In an abundance of caution amid public concern related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canadian Mental Health Association Thunder Bay is making some changes to programs and services effective March 18, 2020.
The health and safety of our clients and staff remain our priority as we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and find the best and safest way to provide services and programs.
Like all Ontarians, we are following advice from local, provincial and national health authorities to help stop the spread of this disease. CMHA Thunder Bay is making the following service changes, effective immediately until further notice, to protect our clients and staff:
- Effective March 18, 2020, CMHA Thunder Bay all service sites will be closed to the public. Altered services are available from each site, during our regular hours of operation from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. please contact 807-345-5564 for further information about programs and services still available to you at this time.
- New Foundations will be closed effective March 17, 2020, till further notice.
- All staff will be accessible to clients via phone or video conferencing
- All outreach services are suspended until further notice. Crisis Response 24/7 Phone Line is available at Thunder Bay: 807-346-8282 or District / Toll-Free: 1-888-269-3100
- Essential services from First Place Clinic will continue as scheduled by the clinic.
- CMHA Thunder Bay staff are working to support individual wellness plans for each client to assist with self-care during this time.
We are doing everything possible at this time to keep safe options available to support individuals in need of care. We will continue to monitor all the developments of COVID-19 and will continue to inform our clients and the community of further changes to our programs and services. If you have any questions or concerns, please call 807-345-5564 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Reducing anxiety related to COVID-19
CMHA recognizes that at this time of uncertainty, symptoms of anxiety and depression may be exacerbated. These five basic tips may help individuals experiencing heightened mental health concerns to remain calm and balanced as this public health situation unfolds.
- Considering the level of attention and seriousness being paid to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s normal to feel anxious. Try not to avoid, ignore or suppress anxious thoughts. Instead, be aware of your anxiety and accept that you’re feeling anxious in this situation. Try to keep things in perspective; notice and challenge your thoughts that may be extreme or unhelpful.
- Self-care is critically important at this time, as worries can be made worse if we aren’t taking care of ourselves. Lean on social supports, try to get enough sleep, eat healthily, exercise and engage in enjoyable activities. Do the things you would typically do to support your health, and be sure to use caution and follow health and safety guidelines while doing them.
- Seek information from reliable news sources only. Limit checking in on the latest news to short, defined periods, and refrain from setting related push notifications on your device. Appropriate information consumption may be calming and can lessen the sense of danger.
- Take the recommended precautions as outlined by Health Canada and other credible health agencies. Remain focused on the factors within your control, such as washing hands, covering your mouth during coughs and sneezes, avoiding non-essential travel, etc.
- If you’re noticing that your symptoms of anxiety (in association with COVID-19 or otherwise) are causing you significant distress or are interfering with your ability to function normally, reach out for formal mental health supports from a recognized agency, such as CMHA.