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The following resources may be helpful to you, your clients and your practice.

General (Free) Mental Health Resources | Ressources générales (gratuites) en santé mentale

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Wellness Together Canada is a mental health and substance use website to support people across Canada and Canadians living abroad in both official languages. We provide the following resources for you at no cost:

  • Immediate text support
  • Information and videos on common mental health issues
  • Mental wellness programs you can do on your own and with coaching
  • Monitored communities of support
  • Individual phone, video, and text counselling

This online service was launched in response to growing mental health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wellness Together Canada is a Health Canada funded project that is a partnership among Stepped Care Solutions, Kids Help Phone and Homewood Health – three of Canada’s leading and most innovative mental health organizations.


Free COVID-19 Resources from The Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI).


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AbilitiCBT is FREE if you live in Ontario or Manitoba, thanks to our partnership with the provincial government. If you live in another province, AbilitiCBT is like other benefits. For more information, contact your benefits or insurance provider. Sign up to try our cognitive behavioural therapy app for free today: myicbt.com

Feeling anxious? Sad? Not yourself? AbilitiCBT’s goal is to offer help and guidance when and where you need it. AbilitiCBT is cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) guided by a therapist through a digital platform accessible from your smartphone or tablet.


We at, Pay What You Can Peer Support (PWYCPS), www.paywhatyoucanpeersupport.com, have received new funding and will be hosting a number of virtual peer support sessions each moderated by a professional facilitator (Licensed Therapists/MSWs/Counsellors). Geared to those in the Ottawa area who have been particularly impacted by the pandemic these virtual peer support groups begin the week of July 19th 2021, so next week.

While our usual model is a pay what you can system, these particular sessions have been fully funded by a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation – https://www.ocf-fco.ca/.

Please check out the sessions you think may benefit from.

https://www.paywhatyoucanpeersupport.com/ottawa-peer-support-groups

https://www.paywhatyoucanpeersupport.com/mental-health-peer-support-groups-ottawa

https://www.paywhatyoucanpeersupport.com/essential-workers-peer-support-groups

For your particular association this group is specifically targeted to CCPA members: https://www.paywhatyoucanpeersupport.com/essential-workers-mental-health-professionals

This group is running the following days and times:

Mental Health Care Giver Peer Support;  Hailey

Sunday July 25th at 4:30pm
Sunday August 15th at 4:30pm
Sunday September 5th at 4:30pm


Childhood Trauma & Attachment

After over a decade of developing expertise in the area of trauma and attachment, the George Hull Centre for Children & Families is proud to announce the official launch of the Institute of Childhood Trauma & Attachment on June 14th, 2021. This coincided with the highly successful Institute-hosted Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy conference that was held June 14 – 16th.

Since its formation in September 2019, the Institute has been elevating practice in child and youth-serving sectors by ensuring excellence in clinical practice, leading training and conferences, and by furthering research. All with the goal of improving the lives of traumatized children and their families.

The Institute’s staff and advisory board include leaders in their fields; Dr. Dan Hughes, founder and developer of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Dr. Faye Mishna, former Dean and current professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto, Dr. Jim Worling, Clinical and Forensic Psychologist specializing in adolescents who sexually offend, Dr. Sian Phillips, Psychologist and DDP trainer, and Institute Director, Leticia Gracia, an MSW,​ who has a background in developing and implementing high quality clinical programs to treat the most complex of cases.

“We are thrilled to be able to be in the unique position of being able to develop innovative approaches to identifying trauma, such as the Child and Adolescent Screener for Traumatic Exposure and Response (CASTER®), develop and test best practices to better identify and treat traumatized children and families in our centre, and bring these best practices to other organizations and clinicians.” Leticia Gracia, Director of the Institute of Childhood Trauma & Attachment

To see the Institute’s lighthearted launch video with key personnel and their pets click here.

www.georgehullcentre.ca/institute/

Questions can be directed to Institute Communications Specialist Janine Framst at [email protected].

No More Waitlists (NMWL)

No More Wait Lists is an innovative Canadian platform that is breaking new ground by connecting individuals and their families to select mental health professionals without wait lists.

Mental health professionals will have fair access to new clientele. Signing up is FREE for individuals and businesses, no referral fees.

Be part of the solution by downloading their mobile application and registering HERE under the Mental Health Category.

If you have any further questions, please contact them at [email protected].

Queer and multilingual resources | Ressources Queer et multilingues

Multilingual resources: Find mental health supports HERE (stress, mental health challenges, addiction or other barriers). “Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre  provides access to resources to support culturally safe and competent mental health care for Canada’s diverse population.”


Ottawa: LGBT2SQ+ Single Session Counselling Service is being offered by virtually. This counselling service is designed for LGBT2SQ+ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirit and queer) by trained counsellors from the LGBT2SQ+ community.
For appointments, email [email protected]
For more information, visit https://buff.ly/2Qjg4h1


Click here to learn more about the ”60 Digital Resources for Addressing Substance Use Disorders, Addiction and Recovery”. “This guide details types of addictions, offers sources of support for families and professionals, and offers a number of resources geared towards specific populations such as teens and LGBTQ+”.


Available in french/ Disponible en français.
Interligne is a first response centre that provides help and information to those concerned with sexual orientation and gender diversity. Because our services are accessible 24 hours/day, we are able to offer support to the LGBTQ+ communities, their friends and family and to service providers in the health, education and social service sectors. Through our outreach and awareness activities, we also promote greater openness to LGBTQ+ realities.

Addiction

Click here to learn more about the ”60 Digital Resources for Addressing Substance Use Disorders, Addiction and Recovery”. “This guide details types of addictions, offers sources of support for families and professionals, and offers a number of resources geared towards specific populations such as teens and LGBTQ+”.


