Thank you for tuning into our webinar with CAMH about “Mental Health Practices Every Business Can Replicate For a Healthy Culture”. These are the resources that you can turn to for further information, recommended by Dr. Donna Ferguson during our webinar. We truly hope that these tools are helpful for your journey towards a better culture and mental health practices within your own organization.
Crisis Services Canada
1 833 456-4566 (phone)
Services offered: Phone support available 24/7 and text support from 4:00 p.m.to midnight
Hospital Emergency Departments
If you need help, you can go to a hospital’s emergency department. However, unless you are assessed as being a danger to yourself or others, the health care professional at the hospital (e.g., doctor, nurse) is unlikely to admit you as an inpatient. Instead, they may suggest that you return home or stay with a friend or family member as long as you have someone with you for support.
Some people find it stressful to be in a hospital where they are separated from their usual supports and must follow rules, regulations and structured programs. However, others may find that this is the safest place for them to be in a severe crisis.
Mobile Crisis Intervention Teams and Other Mobile Crisis
In Toronto, mobile crisis intervention teams pair a specially trained police offer with a mental health nurse to respond to crises involving people with mental health issues. Outside of Toronto, crisis outreach and support teams have a similar function to mobile crisis intervention teams, but involve a plain clothes officer rather than a police officer in uniform. Like many other health care services, mobile crisis teams are more likely to operate in cities and larger communities than in rural areas. Some mobile crisis teams don’t involve a police officer, but may just consist of crisis workers. To reach a mobile crisis intervention team, call 911, or contact your local hospital, community mental health agency or a Community Care Access Centre.
Gerstein Centre Crisis Line
Services offered: Non-medical crisis intervention for people experiencing a mental health or substance use related crisis who either don’t need hospitalization or don’t want to be hospitalized
Eligibility: Must live in the catchment area south to the lake, north to Eglinton, west to Jane St., east to Victoria Park
St. Mike’s Hospital Mobile Crisis Team
Accessed by calling 911 (no direct phone number)
Services offered: A mobile crisis team that consists of a police officer and mental health nurse who work 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., seven days a week
1 888 531-2600 (phone or chat)
Services offered: Free, confidential health services information for people with alcohol or other drug problems, and/or people with mental health or gambling issues.
Other Mental Health Resources
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH): http://www.camh.ca/covid19
Ontario Psychological Association (OPA): https://www.psych.on.ca/
Daily Tips for parents: https://childmind.org/
Positive Psychology Kit: https://positivepsychology.com/the-crisis-kit/
310 COPE: https://www.yssn.ca/310-COPE
Mind your Mind Online Support: https://mindyourmind.ca/
Centre for Clinical Interventions: https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/ – an Australian organization that offers a number of free CBT-based online workbooks for a variety of mental health concerns. The workbooks can be found here: https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/Resources/Looking-After-Yourself
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Information on how to manage stress and anxiety during COVID-19: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/managing-stress-anxiety.html
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
A US association of clinicians and researchers who work in the areas of anxiety and depression: https://adaa.org/learn-from-us/from-the-experts/blog-posts/consumer/covid-19-lockdown-guide-how-manage-anxiety-and
American Psychological Association
Past research findings and tips to help reduce COVID-19 anxiety https://www.apa.org/news/apa/2020/03/covid-19-research-findings
Depression & General Self Help Books
Greenberger, D., & Padesky, C.A. (2016). Mind over mood: Change how you feel by changing the way you think, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Link to external link showing what languages this is translated into https://www.mindovermood.com/all-translations.html
Teasdale, J., Williams, M., & Segal, Z. (2014). The mindful way workbook: An 8-week program to free yourself from depression and emotional distress. New York, NY: Guilford Press.
Gilson, M., Freeman, A., Yates, M.J., and Morgillo Freeman, S. (2009). Overcoming Depression: A Cognitive Approach: Workbook. Oxford University Press Inc. New York.