Taking care of your mental health

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The foundation for taking care of your mental health is to take care of other important areas of your life like your physical health, nutrition, and social relationships. To learn more about ways to manage these areas, and ways GBC can help, please visit our staying healthy off-campus page.

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.