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Mental Health and Substance Use During COVID-19: Spotlight on Canadian Households with Young Children

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many people are reporting mental health and substance use concerns. According to recent surveys conducted by Leger on behalf of the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction and the Mental Health Commission of Canada, these concerns are greater among females in households with young children (< 13 years).

What you can do to cope

  • Stay active and keep yourself busy with activities you enjoy.
  • Stay connected with friends and family while still practising physical distancing.
  • Find balance by staying informed but know when to take a break from COVID-19 news and topics.
  • Be kind to yourself, this is a difficult time, and you’re doing your best to manage a challenging situation.
  • Take care of your body by eating and sleeping well, exercising and meditating. Try this breathing exercise to calm your nervous system.
  • Reach out for help! Talk to a family member or friend, and seek professional support, if needed.

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