Mental Health

Resources for employers and employees on how to increase mental health awareness and support positive well−being both in and out of work

COVID-19 has presented new and unique challenges. We are navigating uncharted waters with this virus, making it important to find new ways to work, learn and interact while also taking care of our mental health and well-being.

For the past year, our daily living routines have been disrupted causing added anxiety, stress and strain—physically, mentally, and financially. It is completely natural for this disruption and uncertainty to lead to anxiety and stress. Now more than ever, we all must take care of our mental health and well-being.

Whether you are returning to work, working from home, going back to school or starting virtual learning, there are many new challenges to face. Workforce Planning Board of York Region has compiled a list of resources to make navigating this time a bit more manageable for you.

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Returning to Work

CMHA toolkit supports employees, employers with planning psychologically-safe return to the workplace

As Ontario’s economy gradually re-opens during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new toolkit is now available to support employers and employees in navigating the mental health implications of returning to physical workplaces.

Developed by Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Division, in partnership with Mental Health Works and BounceBack Ontario, Return to the workplace: A psychological toolkit for heading back to work aims to serve employees and employers across a variety of sectors. This toolkit provides guidance on how to support the mental health of individuals as they plan safe transitions back into their workplaces and to help employers as they develop policies and procedures for supporting staff returning to the work environment.

Working from Home

Working Remotely During COVID-19: Your Mental Health & Well-Being

This resource provides practical tips on taking care of our mental health and well-being.


Taking care of your mental and physical health is important at all times, but especially during this stressful period. The Center for Disease Control has some tips on nutrition, fitness, sleep, and stress.
How to Be Physcially Active While Social Distancing.

Maintaining a professional career while at home can have its challenges.
Best Tips For Staying Healthy While Working From Home (Forbes)

Working where you live is not as easy as it sounds, especially if you have other people in the space. Here’s how to avoid the darker side of remote work.
How to Maintain Your Mental Health While Working From Home (Fast Company).

Support Helplines & Online Resources

CMHA facilitates access to the resources people require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration, build resilience, and support recovery from mental illness. Locations across York Region and South Simcoe. 905-841-3977 / 1-866-345-0183

  • York Support Services Network
    If you are 16 years of age and older, are struggling with a mental health need and/or addiction, we can help. We offer individualized support through our case management, crisis response, and peer support services and can help you connect to community services. 905-898-6455 / 1-888-670-0070
  • Caritas School of Life

CSL is a nonjudgmental, safe space for people with mental health illness, and is a program that offers a variety of group therapy sessions tailored specifically for mental health recovery and reintegration into the workforce. 416-748-9988 / 1-800-201-8138

  • Cedar Centre
    Offers comprehensive individual trauma therapy and group therapy for those who have experienced interpersonal trauma. 905-853-3040 / 1-800-263-2240
  • Krasman Centre
    Strives to inspire and support people affected by mental health and/or addiction challenges to live full lives of their choosing within supportive communities. 905-780-0491 / 1-888-780-0724
  • Family Services of York Region
    Provides services through engaging individuals, couples, families and groups in a client-centred, goal-focused change process. Counselling services emphasize identifying and building strengths, managing symptoms, and resolving emotional conflicts
  • Kids Help Phone
    Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. They offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-le-d, text-based support to young people in both English and French. – 1-800-668-6868 / TEXT: CONNECT to 686868
  • 211 Ontario
    An award winning helpline and website that provides information on and referrals to Ontario’s community, social, health-related and government services. The vision for 211 Ontario is to be the primary source of information and gateway to human services for individuals and planners.
Additional Mental Health Resources

Public Services Health and Safety Association provides information on psychological health & safety in the workplace.
Resources and prevention strategies to manage psychological health & safety in the workplace

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists various stress and coping mechanisms as well as things you can do to support yourself. 
 Employees: How to Cope with Job Stress and Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

The World Health Organization released a handy infographic on how to deal with stress as well. 
World Health Organization: Coping with Stress During the COVID-19 Outbreak.

Tiny Buddah provides a few ways you can practice self-care during this stressful time. 
How to Take Good Care of Yourself During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

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