Although some restrictions have been lifted recently, many of us are still facing challenges such as isolation, stress and anxiety as a result of measures we must take to protect ourselves and each other from COVID-19.
If you find yourself struggling, that is normal and OK. Here is a list of FREE online resources that you may find useful in managing your mental health.
“Kelty’s Key is your source for online therapy. Get tailored treatment from an online therapist or work on your own with our self-help resources… We are publicly funded by Vancouver Coastal Health, making all our services 100% free.”
“The Antidepressant Skills Workbook (ASW) is a self-care guide that shows you how to use cognitive and behavioural methods to make important changes in thinking and actions that help one to emerge from depression and make it less likely to recur.”
Looking after yourself modules: “If you experience a condition that is affecting your mental health and are looking for specific information about different types of problems, then the ‘workbooks’ or sets of modules in this section may be relevant to you.”
“BounceBack is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.”
“Acceptance & Commitment Therapy webinars and workshops in response to Covid.”
Coronavirus Sanity Guide
Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): “This online MBSR training course is 100% free, created by a fully certified MBSR instructor, and is based on the program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.”
Free Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Insomnia (CBTi)
“Are you a family with a child or youth with a mental health challenge? We get it – we are also families whose kids struggle with their mental health and we know things might be tough right now. We’ll listen – keep it real, and look for ways to help you.”
BC Government resources including low cost counselling.
“Here2Talk connects post secondary students with mental health support when they need it. Through this program, all students currently registered in a B.C. post-secondary institution have access to free, confidential counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24/7 via app, phone and web.”
“Foundry is working to make sure all young people in British Columbia can get the care and support they need when they need it. We are now offering virtual drop-in counselling sessions by voice, video and chat to young people ages 12-24 and their caregivers!”