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Mental health resources during COVID19

(some Toronto/GTA-based)        

If you’re experiencing a mental health crisis right now, please go to the very bottom of this doc

Hi there! I've created a crowd-sourced document of some helpful and free/low-cost mental health resources to cope with COVID-19. In this time of uncertainty and rapid changes, some of us or our loved ones can be having a hard time with the news, loss of income and financial instability, health fears, feeling physically and emotionally isolated, and greater mental health issues.

This is a living document and is shareable so please feel free to use and share. Open editing is paused. But I will continue to update with new additions.

The shorter link for sharing:

It's okay to not be okay. Also, check on others as it affects us in different ways. This is my own way of coping, I hope it helps you or someone you know! 💜

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Started by Vivian Ngai ( if you need to reach me!


Supporting Each Other/Community

Mindfulness & Meditation

  • Headspace is offering free meditations for COVID19 for everyone

Being Active

  • Downdog is offering all of their apps for free until May 1st (Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout)
  • Lululemon is offering yoga and meditation videos, free
  • Peloton Digital are now offering a 90 day free trial of their app
  • Wollendance Cardio dance fitness class live & on-demand, offer 14-days free trial
  • 8fit offers quick home workouts
  • Wakeout has fun 30s stretching & relaxation exercises, offers 7-days free trial
  • Nike Training Club app is completely free and has amazing guided workouts
  • Daily Burn is offering 2 months free of their online workout classes
  • Doyogawithme offers free yoga classes for all different levels
  • Fitbit is offering select Premium features for free; and extended trial of premium to 90 days

Staying Creative

Online Learning

Social Services

Working Better


  • Flying Books offering free shipping for books with the promo code AIRDROP within Toronto until April 30 (buy 3 books and get a tote)
  • Ocean Voyager live views from the Georgia Aquarium
  • Stay-at-Home Cinema - collab between TIFF + Crave; a series from Crave’s selection of titles, accompanied by conversations with special guests via IG. Crave is offering free 30-day trial for new users
  • Tolerance for Uncertainty: A COVID-19 Workbook - A guide to accept your feelings, tolerate distress, and thrive by Dr. Sachiko Nagasawa *new*

Online talk therapy
(offering affordable therapy or promo) 

  • COVID19 Therapists - Facilitating free mental health services for Ontario COVID-19 healthcare providers
  • Big White Wall - is a free, online mental health and wellbeing service that helps people who are dealing with everyday stressors or major life events. Available 24/7/365
  • Good2Talk - Good2Talk provides confidential support services for post-secondary students in Ontario and Nova Scotia. This hotline is also free.
  • Greenspace Mental Health - finds you a therapist matched to your needs, available for GTA. Sessions in person or online video (therapy fees apply)
  • 7 Cups connects you to caring listeners for free emotional support 24/7; or be a listener for others
  • Talkspace is offering $65 off with code APPLY65
  • BetterHelp offers $40 to $70 weekly plans (can also be via text or chat - not just video call) - US-based, but clients can be from anywhere
  • Inkblot virtual therapy sessions ($37.50/30 min sessions, first session is free)
  • Shift Collab, in-person and online options. Sliding scale options. Free initial consult call.
  • Real Campus Student Assistance Program (run by Shift Collab). If you are a University or College student at eligible campuses you have access to free therapy sessions. Visit the website for eligibility here.
  • Affordable Therapy Network - offering reduced rates, low-cost, sliding scale online therapy options
  • Pathway-Therapy, in-person and online options. Currently offering sliding-scales to support a wider range of people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Open Path Collective - offering sliding scale individual ($30-$60) and couples and families ($30-$80) therapy options
  • New Creations Counseling - offers online therapy for individuals and couples with sliding scale
  • Warm Line peer support - Chat online, text or call a peer support worker. 8PM - midnight, every night; or text 647-557-5882 or call 416-960-WARM (9276)
  • Text4Hope – a free service providing three months of daily Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)–based text messages written by mental health therapists -- Text COVID19HOPE to 393939 (Canada only)
  • - Vetted network of therapists in the U.S. offering sliding scale fees to support individuals and couples during the COVID-19 pandemic. Available in New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, California, Washington DC, Illinois, and Washington state
  • Mind Relief if offering 40% discount until end of May 2020

