Mental Health and Well-being

Read blog posts from the Canadian Red Cross about mental health and well-being, including tips and resources.

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Tips and resources when feeling stressed or drained during holidays

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Fear, stress and worry are all expected feelings during a crisis. If you’re among the many people who find themselves feeling drained as we enter this holiday season, there are small steps you can take that can help.

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Honda Canada gives back with Friendly Calls program

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Human beings are social creatures, so when someone feels disconnected from that, it can really take a toll on their mental wellbeing. This is where the Canadian Red Cross Friendly Calls Program comes in. It helps people to feel that connection and reminds us that we are all in this together.

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Curbing loneliness through Friendly Calls

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The Friendly Calls program was designed to offer a safe, routine place for those feeling isolated or lonely to seek connections. With so many finding themselves feeling lonely, the Friendly Calls program has seen an uptake in participation since the start of the pandemic, with the program itself expanding in many areas across the country.

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A deployment day off

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Marina Dovell has plenty of experience decompressing during Red Cross deployments. She started volunteering with the Red Cross in 2015, after retiring from the Saskatchewan provincial government, and deals with stressful situations when on response. She describes her best practices for self-care and destressing during difficult times.

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10 things parents with kids back in school CAN control

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In a world where a pandemic has prevailed for more than a year, it can be overwhelming to think of children in school and how to best protect them – and ourselves – against COVID-19.
We may not be able to control certain things but we can control what to do to make things easier on us and our families during this stressful time.

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Tips to exercise outdoors safely this spring while keeping your distance

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While Health Canada is telling Canadians to stay at home as much as possible, they also encourage you to “go outside to exercise but stay close to home.” So how do you enjoy being outdoors in a safe way? Here are our tips to make the most out of spring weather despite the social distancing measures imposed by COVID-19.

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Feeling stressed? How to handle the ongoing pandemic

For many Canadians, probably every Canadian, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is causing some form of upset in daily life. The cycles of lockdowns and various protocols can be overwhelming at a time when your stress levels are already higher than normal. With so many things out of our control, what can we do about it?

Fun activities to do with the family this spring

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The exceptional circumstances we’re experiencing under COVID-19 are forcing us to get creative to find safe activities while keeping a social distance. Since the beginning of the pandemic, several organizations and businesses have been generous in offering free movies, videos, music, training and other content to keep us entertained at home. We've compiled online entertainment ideas.

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