Public Advisory: Currently, the Grey Bruce Health Unit region is in the YELLOW Protect level as outlined in the COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.  Read more here.

Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

It is important to stay connected with others at this time as life has become more physically isolated.  

Mental Health issues

If you are dealing with stress or anxiety related to COVID-19, that is completely normal.  It is good to seek help if you cannot manage on your own. 

 

CAMH has put together helpful strategies to cope with stress and anxiety.  Also check out our resource list below. 

Anyone in our area can also call 211 Ontario for free anytime for information and referrals for community, government, social and health services, including mental health resources across Ontario, call 211 or 1-877-330-3213. Live web chat is also available  

In Crisis?  Call the Mental Health Crisis Line of Grey Bruce at 1-877-470-5200.  This line is staffed by trained volunteers, and is available to help serve people in distress or crisis. Staff are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

Even during CVID-19, emergency rooms are operating s usual. COVID-19 and Accessing Health Care Services

 

Helping Children Understand COVID-19: Grey Bruce Health Unit resource

COVID-19- Supporting Discussions with Children and Youth  

School Mental Health Resources for Parents and Families

CMHO’s Back to School Mental Health Toolkit

Anxiety and Children – Information from Anxiety Canada

Also, see Parenting Information and Supports during COVID-19 from the Grey Bruce Health Unit

Feeling Your Best During COVID-19 - Tips for Kids

COVID-19 and Bullying Infosheet

Poster - Spread Kindness Stop Bullying of Children with COVID19

Poster - Spread Kindness Stop the Bullying of Those with COVID19

 

Keystone Child, Youth and Family Services is the Children’s Mental Health Agency for Grey and Bruce Counties. They provide services for children and youth 0 up to 18 years and their families. Families or individuals can self refer. Call Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Visit Keystone’s website for more information

Phone numbers:  519 371-4773 or 1-800-567-2384

 

We care projectThe Grey Bruce We C.A.R.E project is a portal to Mental Health agencies for Children and Youth in Grey Bruce. The Getting Help section includes a list of local agencies that support children and youth.

 

Kids Help Phone:  For kids and youth 18 and younger:  https://kidshelpphone.ca   Need help now? Text CONNECT to 686868  You can reach a Kids Help Phone counsellor 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868.   Live Chat is not available during the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

Keystone Child, Youth and Family Services is the Children’s Mental Health Agency for Grey and Bruce Counties. They provide services for children and youth 0 up to 18 years and their families. Families or individuals can self refer. Call Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Visit Keystone’s website for more information

Phone numbers:  519 371-4773 or 1-800-567-2384

 

Wes for Youth Online – WES for Youth Online provides youth with an ongoing online counselling service, giving youth an opportunity to develop a long lasting relationship with their counsellor:

  • free online counselling for youth ages 13 to 24
  • service in a timely manner to youth by self-referral
  • a one-on-one connection where youth can receive support away from the eyes and opinions of others via our safe, secure and confidential platform

 

Hope for Wellness HelplineIndigenous youth can call 1-855-242-3310 for immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention across Canada (available in some Indigenous languages). Live web chat is also available.

LGBT Youthline -  Peer Support HelpLine: Sunday-Friday 4-9:30PM EST - Text: 647-694-4275  Chat online: www.youthline.ca   Email: askus@youthline.ca 

 

Trans Youth Hotline:  24/7 1 - 877-330-6366 Trans lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support and resources they need to survive and thrive.  

COVID-19 Mental Health Hub:  by Jack.org Mental Health Resources

 

School Mental Health Resources for Students  from School Mental Health Ontario

Anxiety and Youth – Information from Anxiety Canada

Big White Wall   - Safe, judgement-free place to talk about anxiety and depression.  Includes online forums, clinical support, courses, and web based therapy.  

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

Good2Talk: A phone and texting service that offers confidential support to post-secondary students. Call 1-866-925-5454.

We Matter - We Matter is an Indigenous youth-led organization dedicated to Indigenous youth support, hope and life promotion.  https://wemattercampaign.org/ 

 

Mental Health Crisis Line of Grey Bruce: 1-877-470-5200 This line is staffed by trained volunteers, and is available to help serve people in distress or crisis. Staff are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.

 

Seven Steps to Prevent the Spread

 

 

Seven Steps to Prevent the Spread

 

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

Big White Wall   - Safe, judgement-free place to talk about anxiety and depression.  Includes online forums, clinical support, courses, and web based therapy. 

Feeling Angry -  Helpful tips from CMHA to understand and deal with anger.

BounceBack: A free, evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) program that offers guided mental health self-help supports for adults and youth 15+ using workbooks, online videos and phone coaching. Call 1-866-345-0224.

ConnexOntarioAdults and frontline workers who are dealing with the realities of COVID-19 can call ConnexOntario at 1-866-531-2600 for mental health, addictions and problem gambling support.

211 Ontario: For information and referrals for community, government, social and health services, including mental health resources across Ontario, call 211 or 1-877-330-3213. Live web chat is also available

Canadian Coalition for Seniors Mental Health: promotes the mental health of seniors by connecting people, ideas and resources.

Support and Strategies for Living with Dementia from the Grey Bruce Alzheimer Society

CMHA Grey Bruce COVID-19 Resources

Take Care of Yourself and Each Other – Fact Sheet – Public Health Ontario

Resources for Ontarians Experiencing Mental Health and Addictions Issues During the Pandemic – Ontario Ministry of Health

Taking Care of your Mental Health (COVID-19) - Public Health Agency of Canada

Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak –  World Health Organization

Coping with stress – World Health Organization

Alcohol Use During COVID-19

Cannabis Use During COVID-19

 

Seven Steps to Prevent the Spread

 

 

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