As Canadians continue to grapple with an unprecedented level of stress as the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, thousands of volunteers have come forward to offer emotional support to others — a move experts say could benefit their own mental well-being as much as the people they’re helping. “All of us are in this process of figuring out ‘What is the new normal?'” said Alisa Simon, senior vice-president of innovation at Kids Help Phone. Simon’s other title — chief youth officer — reflects the fact that for more than 30 years, Kids Help Phone has been a national helpline for children and young adults. But with the onset of COVID-19, the service has been deluged with calls and texts from grown-ups feeling overwhelmed.  Read the rest of this article at the CBC website…

“This is a moment in time when our empathy is really important,” said DeLongis, who studied how people reacted psychologically and socially during past global health threats, including SARS, West Nile Virus and H1NI. “Mental health issues and having to cope with the stress of this, it’s impacting everyone’s daily life. Regardless of whether you know someone who is sick from COVID, we all are struggling with the changes to our lives.”  — CBC

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