Local therapy (Toronto)

(offering sliding scale/affordable therapy)

  •  During COVID-19, some of the counsellors in their community of practice are offering low-cost single-sessions online, 60 minutes/$60 - Details here *new* 
  • Danielle Hulan Therapy - Online therapy for individuals experiencing anxiety or depression, sliding scale available for those financially affected by COVID-19
  • being here, human - Rachelle Bensoussan is a bereavement clinician/grief therapist for 12 years and offering 1:1 support via Zoom and hosting online grief writing workshops (one beginning March 30) and online group grief literacy trainings
  • Tynan Rhea, is a psychotherapist offering an online COVID-19 respite clinic
  • Respite Clinic that is pay-what-you-can (no one will be turned away for lack of funds)
  • Balanced Mind & Wellness phone and secure video counselling in GTA; offering reduced rates of 25% less until April 30, 2020
  • Kristy White is a counsellor trained in psychotherapy, and currently providing pay-what-you-can counselling via phone/video
  • Anishnawbe Health Toronto (AHT) Our mission is to improve the health and well being of Aboriginal People in spirit, mind, emotion and body through both Traditional and Western healing approaches. Programs and services offered are based on our culture and traditions through a multi-disciplinary team of dedicated healthcare professionals and service providers.
  • Toronto’s Queer and Trans Therapist Listing
  • Umbrella Mental Health Network - a network of queer and trans-identified mental health professionals who work primarily in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, intersex, asexual, two-spirited (LGBTQIA2S) community within Toronto.
  • Nasima Salehe providing low cost online therapy to help people during this crisis
  • Britt Caron Therapy During COVID-19, is offering sessions exclusively via phone and video, and offering pay-what-you-can sessions during this time
  • Yzobela Hyett offering individual online/phone therapy, and is able to offer sliding scale to individuals who are financially impacted by Covid-19
  • Matt Eldridge able to offer sliding scale options for those impacted by COVID
  • Christopher McKinnon is offering numerous COVID-19 specific offerings including focused counselling for anxiety and depression - $25 per 30-minute session; and sliding scale individual psychotherapy ($75 to $165). Also a support group for those at risk during COVID19 (see Supporting each other section above)
  • WellNest has a very diverse and skilled team of 15 clinicians currently working extended hours to provide support to our community during this uncertain time
  • Bereaved Families of Ontario - Toronto (BFO-Toronto) A local charitable organization that seeks to inspire hope and transformation in people who are grieving the death of a loved one. We are offering 1-1 phone or video calls, peer-led group supports, and very soon we will also be announcing new meetings and activities. Please feel free to phone us or email us at or 416 440 0290 x102. All services free *new*
  • Silm Centre for Mental Health We are a diverse set of mental health professionals who are keen on supporting individuals and communities through COVID-19 and other difficulties. We always offer a generous sliding scale, and are currently also offering pro bono services. All therapy is currently offered online. *new*
  • CONNECT Counselling Services (Canadian Hearing Services) provides professional counselling services to Deaf and hard of hearing individuals aged 16 and over, and their families, who are living with mental health issues, addiction, relationship problems, domestic violence or other serious challenges. Services are free, confidential and provided in an accessible environment using American Sign Language (ASL), la langue des signes québécoise (LSQ), note-taking, real-time captioning and amplification devices as required. *new*

Crisis lines

  • Canadians text “686868”
  • Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a (COVID-19) Crisis Counselor
  • GTA: 416-408-4357 (HELP)
  • Emotional support service for those with chronic mental health problems; Support & crisis intervention services for those currently experiencing distress or in crisis; Family violence response; Suicide prevention services; Emergency intervention and response
  • Kids Help Phone - text, phone, chat and other forms of support for young people, 24/7 and in English and French
  • 1-800-668-6868
  • #SAFE (#7233) on your Bell, Rogers, Fido or Telus Mobile

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