IMPORTANT NOTE: Services may be impacted in response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Contact agencies or programs listed on this page prior to visiting in person to receive up to date information on their services (eg. wait times, hours of operation etc…).

COVID-19 Information Sources

Service: Mental Health / Well Being and Learning Resources

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
Address & Map
Barrie, ON
Physical Access Not Applicable
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

* 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  
* 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  
* teamed up with School Mental Health Ontario and Kids Help Phone to create the COVID Hub 
* 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
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.