As we face a global crisis with COVID 19, we have all been asked to abide by social distancing. Isolation can be particularly difficult for those who suffer with depression and anxiety. Here are a few tips to help us stay connected.
- Text your family a friends to see how they are doing. We can all support one another by acknowledging our concerns and providing words of encouragement.
- If you are able, offer to help someone who is vulnerable. Perhaps you could pick up some groceries for a senior or another at-risk person who be unable to get to the grocery store or pharmacy.
- Other ways to connect are through social media such as messenger, Skype, Zoom, Whats App or Face Time. Since we can’t visit our family and friends in-person, technology allows us to see their faces, their smiles, and hear their voices, almost as if they were sitting in the room with us.
- We can still say Hi to our neighbours and maintain social distancing when out for a walk. For example, you can stand at the end of the driveway and chat with someone who may be sitting on the front step. A cheery “Hello, how are you doing?” could make a difference in someone’s day, especially if they live alone.
If you find your depression and/or anxiety worsening, take advantage of the telephone helplines and internet resources. A good resource in Ontario is connexontario.ca. Visit them online to be directed to the appropriate professional help in your area. If you are in crisis contact the Greater Toronto Area Distress Centre – https://www.torontodistresscentre.com/ – text 45645 – call 416-408-4357
The response time may be delayed due to the high volume of calls during the pandemic. You will find a list of resources in the “Resources and Where to Find Help” tab of the Everyone Matters site. If you are thinking of taking your life, call 911.
In support of “Hearts around the World” which has been spreading on social media, stay connected and stay safe.