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COVID-19: Mental Health Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic is having a significant impact on all of us. Maintaining mental health is a challenge at the best of times, and the crisis exacerbates these struggles immensely. If you are struggling with mental health and addictions, we want you to know you are not alone – many of your friends and colleagues are experiencing the same struggles right now.
 

In normal times, 1 in 5 Canadians will struggle with mental illness. These illnesses are diseases and you deserve to get the help and support you need to manage these challenging times.


Each person’s struggle with mental health is different. Explore the resources below to find the support that is right for you.

If you are in immediate danger call 911, if you are in distress and require urgent support right now
Crisis Hotline
www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en
1-833-456-4566
Kids Help Phone
www.kidshelpphone.ca
1-800-668-6868
Wellness and Emotional Support (WES) for Youth Online
www.wesforyouthonline.ca
*Online only
*Ontario residents only


 

Supports and Resources
*This list is not meant to be exhaustive, it is a selection of resources available.
The Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH)
CAMH offers numerous answers to frequently asked questions and provides additional resources for a number of issues that can come up during times like this.
www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
CMHA provides advocacy, programs and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive.
www.cmha.ca/?s=covid-19
211.ca
Canada’s primary source of information on government and community-based health and social services.
www.211.ca
Dial 2-1-1

Crisis Services Canada
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, the Canada Suicide Prevention Service is available 24/7 for voice and 4pm to 12am ET for text.
1-833-456-4566 or text 45645 *Text service in English only

Beacon - Modern Mind Health

Stronger Minds by BEACON is a free digital program for all Canadians – to support your mental well-being through the COVID-19 crisis.

www.mindbeacon.com/strongerminds

Lifeline Canada
Provides resources in provinces across the country who can help you address your thoughts and other mental health concerns quickly.
www.thelifelinecanada.ca
New Brunswick Info
New Brunswick’s Community Services Database.
www.NBinfo.ca *English only, for NB residents
Bridge the gApp
An online resource designed to support mental wellness.
https://ftq.qc.ca/coordonnateurs-et-coordonnatrices-du-reseau-des-deleguees-et-delegues-sociaux/www.BridgethegApp.ca *English only, for NL residents
Peer Delegates
Peer Delegates are allies who can point members to helpful resources.
Peer Delegate Website *French only, for Quebec residents
Unifor Mental Health Matters Booklet
Provides important resources and guidance for people supporting others struggling with mental health and addictions.
Download the booklet here


 

Addictions Supports
My Recovery

MyRecovery.ca is running multiple, online English-language meetings every day. 
www.MyRecovery.ca   *English only

Canadian Addictions Counsellor Certification Federation

This association has moved to provide virtual addictions counselling.
www.CACCF.live.clinic

Peer Delegates

Peer Delegates are allies who can point members to helpful resources.
Peer Delegate Website   *French only, for Quebec residents



Unifor recognizes that measures announced to combat COVID-19, importantly self-solation, can cause anxiety and, in some cases, lead to violence for those who are experiencing or are at risk of domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is unacceptable in any situation, regardless of stresses you or those around you are experiencing.

Supports for those experiencing domestic violence
Shelter Safe
List of shelters and other domestic violence services across Canada.
www.sheltersafe.ca
SOS Violence
List of shelters in Quebec and other domestic violence resources.
www.sosviolenceconjugale.ca *French only, for Quebec residents
Indigenous Women’s Support Program Crisis Line
Connects Indigenous women to counsellors and support groups
www.bwss.org/support/programs/indigenous-womens-programs/ *English only
604-687-1867
Assaulted Women’s Helpline
Has served as a free, anonymous and confidential 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis telephone line to all women in the province of Ontario who have experienced any form of abuse.
www.awhl.org *For service in French visit Fem'aide (below). Multiple languages available, contact them directly to inquire
1-866-863-0511 | TTY: 1-866-863-7868
Fem’aide
Helpline for Domestic violence for Franco-Ontarians.
www.femaide.ca *French only, Ontario only
1-877-336-2433
Hope for Wellness Hotline
The Hope for Wellness Helpline provides immediate help to all Indigenous people across Canada. Chat is available on the website.
www.hopeforwellness.ca
1-855-242-3310
Native Youth Crisis Hotline
Available anywhere across Canada and answered by staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
1-877-209-1266 *English only
211.ca
Canada’s primary source of information on government and community-based health and social services.
www.211.ca
Dial 2-1-1


 

Certain communities, particularly those who are or are perceived to be Chinese or Asian, are experiencing stigma, racism, and prejudice because of the continued spread of misinformation related to coronavirus. As cases of COVID-19 are increasingly reported, so are cases of racist behavior – people are placing blame on communities who have nothing to do with the outbreak. As a global community, we need to wash our hands of stigma, racism, and prejudice.

To assist you, we have compiled a list of Canadian and provincial resources that provide services from a culturally sensitive, anti-racism and equity lens.
 

Culturally Sensitive and anti-racist supports and resources

211.ca
Canada’s primary source of information on government and community-based
health and social services.
www.211.ca
Dial 2-1-1

Unifor
If you are a member experiencing racism and discrimination in the workplace, please inform your local union, National Staff Representative and/or Unifor Human Rights Director as soon as possible. We will act swiftly to ensure you are protected and make certain your employer is taking immediate and appropriate action.
HumanRights@unifor.org

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
CAMH offers numerous answers to frequently asked questions and
provides additional resources for a number of issues that can come up during
times like this.
www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-health-and-covid-19

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
CMHA provides advocacy, programs and resources that help to
prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience,
and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive.
www.cmha.ca/?s=covid-19

NISA Helpline
Nisa is there when no one else will listen. They assist in supporting, helping and creating a plan of action for the best possible solution.
www.nisahelpline.com
*English only

Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre
The MMHRC provides resources to support culturally safe and competent mental health care for Canada's diverse population.
www.multiculturalmentalhealth.ca/en/

Mental Health Programs for Aboriginal Peoples in Canada
This database describes existing mental health promotion, prevention and intervention programs and models for Indigenous peoples in Canada.
www.namhr.ca/mental-health-programs/

Stop the Spread
As COVID-19 spreads globally, so too does racism and discrimination against the Chinese and Asian community. Stop the Spread is a project of the Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice working to stop the stigma and racism that is spreading due to COVID-19.
www.stopthespread.ca
*English only
Chinese Canadian National Council for Social Justice
A national organization that educates, engages, and advocates for equity and justice for all in Canada.
www.ccncsj.ca/wp
*English only