Mental Health and Well-being

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

Latest Posts

How Danielle honours those who never came home from residential schools: Setting the children free

A piece of digital artwork featuring a black and white archival photo of Tk'emlups Residential School with 215 colourful butterflies superimposed on top of the image, representing each child suspected

Learn how Danielle Robinson uses her art to help her and those around her navigate their feelings through the current events impacting Indigenous Peoples in Canada this last year. The Canadian Red Cross Society is honoured that Indigenous people such as Danielle Robinson choose to avail their expertise to our humanitarian objectives.

A piece of digital artwork featuring a black and white archival photo of Tk'emlups Residential School with 215 colourful butterflies superimposed on top of the image, representing each child suspected

Workplace changes and well-being: adapting to a new era

A computer, a cell phone, a mug, books on a table

As some COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, employers may ask their staff to return to the workplace. Adapting to many changes in a relatively short period of time can be challenging, so it’s important to make sure we are of taking care of our mental health.

A computer, a cell phone, a mug, books on a table

Friendly Calls: Benefits on both sides of the phone  

A man smiling while holding a phone to his ear

When asked about his experience as a volunteer in the Friendly Calls program, Jason Robillon quickly responds: “It was exactly what I was looking for: having a consistent person to talk with once a week.”
The Canadian Red Cross Friendly Calls program focuses on forming connections and offering more social interaction to adults across the country.

A man smiling while holding a phone to his ear

Mental health matters: How to emotionally prepare yourself for an emergency or disaster

A woman in a mask and Red Cross vest offers a teddy bear to a young girl

As Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Mental Health Week and Emergency Preparedness Week coincide, we focus on the importance of prioritizing mental health and wellbeing during times of crisis.

A woman in a mask and Red Cross vest offers a teddy bear to a young girl

Coping with crisis: What’s in your self-care plan?  

A cup of tea, candle and ball of blue yarn sit on a table

In the midst of crisis, it can be difficult to cope with feelings of fear, stress and anxiety. It’s common to feel sad, overwhelmed, or anxious. Sometimes, we may feel unsure of what to do to cope. Over-exposure to the news and social media can increase stress levels, which can negatively impact mental health and overall wellbeing. Taking time for self-care is important, especially in the current global climate.

A cup of tea, candle and ball of blue yarn sit on a table

Friendly Calls program expands in Alberta

Two women standing in an office

“Right away people are telling you, ‘I'm so thankful that you called. I was not expecting any other calls this week.’ They are happy to hear from us.”
That is the way Luisa Castro, the provincial coordinator of the Virtual Support Team describes the reaction of participants in the Friendly Calls program.

Two women standing in an office

Tips and resources when feeling stressed or drained during holidays

A young woman sitting alone on a couch

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.

A young woman sitting alone on a couch

Honda Canada gives back with Friendly Calls program

A woman sitting at a dining room table with a phone to her ear

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.

A woman sitting at a dining room table with a phone to her ear

Subscribe for safety tips, stories from the field, and information on how to get involved with the Canadian Red Cross.

The Canadian Red Cross takes your privacy seriously. We do not distribute or sell your email address to anyone. View our privacy policy.

About The Blog

The purpose of this blog, quite simply, is to talk. This blog is an opportunity for Red Cross staff, volunteers, supporters and friends to share stories about what is happening in your community and the important work you are doing. It is a tool that will help keep all of us connected.

Blog Archives