Mental Health Resources During Times of Isolation

Mental Health Resources During Times of Isolation

Due to the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people now find themselves dealing with an unexpected and unfamiliar set of circumstances. Old routines no longer make sense – and are no longer safe – during a period of significant social distancing.

That means that everyone has to find ways to adjust to the new reality. The thought of working from home may initially seem appealing, but any residence can start to feel cramped when you’re no longer allowed to leave. Many people rely on their social and professional networks to maintain a sense of normalcy. You lose a piece of yourself when that gets taken away, and that can be profoundly destabilizing if you’re used to something more predictable.   

That’s why it’s so important to find a way to ground yourself amidst the chaos. Doing so will help you deal with the stress, and give you the strength you need to face the regular challenges that still need to be overcome. 

Of course, creating that structure can be easier said than done. These are some tools that you might find useful as you search for ways to navigate the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

Mental Health Services

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has put together an extensive list of resources for people looking for more information about COVID-19. It also has good advice for anyone struggling to cope with their anxiety, with tips for everything from supporting loved ones to talking to children about the virus.  

Anyone who still feels overwhelmed can try reaching out to CAMH or another local organization. In-person services may be limited (at least for the moment), but they may be able to direct you to someone who can provide remote counselling during the pandemic.  

Mental Health Apps

The world is more connected than it’s ever been. Even if you’re stuck at home, you should still have ready access to a variety of different (and high quality) online tools and services.

Headspace, for example, is a meditation app that was designed to make the benefits of meditation more accessible to people unaccustomed to the practice. The app teaches users about mindfulness with a series of videos, articles, and guided meditation sessions to help you slow down your thought processes and calm your mind when you’re feeling anxious.

The app offers a free Basics course for people who are just getting started. If you make that time for yourself, you might be able to find some balance and re-contextualize your thoughts about the situation.

Productivity Apps

If Headspace is geared towards overall mental health, a productivity app like Thrive Global can help you reach your full potential. The app was built to mitigate burnout, and developing more sustainable work habits will provide some much-needed structure when the rest of your world has been upended.   

After all, it can be difficult to concentrate on work when you’re surrounded by all of the comforts (and distractions) of the home. An app like Thrive can help you focus on the tasks that need to be accomplished, so you can continue to be productive in your new surroundings.


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