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Events in North Vancouver and Your Mental Health

Events in North Vancouver and Your Mental Health

March 28, 2021

It’s completely normal to be affected by yesterday’s events in North Vancouver.

A violent incident in a library touches all members of the Canadian library community.

The impact of a stressful event can be immediate or delayed, and those affected directly or indirectly can feel a range of emotions and reactions.

During stressful events our reactions can affect us physically or emotionally. It can affect our thinking.

You might have trouble sleeping, eating, or paying attention. Many people have short tempers and get angry easily. You may have strong feelings right away. Or you may not notice a change until much later, after the crisis is over. Stress can change how you act with your friends and family.

These are normal reactions to stress and it may take time before you feel better and life returns to normal. Give yourself time to heal. It’s OK to NOT be Ok.

— Ottawa Public Health

Mental health resources and support services are available during this difficult time from health authorities across Canada. If you need someone to talk to about your feelings about yesterday’s events, please make use of these services and resources.

(Your employer may also provide access to an Employee Assistance Programs.)

See also: Responding to Stressful Events

Provincial and Territorial Resources

British Columbia

  • 310Mental Health Support – 310-6789 (no area code needed)

Mental Health Resources
HealthLink BC

Mental Health Digital Hub
Government of British Columbia


Mental Health Resources
Alberta Health Services


Mental Health Crisis and Non-Crisis Regional Contacts
Government of Manitoba

New Brunswick

Additions and Mental Health
Department of Health

Newfoundland and Labrador

  • Mental Health Crisis Line – 1-888-737-4668 or (709) 737-4668

Mental Health and Addictions
Department of Health and Community Services

Northwest Territories

NWT Community Counselling Program
Department of Health and Social Services

Nova Scotia

  • Mental Health Crisis Line – 1-888-429-8167

Mental Health and Addictions
Nova Scotia Health Authority


Mental Health
Department of Health


Mental Health Services
Government of Ontario

Prince Edward Island

Mental Health and Addictions Services


Mental Health Resources
Government of Quebec


Mental Health and Addiction Services
Government of Saskatchewan


Mental Wellness
Health & Social Services

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