Struggling with anxiety during this time of uncertainty? You’re not alone.
Learn from our experts on how you can cope.
During this time of increased uncertainty and rapid change, it can be difficult to cope. Whether you are struggling with self-isolation, financial hardship, are working on the frontlines, or are simply feeling scared about the future, it’s more important than ever to stay informed about how to take care of your mental health.
For years, Anxiety Canada has been working to develop free digital resources based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) that teach people about anxiety and how to cope. We understand how important it is for credible and trusted information about anxiety to be freely accessible regardless of location, background, or socioeconomic status.
We’ve compiled a list of some of our most relevant and most-used resources below. And check back regularly, since we are always looking for more articles and tools to add to our ever-growing list.
COVID-19 Town Hall Series
In 2020, we hosted a series of online town halls with experts, answering your questions on anxiety-related topics. Check them out below.
General Coping Strategies – March 26, 2020
CBT Strategies to Cope with Anxiety – April 16, 2020
Uncertainty During COVID-19 – May 7, 2020
Dealing with Uncertainty – May 14, 2020
Healthy vs. Unhealthy Coping – May 21, 2020
Frontline Workers: Trauma & PTSD – May 28, 2020
Articles on COVID-19
|Returning to a New Normal: 12 Tips for Handling Uncertainty
Handling uncertainty as health guidelines are gradually lifted
|Back in the Classroom: Strategies for Teachers
Managing anxiety as a teacher transitioning back to work
|7 Tips for Educators Returning to School During COVID-19
How to help students transition back into school while self-managing
|What To Do If You Are Worried or Anxious About COVID-19
Practical tips to manage anxiety and uncertainty
|COVID-19: Balancing Public and Mental Health
General public health guidelines related to COVID-19
|Talking to Kids About COVID-19
Managing parental anxiety and opening up a healthy dialogue
|Helping Health Care Workers Cope with COVID-19-Related Trauma
Strategies and recommendations for health care workers and leaders
|Recognizing and Addressing the Impact of COVID-19 on Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
A academic commentary on the impact of COVID-19 on OCD
|7 Strategies for Dealing with Needle Fear and Anxiety
Downloadable PDF of strategies for adults dealing with needle fear and anxiety.
|8 Parenting Strategies to Help Children Who Experience Needle Anxiety and Fear During COVID-19
Downloadable parenting strategies to help children experiencing needle anxiety and fear during COVID-19
MindShift CBT Mobile App
Work through activities based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), track your progress, and listen to relaxing audio. See our 6.5 minute MindShift CBT Orientation video that walks you through using the app.
MindShift CBT Groups
Looking for in-depth and facilitated CBT support with registered counsellors? MindShift CBT Groups is an 8-session online group therapy program for small groups of adults (maximum of 10), which provides individuals with support, encouragement, and tools to help them cope better. Details and registration: MindShift CBT Groups.
Caretoons Video Series for Youth
Watch Drexal, the alien and Chris Crust, the time-travelling pizza as they help preteens and teens recognize anxiety and feel okay seeking support. New episodes will be released between February and April 2022 on Caretoons.
The CARDTM System (Comfort, Ask, Relax, Distract) provides groups of strategies that helps you cope with anxiety and stressful situations.
Find out more and download the CARDTM Toolkit for Educators, which also includes a section for healthcare professionals and one for parents, here.