Take care of yourself and those close to you

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Visit Toronto Public Health for the latest information about COVID-19, its symptoms, and how to protect yourself and others.

We also want to remind you that our Student Wellness Centre continues to support your mental health with counselling services through virtual methods.

Good2Talk continues to provide 24/7 confidential counselling support for post-secondary students in Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can get support via text through Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone—just text GOOD2TALKON to 686868. You can also call them at 1-866-925-5454.

Self-soothing strategies to help break a chain of anxious thoughts quickly
Feeling anxious and overwhelmed? Two experts provide strategies for quick help interrupting anxiety and resetting your mindset. (CBC Life/Wellness)

Centre for Addiction & Mental Health (CAMH)
Information on how to maintain your mental health, and coping strategies for managing the anxiety and stress that come with the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 Mental Health Supports – City of Toronto
Many people may feel sad, stressed, anxious, confused, scared or angry during the COVID-19 pandemic. These are normal and common responses to unexpected or stressful situations.
Support is available. The City of Toronto has partnered with ten organizations to help connect residents to free telephone, text and online mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Prevention is the key to stopping the spread of illness
One of the best ways to prevent the spread of illness is to wash your hands often with soap and water for a least 15 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based sanitizer.

Other measures include staying home if you are ill, avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; avoid close contact with people who are ill; cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately throw the tissue in the garbage and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your sleeve or arm, and clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Stay in touch
If you need to talk, please don’t  hesitate to reach out to myself at dfisher@ocadu.ca, to my Manager of Student Communications & Campus Community, Sarah Mulholland at smulholland@ocadu.ca, or any of the units we have listed on our Services & Support for Students page.