World Mental Health Day: Resources and Information

October 10 is internationally observed every year as World Mental Health Day. Being officially recognized by World Health Organization (WHO), observing this day comes with the “overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health.”

This year’s World Mental Health Day comes at a time when our daily lives have changed drastically as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. These trying times have posed challenges on all of us. But for many, the pandemic is taking a toll on mental health.

If you are overwhelmed, under significant stress, or having any mental health difficulties, here are some resources to assist you.

Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace

Find information about how the Government of Canada addresses mental health in the workplace and access resources, tools and services for organizations, managers and employees.

Wellness Together Canada

This portal provides tools and resources to help Canadians get back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.

Wellness Together Canada offers the following at no cost to Canadians:

  1. Wellness self-assessment and tracking.
  2. Self-guided courses, apps, and other resources.
  3. Group coaching and community of support.
  4. Counselling by text or phone.

Resources for federal public service workers:

For government employees: contact the 24-7 Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or your departmental coordinator, access care through the Public Service Healthcare Plan (PSHP), or use the nationwide Specialized Organizational Services (SOS).

You can also check out Treasury Board of Canada’s fact sheet for more resources on mental health.

Resources for all workers in the North:


Mental Wellness and Substance Use Services across Yukon

Northwest Territories:

NWT Community Counselling Program


Government of Nunavut – Mental Health