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Resources for Coping with COVID-19

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During these challenging and uncertain times, Brightside would like to extend support and provide its community with resources available to help folks get through this time.

Above is an infographic that provides a brief overview of the information below. The information below was provided by the Canadian Mental Health Association and can be found on their website (

Anxiety is a normal reaction to uncertainty and things that may harm us. It’s important to be kind to yourself. This is an anxious and stressful time for everyone. It’s okay if you feel more anxious than usual, and it’s okay to take time for yourself to manage your mental health. You are doing the best you can in a time when simply turning on the news can feel overwhelming.

While anxiety is a normal and expected reaction to the pandemic, too much anxiety can start to cause harm. Feeling stressed and fearful every day takes a toll on health and well-being very quickly. When anxiety and fear lead to panic, people may also take precautions that ultimately cause disruptions, like demanding a lot of tests or medical care when it isn’t necessary or stockpiling certain supplies to the point that those supplies aren’t available to people who are sick and need those items.

Anxiety can also cause the opposite reaction: denial or refusing to believe that the situation is serious. Denial is unhelpful. When people deny the severity of a situation in order to avoid anxiety, they may do nothing, even ignoring recommendations from health authorities.

A better place is somewhere in the middle. Coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness are serious and we should be concerned about the situation, but they are not catastrophic disasters. You can use that concern to take positive and protective actions—things like practicing good hygiene, staying home when you feel sick, and having a plan in case you need to self-isolate.

What can I do about coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness?

Act to maintain/improve your personal well-being by…

Here are some signs you might benefit from extra help and support:

If you need more information about local services or you just need someone supportive to talk to, call the BC Mental Health Support Line at 310-6789 (no area code) at any time.

The COVID-19 illness situation changes often, so see the following links for up-to-date information on protecting yourself and staying safe:

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