Resources for Psychosocial Support during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mental health and well being is essential. To maintain the safety of the health-care workers and their families during this crisis, a list of recommended resources has been compiled to support you.

If you are in crisis, please call your local distress line: http://www.dcontario.org/centres.html If you are facing a mental health emergency please call 911.

Description Resource(s)
Clinical services to support health care providers experiencing distress

Support and help lines:

  • Ontario COVID-19 Mental Health Network
  • ConnexOntario: Fully operational and are available via telephone, chat and email 24/7 to provide accurate and up-to-date addiction, mental health and problem gambling information to Ontarians
  • Canadian Mental Health Association: Mental Health Helpline at 1-866-531-2600 
  • Big White Wall
  • Bell Let's Talk
  • Women's helpline
  • If you are working and have an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), you can access it. 
These sites provide information and suggestions about how best to cope with stress and anxiety

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Online resources for Ontario long-term care (LTC) home leaders and team members during the COVID-19 pandemic

Homewood resources posted in CLRI: Mental Health Supports for LTC

  • Includes a self-directed cognitive behavioural therapy program for anxiety and depression
  • Health and wellness library
  • Helpful articles
  • 20+ e-courses for stress and anxiety
  • Other resources to support the health and well-being of those who work in LTC
For nurses registered with the CNO who have substance use and/or mental health disorders

Nurses Health Program

  • A voluntary, bilingual and confidential program
  • Includes specialized programs for health-care professionals
  • Includes customized treatment plans support you to practice or return to practice nursing safely
For medical students, residents, physicians in Ontario who are experiencing distress, mental health or substance use issues

Ontario Medical Association, Physician Health Program (PHP):

PHP Confidential toll free line: 1-800-851-6606 or email php@oma.org

Support for mental health and well being:

  • Links to resources to manage anxiety and stress

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Support for mental health and well being:

  • Self-care strategies

Mental Health Commission of Canada

World Health Organization (WHO)

Counseling and support groups for individuals who use substances
Resources to support children and families

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

World Health Organization (WHO)

Ontario's Ministry of Health: Ontario.ca

  • Children and youth under 18 can locate mental health services through:
    • Kids Help Phone website
    • Kids Help Phone -1- 800-668-6868 help line 24/7 support
    • Good2Talk help line 24/7 support
  • Secondary students: Good2Talk - free, confidential mental health support service providing professional counseling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and wellbeing to postsecondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365

Mental Health Commission of Canada