Click here for more information on addiction in Canada and to learn more about the different challenges and resources. You will find free online information about the different aspects of drug and alcohol addiction.


Click here to learn more about Alcohol Rehab Help. “Alcohol Rehab Helps is an informational web guide created for people struggling with alcohol use disorders (AUD) and co-occurring mental health disorders”.
Check out their webpage on Alcoholism in Canada.


Click here for to learn more about Addiction Group. “Addiction Group is dedicated to help individuals suffering from substance abuse and prevent new cases through credible information and spreading awareness to as many as we can reach. Every fact-based piece of content is written by journalists or medical professionals”.
Check out their new College Drug Statistics page which also provides “information regarding college substance abuse and how to prevent addiction”.


DrugRehab.com – An Informational Resource for Those who are Affected by Alcohol and Drug Dependence. This website provides extensive information on a multitude of addictions as well as various types of recovery options.


Entering treatment is only the beginning of a new life in recovery, but it can be challenging if you’re not sure what life skills will help you remain sober. This resource will provide a comprehensive guide about certain life skills that can help those with addictions during times of struggle. Click HERE to read more on 7 key life skills for people in recovery.


Enrolling in college life is supposed to be a bright period, full of new emotions, insights, and experiences. For many students, this is the first opportunity to leave home for a long time. Besides, young people are in an eternal search, trying to fit in, get to know themselves, feel all sides of a free life. It doesn’t always end well. Substance abuse is one of the biggest challenges for each college.  Learn more here.

Overdose | Surdosage
« International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held on 31 August each year that aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug-related death. » www.overdoseday.com

Awareness resources on opioids and toolkit ( Opioids 101, fact sheets, prevention and stigma, etc.) https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/substance-use/problematic-prescription-drug-use/opioids/toolkit/awareness-resources.html

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction https://www.ccsa.ca/
(French only) INSPQ – Centre d’expertise et de référence en santé publique : https://bit.ly/3jwc4pX
Workshops | Ateliers

The Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute (CTRI) provides resources and training in the areas of mental health, trauma, addictions, and more. We have a variety of open enrollment workshops happening across Canada in 2020, as well as a multitude of free resources, including webinars, resource manuals, video training, and posters/handouts.


Inclusiveness | Inclusivité

WORK & Abilities is a publicly funded initiative aiming to offer tools to facilitate the work integration, business start-up or training of clients who need added means to face professional challenges caused by their physical, mental or intellectual state.Through WORK & Abilities, you can benefit from targeted tools like assistance and financial support. You have FREE ACCESS to

• information about financial assistance possibilities for their clients;
• assistance for their clients’ needs assessment;
• assistance for action plans development;
• assistance throughout the application process;
• project coordination, as an example for group integration projects that include adapted training with internships in the workplace


Movember and male resources | Movember et ressources pour hommes

Heads Up Guys:  Men’s depression website funded by UBC and Movember and dedicated to supporting men battling depression, as well as their friends and families.


Grief | Deuil

MonDeuil.ca is an online support tool for Francophones who are grieving or supporting someone who is grieving. It is a free online resource to help people work through their grief from the comfort of their own home, at their own pace. It was developed by family members who’ve “been there,” and grief experts to complement existing community resources and help address the lack of grief services particularly in rural and remote areas. It is also an education tool for healthcare providers. For more information: [email protected]
MonDeuil.ca is also available in English at MyGrief.ca.


Articles about grief in times of COVID:
Coping with Depression After a Loved One’s Death
Grieving Alone and Together: Responding to the loss of your loved one during the COVID-19 pandemic
How to Cope With the Physical Effects of Grief
Anticipatory Grief and Mourning


Managing Grief for Students. Your Mental Health Matters – This article aims to help students not only understand grief but also find out which organizations they can contact, when in need of help.

Youth | Jeunesse

Canadian Virtual Hospice launches vivreAfond.ca – New, free digital health tool to support young adult Francophones living with advanced illness

“My friends don’t want to talk about the fact that I’m scared that I’m going to die, they don’t want to hear about it, it’s not going to happen but it is going to happen and I want to talk about it.” – Jayda Kelsall

vivreAfond.ca was developed by young adults living with advanced illness to shatter the silence and inform, educate and support other young people with life-limiting diagnoses, their family and their friends. It is also a resource for healthcare providers to improve their capacity to understand the unique needs of young adults with advanced illness and deliver quality care. On vivreAfond.ca, 14 young adults living with advanced illness share deeply personal stories to help other young people. Their stories deal with the following topics pursuing education and careers, navigating impacts on sexuality and fertility, managing relationships, decisions about their care or treatments, dealing with symptoms and, confronting end of life. Leading health experts from Canada and the U.S. have also contributed content to the site.

vivreAfond.ca was developed in collaboration with Young Adult Cancer Canada, Hope & Cope and Team Shan Breast Cancer Awareness for Young Women. Funding for vivreAfond.ca was provided by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Thomas Sill Foundation.

vivreAfond.ca is also available in English at LivingOutLoud.Life.

For more information: [email protected]


Veterans | Vétérans

A PTSD Self-Test for Veterans: More veterans are becoming aware of their PTSD, and we have created this self-assessment to help them through the healing process.


Substance Abuse in Veterans: A Guide for 2020: Click here for more information and resources regarding substance abuse for veterans.


Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health (JMVFH): The aim of this new open-access journal is to maximize the health and social wellbeing of military personnel, Veterans, and their families by disseminating world-class research to a broad international and multidisciplinary readership of researchers, practitioners, administrators, and policy makers. The cutting edge nature of research published in JMVFH enables clinicians working to address particular challenges, establish best practices and share preliminary results from new therapies that will lead to the next great breakthroughs.