Mental health and self-care resources for UNA members

Having to work and provide family care and self-care during these unprecedented times can not only be stressful but can be traumatizing. United Nurses of Alberta recognizes that these events can affect our members in different ways. 

There is no right or wrong way for each individual to respond to stress and trauma.

With increased pressure on nurses and health care workers during the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in our hospitals and health care facilities, we encourage our members to stick together, be kind, and reach out to their coworkers who might be feeling personally overwhelmed by the rapidly evolving situation.

The health and safety of our members and their patients remains our priority, so UNA encourages members in distress to use the following resources to assist you with monitoring your own personal mental health.


Health Link - Health Advice 24/7 811

Wellness Together Canada

Crisis Lines

Toll Free Crisis Line/Distress Centre - 403-266-4357

Mental Health Helpline: 1-877-303-2642

Provincial: 211 (provides referrals for community, government and social services)

Addictions Helpline: 1-866-332-2322

Family Violence – Find Supports: 310-1818

Income Supports: -1-866-644-5135

Kids Help Phone (Youth Counselling Line): 1-800-668-6868

Self Care and Resiliency 

Mental Health Commission of Canada: COVID-19 Mental Health First Aid

NSNU - Escape

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

Text for Hope

Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support

Warning signs of Suicide

Pro Bono Psychological Services for Healthcare Workers 

Psychologists’ Association of Alberta Disaster Response Network (Provides psychological check-in and support for HCW's and their families)

Psychologists' Association of Alberta COVID-19 resources

Psychological coping during a pandemic (poster)