Whether it’s because you’ve tested positive for COVID-19, have been identified as a close contact or have COVID-19 symptoms, the requirement to self-isolate can understandably make you worried. Taking care of your physical and mental health are the most important things during this time. Although it may seem like a great challenge, the self-isolation period will be done before you know it!
There are many useful resources and tips to help you prepare for, and get through, self-isolation, both from within the McGill community and beyond. From grocery deliveries, to places to turn if you are feeling worried or alone, to ideas of things to do to pass the time, below are a collection of these resources that we encourage you to check out.
If there is something that you need that is not covered here, or if you have other suggestions, please write to: COVID-19.info [at] mcgill.ca. And don’t forget, if you need to request academic accommodations because of COVID-19, this can be done through the online form found under the “Personal” menu in Minerva.
Grocery stores in Montreal offer contact-free delivery (ex. Metro, IGA, Provigo). For international students, note that some grocery stores may not accept credit cards issued outside of Canada, however Wal-Mart and Uber Eats have been known to accept them.
Health and Wellness Resources
Therapy Assisted Online (TAO): McGill students have free access to therapy modules, mindfulness library, and more.
- McGill Peer Support Centre (by appointment, weekdays from 9am-7pm. Closed Dec 22 for the holidays)
- McGill Student Nightline (chatline open 6pm-3am every day)
- Vent over Tea (not McGill affiliated)
Meditation & Mindfulness apps:
- Insight Timer
- Ten Percent
- Book an appointment with your Local Wellness Advisor online here
- Book an appointment with a nurse, doctor, or counselor, by calling 514 398-6017
- Register for remote programming.
Maple Virtual Care: remote 24/7 consultations with doctors, available from within Canada, free for international students on IHI plan
Keep.meSAFE: remote 24/7 counseling services available to McGill students from anywhere in the world (in up to 60 different languages)
Fun things to do while isolating:
- Workout virtually with McGill Athletics
- Watch TV or a movie.
- Check out some Canadian streaming websites where you can watch Canadian shows such as Crave, Netflix Canada, CBC Gem, Amazon Prime, etc.
- Movies: By logging into the McGill VPN, you can access great movies through the Criterion Collection
- Download and stream movies and documentaries through the McGill Library
- Read about everything happening around Montreal via MTL Blog
- Watch cute animal cams (Puppies and donkeys, Kittens, Koalas, Pandas and Penguins)
- Host a virtual catch-up session with friends and family
- Do some DIY projects
- Create a vision board
- Go on virtual museum tours
Other useful resources:
Getting better in the context of a pandemic (Montreal Public Health)
Multilingual tools for non-native English or French speakers (Montreal Public Health)
Do’s and Don’ts for isolation or quarantine (Public Health Agency of Canada)