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COVID-19 Information Sources

Service: Mental Health / Well Being and Learning Resources

Contacts
Public Comments Reliable sources of information about the COVID-19 Pandemic: 
* City of Barrie COVID-19 Information and City of Barrie Cancellations and Updates  
* Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit 
* Ontario Ministry of Health  
* Health Canada  
* Public Health Ontario Association 
 
Toll-Free Phone Numbers 
* Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: 1-877-721-7520 or 705-721-7520  
* Health Canada's Coronavirus Information Line: 1-833-784-4397
Addresses
Address & Map
Barrie, ON
Physical Access Not Applicable
Description
Description (Service) In this listing, you will find information about online Family Activities and Mental Health resources to help you through the COVID-19 pandemic  
 

Family Activities and Learning Resources

 
Barrie Public Library 
* thousands of digital resources, online activities, virtual programming and activities for all ages are available through your public library, see Barrie Public Library 
 
City of Barrie - Together at Home 
* new content each week to get you moving and spark your creativity, see City of Barrie - Together at Home 
 
YMCA at Home 
* FREE for everyone and is a virtual YMCA connecting people to at-home workouts, children’s programs and physical activity, and personal wellness resources, YMCA at Home  
 
School Boards 
* Simcoe Muskoka District School Board  
* Simcoe County District School Board  
 
Online Learning Resources 
* Ontario Government - Learn at home  
* Microsoft Family Learning Centre  
* Ophea  
* Scholastic  
* Children’s Authors Doing Online Read Alouds & Activities  
 
 

Mental Health Resources

 

Phone Support

 
Kids Help Phone  
* you can reach a Kids Help Phone counsellor 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868  
* to text with a counsellor 24/7, youth can text CONNECT to 686868, adults can text WELLNESS to 741741  
* website with resources and information  
 
Canadian Mental Health Association Simcoe County Branch 
* all services are available virtually by secure email, voice, Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) or text 
* call 705-726-5033 or 1-800-461-4319 for support  
* call Mental Health Crisis Line (Mon-Sun 24 hours) 705-728-5044 or 1-888-893-8333 for immediate mental health assistance 
 
Telecare Distress Line of Greater Simcoe 
* all services are confidential, anonymous, free and available to people 18 yrs and up  
* 24/7 Distress Lines: Barrie 705-726-7922, Orillia 705-325-9534 
 

Virtual Support

 
MindBeacon  
* BEACON digital therapy is now available free of charge to support Ontarians through stress and mental well-being concerns during COVID-19  
* helps with challenges related to Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, and Health Anxiety  
 
Stronger Minds 
* Stronger Minds by BEACON is a free digital program for all Canadians – to support mental well-being through the COVID-19 crisis 
* get guidance that’s created to help with the specific emotional well-being concerns stirred by the pandemic, through easy-to-digest resources from a team of clinical psychologists 
 
Morneau Shepell  
* a structured digital therapy program (AbilitiCBT) and helpful resources to navigate life’s challenges  
* AbilitiCBT is an internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) program that you can access from any device, any time  
* includes a special program to help you address anxiety symptoms related to pandemics: uncertainty, isolation, caring for family and community members, information overload and stress management  
* see website for more information  
 
Big White Wall 
* mental health and well-being chat service  
* safe and anonymous  
* includes online peer community support  
* a place for creative and artistic expression of emotions  
* guided support courses and tools to help with self-management  
* mental health self-assessments  
* see website for more information 
 
BounceBack - CMHA Ontario  
* a free, evidence-based skill-building program designed to help adults and youth aged 15+ manage symptoms of depression and anxiety  
* helps participants learn skills to help them deal with problems such as inactivity, unhelpful thinking, worry, and avoidance  
* one-on-one telephone coaching, workbooks, and online videos that participants can do from the comfort of their home 
* see website 
 
 

Online Resources

 
Wellness Together Canada  
* Mental Health and Substance Use Support  
* provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed  
 
Jack.org  
* Canada's only charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health  
* when you don't know what to say to a friend who doesn't seem okay, they created BeThere.org  
* teamed up with School Mental Health Ontario and Kids Help Phone to create the COVID Hub 
 
 
MindYourMind 
* resources designed to promote wellness, reduce stigma, and increase access to community supports, both professional and peer-based  
* through active engagement, best practices and technology, youth are encouraged to reach out, get help and give help  
 
Children's Mental Health Ontario - COVID-19 Resources 
* provide evidence-based tips to ensure all kids, young people and families get the mental health supports needed during this difficult time  
 
School Mental Health Ontario 
* How to support student mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic  
 
CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)  
* Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic  
* information and suggestions about how best to cope in this difficult time 
 
First Aid for Feelings  
* a workbook to help kids cope during the coronavirus pandemic  
* a free 16-page downloadable workbook available in English and Spanish  
* created by Denise Daniels, a leading child development expert, Scholastic and the Yale Child Study Center  
 
Kerry's Place, COVID-19 Resources  
 
Autism Ontario, COVID-19 Resources  
 
New Path Youth and Family Services, COVID-19 Resources 
 
Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County, Virtual Workshops and Groups  
 
Parents for Children's Mental Health Resources, COVID-19 Resources
Service Details
Legal Status (30) Provincial Government ; (40) Federal Government
Hours Hours vary
Areas Served Barrie ; Simcoe County
Eligibility Varies by website/service
Application Call or visit website for information
Languages English
Fees None
Subjects
Service Categories Distance Education ~ COVID-19 ; General Mental Health Information/Education ~ COVID-19 ; General Recreational Activities/Sports ~ COVID-19

Every effort is made to ensure that the information in this database is accurate, up-to-date and comprehensive. However, Information Barrie cannot assume liability resulting from errors or omissions. Inclusion or omission of a program or service is not a comment on its quality.