Your Mental Health and Well-being during COVID-19
Resources to help you adjust to, and hopefully even thrive in, this new working environment. Let’s seize opportunities to stay connected with each other, to support our mental health and to care for our physical health.
Just like your physical health, mental health is an essential part of your overall well-being, and giving it the attention it needs has the power to affect every aspect of your daily life.
McGill also promotes mental health by offering the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), a confidential information, counselling and referral service available to employees, their spouses, and their dependent children.
If you feel you may be struggling with a mental health issue, or would just like someone to talk to, we encourage you to take advantage of EFAP. If you or anyone you know is suffering, please do not do so silently - there is help available to you.
- Ami-Québec provides information on mental illness and treatment, programs and support groups, resources and publications (newsletters).
- The Douglas Mental Health University Institute
- The Canadian Mental Health Association provides tips related to a wide variety of topics including stress, children’s mental health and aging.
- Manulife Financial's website provides lots of information about mental health in the workplace. Watch this video to learn more.
- Check Up From The Neck Up: This simple, online, private, mental health check-up can identify some symptoms of common mood disorders so you can get help if you need it. You can also learn more about mood disorders on this site and find resources to help yourself, your family members, or friends.
How’s your mental health?
Allow yourself a moment to assess your own mental wellbeing.
"Mental health is more than the absence of mental illness. It’s a state of overall mental and physical health and wellbeing. But maintaining good mental health in today’s hectic and stress-filled society is a challenge." -Peter Coleridge, National CEO, CMHA
Although it can be a challenge amidst our busy lives, it is very important to allow yourself a moment or two everyday to take a deep breath and emotionally check-in with yourself.
Check-up on your mental wellbeing with the help of the Canadian Mental Health Association. These quizzes will help you to reflect on your strengths and identify areas where your level of mental fitness could be improved.
Maintaining your mental health is a lot like staying physically fit: it requires a little bit of energy every day. Check out these everyday tips for keeping mentally healthy. Small, concerted actions can add up to a significant overall effect.
Just as physical fitness helps our bodies to stay strong, mental fitness helps us to achieve and sustain a state of good mental health. Assess your emotional health regularly. Consider the particular demands or stresses you are facing and how they are affecting you. Give yourself permission to take a break and you will reap significant benefits in terms of feeling rejuvenated and more confident. Check out these simple ideas on how to practice mental fitness.
Mental health means striking a balance in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental. At times, you may tip the balance too much in one direction and have to find your footing again. Your personal balance will be unique, and your challenge will be to stay mentally healthy by keeping that balance. To learn more, watch this video by the Canadian Mental Health Association.
We all may experience a time when our mental health coping strategies are strained by stress, burnout, health problems, conflict or life events. Some of us may find ourselves:
- Struggling to perform tasks that used to be easy.
- Experiencing conflict when we used to resolve differences easily.
- Overwhelmed by repetitive thoughts about what was said or done when we used to let it go.
- Having feelings of apprehension or anxiety that won't easily go away.
The following are ways to maintain your balance or help you regain your footing if it has been tipped too much in one direction: Balancing your life.