Here are some links to other organizations that include a variety of different health-related topics or information you might find useful.
Women Against Violence Action Group – Crisis lines and resources
Red Cross – Delivering Meals on Wheels
The People’s Pantry – Provides hot meals and grocery bundles at no cost for the food. $12 delivery fee applies for deliveries within.
Windermere United Church – With support from United Way of Greater Toronto, this service is made available for qualifying seniors and others that are in self-isolation who do not have alternative access to food (through family, friends, availability of food delivery services) and are currently not receiving such assistance from another community food program.
Neighbourhood Helper – Free food delivery for Seniors
- Provides support with groceries, picking up prescriptions, or moral support for seniors or those isolating
Toronto Food Program partnering with Red Cross – call 1-833-204-9952
- One time hamper for people 70 or over who live in the postal code M area. For those who cannot get food because they are self isolated at home or not able to get out. Two different size hampers available depending on the size of a household.
Parkdale Community Food Bank – Food delivery for seniors and those in self-isolation
The Friendly Neighbour – Grocery and delivery service for seniors living in low-income housing
University Health Network – Volunteers deliver groceries and other household essentials (Hotline 1-855-581-9580)
Toronto Food Program (partnering with Red Cross) – One time hamper for people 70 or over who live in the postal code M area. For those who cannot get food because they are self isolated at home or not able to get out. Two different size hampers available depending on the size of a household. Tel: 1-833-204-9952
Drop-in at 1884 Davenport – Free Take away meals only Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Call 416-652-7867 ext 227
Syme Woolner Neighborhood & Family Center – Syme Woolner Neighbourhood & Family Centre is serving as a community food bank by appointment only. To book your next appointment, call 416-766-4634
CoViD-19 Emergency Meals Program – Nutritious pre-made meals for those in need. A collaboration between West End Churches, Feed-It-Forward, TCHC and Second Harvest, MLSE/Scotiabank.
Toronto Cares – Various free services and food support
HandUp Toronto – provides healthy meals to low income households with children and vulnerable youths that are in need
Operation Ramzeih – Crisis food kits
The Stop – Food Bank and Takeaway services
PetSmart Charities of Canada – Toronto Animal Services will be providing assistance to pet owners from low income households. Assistance for the purchase of pet food and supplies, such as cat litter and pee pads. Pet owners who require assistance can contact Toronto Animal Services by doing one of the below:
- Filling in and submitting a survey
- Emailing email@example.com
- Calling 416-338-0934 between noon and 4 p.m.
Health Care for Uninsured
Mental Health & Addictions
Take Care 19 – A list of resources available.
Turn2Me – Hosts free online support groups for anxiety, depression, stress management, suicidal thoughts and feelings, and more.
Sound Times – A member-driven consumer/survivor initiative providing mental health and addiction services in downtown Toronto.
SilverCloud – Offered through Shoppers Drug Mart, SilverCloud is a stress management program that will be free until June 15. Use code SHOPPERS.
Mental Health T.O. – Free Mental Health Counselling for infants, children, youth and families. Monday – Friday, 9am – 7pm. One number to call 1-866-585-6486. Video and telephone counselling available.
Etobicoke Children’s Centre – For children, youth (up to the age of 25) & their parents or caregivers- Call 647-272-8482 and speak with Intake Coordinator
360 Kids – Counselling and support for children and youth
Kids Help Phone – Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. We offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network – Provides resources for family and children including routines, coping with stress, schedules, activities, and self-care.
Children’s Mental Health Ontario – Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) has prepared a Back-to-School Mental Health Kit. CMHO want to empower families who are concerned about their child’s mental health and help parents find further mental health supports if needed.
Moodgym – An online self-help program designed to help users prevent and manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Hope and Me – Online Support Groups
Canadian Mental Health Association – Understanding and Finding Help for Anxiety
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – An online support groups provide people living with depression and bipolar disorder a place to share experiences, discuss coping skills, and offer hope to one another.
Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) – Provides a broad range of free resources including webinars, podcasts, blog posts, two online peer-to-peer support communities, a “find a therapist” directory and a monthly e-newsletter.
BounceBack – BounceBack® is a free skill-building program 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.
Insight Timer – A free meditation app with a library of 35,000 guided meditations focused on addressing a wide range of issues, including anxiety, depression, insomnia, and stress.
What’s Up – What’s up is a free app that uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) methods to help you cope with Depression, Anxiety, Stress, and more. Use the positive and negative habit tracker to maintain your good habits, and break those that are counterproductive. The “Get Grounded” page contains over 100 different questions to pinpoint what you’re feeling, and the “Thinking Patterns” page teaches you how to stop negative internal monologues. Android iPhone
Self-Help for Anxiety Management (SAM) – SAM is a free self-help app. Users are prompted to build their own 24-hour anxiety toolkit that allows you to track anxious thoughts and behavior over time, and learn 25 different self-help techniques. You can also use SAM’s “Social Cloud” feature to confidentially connect with other users in an online community for additional support. Android iPhone
Moodkit – An app that uses the foundation of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and provides users with over 200 different mood improvement activities. Cost associated with download. Play Store Apple Store
Practising safer use – PDF
Addictions Support Services
Smart Recovery – This website includes message boards, chat rooms, online meetings, and an online library of recovery resources.
In the Rooms – A free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues. Embracing multiple pathways to recovery, including all 12 Step, Non-12 Step, Wellness and Mental Health modalities.
The Daily Pledge – This is Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation’s free online Community Social Site. It provides a home page to make a Daily Pledge to sobriety with healthy daily activities to help people see others “recover out loud.” The site also includes a Discussions forum, Chat, Online Meetings, Fun and Photo sections, private messaging with other members, and other interactive involvements. You need to sign-up to participate.
SoberRecovery – The message board in this directory of recovery resources covers a wide variety of categories: Newcomers, Ask the Experts, General Forums, Alcoholism (AA, Alanon, ACOA), Drug Addiction (NA, Nar-Anon), Family and Friends, Mental Health and much more.
AA Sober Living – Online recovery help for those in all stages of recovery, family, friends and loved ones including message boards, chats, blogs, and daily and weekly readings.
HAMS Harm Reduction Network – HAMS is a free of charge peer led support group for people who want to reduce the harm in their lives caused by alcohol or other substances. HAMS offers support via a chat room, an email group, and live meetings. HAMS supports every goal from safer use to reduced use to abstinence from alcohol. Their daily chat is scheduled for 9 P.M. EST , 6 P.M. PST.
Smart Recovery – Mutual support meetings are free and open to anyone seeking science-based, self-empowered addiction recovery
Alcoholics Anonymous – Online meetings in various formats
Cocaine Anonymous – Online meetings in various formats
Narcotics Anonymous – Online meetings in various formats
Crystal Meth Anonymous – Online meetings in various formats
Marijuana Anonymous – Online meetings in various formats
CannibisRehab – This free online drug rehab group was originally set up just to help those trying to quit marijuana but they now welcome anyone struggling with drug addiction.
