Mental Health Resources during COVID-19

This document was started by Vivian Ngai. You are able to contact them directly at ( Message from creator: Please note, some info is some Toronto/GTA-based). Hi there! I've created a crowd-sourced document of some helpful and free/low-cost mental health resources to cope with COVID-19. In this time of uncertainty and rapid changes, some of us or our loved ones can be having a hard time with the news, loss of income and financial instability, health fears, feeling physically and emotionally isolated, and greater mental health issues. This is a living document and is shareable so please feel free to use and share. Open editing is paused. But I will continue to update with new additions. The shorter link for sharing:

It's okay to not be okay. Also, check on others as it affects us in different ways. This is my own way of coping, I hope it helps you or someone you know! 💜 This is a living document, view here: Information/Articles Take Care | Care for Your Coronavirus Anxiety Keeping Your Distance to Stay Safe Coronavirus and your wellbeing Coronavirus: How to protect your mental health Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19 How to Stay Emotionally Healthy During the Coronavirus Outbreak Taking care of your mental health during COVID-19 COVID-19 & Your Mental Health - Resources (some Vancouver-specific resources) Mental Health and the COVID-19 via CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) Managing Stress In This Anxious Time Tackling COVID-19 Anxiety Managing the COVID-19 Pandemic Panic Choosing sources of information carefully is critical to COVID-19 mental well-being says Mental Health Commission of Canada Coronavirus: How To Manage Your Mental Health During Self-isolation That Discomfort You’re Feeling Is Grief (Harvard Business Review) Improving Mental Health During COVID-19 COVID-19 Resources for Social Workers and Therapists Stop Trying to Be Productive (New York Times) *new* Supporting Each Other/Community Helping Others During the COVID-19 Pandemic via Mental Health First Aid Canada Be There - Mental Health Support - How to support those around you MDAO Forum - Forum to chat with others for support Huddle - Free video-based peer support groups around COVID-19, starts March 23 Toronto Trauma Peer Support Network - Facebook group to share resources, and get digital support for PTSD & complex PTSD Re:Tell a story sharing platform by Real Campus. Mental Health Pandemic - Facebook group to share resources and information to help deal with our mental health during this time. Anxious Times Support: A Drop-in Online Support Group - a free therapist-led online drop-in group, at 2pm each Thursday in April. A safe space to share, be heard, and find new ways of supporting yourself to 'ride the waves' during the COVID-19 pandemic *new* Christopher McKinnon runs an online support group for people at risk of life-threatening complications of COVID-19 - $150 for six weeks of 90-minute sessions ($25 per session) *new* Making Sense of COVID-19 as a 30 something woman by Reflections with Aparna, a women’s support group for COVID-19; webinar. $25, Apr 13, 8-9 EDT *new* Mindfulness & Meditation Headspace is offering free meditations for COVID19 Balance - (iOS) Until April 15th, they’re offering a completely free one-year subscription to Balance to anyone who wants it. Email for instructions Prana Breath (Android) - free app for guided breathing is offering free meditations Insight timer - app for meditations with lots of great free meditations Healthy Minds app - Training your mind is the key to your emotional well-being, free Sue Hutton Mindfulness - Free online mindfulness events amidst COVID19 - every Friday 7-8PM (EST) via Zoom (link goes to Facebook event page for more details) 5 Shaolin Qi Gong Breath Exercises to Strengthen the Lungs Facing Pandemic Fears with an Awake Heart with Tara Brach guided, video/audio Centre for Mindfulness Studies supporting our community during the Covid-19 by providing free and pay-what-you-can offerings *new* Inkblot Meditation live fully-guided video sessions.No experience is required. These sessions are completely free (for a limited time) *new* Being Active Downdog is offering all of their apps for free until May 1st (Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout) Lululemon is offering yoga and meditation videos, free Peloton Digital are now offering a 90 day free trial of their app Wollendance Cardio dance fitness class live & on-demand, offer 14-days free trial 8fit offers quick home workouts Wakeout has fun 30s stretching & relaxation exercises, offers 7-days free trial Nike Training Club app is completely free and has amazing guided workouts Daily Burn is offering 2 months free of their online workout classes Doyogawithme offers free yoga classes for all different levels Fitbit is offering select Premium features for free; and extended trial of premium to 90 days Staying Creative AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) at Home 12 Famous Museums offer virtual tours online Brit+Co is offering all of their creative online classes for free for the next two weeks - use discount code SELFCARE at checkout Vault Zine is offering one free story with code TAKECARE at checkout Oh You Pretty Things - Filmmaker Gary Hustwit is streaming his documentaries free worldwide during the global COVID crisis Scribd is offering free book downloads for first 30 days of subscription Scribe is offering a free book writing course Affinity creative apps (similar to Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) are completely free for three months, OR take 50% off if you want to buy Montreal's Museum Of Fine Arts Has Free Online Art Therapy - on their Facebook page every Friday (details in link) Laura Horn Art’s Abstract Collage Creations course is free Joel Salsa has a free salsa class on fb; and $1 trial classes Online Learning The Science of Well-Being free 2-week MOOC from Yale designed to teach you how to build healthy habits and increase your happiness Crescendo’s D&I Learning Platform is free for 6 weeks with learning tracks about: Connecting Pandemics & Xenophobia, COVID-19 & Socio-Economic