Canada launches mental health web portal to aid struggling Canadians

Apr 15 2020, 9:23 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the launch of a web portal and app offering mental health resources for Canadians who need support during the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, Trudeau said the federal government created a new portal for mental health resources, called Wellness Together Canada, so “Canadians can get the help you need.”

The portal offers online resources, tools, apps, and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed.

Creating an account is simple and there are a series of questions to guide individuals in choosing the tools that are best suited to their needs.

“It’s not easy to deal with everything happening around us. It’s important to not feel embarrassed. If you need the help, what’s important is that you get the help.”

“It’s okay to have tough days. If you’re feeling anxious or stressed, know that you’re not alone. We’re here for you — and we’re making sure there are tools and resources available to help you,” Trudeau said on social media.

According to the portal webpage, as Canadians face a number of challenges because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life the portal will help get Canadians back on track.”

The modules will address low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.

On Wednesday, Trudeau announced that he will be expanding the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) for seasonal workers, and those making less than $1,000 a month, as well as individuals who have lost money since applying for EI on January 1.

Essential workers at long-term care homes, who are earning less than $2,500 a month will also be getting a wage boost as “quickly as possible.”

Trudeau emphasized that the government cannot give a specific date on when the pandemic will be over, or when life can go “back to normal.”

But for now, people must “stay at home” as it will be “weeks more” before restrictions are lifted.

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