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What resources are available to support mental well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Answer current as of May 29, 2020

We understand that families across the province may feel varying degrees of anxiety over the suspension of classes due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • During this time of remote learning and social distancing, it is important that resources, services, and activities for mental health and well-being are made accessible. A comprehensive list of suggested mental health resources for students, educators, and families can be found in the Well-Being and Mental Health Resources () document. Also available is contact information for the Youth Quaranteen Support Line ()
  • Shared Health Manitoba has posted. a COVID-19 bulletin, providing information on child and adolescent mental health services and youth addiction services through the Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre (MATC) ().
  • AbilitiCBT is a new virtual therapy program that is now available to Manitobans aged 16 and older. This digital program provides mental health support to those struggling with mild to moderate anxiety due to COVID-19. The program is accessible from home and can be found the Mental Health Virtual Therapy Program website.

    A partner toolkit to help organizations better understand the AbilitiCBT program is available at on the website. Manitobans are encouraged to share this information widely to ensure as many individuals as possible can access this support. For more information, see the Mental Health Virtual Therapy Program website.

  • Kids Help Phone is a resource available to all students looking for support during these trying times. Counsellors may be reached via telephone at 1-800-668-6868 or by texting CONNECT to 686868. More information regarding Kids Help Phone and other local youth programs can be found at on the Kids Help Phone website.
  • The Manitoba government also provides information regarding mental health and well-being, which can be found on the Care for Your Mental Health website.
  • Parents and caregivers are encouraged to contact their child’s school or school division to discuss other resources that may be available.