COVID-19 Information Sources

Site: COVID-19 Information Sources

Service: Mental Health / Well Being, Learning Resources and School Attendance

Description (Service) In this listing, you will find information about attending school during the COVID-19 Pandemic as well as online Family Activities, Learning and Mental Health resources to help you through the COVID-19 pandemic  

Family Activities and Learning Resources

Barrie Public Library 
  • thousands of digital resources, online activities, virtual programming and activities for all ages are available through your public library, see Barrie Public Library
City of Barrie - Together at Home 
YMCA at Home 
  • FREE for everyone and is a virtual YMCA connecting people to at-home workouts, children’s programs and physical activity, and personal wellness resources, YMCA at Home
Online Learning Resources 
Unicef COVID-19 Information Centre 

School During COVID-19 Pandemic

School Boards 
Guide to Reopening Schools 
Education during COVID-19 

Mental Health Resources


Phone Support

Kids Help Phone  
  • you can reach a Kids Help Phone counsellor 24/7 at 1-800-668-6868  
  • to text with a counsellor 24/7, youth can text CONNECT to 686868, adults can text WELLNESS to 741741  
  • website with resources and information
Canadian Mental Health Association Simcoe County Branch 
  • all services are available virtually by secure email, voice, Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) or text 
  • call 705-726-5033 or 1-800-461-4319 for support  
  • call Mental Health Crisis Line (Mon-Sun 24 hours) 705-728-5044 or 1-888-893-8333 for immediate mental health assistance
Telecare Distress Line of Greater Simcoe 
  • all services are confidential, anonymous, free and available to people 18 yrs and up  
  • 24/7 Distress Lines: Barrie 705-726-7922, Orillia 705-325-9534

Virtual Support

  • BEACON digital therapy is now available free of charge to support Ontarians through stress and mental well-being concerns during COVID-19  
  • helps with challenges related to Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Depression, Insomnia, and Health Anxiety
Morneau Shepell  
  • a structured digital therapy program (AbilitiCBT) and helpful resources to navigate life’s challenges  
  • AbilitiCBT is an internet-based cognitive behavioral therapy (iCBT) program that you can access from any device, any time  
  • ncludes a special program to help you address anxiety symptoms related to pandemics: uncertainty, isolation, caring for family and community members, information overload and stress management  
  • see website for more information
Togetherall (previously Big White Wall) 
  • mental health and well-being chat service  
  • safe and anonymous  
  • includes online peer community support  
  • a place for creative and artistic expression of emotions  
  • guided support courses and tools to help with self-management  
  • mental health self-assessments  
  • see website for more information
BounceBack - CMHA Ontario  
  • a free, evidence-based skill-building program designed to help adults and youth aged 15+ manage symptoms of depression and anxiety  
  • helps participants learn skills to help them deal with problems such as inactivity, unhelpful thinking, worry, and avoidance  
  • one-on-one telephone coaching, workbooks, and online videos that participants can do from the comfort of their home 
  • see website

Online Resources

Wellness Together Canada  
  • Mental Health and Substance Use Support  
  • provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed  
  • Canada's only charity training and empowering young leaders to revolutionize mental health  
  • when you don't know what to say to a friend who doesn't seem okay, they created  
  • teamed up with School Mental Health Ontario and Kids Help Phone to create the COVID Hub
  • resources designed to promote wellness, reduce stigma, and increase access to community supports, both professional and peer-based  
  • through active engagement, best practices and technology, youth are encouraged to reach out, get help and give help
Children's Mental Health Ontario - COVID-19 Resources 
  • provide evidence-based tips to ensure all kids, young people and families get the mental health supports needed during this difficult time
  • School Mental Health Ontario 
  • CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)  
  • Next Gen Men - Youth Programs  
  • First Aid for Feelings  
  • Kerry's Place  
  • Autism Ontario  
  • New Path Youth and Family Services 
  • Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County
  • Service Details
    Public Comments For further information, refer to the following reliable information sources: 
    Toll-Free Phone Numbers 
    • Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit: 1-877-721-7520 or 705-721-7520  
    • Health Canada's Coronavirus Information Line: 1-833-784-4397
    Hours Hours vary
    Areas Served Barrie ; Simcoe County
    Eligibility Varies by website/service
    Application Call or visit website for information
    Languages English
    Fees None
    Address and Location
    Located In Community Barrie
    Address & Map
    Barrie, ON
    Physical Access Not Applicable

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