Wellness Resources for GBGH Staff

Wellness Resources for GBGH Staff

GBGH Wellness Committee logo: Spiritual, Physical, Emotional. Preserving Well-Being Together

GBGH’s Wellness Committee has gathered a compilation of Wellness Resources for the benefit of staff and credentialed staff well-being. These resources were compiled in response to COVID-19, however some are applicable beyond the pandemic. If you have other resource suggestions, please email

Mental Health

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care - COVID Frontline Wellness

This program connects healthcare and frontline workers, and first responders with supports and access to services to help them enhance resilience during these stressful times and help manage mental health challenges. This service is available by self-referral by calling Waypoint's Central Intake at 705-549-3181, ext. 2308 or 1-877-341-4229, ext. 2308.

The Working Mind First Responders from the Mental Health Commission of Canada

The Working Mind First Responders(TWMFR), formerly known as Road to Mental Readiness, is an education-based program designed to address and promote mental health and reduce the stigma of mental illness in a first-responder setting.

Big White Wall

Free online mental health support for any Ontarian over 16. It is safe and anonymous. Available 24/7.

Bounce Back Ontario

Bounce Back is a free skill- building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry.
Click here to download the BounceBack Resource Catalogue.

Canadian Mental Health Association

CMHA has put together some suggestions and resources to help support your mental health at this time of uncertainty.

CAMH Mental Health and COVID-19 Resource

This resource provides access to mental health and addiction support for health care workers who might be impacted by the COVID pandemic. It includes access to resources, psychotherapy and psychiatric services.

Daily Stoic

This resource offers videos to help manage stress, excessive thought, anger, depression, worry, and other destructive mind states.

Hope for Wellness Helpline

Indigenous people can call 1-855-242-3310 for immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention. Live web chats are also available.

Psychological First Aid for Frontline Health Care Providers During COVID-19

This workbook was developed to help health care providers understand common challenges and develop strategies for increasing well-being.

This initiative was developed by the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) dedicated to improving the mental health of children, youth and families.

Mental Health Works

CMHA Ontario and Mental Health Works are supporting Ontario’s healthcare workers and professionals through a series of webinars on mental wellness addressed specifically to the health care setting.

OHA Resources

The Ontario Hospital Association has developed a list of mental health resources.

Ontario Health Wellness Resources

Ontario Health (Central Region) has established a website with information to promote self-care and the well-being of healthcare providers. The page provides a variety of tools and resources to help staff navigate this challenging time.

Health Care Worker Assist

This service was created by Ontario Shores to support healthcare workers with increased anxiety and depression. Services include system navigation, crisis planning, psychoeducation, brief individual therapy, primary care phone consultation guidance and referral to Prompt Care Clinic for most high risk individuals. Referrals are accepted by calling 1-877-767-9642 or by completing the intake form.

RVH Resiliency Session

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) hosted a virtual town hall during which they focused on resiliency.

Mental Health Services in your Community

Get free, confidential support for depression anxiety, addiction, gambling and other problems.

Emotional Well-being

Ralf Schirg held an info session about Emotional well-being during COVID19.

Mindfulness & Meditation

Various apps offering free access to service

  • Headspace - Includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling
  • Simple Habit - Offers a wide range of free guided meditations (login required)
  • Calm - Offering free mental fitness resources for sleep, relaxation and meditation
  • Woebot - Useful tool to provide step-by-step guidance using tools from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness principles

Top 5 mindfulness Tips for Health Care Professionals During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Dzung Vo shares the top 5 mindfulness practices he is finding most helpful during the pandemic.


Mindful offers healthcare provider free mindfulness practices to help stay resilient during these physically and emotionally demanding times.

Mindful Healthcare Speaker Series

A series created for medical professional who have been affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic, both on the frontlines and in all other contexts and are interested in mindfulness resources to help navigate these challenging times. Registration is free.



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CAMH Mental Health and COVID-19 Resource

Provides access to mental health and addiction support for health care workers who might be impacted by the COVID pandemic. Including access to resources, psychotherapy and psychiatric services.

Addiction Services in your Community

Get free, confidential support for depression anxiety, addiction, gambling and other problems.

Domestic & Child Abuse

Signal for Help Campaign

“Signal for Help” is a simple one-handed sign someone can use on a video call. It can help a person silently show they need help and want someone to check in with them in a safe way.

Emergency Shelters

This is a list of resources for individuals experiencing violence and need help.

ShelterSafe is an online resource to help women and their children seeking safety from violence and abuse. The clickable map will serve as a fast resource to connect women with the nearest shelter that can offer safety, hope and support.

Assaulted Women’s Help Line

Get 24/7 crisis counselling and referrals to shelters, legal advice and other help. Support is available in over 200 different languages, including 17 Indigenous languages.


Get 24/7 anonymous crisis counselling and referral services for Francophone and French speaking women.


Get 24/7, culturally sensitive crisis counselling, advice and support for Indigenous women and their families living in urban, rural and remote communities, both on and off reserve. Support is available in English, Ojibway, Oji-Cree and Cree.

Financial Resources & Support

Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB)

The CERB is available to workers residing in Canada, who are at least 15 years old and have stopped working because of reasons related to COVID-19 or are eligible for Employment Insurance regular or sickness benefits or have exhausted their Employment Insurance regular benefits or Employment Insurance fishing benefits between December 29, 2019 and October 3, 2020, who had employment and/or self-employment income of at least $5,000 in 2019 or in the 12 months prior to the date of their application and who have not quit their job voluntarily.

Family Wellness

My Hero is You, Storybook for Children on COVID-19

A new storybook to help children understand COVID-19 has been produced by a collaboration of more than 50 organizations working, including the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children’s Fund, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Save the Children. It has been widely translated and is being released as both an online product and audio book

How to talk to your children about COVID – Children Support Solutions

About Kids Health

This hub includes resources on COVID-19 and how to help you cope. There are resources on how to support your child's mental health and general wellbeing through physical activity, sleep, nutrition and learning.

William Osler Health Centre

Pediatricians held an info session via video related to COVID-19: Keeping Your Children Safe

Support for Families

Learn about funding that families can apply for if they have children who are not in school or child care because of coronavirus (COVID-19). Parents can apply for direct funding to off-set the cost of buying materials to support their children’s learning.

Hotel Accommodations

It is anticipated that in certain COVID-related circumstances, (e.g. over-time or to address certain isolation scenarios as previously communicated in staff scenarios), staff may re-quire temporary overnight accommodation. To address this need, GBGH has made special arrangements with our neighbor, the Super 8 Hotel. Should any staff member feel the need for accommodation please speak to your Manager, the Hospital Coordinator or the Administrator on Call to obtain the necessary approval. Where approval is granted, the room cost will be covered by the hospital.