SUMMARY: Credible information and resources about managing your own health and wellness and helping others.

The following resources may include therapeutic approaches and are provided for information only. The information contained in these resources does not constitute and should not be relied on as professional advice. Always consult your physician or appropriate healthcare provider with respect to your particular circumstances. If you click on a link you may be entering a third-party website not maintained or controlled in any way by Great-West Life.

We have done some of the work for you to save you time and stress. We searched for and reviewed credible resources that can help you manage your own well-being, cope better at work, and help those you care about.

Contact us if you want to make recommendations about any evidence-based, free, online resources, in both English and French, that you feel might be even more helpful than these.

How do I help myself

Access mental health information and services

eMentalHealth.ca

eMental Health


Provides an online directory that lists mental health services available in your community. Other useful resources include mental health screening tools, a calendar of upcoming events in the field, and mental health info sheets. Canada


Cope with a loss from suicide

CARMHA

Hope and Healing: A Practical Guide for Survivors of Suicide


Focuses on the practical matters to deal with after a loved one has died by suicide. Canada


Recover from an eating disorder

nedic

National Eating Disorder Information Centre


Provides information and resources about eating disorders. A toll-free Canadian helpline provides information on services and support. Canada


Learn more about mental or emotional disorders

HelpGuide.org

Helpguide.org


Information about mental and emotional health, healthy lifestyles, ADD/ADHD, autism, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, burnout and stress, grief and loss, and suicide prevention. USA


Connect to others with similar experiences

MDAO

Moods Disorder Association of Ontario


Information and resources about mood disorders - anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. MDAO hosts online support forums for depression and bipolar disorder, family support and postpartum depression. Canada

patientslikeme

PatientsLikeMe


An organization that seeks to improve health outcomes by providing opportunities for patients to learn from each other. Many mental health and behaviour issues are represented among the registrants. Use of the site is free, but registration is required. USA


Improve my mental health

ECouch

ECouch


A self-help interactive program for depression, anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss and grief. Includes exercises and a workbook to track progress and record experiences, with toolkits to help improve mood and emotional state. Australia

MoodGYM

MoodGYM


An innovative, interactive web program designed to help prevent depression. It consists of five modules, an interactive game, anxiety and depression assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, a workbook, and feedback assessment. Australia

BlackDogInstitute

Black Dog Institute


An educational, research, clinical, and community-oriented resource offering information about depression and bipolar disorder to medical professionals and the general public. Includes free online education programs and self-test tools. Australia


Manage pain

Retrain Pain Foundation

A free online course for people with persistent or chronic pain. Learn a science based approach to reducing symptoms and getting back to the life you want to live. Available in 21 languages. USA


Live well with autism

AustimSpeaksCanada

Autism Speaks Canada


Autism Speaks Canada is committed to supporting research and services across the country; raising public awareness to encourage inclusion; and collaborating with other organizations to speak alongside the autism community. Canada


Manage post-traumatic stress disorder

eMentalHealth.ca

eMentalHealth.ca


Provides information about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), particularly as it affects front-line personnel who work in correctional, public safety, and military services. Provides information about PTSD, acute stress disorder, effects of traumatic experiences, crisis response, crisis team selection and training, and research in the field of critical incident trauma intervention. Canada

CanadianMentalHealthAssociation

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) states that 8% of Canadians will experience PTSD. This article provides information on different options available to you to help combat symptoms of PTSD. Canada


Address post-partum depression

eMentalHealth.ca

eMentalHealth.ca


Being a new mother can be an overwhelming experience due to sleep deprivation, hormonal changes, and other stresses such as lack of spouse and family support. eMental Health shares supports and treatments for overcoming post-partum depression. Canada

Consider a service dog

National Service Dogs

National Service Dogs states that dogs can improve our physical health, reduce stress and develop self-esteem. Learn more about whether a service dog would be beneficial for you. Canada

How do I work successfully

With autism

Worktopia

Worktopia: EmploymentWorks


EmploymentWorks Canada (EWC) is a newly designed program that offers employment preparedness training for individuals ages 15-29 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), who are no longer attending school and are seeking opportunities to practice and develop the essential skills necessary to obtain sustainable employment. Canada


During menopause

fom

Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians (FOM): Guidance on Menopause and the Workplace


This guidance is aimed at women going through menopause and experiencing the impact it has on their working lives. It also offers employers practical guidance on how to improve workplace environments for menopausal women. UK

Menopause and U
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC) has gathered the most trustworthy, up-to-date, and evidence-based information about menopause, here, together on one site. Canada


With depression

Simon Fraser University Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction: Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace [PDF] is a self-care manual authored by scientist-practitioners and deals with issues relating to mental health and addiction in the workplace. Canada

The Anti-Depressant Skills Workbook
Provides an overview of depression, information on ways to manage it according to the best available research, and a step-by-step guide to changing patterns that trigger depression. Canada


While stressed

mind for better mental health

Mind: Work and Stress


Explains how you can be mentally healthy at work, providing practical suggestions for what you can do. UK


How do I help someone else

With mental or emotional health concerns

eMentalHealth.ca

eMentalHealth.ca


Provides guides to help adults suffering from specific mental health concerns.

mind for better mental health

Mind


It can be hard to know what to do when supporting someone with a mental health problem. Mind's information is aimed at helping friends, family, carers and others to give support and take care of themselves too. They offer insight into helping adults who suffer from specific mental health concerns. UK

DepressionHurts.ca

Depression Hurts: How to Help


Provides ways to recognize depression, talk about it, and offer support to someone you know who is suffering from depression. Canada


Cope with loss from suicide

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Mental Health Commission of Canada: Tool kit for survivors of suicide loss and postvention professionals


The toolkit is a one-stop repository of high-quality, publicly available resources. Resources range from the general to the specific, including how to survive the holidays, Guidelines for Survivor Advocacy, and "How to Start a Suicide Survivors Support Group." Canada


Experiencing post-partum depression

eMentalHealth.ca

eMentalHealth.ca


Being a new mother can be an overwhelming experience due to sleep deprivation, hormonal changes, and other stresses such as lack of spouse and family support. eMental Health shares strategies you can use to help someone living with post-partum depression. Canada


With post-traumatic stress disorder

Canadian Mental Health Association

The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) states that 8% of Canadians will experience PTSD. This article outlines what you can do to cope if you have a family member or friend who is experincing PTSD.


How do I help a child with mental or emotional health concerns?

eMentalHealth.ca

eMentalHealth.ca


Provides guides to help children who suffer from specific mental health concerns. Canada

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is more than just a telephone number. They are a national community that supports young people through phone, text and online. Resources for parents are caregivers are also available.


The information contained on Workplace Strategies for Mental Health is provided for general information only. It is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. Always consult your physician or appropriate health-care provider with respect to your particular circumstances.