Mental Health and COVID-19

It is normal for situations like COVID-19 to affect your mental health. That’s why it is important to practice positive coping strategies and know when and where to reach out for help. Practice the following tips to take care of your mental health:

  • Try to unplug from media and find a balance.
  • Physical distancing does not mean being alone. Stay connected with loved ones via video or telephone.
  • You are not alone. Remember that it is okay to ask for help and there are online, phone, and in-person resources available to you..
  • Understand this isn’t easy and it’s okay to not be okay.
  • Take care of your body by staying active with a walk outside, while practicing physical distancing.

Below is a list of Mental Health Resources available to you.

If you are in crisis, please contact St. Leonard’s Mental Health Crisis Support Line (available 24 hours a day, every day) at 519-759-7188 or toll-free at 1-866-811-7188.

If you (or your child) are experiencing thoughts of suicide or harming yourself, please call 9-1-1.

Mental Health Resources For Everyone

Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT)
Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) is a practical, short-term program delivered online. It helps people develop skills and strategies to address symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression. It can also help people cope with situations related to COVID-19, such as isolation, pressure caring for family and community members, information overload and stress.

  • If iCBT is right for you, you will be supported by a therapist online to:
    • work through modules
    • complete readings and exercises
    • learn coping and resilience skills
  • To learn more and get services, contact either:

St. Leonard’s Community Service Mental Health Crisis Support

  • Immediate Telephone Crisis Counselling (available 24 hours a day, every day) Call 519-759-7188 or toll-free at 1-866-811-7188.

Mental Health Helpline

  • ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol, drugs, mental illness, and/or gambling. Funded by the Government of Ontario. Call toll-free at 1-866-531-2600 .

211 Ontario

  • Provides information and referrals for community, government, social, and health services, including mental health resources across Ontario. Call 2-1-1 or toll-free at 1-877-330-3213.

Canadian Mental Health Association

  • The Canadian Mental Health Association provides recovery-focused programs and services for people of all ages and their families. For free services in the City of Brantford and County of Brant, contact the Brant Administrative office at 519-752-2998 and ask for the Intake Worker on duty.

Bounce Back Program (CMHA)

  • BounceBack is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness. There is specific programming for adults 19+, youth 15-18, and care providers. Visit their website or call toll-free at 1-866-345-0224.

Telehealth Ontario

  • Telehealth Ontario provides information and advice related to all areas of health, including mental health. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Telehealth Ontario is experiencing longer than usual wait times. Call toll-free at 1-866-797-0000 and 1-866-797-0007 (TTY).

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

  • The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world's leading research centres in its field. CAMH is offering tips, coping strategies and resources for the public and health care workers on their website.

Provincial Mental Health Supports during Covid-19

  • The Ontario government is providing emergency funding of up to $12 million to immediately expand online and virtual mental health supports. Learn more in their latest news release.

Big White Wall

  • Big White Wall is an anonymous online community where members can support each other 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • You can complete a self-assessment, read recommended resources, explore a wide range of courses and utilize creative tools to help express how you’re feeling.
  • For more information visit: https://bit.ly/2yEe7Xd

6 Week Virtual Anxiety group

  • On behalf of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and the Grand River Community Health Centre (GRCHC) we are excited to offer a 6 week CBT virtual anxiety group that will be offered via ZOOM.
  • The group will start on November 5th and will be offered Thursdays from 1:00pm – 3:00 pm.
  • For more information contact Guillermo Rodriguez, M.S.W, R.S.W at 519 754 0777 EXT. 259 or by email at grodriguez@grchc.ca.

Mental Health Resources for Seniors

Seniors Mental Health Outpatient and Outreach Programs

  • St Joseph’s Healthcare provides high quality and responsive mental health care for seniors. The SJH Seniors Mental Health Outpatient and Outreach Programs are designed to serve the complex mental health concerns of seniors. Call 905-522-1155 ext. 36396.

Mental Health Resources for Children and Youth

Good2Talk

  • Good2Talk is a free, confidential service for post-secondary students in Ontario and Nova Scotia, available 24 hours a day, every day. Post-secondary students can receive professional counselling, information, and referrals for mental health, addictions, and general well-being. Call toll-free at 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868.

Kids Help Phone

  • Kids Help Phone provides free, confidential online and telephone counselling and text-based support in English and French to youth across Canada (available 24 hours a day, every day). Kids Help Phone also provides information on how to access local community support services for youth. Kids Help Phone is for children and youth ages 5 to 20. Call toll-free at 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868.

Contact Brant

  • Contact Brant is your first place to start to get community services for children and youth with emotional, behavioural or developmental concerns. They provide information about available services and resources, conduct an intake interview and refer to appropriate services, and coordinate your services. Call 519-758-8228 or email information@contactbrant.net.

Virtual ‘Drop-in’ Counselling for Brant Youth

  • It is easy to book an appointment with a councillor at Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services. Call one of the clinics below and schedule a phone or virtual appointment:
  • Charing Cross Medical
    When: Tuesdays from 10am-6pm
    Call to book: 519-304-8850
    For: children, youth up to 18 years and their families
  • Brantford Pediatrics
    When: Wednesdays from 9am-2pm
    Call to book: 519-512-0030 or text 226-450-0300
    For: children, youth up to 18 years and their families
  • Brant Mental Health Solutions
    When: Thursdays 12pm-5:30pm
    Call to book: 519-302-2300
    For: children, youth up to 18 years and their families
  • Woodview in the Square
    When: Thursdays and Fridays from 4pm-8pm and Saturdays 12pm-4pm
    Call to book: 519-752-5308 or text 226-920-4427
    For: youth 12-18 years of age

Mental Health Resources for Indigenous Peoples

Talk 4 Healing

  • Talk 4 Healing is a place where Indigenous women can seek help, support, and information about local health and wellness resources. Available 24 hours a day, every day, with services in 14 languages. Call toll-free at 1-855-554-4325.

Hope for Wellness Helpline

  • The Hope For Wellness Helpline is an immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention for all Indigenous peoples across Canada. Available in multiple Indigenous languages. Call toll-free at 1-855-242-3310 or chat online.