Coping with COVID-19: Mental Health Resources for Healthcare Workers
During COVID-19 healthcare workers have experienced extraordinary circumstances with significant effects on their mental health.
These mental health resources aim to help healthcare workers to support their own mental and physical health.
This list includes resources that are:
- evidence-based and electronically delivered
- developed with feedback from healthcare workers
Psychological Support | support delivered by a mental health professional
Canadian Psychological Association
The CPA provides a contact list of licensed psychologists offering free therapy in a variety of languages to frontline health care providers in Canada. Calls will be returned within 24 hours.
St. Joe’s Mental Health Services for Healthcare Workers
St. Joe’s connects healthcare workers with their local network of trained mental health clinicians through an online or phone referral process.
MindBeacon offers online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), personalized therapist-guided mental health resources for health care workers and residents of Ontario.
MindShift™ CBT by Anxiety Canada
Mindshift™ CBT is a self-directed cognitive behavioural therapy app developed to reduce anxiety and promote mindfulness. Users listen to pre-recorded guided relaxation and mindfulness meditations.
Psychoeducation | activities providing mental health education and information
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
CAMH provides a suite of resources to support health care workers and their families. Resources include self-care tools, virtual care and professional help groups.
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
The Health Care Worker Assist program offers healthcare workers rapid access to mental health resources that enhance resilience and reduce symptom burden.
Homeweb Health offers online tools specific to long term care workers, including self-directed resilience training, a health and wellness library and e-courses. Resources include a toolkit for LTC educators to support the mental health of their teams.
Mind-body | physical interventions for mental relaxation
A mobile app that connects health care workers with online yoga, HIIT, meditation, Barre and pre-natal yoga sessions (free through January 2022).
Resilience Recharge by AvantAge© Ontario
An online collection of recorded 30-minute sessions focusing on movement, breathing and mindfulness techniques for health care workers. Each week follows a different theme.
Workplace | mental health initiatives facilitated in the workplace
ECHO Care of the Elderly
for LTC: COVID-19
A series of videos for leaders, managers, staff and team members to work through in order to build resilience and strengthen long-term care teams. Videos address burnout, loneliness, isolation, anxiety and stress.
Workplace Strategies for Mental Health
A series of facilitated workplace psychological workshops complete with guides and handouts. There is also a mental health awareness email series.
LTC+ Acting on
A collaborative of over 1500 retirement and long-term care homes across Canada, the LTC+ program focuses on creating pathways for teams to connect and learn from one another. Teams participate in webinar learning series, national huddles and peer support.
If you, a loved one or colleague is experiencing a mental health crisis, please seek help immediately through COAST by calling 905.972.8338 or 9-1-1