Support for Seniors
For Health Care Providers
Psychotherapy for Frontline Health Professionals – Psychotherapy resources for front-line health professionals dealing with the impacts of the CoViD-19 pandemic
Hospice Palliative Care Ontario – Psychosocial and Spiritual Supports for Health Care Workers
Ontario CoViD-19 Mental Health Network – Free mental health services for Health Care workers who have been impacted by CoViD-19
Coping with CoVid-19
Ontario Virtual Care Clinic – For Ontarians without family doctors, or those challenged to access their family doctors. Contact a family physician virtually and 24/7 to address non-COVID-19 health issues and to help relieve pressure on hospitals and ERs
Psychology Tools – Free Guide To Living With Worry And Anxiety Amidst Global Uncertainty
CAMH – Mental Health and the CoViD – 19 Pandemic
Crisis Services Canada – Tips for coping with anxiety during pandemic
St. Michael’s Hospital – free/low-cost mental health resources to cope with COVID-19
Tolerance for Uncertainty – A guide to accept your feelings, tolerate distress and thrive
Psychology Today – Self Care and CoViD-19
Canadian Mental Health Association – Caring for children during CoViD-19
Canadian Mental Health Association – Your Social Distancing Survival Guide
Austism Ontario – List of resources during CoViD–19
Family Voices – Information on CoViD-19 for children and youth with special health care needs and their families
Autism Society of North Carolina – Social story about not sharing germs
The Autism Educator – Social story about Coronavirus
Autism Focused Intervention Resources and Modules – Supporting individuals with Autism during uncertain times
Autism Speaks – Supporting families with children with ASD on several topics like coping with disrupted routines, school/program closures, flu teaching story
Autism Speaks – Toolkit with strategies to manage challenging behaviors
Autism Speaks – Toolkit with information about applied behavior analysis (ABA)
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center – Weekly webinars for parents of young children with autism. Topics: How to schedule your day at home during this time; How to structure specific activities within your day -How to continue to work on goal areas
Additude Magazine – Resources for ADHD during CoViD-19
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – Information and FAQs for pregnant women and their families
BC Centre for Disease Control – A guideline for breastfeeding mothers with suspected or confirmed cases of CoViD-19
BC Centre for Disease Control – Breastfeeding and CoViD-19
Safely fed – Infant feeding resources during CoViD-19
Toronto Public Health - Resources for breastfeeding mothers and virtual supports
Buddies for Seniors (Access Alliance) – Volunteers from Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services are ready to call and be phone buddies with Seniors during this time of isolation. This is a great way to find support by talking with a friendly voice over the phone. Call 416-693-8677 ext 404, leave a voicemail.
Senior’s Safety Line – Available 24/7, in 150+ languages – provides referral, information and support. Call 1-866-299-1011
BNN Bloomberg – A list of known scams related to CoViD-19 targeting seniors
Assaulted Women’s Helpline – Free, anonymous and confidential 24/7 telephone and TTY crisis telephone line to all women in the province of Ontario who have experienced any form of abuse. AWHL provides crisis counselling, safety planning, emotional support, information and referrals. Call 1-866-863-0511
Yorktown Family Services – Services and Support for Violence Against Women
Fem’aide – Francophone Helpline for Women dealing with violence – 24/7 confidential crisis intervention, support and referral to community agencies. Call 1-877-336-2433
Province of Ontario’s Rental Housing Enforcement Unit – Residents with eviction related questions or concerns, are directed contact the Province of Ontario’s Rental Housing Enforcement Unit
Ontario Courts – Chief Justice Court Order suspending residential evictions
Landlord Tenant Board – Updates during CoViD-19
Toronto Rent Bank – Rent Relief information
Housing Support Services
City of Toronto – Shelter, drop-in and respite information in the city of Toronto
Toronto Community Housing – Information during CoViD-19
Black Legal Action Centre - Housing Security for Black Tenants
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Ontario Chapter – Resources and updates for families during CoViD-19
Steps to Justice – Updates on the Law and Legal Services during CoViD-19
Steps to Justice – Family Law information during CoViD-19
The 519 – Telephone summary advice for LGTBQ2S communities
Fact Sheets – Information sheets on CoViD-19 with translations available in multiple languages
Ontario Government – Providing information on wearing masks in the community as face coverings now recommended when physical distancing is a challenge.
Public Health Ontario – When and how to wear a mask
Health Canada – This app will let you receive the latest updates, trusted resources, and self-assess your symptoms.
Public Health Agency of Canada – General information on Covid-19
CAMH – Dealing with Problems during CoViD-19
Renewed Computer Technology – Renewed Computer Technology is a federally-funded non-profit organization that offers refurbished computers at a discounted price for families who meet the criteria. Application is in the link.
Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic – General resources for non-status women
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