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Did You Know?

46% of people in Canada are experiencing anxiety or worry due to Covid-19 (Canadian Mental Health Association, 2021). 

As we continue to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the ability to protect mental and physical health, remain resilient, and manage the increased demands is important. Many individuals are experiencing feelings of mental and physical exhaustion and depletion. 

Browse the following tabs for information and resources to combat some of the common concerns among students. 

What is burnout?

Burnout is chronic stress that has not been successfully managed, leading to energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance from cause, and feelings of negativism or cynicism related to the cause (World Health Organization, 2022).

What is resilience?

Resilience is the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful after faced with adversity (American Psychological Association, 2022).

 Covid-19 Burnout

The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety provides information and resources for those impacted by burnout during Covid-19. 

 Cultivating Resilience During Covid-19

We can cultivate resiliency by focusing on the actions and attitudes that strengthen our mental health using the tips in this handout. 

 Goal Setting During Uncertainty

If you’re feeling unsure about where to start with setting goals amid the uncertainty of the pandemic, these tips could put you on the path to success.

During time of increased uncertainty and rapid change, it can be difficult to cope. Despite what individuals are struggling with, it is important to stay informed on ways to manage anxiety and take care of oneself. Use the resources below to your advantage!


 Crisis Response During Covid-19

The current COVID-19 pandemic is a source of anxiety for people across the country and your colleagues, friends or family may reach out to you for support. How should you respond? Use the Mental Health Commission of Canada's active listening tips to navigate these sensitive conversations with more confidence.

 Financial Stress During Covid-19

If you are feeling stressed about finances, use this handout to gain some practical advise. 

 FACE COVID by Dr. Russ Harris 

How to respond effectively to the Corona crisis by Dr Russ Harris, author of The Happiness Trap.

An image that depicts five steps to take care of your mental health; Reduce time spent on social media, remember you're not alone, connect with others, know it's okay not to be okay, and stay active.

​ Covid-19 & Your Mental Health

For those who are socially distancing, there may be heightened awareness, concern, anxiety, and fear. View this handout from Alberta Health Services for helpful tips and practical steps to maintaining mental wellness during Covid-19.

 Mental Health: Coping with Children & Families during Covid-19

Children react based on what they see from those around them. This handout provides tips on how to support your child’s mental health during Covid-19. 

 Self-Care During Covid-19

In unprecedented times, it’s okay to not be okay. Use the tips in this handout to help manage mental and physical health concerns. 

 Tips For Self-Care During Covid-19

It's important to incorporate activities of self-care throughout your day. Use the tips in this handout for ideas. 

This image depicts the eight pillars of well-being: Emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual, environmental, physical, financial, and occupational.

​ Covid-19 Self-Care & Resilience Guide 

When life gets busy and our sense of well-being and balance is affected, we often forget to take care of ourselves or we look for quick fixes or solutions to problems. Use this toolkit to begin building self-care into your daily or weekly routine can greatly improve resilience and prevent burnout.

Take Charge during Covid-19 Workbook

Use this toolkit to help focus on taking charge of what you can during Covid-19. Explore activities for building healthy routines such as mindfulness, meditation, and etc.

 Tolerance for Uncertainty: A Covid-19 Workbook

A guide to help you accept your feelings, thoughts, and emotions, as well as tolerate distress and thrive during uncertain times. 


To subscribe, text COVID19HOPE to 393939.

Free daily text messaging services, evidence-based tool that helps people identify and adjust the negative thoughts, feelings and behaviours a pandemic might be expected to provoke.