Mental Health and Wellness

The stress of being a nurse can be overwhelming. Whether responding to COVID-19, or dealing with life on and off the job, living and working through a pandemic is no easy task. MNU has compiled some information, resources and diversions to help nurses safeguard their mental health and wellness.

Counselling and Peer Support

Employee Assistance Program, Connect Now
Call: 204-786-8880 or 1-800-590-5553 (toll free)
Access immediate support from a counsellor. Available to individuals and eligible family members who have EAP coverage with Manitoba Blue Cross. It does not count as EAP sessions under benefit plans and there is no requirement to commit to on-going counselling sessions.

See also: Mental health support through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

An internet-based cognitive behavioural-therapy service free of charge to all Manitobans 16-years-old and over. The program is guided by professional therapists and addresses mild to moderate anxiety symptoms related to the uniquely challenging aspects of pandemics.

Once you register online, you will be asked to download an app and complete and submit a health-screening questionnaire. A therapist will reach out within three days to book an initial assessment by phone.

You will then complete 10 modules on the app at your own pace, while the therapist tracks and monitors progress. There will be scheduled check-ins along the way by phone, chat or through a video check-in to make sure you are getting the help you need.

Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba (ADAM)
ADAM is a charitable organization run for and by people suffering with anxiety disorders. ADAM has a number of free resources available to people suffering with anxiety.

Canadian Psychological Association
The CPA has a list of psychologists offering free telephone support to front-line health care providers who may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed or distressed by the health crisis.

Other Resources

Calm in the Storm App
An app developed by Manitoba-based Klinic Community Health and other partners to help users cope with the stresses of life through stressor identification, ongoing stress management, personalized recommendations and the ability to create a safety plan.

Mental Health Commission of Canada
MHCC is a national non-profit focused on studying mental health, mental illness and addiction. It has a number or mental health resources available.

Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute
CTRI is a training and consulting firm focused on trauma, mental health, counselling skills and violence prevention. They are offering a number of free COVID-19 resources.

Psychology Tools
Psychology Tools is a U.K.-based subscription-based resource for therapists and members of the public seeking self-help. They released the following free resource on worry/anxiety.

Canadian Nurses Association
CNA represents 135,000 nurses in 13 jurisdictions across Canada.

Crisis Supports

Klinic Crisis Line (24/7) 
204- 786-8686 or 1-888-322-3019

Klinic Sexual Assault Crisis Line
204-786-8631 or 1-888-292-7565

Manitoba Suicide Prevention & Support Line (24/7)
1-877-435-7170 (1-877-HELP170)

Kids Help Phone

Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services
1-866-367-3276 (Monday to Friday, 10am to 9pm) (online counselling)

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line 
1 855 242-3310
Counselling available in English/French - upon request, in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktut

Regional Health Authority Mental Health Contacts
Includes crisis and non-crisis contacts.

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