This week is the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CHMA’s) Mental Health Week. Especially during times like these, with the COVID-19 pandemic changing everything about how we live, it’s more important than ever to take care of your mental health and wellness. So, we here at #YUBlog wanted to share some mental health and wellness resources with you to help you stay connected, take care of your physical and emotional wellbeing, reach out for help and raise awareness.
CMHA’s Mental Health Week
CHMA’s Mental Health Week website is challenging us to “Get Real About How We Really Feel.” It can be so easy to say we’re fine and that we’re not stressed, but it’s important to recognize and acknowledge when you’re not fine, stay connected and ask for help when you need it. The website has a toolkit of shareables and communications so you can help raise awareness and articles and tips on staying connected while physical distancing.
Just because we’re all socially and physically distancing doesn’t mean that we can’t have fun! The theme of this year’s Mental Health Week is social connection. Spending time with our friends and family is good for your mental health, and luckily, there are lots of fun online activities you can do! York’s Student Community & Leadership Development’s COVID-19 Wellbeing page has lots of ideas to help you take care of your physical and mental wellbeing. You can find live and video chat resources so you can have a Netflix party, a house party or listen to music and watch media content together with your friends. You can also find out how to play cards, attend virtual concerts and even visit museums and heritage sites! York International is also hosting Virtual Coffee Breaks.
You might also want to check out #YUBlog’s Explore the World While Physical Distancing series – it has many ways you can have fun virtually by visiting museums, experiencing music and exploring the arts.
Taking care of physical and emotional wellness
If you’re missing your regular workouts, fortunately there are many workout and yoga classes you can do online. Visit SCLD’s COVID-19 Wellbeing Resources page for a full list.
To help you relax, Calm.com has guided meditations, music, stories and tips for wellbeing. If you’re feeling anxious due to the COVID-19 situation, the Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety website also has many supports to help you manage anxiety during this challenging time. SCLD’s
If you’re feeling like you could use some support right now, here are some ways you can get help. Remember, even though York University buildings are closed right now, support is still available through phone, video chat, email and online resources.
- Student Counselling & Development (SCD) has telephone counselling for single session, or crisis and emergency support. You can call 416-736-5297 to talk with someone.
- You can contact the Office of Student Community Relations (OSCR)at 416-736-5231 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you need support and referrals (both inside and outside York) or help with more complex issues you’re having as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Good2Talk is available to help via telephone and they’ve also introduced a new texting feature!
- York’s Centre for Sexual Violence Response, Support & Education is here to help students virtually by telephone: 416-736-5211 and email: email@example.com.
- You can also visit the Mental Health at York web page for many York and non-York-related mental health resources for students.
Why not let your friends know how important it is to take care of mental health? You can join others raising awareness by using the hashtags #GetReal and #MentalHealthWeek on social media.
We hope that this #YUBlog post has been helpful and will help you to make your mental health a priority for you and for others.