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Mental Health Resources

Recognizing we are all in this together, OTIP has compiled a list of resources to help connect you with the resources you need. Whether it is access to mental health services or crisis help lines, to tools for speaking to your children about COVID-19.  We are here to support you.

Caring for your mental well-being

To support your mental health throughout the school year, check out our Caring for your mental well-being campaign. You can access mental health-related information, resources and expert contributions.


Mental Health Organizations and Services


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Description of Service

Starling Minds Please reach out to your affiliate or local representative for your access code.

More information about the Starling Minds program can be found at

Questions about the program can be directed to
Starling Minds is a self-guided digital program that is available 24/7, private, and tailored to you. Access tools to help better manage your mental health including daily checkups, guided training sessions, and a supportive community. Based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, it can be used with medication or in-person therapy."


Protect your mental health through the COVID-19 crisis, with guidance every day from the Beacon clinical psychologist team. This support is a free digital program for all Canadians and will cover topics such as: difficulties with social isolation, supporting struggling family members and worries about financial insecurity. Protect your emotional health and regain your resilience – to successfully get through today and tomorrow.


This resource offers FAQs, helpful information on managing stress and anxiety, suggestions for quarantine and isolation and information on the stigma and prejudice that can be associated with COVID-19.


The Canadian Mental Health Association has several online resources to address anxiety and support mental health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Big White Wall

Supported by the Government of Ontario, this anonymous community allows members to support one-another while having 24 hours a day, seven days a week access to trained practitioners.  This virtual platform is a safe place to talk, share and support others like you, while gaining access to mental health resources.

Bounce Back Ontario

This free, skill-building program is designed to help adults and youth manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress and worry. Bounce Back Ontario offers online videos and over-the-phone coaching, providing tools to support you on your path to mental wellness.


FeelingBetterNow is an online resource available to eligible OTIP members that helps employees identify mental health issues. FeelingBetterNow has compiled several online resources to help OTIP members and their families during the uncertainty of COVID-19. Watch the video to learn how you can start FeelingBetterNow®.

Homewood Health

Homewood Health provides a range of mental health services to Canadians and has one of the largest mental health and addiction treatment facilities in the country. Homewood Health is operating during COVID-19 and is taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of all patients.


The Public Service Alliance of Canada offers mental health resources for people struggling with their mental health during this challenging time.

Ontario Shores

Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Services provides specialized assessment and treatment for those living with mental illness. Patients benefit from a caring environment built on compassion and hope.

Shoppers Drug Mart

Shoppers Drug Mart offers quick tips on how to cope with the mental and physical stress of COVID-19.

Wellness Together Canada Free counselling, tools and support for all Canadians. Get connected to mental health and substance use support, resources and counselling with a mental health professional.

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Mindfulness and Meditation Resources

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Mental Health/Crisis Line Telephone Services


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Description of Service

Kids Help Phone (24 Hours) 1-800-668-6868
Canada's only national support service that runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Kids Help Phone offers professional online and telephone counselling, information and volunteer-led, text-based support in English and French across Canada.


Kids Help Phone has expanded its mandate to include former youth in care of any age. 

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line (24Hours) 1-855-242-3310
Immediate, culturally competent telephone counselling, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is available in English, French and upon request in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut.
Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-0000
This free, confidential telephone service connects you to health advice or general health information from a Registered Nurse.
211 Ontario Dial 211
Call 211 to find a wide range of mental health supports available across Ontario.
Alberta Health Service – Text4Hope Program Text COVID19HOPE to 393939
This free program sends out daily messages to subscribers with advice and encouragement helpful in developing healthy personal coping skills and resiliency. There is no cost to this service, community members simply need to subscribe to the program.  
Assaulted Women's Helpline 1-866-863-0511 (Toll Free)
1-866-863-7868 (TTY)
416-863-0511 (Toronto)
This 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis line is available to all woman who have experienced abuse including. Services include counselling, emotional support, information and referrals.
Good2Talk 1-866-925-5454
Good2talk provides free, confidential support services for post-secondary students in in Ontario.
Naseeha Youth Helpline 1-866-627-3342
Naseeha Youth Helpline is a confidential helpline for young Muslims, offering immediate, anonymous and confidential support over the phone.
Trans Lifeline 1-877-330-6366
This is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans and questioning callers. It connects trans people to the community and offers support and resources that are needed to survive and thrive.
LGBT Youth Line 1-800-268-9688
Text 647-694-4275
This confidential and non-judgmental peer support operates telephone, text and chat services for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, queer and questioning young people.

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Description of Service

Employment and Social Development Canada

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada

This Government of Canada resource provides the most updated information regarding COVID-19 and the federal government’s response to aide Canadian citizens

Service Canada


Service Canada now has a dedicated number for Employment Insurance claims exclusively related to COVID-19.

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Helping young children

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Youth Resources



Description of Service

Kids Help Phone

Resources around me

This Kids Help Phone tool allows you to find youth-based resources specific to your geographic location.

Kids Help Phone

How can I cope with my feelings about the future?

Kids Help Phone offers advice about processing feelings that is written in a way that youth can relate to and will understand.


Tips on how to manage your mental health during COVID-19

Canadian Mental Health Association offers tips for youth to manage their mental health during the stress of COVID-19.

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