I think we'd all agree, there is a great happening around the world these days. The pandemic and protests have weighed on us emotionally, leaving many of us concerned about our physical and mental well being.

Canadians are being challenged in a number of ways because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life. .And Matrix Members are now also finding themselves taking a deep dive into the emotional recesses of their minds to see what programming lies hidden from view.

It's a lot to take in. So please listen in as Tessa Burns Martin helps us better understand mental wellness and how to prioritize our self care through the days, weeks and months to come.

In this call we explore:

  • What does mental well-being look like, and indicators we should take note of

  • Addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation

  • What is escapism, why we feel the need to escape, and tools to help is stay present

  • How to prioritize self-care

  • Being mindful of our state-of-mind and how our children may be impacted

  • How to help ourselves and others

Connect with Tessa Burns Martin at Serenity Now Wellness


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If you are in immediate danger or need urgent medical support, call 911.

If you are experiencing gender-based violence, you can access a crisis line in your province or territory.

You may also access support workers, social workers, psychologists and other professionals for confidential chat sessions or phone calls by texting WELLNESS to:

  • 686868 for youth

  • 741741 for adults

The Wellness Together Canada portal for mental wellness and substance use issues also offers a wide range of resources and support for Canadians.


The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many changes. You might feel like you're no longer in control of things. It is normal to feel sad, stressed, confused, scared or worried. People react in different ways. Some common feelings include:

  • a sense of being socially excluded or judged

  • concern about your children's education and well-being

  • fear of getting sick with COVID-19 or of making others sick

  • worry about losing your job, not being able to work or finances

  • fear of being apart from loved ones due to isolation or physical distancing

  • helplessness, boredom, loneliness and depression due to isolation or physical distancing

Tips for taking care of yourself

Stay informed but take breaks from social media and the news.

Practise physical distancing, but stay socially connected to friends and family through:

  • email

  • phone calls

  • video chats

  • social media

Practise mindfulness by:

  • stretching

  • meditating

  • taking deep breaths

Try to:

  • Follow safe food handling and cooking practices to keep you and your family safe by killing the virus and lowering your risk of infection.

  • Think about how to use any unexpected flexibility in your daily routine.

  • Focus on the positive aspects of your life and things you can control.

  • Be kind and compassionate to yourself and others.

  • If you can, limit your use of substances.

  • If you do use substances, practise safer use and good hygiene.


If you need help, you can call:

  • your primary health provider

  • a registered psychologist

  • another mental health provider in your community

You may also find the following contacts helpful.

Kids Help Phone

Call 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868.

Available 24 hours a day to Canadians aged 5 to 29 who want confidential and anonymous care from professional counsellors.

Download the Always There app for additional support or access the Kids Help Phone website.

Hope for Wellness Help Line

Call 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or connect to the online Hope for Wellness chat.

Available to all Indigenous peoples across Canada who need immediate crisis intervention. Experienced and culturally sensitive help line counsellors can help if you want to talk or are distressed.

Telephone and online counselling are available in English and French. On request, telephone counselling is also available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.

Crisis Services Canada

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566. Available to all Canadians seeking support. Visit Crisis Services Canada for the distress centres and crisis organizations nearest you.

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