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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health

Mental Health

Mental health is an important part of our overall health and well-being. Throughout life most people experience times of good mental health. At other times, mental health may suffer due to loss, negative events or other stress in their life. People can develop symptoms of a mental illness, such as depression, anxiety or schizophrenia – for a number of reasons. Some people who are experiencing poor mental health or symptoms of a mental illness may have thoughts of suicide. 

If you, or someone you know, are having thoughts of suicide or causing self-harm, call 9-1-1 or visit your nearest Emergency Department.

Getting Help

It is important to reach out if you are struggling with poor mental health. You are not alone, and there are resources available in our community to help you. Visit our Getting Help page for more information.

There are also online resources available to support you:

  • Big White Wall – A free, online mental health support service where individuals 16+ can access peer support, information, and tailored self-help programs.
  • Bounce Back – 1-800-345-0224. If you’re experiencing low mood, depression, and anxiety, BounceBack can help. Through BounceBack, adults and youth 15+ learn skills to help manage worry and anxiety, combat unhelpful thinking, and become more active and assertive. Please note that a referral from a health care provider is needed in order to access this service.

Video Resources

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COVID-19 VACCINES IN HPEPH

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 who have not yet had a first dose, or those who meet the minimum second dose interval are now eligible to attend HPEPH walk-in clinics. To view the schedule, visit the Booking and Eligibility Page.

If you attended a clinic and did not receive an email copy of your vaccination receipt you can download a copy off the provincial booking site at covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

PHARMACY-BASED VACCINATIONS

Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS IN HPEPH

On Friday, July 16 at 12:01 a.m., Ontario moved to Step 3  of the the Roadmap to Reopen. We must all continue to follow the public health measures, advice and restrictions. Outdoor gatherings are limited to 100 people in Step 3, and distancing must be maintained. For more information, visit our COVID-19 page.

POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO COVID-19?

If you are concerned about potential exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, please be reassured that any contacts of a confirmed case will be contacted directly and monitored by public health.

Low-risk and indirect contacts should self monitor for symptoms for 10 days from the time of potential exposure and seek testing if symptoms develop. Low risk contacts do not need to isolate unless symptoms develop, and can continue to attend school/work/daycare while monitoring for symptoms.