10 Free Mental Health Resources for Canadians. What are they for? Where to find them? How to use it?
May 2-9 is mental health week. Get your tool kit here. Now into the list – 10+ free mental health resources for Canadians
1. Wellness Together provides mental health and substance use support for people in Canada and Canadians abroad . It’s a 24/7 free virtual resource run by the Government of Canada. In this site you can search for written resources, talk with a councilor over the phone, or create an account to access courses, apps and more.
2. Anxiety Canada – is a registered non-profit organization, created to create awareness about anxiety and support access to proven resources and treatments. They have free online, self-help tools to help manage anxiety. You can use anexiety Canada’s free CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) app MindShift, to a group therapy program that can be claimed in your benefits program, or use their step by step online course for anxiety management.
3. Bounceback is a free skill-building designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.
4. PocketWell app – by the Federal Government program Wellness Together Canada. Track your mood and well-being and access mental health & substance use support from professional counsellors. All services are free, offered virtually or over the phone. you'll be able to use research-based tools to measure and track your well-being, including a Self-Assessment developed by psychologists. The Mood Meter will also let you keep a log of how you’re doing through quick daily check-ins.
From the app, you'll also be able to connect with trained counsellors & crisis responders who can talk to you about what you're going through and help you through intense situations. Send a text message or call one of WTC's phone counselling lines any time of day or night to get support, available anywhere within Canada.
5. Crisis Services Canada /Talk Suicide Canada– Need help? Connect with a person at the Canada Suicide Prevention Services. If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, the Canada Suicide Prevention Service is available 24/7/365 for voice and 4pm to 12am EST for text.
6. Kids Help Phone offers e-mental health services are available 24/7 across Canada. This means that we’re here for kids, teens and young adults from coast to coast to coast. They offer mental health tips and info. Crisis support and counselling over the phone or online.
7. Workplace Strategies for Mental Health – This one is a bit different. They provide strategies, approaches and workshops for organizations and people leaders, along with practical resources for employees on topics including emotional intelligence, dealing with a stressful boss, resolving conflict and more. Everyone can benefit from the tools on this site.
CMHA National – the Canadian Mental Health Association has local chapters that can help you. The CMHA can help you find resources and your local chapter will have local resources.
8. Heads Up Guys – health strategies for managing and preventing depression – for Men. They also have a therapist directory.
9. The National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace (the Standard) – the first of its kind in the world, is a set of voluntary guidelines, tools and resources intended to guide organizations in promoting mental health and preventing psychological harm at work.
10. SmilingMind is a free meditation app and a not for profit.. I’m sure there are others, this is the one I happen to use.
BC – A hub of mental health resources – free, low cost and more for residents of BC. A more robust list than what I have made!
Togetherall a safe, online community where people support each other anonymously to improve mental health and wellbeing. Millions of people across Canada have free access through organizations, colleges and universities. Togetherall is free to all Alberta and Nova Scotia residents aged 16+
Good2Talk provides free, confidential support service for post-secondary students on NS and ON
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Programs like those offered by MindBeacon, Anxiety Canada and AbilityiCBT can be claimed through the psychology benefit in the group benefit plan.