MENTAL HEALTH

Uncertainty, isolation and social distancing are an unusual reality and can affect us all differently both physically and psychologically. In such a context, some of us may experience stress, anxiety and depression. While these are normal during a pandemic, it is important to understand and cope with them for better mental health. Here are some tips to help manage our feelings:

  • regulate your exposure to media (social and traditional): it is important to stay up to date and have accurate information about the evolution of the pandemic, but limit your exposure to a reliable source of information so as not to contribute to overexposure to information that may exacerbate feelings of stress and anxiety.
  • sleep: take some time off to recharge yourself; try mediation or relaxation exercises to take your mind off things and fall asleep more quickly.
  • maintain physical activity and leisure time: while respecting existing restrictions (social distancing and isolation), do simple and new exercises such as climbing the stairs in your home, doing a yoga session in your living room, learning a new language or cooking.
  • keep in touch with your family, friends, neighbours and other people: call your family, friends, neighbours and keep in touch on a regular basis to compensate for this lack of socialization.
  • enjoy your time at home: reorganize your wardrobe, repaint a room; make your plans that you have always put off until tomorrow.

Wello’s approach to mental health

Our Nurse Practitioner team acts as the first step in a treatment plan when a patient presents to Wello with Mental Health concerns. When an individual comes to us with a mental health-related issue, the practitioner will request a video consultation to assist with obtaining visual cues to better assess the mental health of a client. An in-depth assessment is initiated at the beginning of the appointment to ascertain the level of risk associated with the mental health concern. For those clients who present in an active state of crisis and/or assessed as a high risk, an immediate referral to emergency medical services is initiated to connect the client to the appropriate resources and reduce risk of self-harm.

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MENTAL HEALTH WEEK – MAY 4-10, 2020

During CMHA Mental Health Week, let’s #GetReal about how we really feel.

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