MENTAL WELLBEING RESOURCES
There are five steps to improve one's mental wellbeing. They are:
Connect with others
In real life and not just online - but do this safely with a mask and stay 2m apart!
Be physically active
This is especially good for wellbeing if outside in the fresh air.
Learn something new
There are lots of videos online from crafts to coding to playing an instrument.
Give to, or help, others
What can you do locally?
Pay attention to the present moment
Being mindful can help you feel more positive about life.
Below are some resources you may find helpful to keep on track with the five steps to mental wellbeing. Please click on the buttons below to access each resource.
Fitness and Exercise
Physical activity keeps your body strong and also strengthens your mind! Exercise improves self-esteem and release chemicals in your brain that boost your mood. Check out these activities to get you moving!
1. ‘Fitness blender’ workout videos have all types of workout videos for all types of people.
2. Joe Wicks has started new lockdown workouts for the next month.
3. There are lots of dance workout videos available online like this one.
Try getting out on one of the many hiking trails around Hamilton… maybe you’ll even find a waterfall! If you are under 18 and doing this kind of thing, remember to tell your parents about it before you go out.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Even if you can’t physically meet in large groups during lockdown, you could organise a geocaching activity for a group of friends. Leave each other messages and little treasures to find (remember to wear gloves and sanitise things just to stay extra safe). If you are under 18 and doing this kind of thing, remember to tell your parents about it before you go out.
Yoga is good for relaxation, stretching, and general mood-lifting.
1. Yoga with Adriene has great yoga videos for beginners to more advanced yogis and also features her adorable dog Benji.
2. There are tons of other videos online just like this one.
Mindfulness means being more aware of the present moment without judging if your experience is good or bad. This is helpful for managing stress, anxiety, and depression because it helps you become more aware of your feelings and how they affect your wellbeing. By experiencing things from a fresh perspective, you may be able to see what you took for granted before or positively change how you see your life. Here are some resources to help you get started.
Mental Health Support
For crisis support or immediate help, these services are available to young people:
Kid's Help Phone
Kid’s Help Phone offers immediate support for youth under 20 years old via text, phone, Facebook messenger or live chat.
Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST)
COAST is a crisis support line for individuals who feel like they can’t cope or feel out of control. They can refer you to community programs if needed.
Salvation Army Crisis Line
Salvation Army Crisis Line listens to individuals and gives them mental health support.
For general mental health support, please look into these services:
Bounce Back Ontario
Bounce Back Ontario offers skill building programs for individuals 15 or older with stress, anxiety, and depression.
Jack.org's Youth Mental Health Resource Hub
Jack.org’s Youth Mental Health Resource Hub offers youth various online resources in the form of links to websites, PDFs, and social media posts.
Kid's Help Phone's Resources Around Me
Kid’s Help Phone’s Resources Around Me will show you available resources in your area. This includes counselling and mental health support, violence and abuse support, housing and homelessness support, and much more.
Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety
Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety has a huge toolkit for how to deal with various COVID-19 specific worries such as financial fears, isolation, and COVID-19-related racism.
Equoo is an online game that helps increase emotional intelligence, resilience skills and helps conquer anxiety.
You could start a longer-term project, like a giant puzzle or piece of art that gets created over time, or spend time developing specific skills like cooking, baking, or reading about something you’ve always wanted to know more about but never had the time to pursue before.
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Art Gallery of Hamilton is offering free drop-in art classes for youth 14+. Whether you’re a beginner or pro artist, you can learn how to get creative at home and meet new friends.
Codeacademy offers free coding classes for any coding language. You can learn how to create cool projects like your own video games and apps!
Coursera has a bunch of free classes that you can take on topics ranging from business strategies to chemistry. Some of their most popular courses for teens include beginner guitar lessons and fashion design courses.
Learning a new skill, or helping others, are both good ways to meet new people, stay busy and also improve your own mood. It is well known that helping others helps us to feel good too. See what you can do in your local community to help people who may be finding the lockdown hard as well.