psychological wellbeing of others.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
    Understand what the coronavirus is, including signs of infection, prevention recommendations, and the current risk to Canadians.
  • Anxiety Canada
    Consider specific steps to take if you’re anxious or worried about the COVID-19 situation.
  • Foundry BC
    Find ways to take care of yourself when you’re feeling anxious about the news and updates around the outbreak.

Additional resources available online or on the phone

There are many services and resources you can reach out to when you’re feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or anxious.

  • UBC Counselling Services
    Counselling Services appointments are all being offered by phone during the COVID-19 outbreak. Students can call Counselling Services, 604 822 3811, to schedule an appointment by phone.

  • UBC Student Assistance Program by Aspiria
    Receive free, 24/7 personal counselling and life coaching, accessible anywhere in the world, offered in many languages through phone, video-counselling, or e-counselling.

  • Here2talk
    Receive free, single-session confidential counselling online or by phone, no matter where you are in the world. 

  • HealthlinkBC
    Call 811 to speak with a registered nurse, or access online resources for health-related questions.

  • Wellness Together Canada 
    Access a free mental health online assessment, e-mental health resources or individual counselling from anywhere in the world.

  • 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.

  • MindhealthBC
    Take a quick online assessment on your mental health and get resources for a variety of related concerns.

  • Here to Help
    Browse strategies to help you take care of your mental health.

  • Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)
    Manage your well-being with tools for stress, relationship problems, substance use, and more. Register with a UBC email, which you can set up for free.

  • Mental Health Commission of Canada
    Check out the COVID-19 Self-care & Resilience Guide and build self-care into your routine to improve resilience and prevent burnout.

  • BC Virtual mental health supports
    Access new and existing virtual mental health supports provided by the BC government.

Related COVID-19 resources