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.

  • EmpowerMe
    Get online or phone counselling on topics you’re concerned about, free for UBC students. 

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • TAO Self-help resources
    Manage your well-being with tools on stress, relationship problems, substance use, and more. Register with a UBC email, which you can set up for free.