Are there any innovations to support the mental health, connections, and social supports of isolated patients?Posted on by
There are a number of useful online forums, therapists, and peer groups that can be accessed online. This may be in the format of phone calls, video calls, and text services. While a number of services can be found below, many local clinics and organizations are offering alternative methods of accessing mental health support during this time. If you are aware of local mental health services and social supports , be sure to check out if there are accomodations in place. In addition, if there is a crisis, please contact a crisis line immediately or 911 if you are experiencing a medical emergency.
I. Online Social Support
- Big White Wall: 24/7 Peer to Peer online mental health support network
- Student-Senior Isolation Prevention Partnership: email firstname.lastname@example.org to refer older adults to weekly social check-in calls
- MDAO Forum: Forum to chat with others for support
- Anxious Times Support: A Drop-in Online Support Group: a free therapist-led online drop-in group, at 2pm each Thursday in April. A safe space to share, be heard, and find new ways of supporting yourself to ‘ride the waves’ during the COVID-19 pandemic
- Huddle: Free video-based peer support groups around COVID-19
- Warm Line peer support: Chat online, text or call a peer support worker. 8PM – midnight, every night; or text 647-557-5882 or call 416-960-WARM (9276)
- 7 Cups connects you to caring listeners
- for free emotional support 24/7; or be a listener for others
- Talk4Healing: culturally grounded, fully confidential helpline for Indigenous women, call 1-855-554-HEAL
- First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line 24/7 : call 1-855-242-3310
- Senior’ Centre Without Walls (SCWW): free multi-person phone conversations
- Mental Health Pandemic: Facebook group to share resources and information to help deal with our mental health during this time.
II. Mental Health Counselling
- Text4Hope: a free service providing three months of daily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)–based text messages written by mental health therapists – Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 (Canada only)
- BounceBack: Mental Health phone line support with a coach and online videos
- Good2Talk: Good2Talk provides confidential support services for post-secondary students in Ontario and Nova Scotia. This hotline is also free.
- COVID19 Therapists: Facilitating free mental health services for Ontario COVID-19 healthcare providers
- Walk-in Counselling Clinics: some are offering phone and video counselling services (check the nearest one to you)
III. Crisis Lines
- Crisis Text Line is free and available 24/7
- Canadians text “686868”
- Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a (COVID-19) Crisis Counselor
- Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
- Text, phone, chat and other forms of support for young people, 24/7 and in English and French
- Senior Safety Line: 1-866-299-1011
- Mental Health Crisis Line: 1-866-996-0991
- 24 hours a day/7 days a week crisis counselling
- Transgender Crisis Line: 1-877-330-6366
- First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line 24/7: 1-855-242-3310
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