At CMHA Toronto, we are committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of every staff member, student, volunteer, service user, and family member that we work with. With the amount of information and attention on COVID-19, we understand it can be overwhelming to find credible and accurate information, causing feelings of distress, fear and anxiety.
It is our goal to protect the mental health of our community. This is why we’ve compiled a list of resources from trusted government officials, healthcare professionals and mental health organizations to help you navigate the available information.
If you or someone you know is in crisis call 911 or visit your local emergency room immediately.
For immediate mental health support via phone or online/text, please contact:
- Gerstein Crisis Centre (24/7 support) – CALL: 416-929-5200
- Distress Centres of Greater Toronto (24/7 support) – CALL: 416-408-4357 or TEXT: 45645
- Kids Help Phone (24/7 support) – CALL: 1-800-668-6868 or TEXT: 686868
- Progress Place Warm Line (support from 8pm-12am) – CALL: 416-960-9276
- WoodGreen Crisis Outreach Service for Seniors (support from 9am-5pm for people 65+) – CALL: 416-217-2077
- Big White Wall (24/7 support) – online
- Stella’s Place – BeanBagChat (support from 12pm-9pm Monday-Thursday and 4pm-9pm Friday and Sunday for people aged 16-29) – download the “BeanBagChat” App
Our trusted CMHA branches and community partners have created a variety of tips, tools and information to protect your mental health during this difficult time:
- CMHA Ontario provides five key mental health tips for individuals who may be experiencing increased stress and anxiety.
- The Canadian Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has put together evidence-based tips and information to help you manage your mental health.
- The Mental Health Commission of Canada has compiled the following tips to help Canadians protect their mental health as they strive to safeguard their physical well-being and that of their loved ones.
- Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) has created tips to talking to your anxious child about COVID-19.
For free at-home activities for individuals and families:
- Supplementary resources for elementary and secondary students to practice math and literacy skills and learn at home:
- Free webinars to help address the impact COVID-19 has on our work and well-being:
- Mental Health Works (4 webinars – March 26, April 2, April 6, April 15)
- Printable colouring sheets:
- Virtual museum tours from:
- At home, no-equipment workouts:
If you’re experiencing health issues unrelated to coronavirus and need to see a medical professional, free telemedicine services (OHIP covered) are available to get a better understanding of your symptoms from your home:
If you think you or someone you know may be experiencing symptoms of coronavirus, use the Ministry of Ontario’s self-assessment tool to determine if you need to seek further medical care:
For current public health updates and information regarding COVID-19, please visit:
- Toronto Public Health– City of Toronto information
- Ontario Ministry of Health– Provincial information
- Health Canada– Federal information
- World Health Organization– Worldwide information
For education on how to best protect yourself from coronavirus, please visit:
- Public Health Canada: Know the Difference: Self-monitoring, Self-isolation, and Isolation for COVID-19
- World Health Organization: Busting myths about COVID-19
- Public Health Ontario: How to properly wash your hands and use hand sanitizer
- Public Health Ontario: How to properly self-isolate
- Public Health Ontario: Self-isolation: Guide for caregivers, household members and close contacts
- Canadian Psychological Association: (page 2-3) Understanding social distancing and flattening the curve
This page will be updated regularly as new information and resources become available.