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Mental Health and COVID-19

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1. Mental Health

Living through the COVID-19 pandemic can cause anxiety and worry in all of us. Whether you're coping with the loneliness of self-isolation, concerned about the health of your loved ones or worried about what the future may hold, there are mental health supports available to help you through this difficult time.

  • HealthLine 811 - Mental health and addictions service continues to be available, providing 24/7 crisis support, advice to help manage a caller's situation, information and connection to community resources.
  • www.onlinetherapyuser.ca - Free online therapy for adults in Saskatchewan experiencing mental health difficulties or stress, with a focus on depression and anxiety. Accessible any day, any time, from any computer.
  • Wellness Together Canada - Connects people to peer support workers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls, and also offers credible information and help to address mental health and substance use issues.
  • Mobile Crisis - Centres are located across Saskatchewan and operate 24/7.
  • Kids Help Phone - Offers professional counselling, information and referrals. You can phone, text or chat online. It's confidential, free and available 24/7.
  • Farm Stress Line - Provides support for farmers and ranchers and is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. To get help, call 1-800-667-4442.

Family Service Saskatchewan, in partnership with the Saskatchewan Health Authority, supports free mental health walk-in clinics. These clinics offer free one-time counselling sessions which are now available by phone.

Walk-in mental health counselling services are available in:

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Saskatchewan Division has set up phone lines to support those who may be struggling in these changing times:

  • Provincial Line: 306-421-1871
  • Provincial Youth Line: 306-730-5900
  • Moose Jaw: 306-630-5968
  • North Battleford: 306-441-5746
  • Prince Albert: 306-940-7678
  • Regina: 306-535-4292
  • Rosetown: 306-831-4083
  • Saskatoon: 306-270-3648
  • Swift Current: 306-741-5148
  • Weyburn: 306-861-4951
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2. Alcohol, Cannabis and Other Drug Use

Dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 can cause increased stress and anxiety for many of us. In the short-term, drinking alcohol or using drugs might help you cope with these feelings, but it could also make things worse for your health and well-being.

Instead of drinking alcohol or using drugs to cope, try these other positive and proven ways of managing stress and anxiety:

  • Eating healthy;
  • Exercising and getting plenty of sleep;
  • Meditating;
  • Spending time with people and pets in your household who make you feel better, or connecting over the phone or online with those outside your household;
  • Doing things you enjoy that help you relax;
  • Letting your feelings out by writing them down or talking with a friend or family member; and
  • Seeking counselling if you continue to struggle with stress or anxiety. Some counselling services are available over the phone or online at this time.

Tips for anxiety related to COVID-19

Stress

Building Resilience

How Do You Cope With Stress?

Wellness Together Canada

If you are sick with COVID-19 or another illness that affects your lungs:

You may have a higher risk of overdose death while using depressant drugs ("downers") that slow breathing.

  • Depressant drugs that slow breathing include opioids (such as fentanyl, morphine, hydromorphone, heroin, oxycodone or methadone), gabapentin and benzodiazepines.
  • Using more than one drug, even in small amounts, can also increase the risk of an overdose.
  • Alcohol is also a depressant and can contribute to an overdose if mixed with drugs.

Smoking tobacco, cannabis or other drugs can make your illness worse if you are infected with COVID-19 or have another illness that affects your lungs.

Keeping Track of Changing Habits

It can be easy to lose count of how often we are drinking or using drugs when our usual routines and schedules have changed. Try keeping a list or diary of the date, how much you drank or used and how you felt afterwards. There are a number of apps that can help you track your habits, or you can keep track on paper. Avoid stocking up on alcohol or drugs – the more you have in your house, the more likely you are to use it.

Assess your alcohol or drug use (HealthLineOnline.ca)

Not Ready for Change? (HealthLineOnline.ca)

Knowing Your Limits with Alcohol: A Practical Guide to Assessing Your Drinking (CCSA)

Staying Safe

Follow these tips to reduce negative impacts on your health and well-being:

  • Don't share glasses, bottles, cans, joints, vapes, pipes, bongs or other items and clean them thoroughly. COVID-19 and other diseases could be spread by sharing items.
  • Use the buddy system. You can do this in person, or over the phone, texting or chatting online while you are social distancing.
  • Avoid alcohol or drug binges.
  • Be extra cautious when trying a new alcohol or drug, or getting a drug from a new source.Street drugs, even those packaged like prescription drugs, can be contaminated with other substances like fentanyl. Start with a small amount and go slow.
  • Reduce your health risks by drinking no more than:
    • 10 drinks a week for women, with no more than 2 drinks a day most days;
    • 15 drinks a week for men, with no more than 3 drinks a day most days.

Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines

COVID-19 Harm Reduction Tips for People Who Use Drugs

Responding to an Overdose During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Parenting, Drinking and Drug Use

During the COVID-19 pandemic, children and youth may see the adults they live with drinking or using drugs. They may also be drinking or using drugs more often.

How a parent uses alcohol or drugs can influence their children's decisions about alcohol or drug use. Help children and young people learn healthier habits by modeling responsible behaviour and talking to them about drinking and drug use. Store any alcohol, recreational drugs or prescription drugs in your home where children and youth cannot access them.

To reduce health risks, young people should delay drinking until they reach the legal age. If youth choose to drink, they should do so with parental guidance, never have more than 1-2 drinks at a time, and never drink more than 1-2 times per week.

Canada's Low-Risk Alcohol Drinking Guidelines

Talk to Your Children

Teen Recovery: What to do if alcohol or drugs are causing problems in your teen's life

Alcohol and Drug Use in Young People

If you are concerned about your own or someone else's alcohol or drug use, help is available:

You can:

Adult Recovery: What to do if alcohol or drugs are causing problems in your life

Teen Recovery: What to do if alcohol or drugs are causing problems in your teen's life

Drug Problems: Helping Someone Get Care

Alcohol Problems: How to Stop Drinking

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