Mental Health Resources

Find resources to support emotional, psychological, mental health and addiction.

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Addiction support:

Narcotics Anonymous: Call the helpline (888) 811-3887, or email info@gtascna.org for support with drug and alcohol addiction. For meetings in Guelph, Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Hanover, Fergus and Listowel please visit; gtascna.org.   

Alcoholics Anonymous: If you need help with alcoholism, we have a live answering service that operates 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; +1 (519) 829-9401. Click here for more information.


Immediate Support 24/7:

Boots on the Ground: a peer support hotline which provides anonymous services to first responders. 1-833-677-2668.  Click here to learn more.  

Here 24/7 Hotline: Mental health supports for Waterloo Wellington 1-844-437-3247  Click here to learn more.


Crisis Services Canada

If you, or someone you know, is in crisis, Crisis Services Canada is here to help.  Its structure and focus is geared to strengthen regional service delivery and ensuring gaps in mental health and suicide prevention and support nationwide are addressed. If you feel you need help, please call

1-833-456-4566 (available 24/7)

Or text: 45645 (available 4pm – 12am.  Standard text messaging rates apply).

Please click here: “Get Help” to learn more (or the “Get Help” tab at the top of the page). 


Wellness Together Canada

By way of modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues, Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources to help get Canadians back on track. Click here to start: Wellness Together Canada.  Or, try out the new PocketWell App, recently released to merge seamlessly with the Wellness Together Canada platform, and is available through Google Play and the App Store.


Homewood Health Centre Resources

Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP Homewood Health): 1-800-663-1142

If you feel stress, fear, anxiety or simply want someone to talk to, Homewood are there for you 24/7/365. They will help get you the tools, resources and/or support you’re looking for. They have also provided a number of handout resources for you:

Homewood Health has published a COVID-19 Pandemic Toolkit. The toolkit is a consolidation of content, both directly and indirectly related to COVID-19. They’ve put together a package of valuable and informative materials with information to support you and your family. The toolkit includes resources and addresses key and frequently asked questions. Homewood wants you to know they are here to help. Please don’t hesitate to reach out should you wish to discuss any components of the toolkit, or if there is anything they can do to provide support to you.

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Ongoing Support:

Greenshield Canada

The ongoing impact of COVID-19 has brought uncertainty and anxiety for many Canadians. In response, Green Shield Canada (GSC) understands that it’s more important than ever to put high-quality mental health care solutions within easy reach.  Please remember to check your benefits plan for more information on mental health supports through Greenshield.
What you need to know: GSC is proud to be sponsoring Stronger Minds, a free digital program from MindBeacon that provides crucial mental health support for all Canadians. The program is available now at mindbeacon.com/strongerminds, and offers guidance in the form of short expert Q&A videos, quick reads, and resilience-building activities – all focused on protecting your emotional well-being as the COVID-19 crisis progresses. Click here for an overview that covers all the details you’ll need to determine whether this program is the right fit for you. Check it out today.

BounceBack Ontario:

BounceBack is a free, guided self-help program that’s effective in helping people aged 15 and up who are experiencing mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression, or may be feeling low, stressed, worried, irritable or angry.

Participants receive telephone coaching, skill-building workbooks and online videos to help them overcome these symptoms and gain new skills to regain positive mental health. To receive telephone coaching support, clients must either be referred by their primary care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner) or psychiatrist, or they may self-refer as long as they’re connected with a primary care provider. BounceBack is not a crisis service or counselling, but a life-skills program that participants work with to develop coping techniques so they can overcome challenges now or in the future. Typically, participants take three to six months to complete the program.  Click here for more information.

Mindfulness is a good strategy that helps to calm the mind. There are many mindfulness apps out there that you’re encouraged to explore – The Centre for Mindfulness Studies located in Toronto has its own wonderful free app (found where you download your apps), or its guided mindfulness sessions can also be found on the free app Insight Timer. When it comes to mindfulness, the important thing is to find the one that works best for you! Click here for more recommendations.

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Other Resources:

PocketWell

In January 2022, the Canadian Goverment created a new free app that works with their Wellness Together Canada program. Through PocketWell, people across Canada can access new resources, including a self-assessment tool and tracker that monitors mood and mental well-being

CAMH

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health offers information and suggestions about how best to cope during this difficult time on their COVID-19 Resource Page.

CAMH also developed ECHO Coping with COVID, designed for Hospital-Based Healthcare Providers and Residents responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants are invited to join ECHO sessions virtually through multi-point videoconference technology to share and learn about ways to build resilience and overall wellness through didactic lectures and case-based discussions.

CMHA Waterloo Wellington is offering a number of free webinars with health topics such as Challenging Negative ThinkingCoping with Isolation and Loneliness, and Understanding Mental Health. Click here to learn about how you can register and when the sessions are offered.

Frontline Resilience Resources:

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre: “Your Health Matters” 

Sunnybrook has published a number of positive, brief articles related to COVID19 that include: 

Canadian Psychological Association 

The Canadian Psychological Association  would like to help and has called on all registered psychology practitioners to consider donating some of their time to provide psychological services to front line health care providers who may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed or distressed by being on the front lines of this health crisis.  Please click here for more information and to find a psychologist in Ontario to obtain support.

Ementalhealth.ca

Ementalhealth.ca  is a non-profit initiative of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) dedicated to improving the mental health of children, youth and families. It provides anonymous, confidential and trustworthy information, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Features include:  

  • Mental Health Help (i.e. directory of mental health services and organizations)   
  • Info Sheets: Information about a variety of mental health conditions and topics. 
  • Screening Tools: Find out if you or a loved one has a mental health concern with our free, online screening tools. 
  • Events Calendar: Information about mental health events in your area.  
  • News Feed: Information about the latest mental health news.  
  • Research directory: Information about research studies in your area. 

The Wellness Society 

The Wellness Society has created a Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook for adults to work through. Plus, they have shared a children’s story book to use with your children. 

Other Links:

Check-up from the Neck-up

Mental Health Meter

Pandemic Pushing Your Anxiety Buttons 

5 Tips to Support Mental Health

Talking to Your Anxious Child About Covid-19

Resiliency During Covid-19

Tips to Manage Anxiety

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e-Learning Courses by Homewood Health

You must register first. Your information is kept entirely confidential and is only used for eligibility confirmation or statistical purposes by Homewood Health.

Click here for access to self-paced, interactive and confidential e-Courses.

Taking Control of Stress
Embracing Workplace Change
Taking Control of Job Loss and Transition
Resilience
Resolving Conflict in Intimate Relationship
Taking Control of Your Career
Taking Control of Your Money
Preparing for Your Retirement
Taking Control of Mood
Responsible Optimism
Taking Control of Alcohol Use
Foundations of Effective Parenting
Taking Control of Anger
Stop Smoking: Get Your Life Back
Respect in the Workplace

Disclaimer: This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Contact your physician or health care provider with any questions about your mental health, treatment or care.