The economic uncertainty caused by COVID-19 has impacted almost every Canadian, both indirectly and directly in some way. To mitigate the financial burden, new measures for financial assistance have been announced by the Federal and Provincial governments.
For further details and a complete list of all these measures, you can visit the Government of Canada’s and your Provincial Government’s COVID-19 response pages.
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The government of Canada has released sweeping measures to help not only individuals impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, but for businesses as well. For a complete list of all these measures, click here.
The provincial governments have implemented a wide range of options to help. To learn more about the options available to you at the provincial level, click below to find what may be of help to you.
The stress brought about by social isolation, the disruption to day to day life and financial worries brought about by COVID-19 pandemic can have a significant impact on mental health.
The government, both at the Federal and Provincial levels, have significantly boosted funding to many mental help resources available. If you need help, you can reach out to the following services:
- Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868 Free, anonymous, confidential telephone and web counseling for youth in Canada.
- Toll Free Crisis Line / Distress Centres
- Family Violence – Find Supports – 310-1818 Call if you (or someone you know) are going through family violence or abuse if you have questions or want to find out about programs, resources, and services.
- Mental Health Helpline – 1-877-303-2642 Offers help for mental health concerns for Albertans.
- Income Supports – 1-866-644-5135 Financial help for Albertans who don’t have resources to meet their basic needs (e.g., food, clothing, shelter).
- Addiction Helpline – 1-866-332-2322 Help for problems with gambling, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
- Here to Help – provides mental-health and substance-use information you can trust.
- Kelty Mental Health Centre – has information on talking to children and youth.
- BC Crisis Centre – is a non-profit, volunteer organization committed to helping people help themselves and others deal with crisis.
- Canadian Mental Health Association – is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians.
- ConnexOntario – Adults and frontline workers who are dealing with the realities of COVID-19 can call ConnexOntario at 1-866-531-2600 for mental health, addictions and problem gambling support.
- BounceBack – A free, evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program that provides guided mental health self-help supports for adults and youth 15+ using workbooks, online videos and phone coaching. Call 1-866-345-0224.
- Good2Talk – A phone and texting service that provides confidential support to post-secondary students. Call 1-866-925-5454.