Many of us are experiencing stress and anxiety as we adapt to a new way of living and working during COVID-19. If you or your loved ones are struggling to take care of your mental health, we encourage you to make the most of tools and resources available to federal employees and the Canadian public.
Employees are also welcome to contact Workplace Well-Being for additional resources.
DFO’s Workplace Well-Being (WWB) team continues to provide tips to foster mental health and a range of services to employees, including informal conflict resolution and resources to support mental health. WWB remains the departmental lead on mental health and well-being during this challenging time.
- Workplace well-being tip: Four-minute stretch sequence
- Workplace well-being tip: Connect with nature
- Online resources for Indigenous communities: Mental wellness and COVID 19
- Workplace well-being tip: Get physical exercise
- Workplace well-being tip: Make connections
- Caregiving while working from home
Our mental health intranet page
- You can visit our mental health intranet page or reach out to your manager or regional mental health champion.
New tools and resources available to federal employees
- The Government of Canada has recently developed resources on Mental health and COVID-19 for public servants that will help equip federal employees in managing their mental health during the pandemic. They include tips and tools on self-care, balancing work and family life, and building resilience to better cope with the psychological impacts of involuntary telework and isolation over an extended period of time.
- The Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support portal can help you gain access to psychological and social support services for you or someone you know.
- The Canada COVID-19 Support App and Self-Assessment Tool will allow you get the latest updates, identify trusted resources, and self-assess your symptoms. In addition to a web version, the app is available on both the App Store and Google Play.
Employee Assistance Program
- If you’re finding it difficult to cope, either personally or in supporting your loved ones, we encourage you to reach out to the services and supports offered through the Employee Assistance Program, which is always available to you and your family. It is free, confidential and voluntary, and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Call toll-free: 1-800-268-7708; (TDD) 1-800-567-5803
Resource hub: Mental health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic
- The Mental Health Commission of Canada offers a Mental health and wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic resource hub to help manage your mental health while working from home, dealing with social isolation, and other challenges.
Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace
- The Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace offers tools and services to address mental health, including a new Mental health and COVID-19 for public servants page to support your well-being during the outbreak.
LifeSpeak total well-being platform
- The LifeSpeak total well-being platform offers practical tools to address such issues as stress management and resilience, relationships, mindfulness, financial health, and a dedicated COVID-19 section. You can access the platform by downloading the LifeSpeak App on Google Play or the App Store or online (client name: Canada; password: canada).
National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace
- The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace provides a new set of guidelines, tools, and resources to guide organizations in promoting mental health and preventing psychological harm at work.
Canada School of Public Service
- The Canada School of Public Service offers online courses on strategies to improve and maintain your mental health while supporting your colleagues in doing the same.
Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
- The Financial Consumer Agency of Canada’s COVID-19: Managing financial health in challenging times offers a list of many options available to you.
Tips for supporting a grieving colleague or love one
- If you have a colleague, friend, or family member who is coping with grief due to loss or tragedy, resources from Health Canada’s Psycho-Social Emergency Response Team, including Tips for colleagues and friends of the person grieving and Tips for supervisors and managers of the grieving worker, are available to help you support their mental health.