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Mental Health at McMaster

McMaster Okanagan Office of Health & Well-being

Anxiety & Stress

Stress is a normal reaction the body has when changes occur, resulting in physical, emotional and intellectual responses. Stress management training can help you deal with things in a healthier manner.

Anxiety is your body’s natural response to stress. It’s a feeling of fear or apprehension about what’s to come. The first day of school, going to a job interview, or giving a speech may cause most people to feel fearful and nervous.

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MindBeacon Visit the website

MindBeacon is an online therapy provider and is the only provider that offers Canadians the full spectrum of digital mental health support, including face-to-face live therapy, therapist-guided programs, immediate crisis support and free resources from the Stronger Minds community.

Coping with Stress and Anxiety- CAMH Learn More

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) offers coping strategies and personal assessment tools to help you manage your stress and anxiety as we adapt the next normal.

BounceBack Tip Sheet to Reduce COVID-19 Stress & Anxiety Learn More

BounceBack has developed a tip sheet that lists 10 things you can do right now to reduce anxiety, stress and worry related to COVID-19.

BounceBack Learn More

BounceBack is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low moods, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.

Mindshift CBT App Learn More

MindShift CBT uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety.

Get the tools to tackle:

  • Worry
  • Panic
  • Perfectionism
  • Social Anxiety
  • Phobias

Available in the App Store.

Self-Help Anxiety Management App Learn More

The Self-Help Anxiety Management App helps you manage your mental wellbeing in a safe community to share your mental health story. 

Available in the App Store (IOS and Android).

Anxiety Reliever App Learn More

Anxiety Reliever consists of calming audio recordings, helpful guides, an insightful tracker, breathing tool and supportive messages. Every feature was built to provide you with the best user experience possible. Anxiety Reliever will relax you no matter how difficult and stressful your day was.

Anxiety Reliever is designed to help you regardless of what kind of anxiety you’re suffering from, whether it’s Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Phobia, Social Anxiety, Panic Disorder, or Agoraphobia. It’s your daily tool to relax and handle anxiety and stress.


Sanvello Learn More

App for stress, anxiety, and depression (offers self-care, peer support, coaching and therapy).  

Easily find the strategies and resources you need, day or night. With Sanvello coping tools in your pocket, managing symptoms and tracking your progress is easy.

A Practical Evidence-Based Self-Help Program for COVID-19-Related Worry and Anxiety Learn More

A 6 session selfhelp program to help individuals cope with anxiety, worry, low mood, and low motivation during the pandemic. 

Relaxation Skills for Anxiety Learn More

This document outlines relaxation skills and how relaxation skills address anxiety from the standpoint of the body by reducing muscle tension, slowing down breathing, and calming the mind. Relaxation skills can be structured; examples are slow diaphragmatic breathing, meditation, and yoga. Other factors, such as self-care and enjoying pleasurable activities, are also helpful to make us feel more relaxed.