The current global pandemic has effected all of us to varying degrees. Social distancing requirements give some of us the feeling of being “frozen in time” while others are working long hours to ensure that essential services are still being delivered.
All mental health service providers have been tasked with providing a quick response to this crisis while adapting daily to shifting circumstances. Many of you have found creative ways to still reach out to families who struggle with additional stress and challenges of supporting a loved in in these difficult times.
More than ever, it is important for the OFCAN stakeholders to share information about plans, programming and practices that are focused on meeting the current needs of caregivers. Below you will find Covid-19 specific resources.
If you would like to have your Program and/or service included in this list, please contact us.
Managing The New Normal Action Guides – Moving Beyond the Pandemic
Life has been stressful for everyone during the pandemic and it has been difficult at times to navigate the new normal. Partners for Planning (P4P) is publishing five guides that will provide suggestions and practical tips for things families can do to be proactive and start living more intentionally. Taking a few small steps to connect, engage and try activities that bring you joy are good ways to move forward even though things are still evolving.
Government Websites & Resources
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Government of Canada Public Health
- Public Health Ontario
- Self Assessment Tool
Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care
IPFCC’s webinar “Patient- and Family-Centered Strategies in the Time of COVID-19” provides insights and hope during this stressful time. Honoring the essential partnerships we have developed with patients, families, and communities is important especially now. IPFCC reached out to patient- and family-centered leaders working in the field to identify emerging best practices and resources.
CAMH – Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic
The effort to address COVID-19 is both extremely important for us all and poses a range of challenges on individuals and families as they respond to the demands of the situation. The situation is stressful for everyone and it is normal to be anxious and worried. This site is designed to provide information and suggestions about how best to cope in this difficult time. Click here to visit the website.
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction – Impacts of COVID-19 on Substance Use
The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) has put together a suite of resources from trustworthy and credible websites and organizations in Canada and around the world on COVID-19 and substance use. To make it easy for you to navigate through this information, they have divided it into five major categories. Learn More
CCSA – Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic
CCSA is the go-to place in Canada for trusted information on COVID-19 and substance use. We have put together a suite of resources from websites and organizations from around the world, as well publications from our own experts.
Our subject-matter experts have gathered this material from sources we believe are trustworthy and credible. We have reviewed it against a set of criteria that includes alignment with evidence. Click here to visit the website.
Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support
CCSA is the go-to place in Canada for trusted information on COVID-19 and substance use. We have put We recognize the significant strain that COVID-19 has placed on individuals and families across the country. Many people are concerned about their physical and mental well being. Canadians are being challenged in a number of ways because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life. Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources to help Canadians get back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues. Click here to visit the website.
Mental Health Commission of Canada: Covid-19 Resources
Resources in response to Covid-19. Click here to visit the website.
Everything is Not OK: 74% of Ontarians experiencing increased mental health and substance use challenges during pandemic
Ontario’s leading mental health and addiction organizations are coming together to say Everything Is Not OK in a new campaign that highlights the impacts of COVID-19 on the mental health of children, youth and adults. The campaign calls for immediate action by all levels of government to reduce wait times for mental health and addiction services. Learn More