Mental Health – Counselling Supports
Crisis lines – If you or someone you know is in crisis, the following phone lines remain open:
- SAVIS of Halton crisis line: 905-875-1555
- SACHA 24-hour support line: 905-525-4162
- COAST (CMHA Halton 24-hour crisis line): 1-877-825-9011
- COAST (Hamilton 24-hour crisis line): 1-844-972-8338
- ROCK crisis line (for families and children): 905-878-9785
Canadian Mental Health Association of Halton Region: CMHA Halton continues to offer free, “walk-in” counselling via telephone. Staff in Halton who need mental health supports can call the following number and they will be contacted by a counsellor within 24 business hours: (289) 291-5396
Canadian Mental Health Association of Hamilton: CMHA Hamilton typically provides counselling through a case management intake system. In response to COVID-19, the organization is offering free short term supportive counselling for all health care and social services employees working the front-lines during the health pandemic. Up to four 1 hour sessions of telephone or virtual mental health support will be offered Monday to Friday. Hamilton staff who need mental health support can call (905) 521-0090 to leave a message with their contact information. A case manager will call back within 24 business hours to connect them to their preferred option(s) for support including online resources and free counselling. This service will be available starting Monday, April 6th
Canadian Mental Health Association of Ontario: Free Bounce Back Program offers workbooks and weekly coach check-ins to help with a number of mental health issues.
Canadian Psychological Association: CPA has called upon registered psychology practitioners to donate time to provide psychological services to front line health care providers who may be feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or distressed by being on the front lines of the health crisis. Learn more here.
Distress Centre Halton: Available to all Halton residents who need support with loneliness, stress, and isolate.
- Oakville: 905-849-4541
- Burlington: 905-681-1488
- North Halton: 905-877-1211
Kids Help Phone Line: Kids can reach a counsellor 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868.
Well-Being & Mental Health
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: Tips on managing mental health during COVID-19. Click to learn more.
Crowd-sourced directory: Articles, free applications, exercise videos, creativity, online learning, and more. Click to learn more.
Hamilton Council on Aging: Resources and supports for seniors. Click to learn more.
The Happiness Lab Podcast: By Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos. Special episodes on how to maintain well-being in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Click here to listen.
Mental Health Commission of Canada: Resources to support mental health during COVID-19. Click to learn more.
School Mental Health Ontario: Tips to support student mental health during the pandemic. Click to learn more.
Western University: Department of Psychiatry has compiled a list of helpful resources for coping with the pandemic. Click to learn more.
Government of Ontario: Accessing Restricted Purpose Trust Funds during COVID-19 Pandemic. Click to learn more.
Halton Community Services Directory and Free Website Widget: Halton Community Services Directory has updated listings, service change updates and modified hours of operation for many social services in the region. Any organization in Halton can embed Halton Community Services Directory’s free widget on their website to help community members find updated services. Click to learn more.
Imagine Canada: Keeping Canadian nonprofits on track with resources, advice, and updates during the COVID-19 crisis. Click to learn more.
Innoweave Micro-Coaching Grants: All Innoweave streams will be open to micro-coaching for organizations that need urgent expert advice on any coaching stream. Apply here.
Nonprofit Ready: Free online training for the nonprofit professional. Over 500 learning resources to help you and your nonprofit do more. Click to learn more.
Ontario Non-Profit Network: Resources to help nonprofits adapt and respond to COVID-19. Click to learn more.
COVID-19 Response and Adaptation
Canadian Chamber of Commerce: COVID-19 Business Resilience, tools and resources. Click to learn more.
COVID-19 Continuity: Free resource to help build a non-profit business continuity plan. Click to learn more.
International Association of Business Communicators: Free evolving resource guide related to the global health crisis. Click to learn more.
Prosper Strategies: COVID-19 Crisis Communication Best Practices. Click to learn more.
Canada Helps: Recorded webinar about online fundraising in a virtual world. Watch here.
Fundraising during COVID-19 crisis: Compilation of resources by Imagine Canada and Grant Connect. Click to learn more.
The Sponsorship Collective: Free sponsorship resources including during times of crisis. Click to learn more.
Ahria Consulting: Recorded webinar on managing virtual teams and remote work. Watch here.
Design Better Podcast: Special guests from InVision share how they balance personal and professional demands.Listen here.
Enable Education: Five part blog and video series about onboarding employees remotely. Click to learn more.
Interreg Europe: Learn about online events, how to be a good moderator, how to create supportive presentations, and about online event tools and tech. Click to learn more.
Ontario Non-Profit Network: Recorded webinars on topics like how to run a nonprofit virtually, and managing employees and volunteers during the pandemic. Watch here.
RedBit: Resources on using cloud services. Click to learn more.
Tech Soup Canada: How nonprofits can establish effective telecommuting practices.Click to learn more.
CareMongering Facebook Support Groups: A group for sharing and organizing community resources, to ensure vulnerable community members have access to food, housing, healthcare, and other necessities. Burlington, Halton Hills, Hamilton, Milton, Oakville
How to Start a Community Pod: This toolkit helps you create a neighbourhood pod, which is a tool people are using to connect and make sure everyone’s needs are met by grabbing food, medication, or anything else that might put those who are vulnerable to COVID-19 transmission at risk. Click to learn more.