COVID-19
Resources & Supports

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NO B*S* FACTS ABOUT COVID-19

Coming back from COVID-19: Matt’s story
Government of Canada

Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
World Health Organization

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters
World Health Organization

LEADING CHANGE

Fight COVID Racism
Platform dedicated to tracking and reporting anti-Asian racism and xenophobia in Canada.

10 Ways to Fight for Social Justice During the Coronavirus Pandemic 
Palika Makam, Teen Vogue

What can you do to fight stigma associated with COVID-19?
World Health Organization

MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORTS

Kids Help Phone
Canada's only 24/7 e-mental health service, offering professional counselling, information, and referrals. Kids Help Phone's mandate includes former youth in care of any age.

LGBT Youthline
Confidential and non-judgemental peer support through their telephone, text, and chat services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, queer, and questioning young people.

COVID-19 Student Support Network
A space for postsecondary students to share their thoughts and feelings towards the uncertainty and stress around online learning.

Good2Talk
Free, professional, and confidential counselling support for Ontario postsecondary students.

Naseeha Youth Helpline
Peer support for Muslim youth.

COVID-19 Youth Mental Health Resource Hub
Jack.org offers this hub of resources to help you take care of yourself and look out for the people you love during this challenging time.

Be There
An engaging and comprehensive resource from Jack.org for young people to learn how to support each other through mental health.

How teenagers can protect their mental health during Coronavirus (COVID-19)
A blog post with tips and resources from UNICEF Canada.

How to Manage Return Anxiety as the Lockdown Lifts
A factsheet from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Back-to-School Mental Health Kit
Children's Mental Health Ontario

7-Day Mindfulness Journal |
Guided Activities & Meditations 
These resources designed for youth by New Leaf Foundation support mental health & wellbeing.

SELF-CARE

Meditation and Mindfulness:
Insight Timer

Free app and online community featuring guided meditations, music, and talks posted by contributing experts.

Liberate
Free meditation app for the Black, Indigenous, and people of colour community.

Yoga with Adriene
Free online movement/yoga videos.

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING

COVID-19 Psychological Support (CPS) Program for Essential & Frontline Workers
The Ontario Psychological Association and 211 Central are working together to support mental health responses for essential and frontline workers in the City of Toronto who do not have mental health coverage, are at risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace, and would like to access counselling or mental health support. Call 2-1-1 (it's free, confidential, available 27/7, and available in 150+ languages).

Cultivating Resilience in a Pandemic
Yael Melamed, psychotherapist and executive coach, offers advice for finding optimism and community in a challenging time.

Care For Your Coronavirus Anxiety
Toolkit by Shine, in partnership with Mental Health America.

How to Manage Return Anxiety as the Lockdown Lifts
A factsheet from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Mental Health & COVID-19 Pandemic
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Take Care 19 (Toronto/GTA+)
Accessible and inclusive mental health resources for coping through COVID‑19.

Togetherall (formerly Big White Wall)
Online service providing access to millions with anxiety, depression, and other common mental health issues.

Wellness Together Canada
Get connected to mental health and substance use support, resources, and counselling with a mental health professional.

Practising mindfulness can help us through the coronavirus pandemic
Kira Jade Cooper, The Conversation

9 mindfulness exercises to help you manage COVID stress
Amy Rigby, Fingerprint for Success

Supporting Learning From Home: A Guide For Families
An infographic developed by Zoom and the International Society for Technology in Education.

Learn@Home
A resource for families with children of different ages & areas of interest.

As school goes online, educators cannot forget students’ social and emotional learning
Dr. Tawanna Jones Morrison, Ms.

Parenting in the time of COVID-19
Six one-page resources for parents from the World Health Organization that cover planning one-on-one time, staying positive, creating a daily routine, avoiding bad behaviour, managing stress, and talking about COVID-19.

COVID-19 Relief Project
Parents of Black Children (York Region), funded by the Children’s Aid Foundation.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) advice for the public: Myth busters
World Health Organization

What We Know So Far About… Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Public Health Ontario

Back-to-School Mental Health Kit
Children's Mental Health Ontario

How to Manage Return Anxiety as the Lockdown Lifts
A factsheet from the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Back-to-School FAQs on Children’s Health & COVID-19
Joanna-Trees Merckx, Dimitri Van der Linden & Jay Kaufman, The Conversation

How Parents Can Be ‘Emotion Coaches’ as Kids Navigate Back-to-School During COVID-19
Dillon Thomas Browne, Heather Prime, Jennifer Jenkins & Mark Wade, The Conversation

How can we support you and your work during this time?

Do you want to learn about online tools for community engagement and public education? Do you want support in navigating our online Knowledge Hub? Do you need to access resources or evidence to support your work? Contact Kathe, our Program Director.

Do you have questions about online learning? Do you have an idea for a virtual learning opportunity or community of practice? Contact Cyril, our Learning and Development Manager.