COVID-19 and Mental Health

Last updated: 3:30 p.m. EST, Oct. 19, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak has caused anxiety, distress and other strong emotions in individuals, families and communities across the globe. Ontarians with mental health and addictions issues are particularly vulnerable and may experience increased anxiety or worsening of existing mental and addictions symptoms.

Feeling like you need to talk to someone or need more information? It’s OK to ask for help! Here are some local supports you can access.

  • Huron Perth Helpline and Crisis Response Team: If you or someone you know needs mental health and/or addiction support, contact the 24-hour helpline at 1-888-829-7484.
  • 211 (visit the website or just dial 211) is a free helpline that connects you to community and social services in your area 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, in over 150 languages. 
  • Your primary healthcare provider may be able to provide treatment and support or provide a referral to local mental health and addictions supports over the phone.
  • Counsellor/Therapist/Psychologist
  • Your workplace’s Employee Assistance Program, if applicable
Adults - support available

Bounce Back Ontario

  • Is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. It is delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

ConnexOntario

  • Ontario’s mental health, addictions and problem gambling help line, which can provide contact information for local mental health and addictions services and supports, including crisis lines. Call 1-866-531-2600

Coronavirus and Mental Health

Togetherall

  • An online peer-to-peer support community for your mental health that features 24/7 anonymous online education and discussion platform.

Wellness Together Canada

  • Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources to help Canadians get back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.

Without a job, but not without hope | Mental Health Commission of Canada

 Children and youth: support and resources for parents

General:

 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub

  • an easy-to-access hub to easily access education, tools, support and reliable information.

 Talking to Children about COVID

  • This fact sheet was developed by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health on how to talk to your child about coping with stress and anxiety during the pandemic.

Helping Children Cope with Traumatic Events

  • Children and teens are more vulnerable to being traumatized by the coronavirus pandemic, violent crime, or other disasters. But with the right parental support, they’re also able to recover faster. Learn how you can help your child cope with a disaster or traumatic event.

Noticing Mental Health Concerns for Your Child | School Mental Health Ontario

Kids Help Phone

  • 24/7, national support service; offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people. Phone 1-800-668-6868 or Text CONNECT to 686868.

Good2Talk Helpline

  • Provides 24/7 confidential support services for post-secondary students in Ontario, if they need someone to talk to. Dial 1-866-925-5454 to talk. For Crisis Text Line text GOOD2TALKON TO 686868.

School:

How to support your child’s mental health during COVID-19 and the return to school | School Mental Health Ontario

During COVID-19, children may be targeted for wearing personal protective equipment, because of their anxiety and fears about the virus, or other differences. Learn how to recognize bullying.

Children and youth: support and resources for educators

How to support student mental health during COVID-19 and the return to school | School Mental Health Ontario

Tip Sheet for Staff to Support Positive Mental Health for All Students | School Mental Health Ontario

Supporting Student Mental Health During A Pandemic (COVID-19) | School Mental Health Ontario

 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub

  • an easy-to-access hub to easily access education, tools, support and reliable information.

Children and youth: self-care and support

How to take care of your mental health during COVID-19 and the return to school | School Mental Health Ontario

SELF-CARE 101 Factsheet | School Mental Health Ontario

REACHING OUT Factsheet | School Mental Health Ontario

 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub

  • an easy-to-access hub to easily access education, tools, support and reliable information.

Educators: support available

Personal Resiliency Tips During the COVID-19 Pandemic | School Mental Health Ontario
Farmers: support available

 The Farmers Toolbox

Mental health resource database for farmers, anyone in the agricultural industry and residents of rural Ontario.

Healthcare workers: support available
Counselling Program for Frontline Workers in Huron and Perth Counties
  • Supported by United Way Funds, call Family Services Perth Huron intake line at 1-800-268-0903

Ontario COVID-19 Mental Health Network

  • A volunteer network of Ontario-based mental health professionals dedicated to supporting frontline COVID-19 workers during the evolving crisis.

Free, 24/7 Mental Health Support for Canadian Healthcare Workers

  • Kids Help Phone has partnered with Crisis Text Line & Give Us a Shout to offer this service. To access, text FRONTLINE to 741741.

CAMH: Mental health and COVID-19 Resources for health care workers 

Indigenous people: support available
 Talk 4 Healing Helpline 
  • Is a culturally grounded, fully confidential helpline for Indigenous women available in 14 languages all across Ontario. 1-855-544-HEAL (4325)

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line

  • The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. Call 1-855-242-3310
 Small business owners and entrepreneurs: support available
Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs Mental Wellness Program
  • Clinical counselling for small business owners and entrepreneurs (Perth and Stratford) is available at no cost at Family Services Perth Huron 519-273-1020 or 1-800-268-0903.
 Women and seniors: support available
Assaulted Women’s Helpline – Ontario 
  • 24/7 crisis counselling for women. Text #7233 or call 1-866-863-0511

Talk 4 Healing Helpline 

  • Is a culturally grounded, fully confidential helpline for Indigenous women available in 14 languages all across Ontario. 1-855-544-HEAL (4325)

Seniors Safety Line

  • The only 24 hour crisis and support line for seniors in Ontario who have experienced any type of abuse or neglect. Callers receive emotional support, safety planning, information and referrals in over 200 languages. Call 1-866-299-1011.