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Mental Health During the Pandemic: Information for GVC Students

The coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and the changes it is causing in our lives is stressful for many people. You may be worried about the disruption to school, your family’s health, financial issues, Coping with stress will make you, the people you care about, and our community stronger.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. How you respond to the outbreak and social distancing measures can depend on your personal history, the things that make you different from other people, and your environment.

The Mental Health Commission of Canada/The Working Mind; is a document that includes a self-assessment, a self-care planning tool, and it is appropriate for adults and students. 

Information adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html 

Common symptoms of stress include:

  • Uncomfortable emotions including fear, worry, loneliness, irritability, etc.
  • Increased negative thinking
  • Changes in appetite or eating patterns
  • Difficulty sleeping or concentrating
  • Worsening of chronic health problems
  • A desire to use alcohol or other drugs to cope

Things you can do to support yourself include:

  • Limit your exposure to media, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting and increase anxiety.
  • Take care of your body:
    • Take deep breaths
    • Stretch
    • Go outside
    • Exercise
    • Rest and get plenty of sleep
    • Eat well and eat regularly
    • Drink plenty of water
    • Avoid alcohol and other drugs
  • Connect with others – Share your concerns and how you are feeling with a friend or family member. Keep connected in physical isolation by talking on the phone, Face Timing, texting, using Teams, etc.
  • Make time to unwind and do things you enjoy. If your usual hobbies are not possible due to social distancing, use this opportunity to try something new. I.e. Sketching, journaling, jogging, baking, make videos, redecorate your room, etc.
  • Create a personal daily schedule that includes a variety of healthy activities.

Resources

If you need more help, please consider reaching out to the following resources:

  1. Your GVC Guidance Counsellors! Please send us a message through Teams or email us:

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  • We can arrange to video conference through Teams if you prefer to talk face-to-face.
  • You can call the school (325-8008), but since we may be working from home, we may not get back to you the same day.
  1. Teen Clinic at C.W. Wiebe Medical Clinic
  1. Kids Help Phone (Call, text, or chat)

There are many apps that support mental health. You may wish to check-out:

  • MindShift CBT
  • Breathe
  • Calm

Please take care good of yourself during this time. Remember that it is normal to experience stress and anxiety during periods of change and uncertainty. Be gentle with yourself and reach out to others.

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