Mental Health Resources during COVID-19

Mental Health Resources during COVID-19

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis right now, please see “Crisis Lines” at the bottom of this page.

During these unprecedented times, it’s no surprise that this situation has affected everyone mentally, emotionally, and/or physically. Over the course of the last several weeks, there has been a surge in demand for social workers, psychologists, and crises workers.

As a naturopathic doctor, we are still able to conduct telemedicine while in-person appointments are recommended against. In checking in with my patients, there is an unanimous sentiment of psychological struggle specific to this pandemic, staying at home, and social isolation. There is no doubt that others are struggling. I struggled to find a comprehensive list of resources to direct people to that catered to topics beyond the normal scope everyday living.

I recently came across COVID-specific mental health resources and I just couldn’t wait to share — is a website that was created by Vivian Ngai, initially as a crowd-sourced Google Doc sharing free/low-cost mental health resources to cope with COVID-19. I had reached out to her to ask if I could share some of the amazing resources she has graciously put together.

The following list has been tailored. For a more comprehensive list of resources, please visit


Mindfulness & Meditation

Free apps

  • Headspace
  • Prana Breath (Android) — for guided breathing
  • Balance (iOS)
  • Calm
  • Insight timer

Paid apps

  • 10% happier
  • Aura
  • Buddhify
  • Simple Habit

Education (free!)


  • COVID Therapists for Frontline Workers: pro bono initiative by Ontario-based mental health professionals
  • 7 cups: connecting caring individuals for emotional support 24/7
  • Big White Wall: online service for those suffering with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues by creating a support network and access to professionals 24/7
  • Umbrella Mental Health Network: offering online psychotherapy & e-counselling services by queer and trans-identified mental health professionals for those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, two-spirited (LGBTQIA2S) community

Activity & Movement

  • Downdog: exercise app that includes yoga, HIIT, barre (free download until June 1st, healthcare providers get free access until July 1st)
  • Nike Training Club: creates a personal plan that adjusts to your progress and schedule, includes yoga, cardio, HIIT, strength training
  • DoYogaWithMe: Free online yoga videos for 2 months
  • 7 Minutes Workout app (Android)

Crisis Lines

  • Crisis Text Line (24/7) — Canadians text 686-868, text HOME to 741-741 to connect with COVID-19 Crisis Counselor
  • Toronto Distress Centre (24/7) – (416)-408-4357
  • Kids Help Phone (24/7) – 1-800-668-6868
  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline – dial #7233 (SAFE) on your Bell, Rogers, Fido, or Telus mobile, call toll free 1-866-863-0511
  • Mental Health Crisis Line (Canada wide) – 1-888-893-8333

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