Spring break is an important time for students to take a break from school, connect with friends and is important for their mental health and well-being. However, with a Stay-at-Home Order in place, a high number of active cases of COVID-19 in the TBDHU catchment area, and the increasing spread of variants of concern in many regions, it is important that we continue to follow all public health measures to keep ourselves, our loved ones and our communities safe.
Celebrations can be difficult, even in normal times. Between concerns of the pandemic on our heath, to dealing with changes in our day-to-day lives, now we may also be thinking of how once again, we won’t be spending upcoming festivities the way we’d like. Here are some tips to help manage your mental health through this time:
- Remember that it’s okay to be upset with the situation at hand. Many people didn’t think we would be in this situation for this long.
- Reach out if you feel like you could benefit from support. Stay in contact with your friends and family and let them know how you are feeling, especially if you are self-isolating.
- Give yourself permission to set boundaries and say no. Celebrations continue to look different for everyone, and that can be overwhelming. Sometimes saying no or setting other boundaries can help you focus on yourself and your needs.
- Try to make the most of the situation. This may be an opportunity to start new traditions and enjoy simpler celebrations with your household.
- Know that mental health support is available. See the Mental Health Support page for options, or call the local 24/7 crisis line (you do not need to be in crisis to call).
- Thunder Bay: (807) 346-8282
- District/Toll-Free: 1-888-269-3100
As we approach the Spring Break, the northern Medical Officers of Health are asking all community members in northern Ontario to work together to prevent another surge in COVID-19. Read more in the March 29, 2021 news release This Spring Break, Do Your Part: Stop the Surge.