Mental Health, Domestic Violence, Kid’s Help, and Covid 19 – an extensive list of resources to help us through the pandemic (Canada)

Staying home has been the safest option in fighting the spread of coronavirus. However, home is not a safe place for everyone. Children who are regularly abused, women who bare the brunt of their partners unmanaged anger, and those who were facing food insecurity before any of this began – these are a few of the scenarios where home is not safe.

In addition to violence and abuse, I predict mental health issues to be at an all time high coming out of self isolation. We can first help by ensuring we are taking care of ourselves. Minding your mental health takes more than a bubble bath and a little self care. It requires daily intentional self awareness and communication with someone who you trust. If you don’t have someone you’re checking in with, find someone. Pick a friend or a family member, and commit to mental health check in’s. if that’s not available, use the BLOOM app for daily check in’s. (more resources available below)

I’ve seen the destruction a family experiences when home is not safe. After working in a group counseling centre for court mandated anger management therapy, I looked hundreds of domestic violence offenders in the face and rehabilitated them. Right now, group counseling is not happening. Physical counseling sessions are impossible, and the result is an obvious increase in worst case scenarios for many families.

Now more than ever, we need to be getting resources to those who need them most. I’ve put together a list of resources for various needs below.

Please share this to your page, and help get this information to those who need it. One phone call could save someone’s life. There are articles at the bottom of this list with more info.

Helplines during Covid 19 – CANADA

Domestic Violence

Canada has seen drastic spikes in dv in every province. In Toronto alone, there have been reports over an 18% spike. One dv call centre notes a 300% increase in calls since the start of stay at home orders.

Provincial/Local helplines and centres:

BRITISH COLUMBIA

ALBERTA

SASKATCHEWAN

MANITOBA

ONTARIO

QUEBEC

MARITIMES

TERRITORIES

Kid’s Support

These resources are specifically available for kids to call or text. Professionals are available 24/7 to support you.

  • Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 for 24/7 confidential support
  • Text Kids Help Phone 686868

Resource for parents:

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/childmind.org/article/supporting-kids-during-the-covid-19-crisis/amp/

Mental Health

Don’t wait for your breaking point to reach out for help. We are all under unrealistic levels of stress, pressure, and possible anxiety. Our structure and regular framework has shifted. These resources can help to alleviate some of the pressure and assist you in process what is happening.

Provincial/Local resources:

Alberta

British Columbia

Manitoba

New Brunswick

Newfoundland and Labrador

North West Territories

Nova Scotia

Nunavut

Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Québec

Saskatchewan

Yukon

*info from Mental Health Commission

Resources in Response to COVID-19

References:

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2020/04/28/news/spike-domestic-violence-happening-toronto-due-covid-19-experts-say

https://endingviolencecanada.org/crisis-lines/

https:/www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/mhcc-covid-19-resources

https://www.google.ca/amp/s/childmind.org/article/supporting-kids-during-the-covid-19-crisis/amp/

https://kidshelpphone.ca

*I’m not affiliated with any of these organizations.

– the Wife

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