Mental health and COVID-19


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This article was published 13/09/2021 (384 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.

COVID-19 has changed our lives completely. Since this pandemic began, we have been following the progress of this virus closely.

Thank you to everyone continuing to follow all Manitoba public health orders. It’s been a challenging time for so many people as we navigate this uncharted path. Remember to take care of your mental health. Reach out for help if you’re struggling, and know that it’s OK to not be OK.

The vaccine rollout has enabled so many of us to get our COVID-19 vaccines. It’s crucial that anyone who is hesitant about the vaccine speaks with a doctor about the many benefits of this important inoculation. The vaccine is the key to ending these tremendously challenging times. Many people have become depressed or anxious during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are resources available to help and, remember, it's OK to not feel OK.

When researching information about the vaccines, always look for reliable sources. Scientists, researchers, and medical professionals have years of experience understanding emerging medical advancements. Social media is not a place to gain a strong understanding of these important matters.  

As a former nurse, I have been inspired by our health-care workers and how they’ve risen to the challenges of these many difficult months. As always, our health-care heroes have handled these times with grace, professionalism, and strength. Thank you all so very much.

Our health care system consists of many different pieces. Together these pieces weave a fabric of resources that we can all rely on when in need.

One of these important pieces is our network of Health Access Centres. Health Access Centres offer many health and social services in our communities. The services offered vary from location to location in order to meet the unique needs of each community. Services include front-line health-care practitioners such as doctors and nurses, employment and income assistance programs, home care, and mental health assistance programs.

There are seven Health Access Centres located throughout Winnipeg:

• ACCESS Downtown, 640 Main St.;
• ACCESS River East, 975 Henderson Hwy.;
• ACCESS Transcona, 845 Regent Ave. West;
• ACCESS Fort Garry, 135 Plaza Dr.;
• ACCESS St. Boniface, 170 Goulet St.;
• ACCESS Winnipeg West, 280 Booth Dr.;
• ACCESS NorWest, 785 Keewatin St.

The services offered at each of these centres align with the needs of their communities.

To learn more about Health Access Centres, check out the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority website at

Please continue to follow all public health orders as we navigate the path forward.

Myrna Driedger

Myrna Driedger
Roblin constituency report

Myrna Driedger is the PC MLA for Roblin.

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