Status, and Inclusive Remote Work Edx - Free online courses from top universities 38 Ways to Use the Library from Home (Toronto Public Library) Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19 coursera free course by University of Toronto, starts Apr 3 *new* Stronger Minds by BEACON is a free digital program for all Canadians – to support your mental well-being through the COVID-19 crisis, and will be available for all Canadians starting Monday April 6th *new* Pluralsight’s #FREEapril A platform for in-demand tech skills; free access to 7,000+ expert-led video courses and more all month long. *new* Social Services Ontario 211 | Community and Social Services Help Line - Find programs and services within your community - call ahead in case they are closed (Ontario-based) UHN Friendly Neighbour Hotline 9-5 monday to friday; volunteers to deliver meds/groceries/essentials to low-income seniors in need; Working Better Working Remote and Feeling Connected During COVID-19 Care-based approaches to remote work *new* Misc Creeds is offering free pick up and delivery for Laundry and Dry Cleaning for those in self-isolation. Call 416 923 2500 to arrange 99Strong Is offering free online physiotherapy consultations for aches and pains. Flying Books offering free shipping for books with the promo code AIRDROP within Toronto (buy 3 books and get a tote) Ocean Voyager live views from the Georgia Aquarium Stay-at-Home Cinema - collab between TIFF + Crave; a series from Crave’s selection of titles, accompanied by conversations with special guests via IG. Crave is offering free 30-day trial for new users Online talk therapy
(offering affordable therapy or promo) COVID19 Therapists - Facilitating free mental health services for Ontario COVID-19 healthcare providers Big White Wall - is a free, online mental health and wellbeing service that helps people who are dealing with everyday stressors or major life events. Available 24/7/365 Good2Talk - Good2Talk provides confidential support services for post-secondary students in Ontario and Nova Scotia. This hotline is also free. Greenspace Mental Health - finds you a therapist matched to your needs, available for GTA. Sessions in person or online video (therapy fees apply) 7 Cups connects you to caring listeners for free emotional support 24/7; or be a listener for others Talkspace is offering $65 off with code APPLY65 BetterHelp offers $40 to $70 weekly plans (can also be via text or chat - not just video call) - US-based, but clients can be from anywhere Inkblot virtual therapy sessions ($37.50/30 min sessions, first session is free) Shift Collab, in-person and online options. Sliding scale options. Free initial consult call. Real Campus Student Assistance Program (run by Shift Collab). If you are a University or College student at eligible campuses you have access to free therapy sessions. Visit the website for eligibility here. Affordable Therapy Network - offering reduced rates, low-cost, sliding scale online therapy options Pathway-Therapy, in-person and online options. Currently offering sliding-scales to support a wider range of people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Open Path Collective - offering sliding scale individual ($30-$60) and couples and families ($30-$80) therapy options New Creations Counseling - offers online therapy for individuals and couples with sliding scale Warm Line peer support - Chat online, text or call a peer support worker. 8PM - midnight, every night; or text 647-557-5882 or call 416-960-WARM (9276) Text4Hope – a free service providing three months of daily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)–based text messages written by mental health therapists -- Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 (Canada only) - Vetted network of therapists in the U.S. offering sliding scale fees to support individuals and couples during the COVID-19 pandemic. Available in New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, California, Washington DC, Illinois, and Washington state *new* Mind Relief if offering 40% discount until end of May 2020 *new* Local therapy (Toronto) (offering sliding scale/affordable therapy) Toronto Institute for Relational Psychotherapy - Low-cost therapy Hard Feelings - affordable shorter term therapy Danielle Hulan Therapy - Online therapy for individuals experiencing anxiety or depression, sliding scale available for those financially affected by COVID-19 being here, human - Rachelle Bensoussan is a bereavement clinician/grief therapist for 12 years and offering 1:1 support via Zoom and hosting online grief writing workshops (one beginning March 30) and online group grief literacy trainings Tynan Rhea, is a psychotherapist offering an online COVID-19 respite clinic Respite Clinic that is pay-what-you-can (no one will be turned away for lack of funds) Balanced Mind & Wellness phone and secure video counselling in GTA; offering reduced rates of 25% less until April 30, 2020 Kristy White is a counsellor trained in psychotherapy, and currently providing pay-what-you-can counselling via phone/video Toronto’s Queer and Trans Therapist Listing Umbrella Mental Health Network - a network of queer and trans-identified mental health professionals who work primarily in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, two-spirited (LGBTQIA2S) community within Toronto. Nasima Salehe providing low cost online therapy to help people during this crisis Britt Caron Therapy During COVID-19, is offering sessions exclusively via phone and video, and offering pay-what-you-can sessions during this time *new* Yzobela Hyett offering individual online/phone therapy, and is able to offer sliding scale to individuals who are financially impacted by Covid-19 *new* Matt Eldridge able to offer sliding scale options for those impacted by COVID *new* Christopher McKinnon is offering numerous COVID-19 specific offerings including focused counselling for anxiety and depression - $25 per 30-minute session; and sliding scale individual psychotherapy ($75 to $165). Also a support group for those at risk during COVID19 (see Supporting each other section above) *new*

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