Mental Health and Well-Being Resources During Covid-19
We care about the range of emotions and questions students of all ages may be experiencing in this uncertain and unprecedented time of the Covid-19 pandemic and school closures. The change in routines and feelings of separation from peers, educators and other important caregivers may cause distress. However, this time offers an opportunity to strengthen our resilience and pay greater attention to our well-being.
Need immediate help?
- If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health or substance use emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of your local hospital.
- If you are not sure if it is an emergency, or just need to talk through the situation, consider reaching out to:
- Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000
- Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or texting CONNECT to 686868
- Mental Health TO at 1-866-585-6486 for free phone or video mental health counselling for infants, children, youth and families
- 211 – call 2-1-1 or text 21166 (M-F 7am – 9pm) finding supports in the community such as food banks, housing and more.
- Toronto Public Health – (416-338-7600) Up-to-date Covid-19 information for the City of Toronto
- Distress Centres of Greater Toronto – (416-408-4357 or text 45645) 24/7 support, 365 days a year, for individuals in crisis
- Assaulted Women’s Helpline – (1-866-863-0511 or text #SAFE (#7233) on Bell, Rogers, Fido or Telus). Free, anonymous & confidential 24-hour helpline for women in Ontario experiencing any form of abuse.
- Black Youth Helpline
Below are some key resources to help engage with and support children and youth around the impact of the pandemic on their mental health and well-being. These resources will be updated regularly. Check back often. Also, read more for more information on how the TDSB is responding to the pandemic.
Covid-19 Specific Resources:
- Helping Your Kids in Changing Times
- Tips for Supporting Teens
- Coping with Learning from Home
- School Mental Health Ontario