The COVID-19 pandemic is an added layer of anxiety and stress for many, but it also has many reaching out for help.
In late March, the province launched an online program with Canadian HR firm Morneau Shepell, aimed at providing support for Manitobans struggling with anxiety and depression related to COVID-19.
Since then, 3,460 Manitobans have used the service, according to a provincial spokesperson.
“I can tell you that number has been steadily growing,” Manitoba health minister Cameron Friesen said during a press conference Tuesday.
“None of us are untouched by this. There (are) the challenges of COVID-19 that we can see and they’re tangible in our every day lives, but the mental health challenges and our anxiety is no less real even though it is more invisible.”
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