Mental health during the holiday season 

This holiday season will be very different from previous years because of the current circumstances. While this time of the year is usually to relax and get together with family and friends to celebrate, it can be stressful this year due to COVID-19 restrictions. We encourage you to follow the guidelines of the health authorities to stay safe, and take the time to connect virtually with your family, friends, colleagues and loved ones during this season. Take the time to call people who live alone to stay in touch and connect with them during this pandemic. 

This season is also an opportunity to slow down our pace of life and appreciate everything around us. Despite the pandemic, it is still important to take a moment to acknowledge everything that this year has brought us. Remember that your mental health and well-being need to be a priority: take some time for yourself. 

Take time to recharge

Like us, your co-champions for a Respectful and Healthy Workplace and Mental Health, take the time to recharge during the holiday season by engaging in activities that work best for you, and at your own pace.  

“Taking an opportunity for a relaxing coffee break at home”
– Waheed Khan

“Taking some time to read a book in front of a warm fire after a long day” – Diane Campbell

Plan activities


  • Consider volunteering your time with Volunteer Canada. Contact your local volunteer centre for more information.


Consult and share the following resources

Many of our colleagues will be celebrating various cultural and religious holidays during this time. We wish you and your loved ones an enjoyable, peaceful and safe holiday season!

Diane Campbell
Assistant Deputy Minister, MSC

Healthy and Respectful Workplace and Mental Health

Waheed Khan
President, National Consultation Team

Healthy and Respectful Workplace and Mental Health