Every British Columbian plays a part in our response to COVID-19, including preventing and containing its spread. B.C.’s Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has advised us: “Be calm, be kind, and be safe.”
Find information here for families and individuals, including those directly and indirectly impacted.
If you have symptoms of COVID-19, please take the BC COVID-19 Self-Assessment Tool. Note that this self-assessment tool is intended for COVID-19 only. Your symptoms may not be related to COVID-19 and could require you to seek medical attention. If you are uncertain and/or feel very sick, contact your family doctor/nurse practitioner or call 8-1-1.
Washing your hands, covering coughs and sneezes, avoiding touching your face, cleaning and disinfecting common surfaces, and staying home when you are ill can help avoid the spread of illness.
Families and individuals: your mental health
It’s normal to feel anxious during uncertain times. It is important to keep your anxiety in check to avoid all-consuming negative and unproductive thinking. Unchecked, anxiety can also lead to behaviours such as stockpiling that results in empty shelves, or seeking unnecessary medical care at the potential expense of others in need. Take time for yourself and take care of your mental health:
- Take breaks from social media
- Help others if you can
- Ensure you are getting good nutrition, sleep, and exercise
- Connect with family and friends in a way that keeps you and others well, such as through telephone or video calls
During a pandemic, people can experience a wide range of mental health impacts. If you are noticing signs of increasing mental health or substance use concerns, please call your primary care provider or 811. If you need immediate mental health assistance call the Interior Health Crisis Line 1-888-353-2273.
For more information visit the provincial Virtual Mental Health Supports During COVID-19 for a collection of mental health supports that are available to people in British Columbia.
COVID-19 patients: health and wellness at home
Have you returned to home after being in hospital with COVID-19, or are you self-isolating at home with suspected or confirmed COVID-19? If so, you may have impacts on your breathing, strength, mobility, and mental health.
Refer to this guide for helpful information about mobility and balance exercises, breathing exercises, energy-saving strategies, pain medicine, nutrition and food access, smoking, and strategies for coping and managing mental health.
This guide is not intended to replace specific medical advice patients have been given, but as a supporting resource to their continued recovery. Please contact your community care team or your doctor with any questions or concerns. You can also call HealthLinkBC at 8-1-1 any time to talk to a nurse.
- Government of B.C.: 5 Steps to manage stress, anxiety & depression:
- Canadian Mental Health Association: COVID-19 Mental Health & Well-Being
- Centres for Disease Control: Manage anxiety and stress
- First Nations health authority: Mental wellness and substance use
- First Nations Health Authority: COVID-19 Mental health & cultural supports
- First Nations and Aboriginal specific crisis line available 24/7:
- Toll-free: 1-800-588-8717
- Youth Line: 250-723-2040
- Adult Line: 250-723-4050
Want to know more? check out: Know the facts about COVID-19.
You can also visit BCCDC.ca for the most up-to-date information and prevention tips.
If you or members of your family require information over the telephone, please call 1-888-COVID19 (268-4319).