The COVID-19 pandemic has brought on more isolation and loneliness. It is important to know that there are various resources those suffering from mental health can rely on.
For Ontario residents, BEACON digital therapy (iCBT) is now available free of charge to support Ontarians through stress and mental well-being concerns during COVID-19, funded by the Government of Ontario. To sign up for digital guided therapy please visit their website at www.info.mindbeacon.com.
Find mental health resources for children and youth:
There are mental health services for children and youth under 18 across Ontario.
Talk to or text a counselor:
For support at any time of day, children and youth can call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868 to contact Kids Help Phone. Kids Help Phone can also help you find public resources, services, and support for children and youth based on your location.
Talk or text mental health support for post-secondary students:
If you are a post-secondary student, you can use Good2Talk, a 24/7 service that offers confidential support through phone and text. Call 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868.
CAMH is also a great resource for those seeking help and for those seeking help for others. They offer many 24-hour crisis lines including:
- Distress Centres of Greater Toronto – (416) 408-4357. They provide emotional support, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.
- Distress Centres of Greater Peel – (905) 459-7777. They provide emotional support, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention.
- Hope for Wellness Helpline –1 855 242-3310 or hopeforwellness.ca. They provide immediate mental health support and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples through an online chat and phone.
- Crisis Service Canada is also a great resource for suicide prevention and support. They can be contacted by texting 45645, calling 1 833-456-4566, or their website crisisservicescanada.ca.
If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact 911 immediately or present to your nearest emergency department. If someone you know suffers from mental health or you know lives alone and is isolated, please reach out and check in on them.From everyone at JEWELL RADIMISIS JORGE LL.P., please stay safe and healthy!