COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Health Care for Uninsured

Wellesley Institute – Resource for people who do not have health insurance

Food Resources

Delivery Services

Red Cross – Delivering Meals on Wheels

The Good Neighbour Project – A volunteer run project to deliver groceries and supplies to those in need. To Volunteer: the form can be found here.

The People’s Pantry – Provides hot meals and grocery bundles at no cost for the food. $12 delivery fee applies for deliveries within.

No fee Food Delivery for Seniors

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

Emergency Free Food

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

Community Food Resources

Toronto Public Library – Pop-up food bank at Jane & Dundas and Runnymede locations

Food Bank map – Toronto 211

Pet Food Support

Free Pet food

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 taspartnerships@toronto.ca
  • Calling 416-338-0934 between noon and 4 p.m.

Mental Health & Addictions

Counselling Resources

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.

Mental Health Resources for Children and Youth

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.

Mood Disorders Support Resources

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.

Apps

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

Addictions

Harm Reduction

Practising safer use – PDF

Practising safer use kit delivery

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.

For Families

Technology resources and online safety

Support for Seniors

The Toronto Seniors Helpline – Helpline for Seniors Call 416-217-2077


Coping with CoViD-19

Mental Health Resources during 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 Hospitalfree/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

Online Resources for Social Connection and Mental Wellness – PDF

50 ways to stay mentally healthy while social distancing – PDF

Canadian Mental Health Association – Caring for children during CoViD-19

Canadian Mental Health Association – Your Social Distancing Survival Guide

Supports for Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHAD and Developmental Disabilities

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

Pregnancy and New Mothers

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

Talking to Kids about CoViD-19

Brain Pop – Video about CoViD-19

MindHeart – Social story about Coronavirus for children in multiple languages

A Book about Coronavirus – PDF

Carol Gray Social Stories – Social Story about Pandemics and Coronavirus

Canadian Mental Health Association – Screens and Your Child: The Inside Scoop

Supports and Resources For Seniors during CoViD-19

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 416-693-8677ext 404, leave a voicemail.

Senior’s Safety Line – Available 24/7, in 150+ languages – provides referral, information and support. Call 1-866-299-1011

Community information on Violence Against Women and Children

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

Housing

Eviction

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

Legal Resources

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

Support information for Businesses

City of Toronto – The Business SupportTO Supper Centre is open to non-profits and provides one-on-one virtual support to help businesses complete applications for Government of Canada COVID-19 funding programs and get general business advice.

General

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


For Health Care Providers

Government of Canada – What Health Care Professionals Need to Know during the CoVid-19 pandemic

The Lancet – The Psychological Impact of Quarantine

Grocery Hero – Healthcare professionals are matched with a volunteer who can deliver groceries for them during the CoViD-19 pandemic

Mental Health & Well-being 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