Get Real About How You Feel

Canadian Mental Health Association – Here are all-new tools and images to help you #GetReal about how you feel. Check out our School Toolkit for in-class and virtual activities. Use our ready-to-go posts and images to share how you’re feeling and support #MentalHealthWeek on social media! When we name how we feel, it helps us understand and process our emotions—which is all a part of good mental health.



New Research Reveals Impact Of COVID-19 Pandemic On Child And Youth Mental Health – SickKids-led study shows troubling impact of COVID-19 pandemic on child and youth mental health.


PAH! Virtual Services

PAH! is a children’s mental health program supporting Deaf and hard of hearing children, youth, and families as well as hearing children with Deaf parents/caregivers. They work with children from 0-18 years of age. Our services typically cover Halton and Central region.

PAH! is opening up virtual services to other regions in Ontario during this difficult time to support Deaf and hard of hearing children and youth who might not have access to other mental health supports.


Grounding Techniques

Maxine Harris says that in trauma-informed services “trust and safety, rather than being assumed from the beginning, must be earned and demonstrated over time.” Learning grounding activities can be important for staff and clients in trauma-informed organizations and systems.


9 Tips to Manage Anxiety and Stress During the Coronavirus COVID-19 Pandemic

The Treatment Specialist – How to manage coronavirus stress


How to Stay Both Mentally and Physically Active While Spending a lot of Time at Home

The Treatment Specialist – Staying active, mentally and physically, can help you cope with the effects of COVID-19.  This article by Helen Bradford gives tips on how to you can work on yourself and leave the quarantine stronger in every way.


Effects of Social Isolation Caused by COVID-19 Pandemic

The Treatment Specialist – What is Social Isolation and how does it affect us?  How to combat social isolation during the pandemic.


How to Deal with Depression During Coronavirus

For those battling depression, the Coronavirus is not just an illness. It’s a serious obstacle standing in the way of recovery.

The challenge of getting through the current situation is undeniably great. It necessitates hard work and dedication. But, with the right steps, it can be overcome.


Anxiety Canada

My Anxiety Plan (MAP) is a free personalized anxiety management plan based on cognitive-behavioural therapy. Parents / Caregivers can ‘coax’ anxious children and teens using practical tools to manage anxiety. 6 Units, 46 lessons. Scroll to bottom of page and click MAP.


Bereaved Families of Ontario – Kingston Region

BFO-Kingston is offering the following grief support groups through video conferencing and support individuals with phone conversations during this difficult time:

Please email or call 613 634 1230 to receive registration information.

Spousal-Partner Loss                            Second Thursday Monthly        6:30 p.m.

Parent (Loss of a Child)                         Second Tuesday Monthly          6:30 p.m.

Living with Loss Grief Support           Third Tuesday Monthly                6:30 p.m.

This Living with Loss group will help support attendees from all the other groups and will have multiple facilitators available to breakout  into virtual rooms.


Be Kind to Your Mind

Tips, tricks and fun from Youth Diversion to put your wellness first!



An online peer to peer support community for your mental health (Formerly Big White Wall)

Community – Share anonymously and get support from others like you.  Accessible 24/7, our site is run by registered mental health practitioners. *

Courses – Find specific courses to your concerns, Learn how to manage your mental health and feel better

Resources – Access a variety of free articles, tests and techniques to take control of your wellbeing.

Interactive PDF


Canada Life

A supplementary reference to help identify the most common signs and symptoms of mood disorders.


Canadian Addiction Counsellors

Free Addictions Counselling 9am-9pm, 7 days a week. Counselling via phone, videoconference or chat.


Children’s Mental Health

Talking to your anxious child about COVID-19.



Tips to support mental health during COVID-19.


CMHA – Mental Health Metre

Mental Health Meter – A quiz to help you reflect on your unique strengths, and identify areas where your level of mental fitness could be improved to help you cope with life’s up and downs.


CMHA – Refugee and Immigrant Toolkit

Building capacity to support the mental health of immigrants and refugees: A toolkit for settlement, social and health service providers

The toolkit is designed to provide a snapshot of essential information, tools, resources and examples of promising practices that can be integrated into the daily work of settlement, social, and health service providers across Canada, with the aim of building the capacity to better support the mental health unique needs of immigrants and refugees.


Counsellor Keri

Helping Kids who are Worried about Coronavirus.


Disease Control & Prevention

Information on stress and coping during COVID-19.


Dulwich Centre

Narrative Responses to the Pandemic
In these extraordinary times, narrative practitioners in different parts of the world are responding in diverse ways. On this page you will find narrative responses to the pandemic that have originated in Australia, Turkey, China, Brazil and Rwanda. We welcome your participation in these.


Imperfect Families

How to talk to your children about COVID-19.


Morneau Shepell (Video)

Emotional Wellbeing during COVID-19.


Once I was Very Very Scared (Video)

A little squirrel announces that he was once very, very, scared and finds out that he is not alone. Lots of little animals went through scary experiences, but they react in different ways. Turtle hides and gets a tummy ache, monkey clings, dog barks, and elephant doesn’t like to talk about it. They need help, and they get help from grown-ups who help them feel safe and learn ways to cope with difficult feelings.


Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child & Youth Metal Health

Talking to children & youth about COVID-19.


How You and your Kids can Destress during Coronavirus – Glitter Jar (Social/Emotional learning).


How Mindfullness can help Kids and Parents Weather Emotional Storms.


Psychology Today

This is the New Normal: A COVID-19 survival guide for parents of tweens and teens.


Psychology Tools (PDF)

Guide to living with worry and anxiety amidst global uncertainty.


RCMP Youth Trends report Spring 2020

The Youth Trends Report is compiled by the RCMP National Youth Services. This report aims to inform frontline officers and persons working with youth ages 13 to 21 about topics that are currently popular among this age group.


School Mental Health Ontario

Tips and resources to support student mental health during COVID-19.


Simon Fraser University

Mental health wellness tips during quarantine.


The Power of Mindfulness


The Healing Power of Dude

A useful resource for young people with anxiety.

The story line of this Netflix series of a 13 year old that suffers from social anxiety, and has help from an emotional support animal (Dude). He had been home schooled for years, and is returning to mainstream. The title is misleading because the therapeutic change that the lead character (Noah) goes through, has little to do with the therapeutic effects of an emotional support dog.

The cinematography in the series is incredible in the ways that it illustrates: cognitive distortions, assumptions, and body cues. For example, when Noah becomes anxious, the viewer will hear a heart beating fast. Another example would be, when attention is brought to him, special effects turn him into a puddle on the floor. Please keep in mind my description is not doing it justice.


When we are Scared

A free webinar about stress and trauma. The animals from the book “Once I Was Very Very Scared” are here to share their story and help others learn about stress and trauma. Through story and metaphor this webinar shares common reactions to stress and begins to talk about ways we can support healing and recovery.


Whole Child Counselling

Free resources focused on mindfulness, social stories about coronavirus and tons of activity suggestions to keep children engaged and stimulated.


Queen’s Telepsychology Services

A short-term psychological service that focuses on improving skills for coping. This service is designed for adults, children, youth and families struggling with adjustment or stress living inKingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addingston.


Your Best You: Managing Your Anxiety

Your Best You: Managing Your Anxiety was written specifically for students at Queen’s University to assist in educating about and improving practical coping skills to manage anxiety. While Queen’s students are our intended audience, we hope this resource will be shared with anyone who may benefit from its use


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