COVID 19: Dealing with stress and anxiety


Published: 30Mar2020

Resources are available to help staff and students who are feeling anxiety, panic or stress.


McGill HR offers an employee family-assistance program. Call the toll-free number, 1-844-880-9142, or go to

McGill students may phone, video-call or secure mobile chat with a licensed mental-health clinician in over 60 languages 24/7 at the remote mental-health counselling service, KeepmeSAFE. Download the MySSP app for iOS or Android.

Managing anxiety during a pandemic: A webcast with McGill experts

How can we cope with the stress of COVID-19? What are the psychological and physical effects of sustained fear and worry? What concrete steps can we take to lessen fear and anxiety for ourselves and our children? McGill experts Dr. Jason Harley and Dr. Tina Montreuil answer a range of questions from the McGill community about the stress and anxiety of living in the shadow of COVID-19, and offer strategies to support family and friends in difficult times.


The shift to working and learning from home

Tips for suddenly finding yourself working from home all day, surrounded by family and friends


MUHC EMPLOYEES – ‘Taking care of your mental health’

YouTube video

MUHC Intranet – resources (protocols, clinical information, HR)



For help or advice dealing with overwhelming emotional reactions (frequent crying, irritability, etc.) call the Government of Quebec psychosocial help line, Info-Social: 811 Psychosocial intervention professionals are available 24/7.

See also the Government of Quebec coronavirus websites:



The following sites provide advice from people who have found ways and means to cope with quarantine and self-isolation:

“A Week of Snow Days’? Ha! Families Deal With Cabin Fever,” NY Times, March 25, 2020,

How We Got By: New Yorkers’ Advice for Getting Through a Crisis,” NY Times, March 26, 2020,

Life on lockdown in China---Forty-five days of avoiding the coronavirus,” The New Yorker, March 23, 2020,

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