COVID-19 & MENTAL HEALTH

This curated list of resources may be of help in managing the uncertainty, anxiety and stress associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Readers may also wish to consult the Resource and Online Mental Health Support pages on this website. Check back frequently for updates. 

PSYCHOLOGICAL AND EMOTIONAL IMPACTS ON FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS DURING THE COVID19 PANDEMIC

An evidence-based fact sheet by Psychologists and published online at The Canadian Psychological Association website. A great place to start if you're trying to understand how to help yourself or a loved one.

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A PODCAST - WHY WE WORRY AND HOW TO CALM OUR ANXIETY

Why are we so afraid of this novel coronavirus when we are much more likely to catch the flu? Professor Baruch Fischhoff, PhD explains why we worry about new risks more than familiar ones, & how to calm our anxiety. A resource presented by the American Psychological Association.

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MIND CONTROL: MANAGING YOUR MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19

A no-cost course about anxiety and anxiety management by Professor Steve Joordens of University of Toronto. Enrolment opens March 30.

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TIPS FOR MANAGING STRESS/ANXIETY, STIGMA & PREJUDICE

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health offers tips for how to manage stress/anxiety, quarantine/self-isolation, and stigma.

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GREATER GOOD’S GUIDE TO WELL-BEING DURING CORONAVIRUS

A comprehensive and reader-friendly set of practices, resources, and articles for individuals, parents, educators, & health care professionals facing COVID-19.

Weekly online meetings include practices to boost resilience, connection, or positivity.

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WELLNESS TOGETHER CANADA

Wellness Together Canada is an initiative of the Canadian government that provides tools and resources to help get Canadians to address low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.

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TORONTO BEYOND THE BLUE

Toronto Beyond the Blue is an independent, registered charity dedicated to serving spouses & families of Toronto police officers/civilian members. This website assists members of the police community to locate a Psychologist, and offers links to helpful resources.

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HELP WITH SOBRIETY

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other as part of their recovery from alcoholism.

AA groups continue to meet by phone, chat, email & online. Consult a local chapter for more information or click the image to learn about online groups.

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THAT DISCOMFORT YOU'RE FEELING IS GRIEF

David Kessler shares his thoughts about grief in this interview by the Harvard Business Review.

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PARENTING DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

In this article, Psychologists offer a few tips about the best ways to cope with the new way of life—and the new stressors—caused by this global health crisis.

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FOR KIDS, TEENS AND THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THEM

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HELP TEENS COPE WITH CHANGE

Teens are facing the cancellation of organized sports, missed celebrations, cancelled school trips, reduced or lost employment, loss of socializing with peers, and loss of in-class learning. Read more about how to help your teens cope.

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HOW TEENS CAN PROTECT THEIR MENTAL HEALTH DURING COVID-19

Tips for teens as they navigate anxiety about health and disappointments of school closure and cancelled events.

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MY HERO IS YOU:
HOW KIDS CAN FIGHT COVID-19!

A new fictional book developed by and for children aims to help families understand and cope with COVID-19.

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WHAT TO SAY TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT COVID-19

It is important for parents to manage their own fear responses and help children understand that they are safe. This article offers some tips to parents about what to tell children and how to navigate these conversations.

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TOOLKIT FOR SUPPORTING CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

A resource for parents who wish to support children and young adults to understand the changes in their daily lives and process their feelings. Individuals with autism may need additional support to process the news and adapt to the many changes.

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MINDFULNESS APPS FOR KIDS

In this resource from the American Psychological Association, a panel of Psychologists weigh in on three Mindfulness Apps for kids.

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RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES WITH CHILDREN LEARNING FROM HOME

This University of Toronto library site has links to free and licensed resources suitable for children engaging in distance learning. A search tool is also available to search for material by grade and subject.

 

SCIENTIFIC INFORMATION

Publishers have offered open-access to COVID-19 articles.
If you're able, send an email/tweet of thanks to these companies for their bold leadership that elevates public health to the highest priority.

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ELSEVIER CORONAVIRUS
INFORMATION CENTER

You'll find COVID-19 related scientific journal articles for clinicians and researchers, as well as information for patients.

THE LANCET COVID-19 RESOURCE CENTRE

The centre was established to assist health workers and researchers working under challenging conditions to bring this outbreak to a close.

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SPRINGER NATURE

The publisher, Springer Nature, has committed to making all COVID-19 related research and data immediately available. Click the link to access COVID-19 journals and books.

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES, ENGINEERING AND MEDICINE

This free resource includes rapid expert summaries on key issues (e.g., incidence of severe illness in young persons, use of fabric masks, etc) in this COVID-19 Pandemic (March 14 to April 18, 2020).

 

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