Resources for self-isolation

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: [at] 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.

Peer Support:

Meditation & Mindfulness apps:

  • Insight Timer
  • Headspace
  • Calm
  • Ten Percent
  • Tide

Professional Support:

McGill Student Wellness Hub

  • 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:

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)

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