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Coping with COVID-19: Your mental health questions answered

CBC Calgary got answers to your questions about mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic in a Facebook Live forum on Thursday. Our host, Shannon Scott, was joined by Dr. Peter Silverstone, a professor and interim chair of the department of psychiatry at the University of Alberta, Natasha Dharshi, the senior operations co-ordinator for Distress Centre Calgary and wellness coach Sonja Franzmann.

Albertans asked mental health questions of our expert panel as the province implements tighter restrictions

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How are you coping with COVID-19? Our expert panel took your mental health questions today as Alberta implements more COVID-19 restrictions. 1:04:58

The global COVID-19 pandemic has made 2020 a very difficult year for so many people.

And here in Alberta, things are about to get even more difficult as the province mandates even stricter rules to try to curb soaring COVID-19 cases that are straining the health-care system.

  • WATCH | Your COVID-19 mental health questions answered in the video above.

Many businesses across Alberta are being ordered to close, restaurants and bars won't be allowed to welcome in customers, and social gatherings are to be off-limits just in time for Christmas-time, perhaps the most social time of the year.

It's all sure to be taking a toll on Albertans' mental health. That's why we spent an hour on Thursday at 1 p.m. with experts in that field.

Our host Shannon Scott was joined by Dr. Peter Silverstone, a professor and interim chair of the department of psychiatry at the University of Alberta, Natasha Dharshi, the senior operations co-ordinator for Distress Centre Calgary and wellness coach Sonja Franzmann.

They took questions from viewers on CBC Calgary's website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Need help? Contact the Distress Centre Calgary's 24-Hour Crisis Line by dialling 211 or 403-266-HELP (4357). Visit their website for more information about their services at www.distresscentre.com.

The Canada Suicide Prevention Service is also available by phone at 1-833-456-4566, text 45645 or chat with someone on the crisisservicescanada.ca website.

If you feel your mental health or the mental health of a loved one is at risk of an immediate crisis, call 911.


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