Mental Health during COVID-19

We understand that this is a challenging time for everyone and it is normal to be anxious and worried. Looking after your physical and mental health will help you and everyone around you be more resilient and in a better position to deal with this situation.

We have compiled a list of online resources that provide factual information and tips to support student, staff and parent/guardian mental health & well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Please note that it is not intended to be a resource for people who require screening for COVID-19 or are experiencing a mental health crisis. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact 911 immediately or present to your nearest emergency department.

Counselling Connect Counselling Connect provides access to same-day or next-day counselling for children, youth, adults and families


Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) have a detailed FAQs page


How to manage anxiety during the COVID-19 outbreak

A Q&A with Clinical Psychologist Dr. Brooke P. Halpern, Psy.D., J.D


COVID-19 and Mental Health @ Work

For employees experiencing worry, anxiety or stress during this outbreak, the Government of Canada’s Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace has created this resource.  


Talking to your anxious child about COVID-19          

An informative article from Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO)


How to Talk to Kids and Teens About the Coronavirus

Erin Walsh, M.A. and David Walsh, Ph.D. explain this in a detailed Psychology Today article.


How to support student mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic?

School Mental Health Ontario (SMHO) has compiled tips and resources on this topic.


Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone offers 24/7, confidential nation-wide support service. You can call them at 1-800-668-6868, text or online chat.

Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through our telephone, text and chat services. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

211 Ontario: (information on community and social services)

Black Youth Helpline: 1-833-294-8650.

Catholic Centre for Immigrants: 613-232-9634

Crossroads Children’s Centre (walk in by appointment) 613-723-1623 x232

Family Services Ottawa (counselling by phone) 613-725-3601

Immigrant Women’s Services: 613-729-3145

Inuuqatigiit Center for Children, Youth and Families

Jaku Konbit: (Black youth support group) 613-567-0600

Lesbian, Gay Bi Trans Youthline (peer support, referral & resources for youth 29 years and under).  Sunday-Friday 4:00-9:30pm, chat:, text 647-694-4275, or email: [email protected]

Métis Nation of Ontario - Community Wellness Coordinator - 613-748-1880 ex 302

Minwaashin Lodge Centre for Indigenous Women

OCISO (staff working remotely) 613-725-5671x316 or email: [email protected]

Parents Lifeline of Eastern Ontario (9:00am to 7:00pm) 613-321-3211

Rideauwood Addictions and Family Services: 613-724-4881

Somali Centre for Family Services:  613-526-2075

Wabano Centre

Walk-In Counselling Clinic offers everyone; adults, children, youth and couples, immediate and free counselling with qualified Registered Counsellors in many locations in the Ottawa area.

YouTurn Youth Support Services

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