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.
COVID-19 RESOURCES FOR ONTARIANS
This website, presented by the Ontario government, includes information about financial, mental health and other supports available in the province of Ontario during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Explore the many resources and initiatives for children, youth, seniors, emergency shelters, mental health and addictions support. This site includes links to support specifically designed for healthcare professionals, including staff in long term care facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
FOR KIDS, TEENS AND THE PEOPLE WHO SUPPORT THEM
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).