Taking care of your mental health

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Useful Online Resources to Help You Learn About and Address Mental Health Challenges 

  • Empower yourself through education with comprehensive articles about wellness and mental health written by health professionals
  • The Coronavirus resources section is very thorough and easy to navigate with tips on staying healthy, managing stress, anxiety/depression/sleep, and managing trauma and grief/loss.
  • Blog posts and educational tools on many topics including mental health, relationships, finances, overall health and happiness, substance use
  • Offers free audio guided meditations as well
  • A comprehensive website offering many tools to help people from all ranges manage anxiety using step-by-step strategies.
  • Blog posts on anxiety-related topics including a Covid 19 section
  • Free live videos and webinars and audio resources including guided meditations
  • Develop your own anxiety plan (MAP) with their tools based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
  • Symptom checklist and information for family and friends of someone suffering with depression symptoms
  • Managing depression resources
  • Free My Path workbook to track your day to day progress

Interactive Self-help Mental Health Resources

  • Free online mental health resource provided by the Government of Canada offers:
    • Self-Assessment tools
    • Self-guided courses and apps
    • Coaching and one-on-one online counselling
  • App with self-guided CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) program for anxiety and depression, free of charge
  • Lots of informational resources and mood tracking tools
  • Mental health and substance use resources, self-assessment tools and tips and strategies

Mindfulness Apps

  • Free, range of different programs tailored to age and need (guided meditations for sleep, stress management, etc.)
  • Free, guided meditations, podcasts, and other mindfulness-based resources
  • Offering simple daily meditations, this web-based tool and iOS/Android app is designed for beginners who would like to incorporate meditation into their daily lives. Some free content.
  • Beginners and experienced meditators can use this web-based tool and iOS/Android app to access daily meditations for reducing stress and anxiety, better sleep, managing emotions, and more. Some free content.

For Ontario Residents: Free Online Expert-Assisted Mental Health Programs

Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT)

Ontario is currently offering two iCBT services for free: MindBeacon & AbilitiCBT

  • iCBT is a one-on-one therapist-supported program where interactions with the therapist are asynchronous via secure texts.
  • iCBT has been designed to help people experiencing mild to severe symptoms related to high stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and post-traumatic stress.

Self-led telephone and online support for stress, anxiety and depression

  • BounceBack is a free, self-led, skill-building program.
  • Delivered online through videos and workbooks, supported by coaches over telephone calls.
  • You’ll learn things like how to improve your mood by changing the way you think or respond to things. 
  • You can refer yourself or have a doctor refer you. If you self-refer, you will be asked to provide the name and contact details of your primary care provider.