This is not a site for personal disclosure of mental health distress, suicidal thoughts or behaviours. If you are in crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency department for assistance.

A hub of resources to help you take care of yourself and look out for the people you love during this challenging time.

COVID-19 has, and will, impact the mental health of people everywhere. Some young people who belong to certain groups (e.g. youth from low-income families, Indigenous young people, youth with illnesses, etc.) are also at-risk for being disproportionately affected by the novel coronavirus. Kids Help Phone has seen an unprecedented surge of young people feeling more stressed than usual reaching out during this global pandemic. With information on mental health and COVID-19 scattered all over the internet, finding accurate information and appropriate resources can be hard. Jack.org, School Mental Health Ontario and Kids Help Phone have partnered to bring you all the information needed in one easy-to-access hub so that youth mental health remains top of mind, and our communities are able to easily access the education, tools, support and reliable information they need. Take care of yourself, and each other.

This page is developed in partnership between Jack.org, School Mental Health Ontario, and Kids Help Phone for youth in every province and territory of Canada. Please share widely with the young people in your lives.

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Online Resources

  • Mental Health Resources for Black Youth
    Black Emotional Mental Health Toolkits and resources: https://www.beam.community/tool-kits-education

    Therapy for Black Girls: https://therapyforblackgirls.com/

    Jessica Wilson, MS. RD. https://www.instagram.com/jessicawilson.msrd/

    Dr. Mariel Buquè https://www.instagram.com/dr.marielbuque/
     
  • Get Help: Kids Help Phone's E-Mental Health Services

    Kids Help Phone is there for young people across Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can contact them 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868 or texting 686868. It’s free and completely confidential.

    If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please contact 911 or the emergency services in your area.
     

  • Get Answers: School Mental Health Ontario

    School Mental Health Ontario works together with Ontario school boards to promote student mental health. We created a page of COVID-19 resources and answers to questions specifically designed for educators, parents, family, and students.

    We recognize that this is a difficult situation and that students have many questions related to COVID-19, the impact for themselves, for schools and their friends. We also recognize that information changes frequently. What we do know for sure is that you don’t need to go through this alone, our relationships are important, we are in this together. 

    Visit smho-smso.ca.

    Twitter: @SMHO_SMSO
     

  • Provide Support: Be There by Jack.org
    Created by Jack.org, Be There is an engaging and comprehensive online resource that teaches us all how to support someone who might be struggling with their mental health. The five Golden Rules are easily adapted to any situation, so even if you're in self-isolation or unable to be physically present with someone, you can still learn how to be there for them.

    Visit BeThere.org.

    Social Media: @jackdotorg
  • Tips and Tricks: COVID-19 and Mental Health
    As a mental health organization, we’re acutely aware of the impact that COVID-19 will have on the mental health of many in our community. Feelings of distress, fear, and anxiety are normal responses to COVID-19 and the impact it may have on our local and global communities. Please remember that we need to care for our mental health just as we do our physical health. Let’s take action to look out for ourselves and the people we love. This article compiles some tips on how we can best look out for both our mental and physical health as we navigate tough times, together. 

    Read the full article here.
  • Get Informed: Kids Help Phone’s Free Resources

    Kids Help Phone is sharing resources for supporting your mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health during the coronavirus outbreak. Visit KidsHelpPhone.ca/COVID19 for tips, info, interactive tools and more. Remember, you’re never alone!

  • Virtual Jack Talk

    Jack.org created the Virtual Jack Talk to ensure young people continue to have access to first-rate mental health education during isolation. As a new addition to the Jack Talks program, the Virtual Jack Talk uses peer-to-peer education to teach young people how to identify signs of struggle, how to look out for themselves and one another, and how to access support. We offer two versions of the Virtual Jack so that anyone seeking mental health education for themselves, their families, or their students has an option!

    jack.org/virtualtalk

  • Anti-Racism Resources
    Jack.org stands in solidarity with our Black colleagues, network members, and youth across Canada and beyond. And we recognize that allyship is the ongoing practice of standing up against anti-Black racism every day in all of our actions.As a starting point, we have compiled a list of useful resources for understanding this moment. If there are resources or services that you would like included, please get in touch.

    jack.org/antiracismresources
  • Self Care: Apps

    Many app-based service provides are opening their digital doors to us for free during the quarantine period. Here are a few of our favourites:

    The DoYogaWithMe app is offering two free months of membership for those quarantined by the coronavirus.

    The Headspace meditation app is currently offering free content called "Weathering the Storm" for anyone. Right now, all the content is free to access for all K-12 educators, administrators and school support staff. 

    The Youper app is an "emotional health assistant". The free version uses AI technology to provide you with a chatbot that walks you through cognitive behavioural therapy practices to improve your mental health.

    The Nike Training Club app has always been free, but now offers COVID-19 related fitness and nutrition advice in its in-app community. 

    The Houseparty app is free and let's you play games and connect with your people in realtime. 

    The Netflix Party extension on Google Chrome provides chat options while you simulatenously stream a Netflix favourite with your pals.

