According to the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), 40 per cent of Canadians say their mental health has deteriorated since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“These are unprecedented times, and we know that many people continue to experience high levels of stress, extreme anxiety and uncertainty related to the pandemic,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford.
“There are counselling and related services available to help, and - sometimes - all it takes is one call or one session to get that support. No one needs to be alone with their suffering,” Peckford added.
“Varying degrees of anxiety and depression are the most common forms of mental health illnesses that can affect not only individuals but their families, friends and coworkers. Mental Health week provides an opportunity to increase awareness of this and what we can do every day to manage and improve our health and support others,” added Councillor Doreen O’Sullivan and Parks, Recreation and Culture Liaison.
If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health issues, there is hope and help. North Grenville is home to a range of mental health professionals, including Kemptville Stress Relief Centre, The Lighthouse - Le Phare (bilingual), Courtney James Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Kemptville Psychology & Counselling, among others.
A list of Community Supports is also listed on our website at www.northgrenville.ca/coronavirus including, Lanark, Leeds & Grenville Mental Health and Additions and the Leeds and Grenville Children’s Mental Health, who offers a weekly virtual ‘walk in’ clinic every Wednesday for parents and kids.
Here are a few tips on how you can incorporate mental health practices in your day-to-day:
Connect with others safely online – Evidence shows that social interaction is a biological requirement much like eating, drinking and sleeping. Call a friend or set up a video chat with a distant family member. Make time to connect with those you live with by playing a game.
Stay active – Taking the time to engage in physical activities can have lifelong benefits for your physical, emotional and mental health. Research shows that regular exercise can have significant positive impacts on anxiety, depression and negative mood. Even short, 10 minutes bursts of stretching or walking can increase our mood, alertness and energy.
Get outside – Explore a trail or park near your home for some fresh air to help boost your mood. Taking a walk outside is an easy way to naturally reduce stress and stay physically healthy. When outside, please follow all health and safety COVID-19 guidelines by staying two metres apart from those not in your household and wearing a mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Visit www.NGTrails.ca for the list of local trails.
Make time for yourself –Building self-care into your daily or weekly routine can greatly improve resilience and prevent burnout. Set aside time during the day to do something you enjoy like reading a book, gardening or spending time with y our family.
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