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Mental Health and Wellness Supports During the COVID-19 and Coronavirus Outbreak

Mental Health and Wellness Supports During the COVID-19 and Coronavirus Outbreak

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This tipsheet provides a listing of active mental health service providers and family mental health and wellness supports. Meditation and mindfulness apps and websites offering both free and fee-based content may also support the entire family during this uncertain time.

Family Mental Health and Wellness Supports

The Whole Family

  • Chai Lifeline Canada: A list of resources, tips and daily schedules of events for families to participate in, created for the community impacted by childhood illnesses.
  • Mindfulness Mondays with CAMH: Free online mindfulness sessions for caregivers and loved ones in the developmental disability community, regardless of age.
  • CAMH Mental Health Tips during COVID 19: General information about COVID-19 and tips to help combat stress, anxiety, stigma and isolation. 


Live Counselling for Children

  • Kids Help Phone: Provides counselling via phone, text and live chat to children and youth and parents. Online resources also available. 24hrs per day support. Contact Number: 1-800-668-6868.
  • What’s Up Walk-In: Counselling platform varies by location. Please check the website to learn more about what is offered at the service provider nearest you. Contact Number varies by service provider.
  • Gerstein Crisis Centre:Provides crisis intervention to individuals older than 16 years in Toronto. Contact Number: 416-929-5200.
  • LGBT Youth Line: Online peer support by and for people 29 and under. Contact number: 1-800-268-9688 or text 647-694-4275.



Helpful Meditation and Mindfulness Apps and Websites

  • Virtual Forest Therapy Walks: Guided virtual walks are opportunities to connect to others, self, and nature.
  • Insight Timer: A free app targeting anxiety and stress relief.
  • Calm: Free supports and 10-minute meditations live streamed on Mondays and Fridays on Facebook and Youtube. An app is also available. 
  • Smiling Mind: A free body scanning and mindfulness app for children and adults.
  • Three Good Things: A Happiness Journal: A free App to encourage children and adults to journal about moments that increase happiness. 
  • Headspace: Offering free “Weathering the Storm” content geared towards children and adults through a website and app. There is free and purchasable content in the app version. Headspace for Kids is also available here.
  • Mindful Powers: A free app that introduces mindfulness for children, with some purchasable content.
  • Cosmic Kids: A free 14-day trial yoga and mindfulness app for children. A Youtube channel is also available.

Additional Mental Health Supports 

  • Distress Centres of Greater Toronto: A 24-hour crisis and distress line, which offers emotional support, crisis intervention, suicide prevention and linkage to emergency help if necessary. Contact Number: 416-408-HELP (4357).
  • Telehealth Ontario: Nurses will provide answers to health-related questions with the appropriate care via telephone, or will connect you to an appropriate health professional. Contact Number: 1-866-797-0000.
  • The 519’s Emotional Self Care Resources: Resource guides for LGBTQ2S communities in different languages.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis please go to your nearest hospital emergency department.

We encourage you to visit our website to access all of our COVID-19 or Coronavirus specific family tip sheets.

This tipsheet belongs to a set of specialized resources for the COVID-19 and Coronavirus outbreak period. If you are looking for other family resources that have to do with childhood disability, please visit

Created by the Social Workers and Family Support Specialists at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital on April 1 2020. Updated April 27, 2020.

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