  • Self Care: A Class a Day

    Mondays: 
    Start the week off with a meditation session led by Surf the Greats
    Join Wavelength at 10:00 AM EST on Zoom Web Studio! All required info here.
    Make sure to download the Zoom app ahead of time!
    You can also call in by dialing:
    1 647-735-9663‬ PIN: ‪239 082 911‬#
    *Pssst...they also offer a feel-good yoga class on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Info here.

    Tuesdays: 
    Enjoy a lunchtime pick-me-up with Arkells as they teach you to play/sing one of their songs and chat with various Canadian greats (eg. Tessa Virtue, Ron MacLean, Lights)
    Join here at 1:00 PM EST.

    Wednesdays: 
    Get your adrenaline pumping with a full body workout with Hayley and Kevin of Barry's Bootcamp. 
    Join at 10:45 AM EST.

    Thursdays: 
    Head to TikTok for EduTok Thursdays: where they're teaming up with the likes of Dr. Phil, Bill Nye, and the WHO for thoughtful conversations, advice, and life tips.
    Join at 8:00 PM EST.
    Link to the live stream posted on the TikTok app each day.

    Fridays:
    Have an at-home dance party and tune into Billboard's Live-At-Home Series, where huge artists are performing from their homes. 
    Join here at 5:00 PM EST.

    Saturdays: 
    Try a unique, fun movement session with Misfit Studio.
    Join here at 1:00 PM EST.

    Sundays:
    Settle down for the week with some yoga by Power Yoga Canada. 
    Join here for any of the 8 different classes offered from 6:00 AM to 8:30 PM EST.

    Ongoing:
    The YMCA has a YouTube channel called YMCA At Home that offers free exercise videos for people at all levels.

  • Get Help: LGBT Youth Line

    Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through telephone, text and chat services. Read about their service offerings during COVID-19 here.

  • Get Informed: Mental Health 101
    Mental health, like physical health, is a key component of what makes us well. We can think of mental health like we think of physical health, but where physical health refers to our bodies, mental health refers to our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours.

    Mental health is often thought of as only being applicable to the 1 in 5 people who experience mental illness, but that's not the case. The reality is that 5 in 5 people have mental health, and we all need to take care of our mental health and look out for one another. We all have mental health. Whether you are part of the 1 in 5 or not, you need to be a part of this conversation.

    Learn the basics here.
  • Get Informed: Center for Addictions and Mental Health
    The Center for Addictions and Mental Health has compiled useful information about mental health in the age of coronavirus, including a guide on how to talk to your children about the virus and its impact. 

    They also provide an online stress test you can use to assess your wellbeing right now. You can take the test here.
  • COVID-19 Information: Health Canada and WHO
    The Health Canada website has tons of reliable information on Canada's response to COVID-19, situation updates, and a self-assessment tool that's free and easy to use. You can also access tips on how to best self-isolate at home here

    The World Health Organization is constantly updating their site with information and advice. You can also sign up for COVID-19 updates from the World Health Organization through WhatsApp
     
  • Get Help: We Matter - Indigenous Youth Support

    We Matter is an Indigenous youth-led and nationally registered organization dedicated to Indigenous youth support, hope and life promotion. https://wemattercampaign.org/
  • Get Help: Wellness Together Canada

    Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources to help Canadians with their health and wellness during stressful times. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues. https://ca.portal.gs/

    Wellness Together Canada offers the following at no cost to Canadians:

    1. Wellness self-assessment and tracking.
    2. Self guided courses, apps, and other resources.
    3. Group coaching and community of support.
    4. Counselling by text or phone.

     

  • Get Informed: Movember Conversations
    Movember Conversations gives you practical guidance on how to support the men in your life who might be struggling.

    This interactive tool lets you experiment and practice questions and responses, giving you the skills and confidence to approach difficult conversations.

    https://conversations.movember.com/

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  • Get Help: More Mental Health Resources
    Children's Mental Health Ontario agencies are open and providing support via phone and virtually during the COVID-19 response. You can find a centre in your community here. They also have a list of COVID-19 resources for families here.

    Foundry is working to make sure all young people in British Columbia can get the care and support they need, when they need it. They're now offering virtual drop-in counselling sessions by voice, video and chat to young people ages 12-24 and their caregivers! Call 1-833-FØUNDRY (that’s FØUNDRY with a zero! or 1-833-308-6379) to book an appointment. If you’re in Vancouver and need a local number, you can call 604-283-2234. They have also published a guide to COVID-19 for youth and published a list of available resources here.

    mindyourmind.ca has a comprehensive list of mental health phone services here.

    The Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa continues to provide mental wellness and outreach services at this time. The clinic is open 9 am to 5:30 pm, Monday to Friday. They ask that you call ahead before coming to our walk-in clinic: 613-758-5999.

    Kids Help Phone has a Resources Around Me tool to help you discover mental health resources in your region. 

    Jack.org's Find Support page contains a list of resources available by province and territory.

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