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COVID-19 Mental Health Resources

COVID-19 is the name of the virus that led to the global pandemic that started in March 2020.

Below are mental health resources that pertain to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our well-being.

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APA: Coping from the Healthcare Provider's Perspective Learn More

How the world’s psychologists are tackling COVID-19 by sharing their insights and working together, psychologists are helping the public, health care workers, colleagues, and others cope with the pandemic.

Campus Mental Health in Times of COVID-19 Pandemic: Data-Informed Challenges & Opportunities Learn More

Survey results share webinar perceptions of student mental health from the perspective of campus mental health service professionals, administrations and student affairs administrators. This report presents synthesized perspectives on crisis management, how to respond to most vulnerable students, ensuring accessibility, inclusion and ethos of social justice from multiple perspectives. 

Psychological Safety Resources For Leaders During COVID-19 Learn More

COVID-19 has changed our workplaces, possibly forever. In addition to the many physical safety considerations and risks it presents, it has also magnified the importance of mental health. Employers should identify and address any new psychosocial risks that have emerged as a result of COVID-19. Employers should consider their specific obligations under disability accommodation, workplace safety insurance and occupational health and safety laws as psychological stress and mental disabilities may be work-related.

Psychological Support Toolkit for Workers During COVID-19 Learn More

Now, more than ever, it is crucial to know how to protect yourself from the psychological impacts of Covid-19, detect deteriorating mental health and wellness, know how to get help, and build up and promote your personal coping and resiliency so you can manage better in your workplace and at home. This toolkit is designed to help you with these things, and above all, connect you with support from friends, family, co-workers, and mental health professionals.

Strengths-Based Actions to Maintain Wellbeing in Times of COVID-19 Learn More

This paper argues that by using our strengths, we can enhance our psychological immunity through pragmatic actions to enhance our daily wellbeing. More importantly, we can reframe and reappraise challenges to build perspective in dealing with global crises such as pandemics and disasters.

Supporting the Wellbeing of Mental Health Providers in COVID-19 Learn More

Practical tips and guidelines direct service providers may implement to help reduce stress and associated negative outcomes and links to support services and guidelines aimed at preventing mental health challenges and burnout of direct service providers in Ontario. 

A Practical Evidence-Based Self Help Program for COVID-19-Related Worry and Anxiety Learn More

A 6 session selfhelp program to help individuals cope with anxiety, worry, low mood, and low motivation during the pandemic. 

7 ways employers can support working parents during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak Learn More

For many children, COVID-19 means having to cope with disrupted education, family illness and loss of household income – things that disproportionately affect girls and boys from the poorest families.

This article lists seven ways employers can support parents working to care for themselves, their children and their families during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coronavirus: Mental Health Coping Strategies Learn More

The coronavirus can significantly affect mental health for everyone, but especially for those with mental illness. Both the anxiety of contracting the disease as well as the increase in loneliness and isolation can worsen and trigger symptoms.

Acknowledging, recognizing and acting on mental distress in these uncertain times is key to lessening the impact. This article includes mental health coping strategies.

Guide to Student Mental Health During COVID-19 Learn More

A guide for students to identify if they are struggling, tips for self-care and where they can find support. 

What Psychological Safety Looks Like in a Hybrid Workplace Learn More

The authors suggest a series of five steps to create a culture of psychological safety that extends beyond the work content to include broader aspects of employees’ experiences.

How to Foster Psychological Safety in Virtual Meetings Learn More

This article offers tips for how team leaders can use the functions on online platforms to overcome this barrier and make virtual meetings more productive. 

Return to the Workplace: A psychological toolkit for heading back to work Learn More

This toolkit aims to take a meaningful approach in offering guidance on how to support mental health concerns with respect to the pandemic for a variety of organizations. The suggestions provided are meant to enhance the supports available to individuals during this challenging transition. 

The COVID-19 Return to Work Guide for Canadian Organizations Learn More

As a Canadian business, you may be either thinking of reopening or starting to prepare to open. There are many mandatory, provincial and federal regulations you must follow to eliminate the risk of COVID-19 infections in your workplace. Some questions surrounding safety that you may be asking, in this guide, we walk you through the answers to these questions with some of the steps you must take.

Guidelines for Building Mental Health into Operations During a Pandemic Learn More

These guidelines were inspired by the need that many organizations have been facing, to ensure that employers and workers have the right tools in place to protect the mental health of workers in unexpected or uncertain times. 

Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic Learn More

It is normal to be feeling increased levels of stress and anxiety due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. If you’ve been getting by but don’t feel like things are getting better, try incorporating some of the coping tools on this site into your routine.

Resources for Health Care Workers During COVID-19 Learn More

To support patients and their families, it’s important that you also take care of yourself. CAMH provides access to mental health and addiction supports for health care workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes access to resources, psychotherapy and psychiatric services. 

A Tool to Promote Psychological Safety During and After COVID-19 Learn More

An approach to mitigate a “parallel pandemic” of emotional harm is to ensure that patient and workforce safety and QI initiatives explicitly ensure psychological safety and promote empathy. 

A Guide to Promoting Healthcare Workforce Wellbeing During and After the COVID-19 Pandemic Learn More

This guide provides ideas and lessons learned to improve the well-being of the health care workforce, including actions that individuals, leaders, and organizations can take to support the health care workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. 

Digital Wellness: Your Playbook for Thriving in the Remote Work Era Learn More

This guide is for business leaders and employees who want to explore a better way to work in this new digital world. Digital Wellness is no longer a luxury in the workplace; it is a business and lifestyle imperative for organizational performance.

The trajectories of depressive symptoms among working adults during the COVID-10 pandemic Learn More

This longitudinal study examines the mental health trajectories of a sample of employed adults in Hamilton, Ontario during the initial lockdown and after the re-opening following the first wave in Canada.