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COVID-19 Resources

Amid growing public concerns around COVID-19, post-secondary campuses in Ontario are continuing to support student mental health. CICMH has created and collated resources that may be helpful. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us by e-mailing info@campusmentalhealth.ca with suggestions for further resources.

Information on COVID-19

Government of Ontario – Ministry of Health

Please check the Ontario Ministry of Health’s (MOH) COVID-19 website regularly for updates to this document, case definition, FAQs, and other information: http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/publichealth/coronavirus/2019_guidance.aspx

 

Government of Canada

The Government of Canada has put together a page on the Coronavirus which includes Outbreak Updates, Symptoms and Treatment, Awareness Resources and much more.
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html

Want more information on the Canada Emergency Response Benefit? This link will let you know who is eligible and how to apply.

https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.html

Mental Health and COVID 19 Resources

The Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health (CICMH)

We created a COVID-19 specific resources that can be found here:

We compiled a list of crisis services available across Canada and Internationally:

This list contains COVID-19 related resources:

For Faculty and Student Leaders:

We have launched a revamped version of our More Feet on the Ground (MFOTG) website and e-learning platform.

This online resource is intended to be a one-stop shop for any campus professional or student leader looking to understand more about mental health and refer a student to relevant programs or departments.

It is a great resource that helps faculty, administration and campus staff learn how to recognize, respond and refer students experiencing mental health issues on campus.

https://morefeetontheground.ca/

More Feet on the Ground

We at the Centre have launched a revamped version of our More Feet on the Ground (MFOTG) website and e-learning platform.

This online resource is intended to be a one-stop shop for any campus professional or student leader looking to understand more about mental health and refer a student to relevant programs or departments.

It is a great resource that helps faculty, administration and campus staff learn how to recognize, respond and refer students experiencing mental health issues on campus.

https://morefeetontheground.ca/

Good2Talk

Good2Talk is a free, confidential support service for post-secondary students in Ontario. It will remain open and all students can contact then 24/7 throughout this time. We’d also like to remind you of Good2Talk’s 24/7 support via text by texting GOOD2TALKON to 686868.

At this time, we strongly recommend promoting the texting service heavily to students, as they may be impacted by less private living situations during closures and texting may be more accessible to them than phone. While we have risk management plans in place to ensure our services are always available, wait times for service via text may also be shorter than the telephone during this time.

https://good2talk.ca/ontario/

Wellness Together Canada (Government of Canada)

Wellness Together Canada provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed.

https://ca.portal.gs/

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC)

The Mental Health Commission of Canada has created numerous resources that pertain to the COVID-19 Pandemic. This includes resources such as Self-Care & Resilience guides, tips on talking to someone in crisis during COVID-19 and FAQs.

https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/English/covid19

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

CMHA has created COVID-19 Specific Resources that can be found here:

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division (CMHA Ontario)

CMHA Ontario has created COVID-19 Specific Resources that can be found here:

They also put together Social Media Packages

Mental Health Works

In this time of uncertainty and stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mental Health Works will be providing a free webinar series to help employees and employers address the impact these circumstances may have on our work and well-being.

Webinar topics include Stress and Anxiety, Isolation and Loneliness, Being Mindful at Work, Mental Health for Support Staff and many more.

http://www.mentalhealthworks.ca/mental-health-works-provide-webinars-workplace-mental-health-amid-covid-19-concerns/

BounceBack

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 mood, 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.

Bounceback is still offering their services to students and all residents of Ontario.

https://bouncebackontario.ca/

Big White Wall

Big White Wall is an online peer-to-peer support community which is a great tool for students to access.

https://www.bigwhitewall.com/?lang=en-ca

CAMH

CAMH has a section of their website specifically dedicated to COVID-19 and covers topics such as how you can support a loved one who is very anxious about the COVID-19 pandemic, How to deal with feeling lonely during self-isolation and much more.

http://www.camh.ca/covid19

Jack.org

Jack.org is Canada’s only charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health in every province and territory. They have created a COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub on their website to support students and their peers through this challenging time.

https://jack.org/COVID 

Ontario Caregivers Organization

The Ontario Caregiver Organization is offering a range of online resources and supports to help caregivers cope during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also launched a new initiative – Caregiving Communities – to connect and support community caregiving efforts across the province.

Ontario Caregivers Organization Covid19 Resource List

SCALE Program – https://ontariocaregiver.ca/resources/scale-program/

Webinars and videos on caregiving and Mental Health – https://ontariocaregiver.ca/resources/mental-health-resources/

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA)

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction has put together information on the impacts of COVID-19 on Substance Use.

https://www.ccsa.ca/Impacts-COVID-19-Substance-Use

World Health Organization (WHO)

The WHO has created a tip sheet that is easy to read and straight to the point that you can print off or share on your social media accounts.

https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/coping-with-stress.pdf?sfvrsn=9845bc3a_2

Children's Mental Health Ontario (CMHO)

Children’s Mental Health Ontario has created a list of resources for families as well as general resources.

https://www.cmho.org/covid19

University Affairs

University Affairs are publishing regular updates on the situation facing Canada’s universities with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.

https://www.universityaffairs.ca/news/news-article/covid-19-updates-for-canadas-universities/?_ga=2.159668788.869726412.1586462880-454119703.1586462880

COVID-19 Health Literacy Project

The COVID-19 Health Literacy Project has created fact sheets related to COVID-19 in 35 languages including English and French to support as many people as possible.

https://covid19healthliteracyproject.com/?fbclid=IwAR1-paqRkjBVptVdeAT7SFDc6N8JpMt6ynq8UTaDc5uMBnKaf9sDxrugvw4#languages

Dr. Tayyab Rashid

Dr. Tayyab Rashid is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Health & Wellness Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough and he has published an article on 101 Strengths Based Actions to Connect from a Distance.

http://tayyabrashid.com/101-strengths-based-actions-to-connect-from-a-distance

Hope For Wellness

The Hope for Wellness Help Line offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.If asked, counsellors can also work with you to find other wellness supports that are available near you

Phone and chat counselling is available in English and French. On request, phone counselling is also available in:

  • Cree
  • Ojibway
  • Inuktitut

https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/

How to Move to Virtual Counselling

Virtual Counselling Resources

Given the context in which we are living in during the COVID-19 outbreak, we have put together some links for you if you are looking into moving to virtual counselling.

Mental Health and Online Education Tips

Online Education Resources

Here we will be adding links from various organizations on how to make Online Education more effective and support mental wellbeing.

Campus Related COVID-19 News

For the latest campus specific news and Government of Ontario related announcements check out the news section of our website.
https://campusmentalhealth.ca/news/