COVID-19 Mental Health Guide


Unifor has launched a hub for member information about the pandemic at and encourages members to check the site regularly for updates.

One out of every five Canadians will experience mental illness in normal times. It is both okay to feel out of sorts because of the global COVID-19 crisis. During the pandemic, we must normalize, listen to, and empathize with those experiencing distress. Additionally, we remind those experiencing mental illness to find supports, as limited as they may be, that work for them in order to navigate through this crisis. Now more than ever, we must find community and support one another.

Here you will find resources related to staying well during the pandemic, the implications of isolation and quarantine, the disproportionate impact the crisis is having on equity seeking groups, community supports, and so much more.

We encourage you to explore this resource and use it to find helpful and appropriate supports.

The COVID-19 outbreak may be stressful for you – it is normal to have fear, anxiety, and strong emotional responses related to the impacts of coronavirus disease.

With this in mind, the national union formed a COVID-19 Mental Health Working Group to gather, create, and share important resources that members may find useful during the pandemic.

This resource uses a four-pillar approach to help identify key areas where support is needed, including relevant information and resources:

Mental Health and Wellness

Provides an overview of national supports available for those facing mental illness and/or addictions. 

Quarantine and Isolation

Speaks to the impact isolation measures have on those experiencing domestic violence.

Challenging Stigma, Prejudice and Racism

Outlines the disproportionate impact the pandemic has had on equity-seeking communities and ways you can combat harmful stigma, prejudice, and racism.

Take Action

Notes ways you can support others through sharing information and how to identify yourself as a mental health ally that people can reach out to.