- How do I help myself
- Access mental health information and services
- Cope with a loss from suicide
- Recover from an eating disorder
- Learn more about mental or emotional disorders
- Connect to others with similar experiences
- Improve my mental health
- Manage pain
- Live well with autism
- Manage post-traumatic stress disorder
- Address post-partum depression
- Consider a service dog
- How do I work successfully
- How do I help someone else
- How do I help a child with mental or emotional health concerns
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How do I help myself
Access mental health information and services
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.
Cope with a loss from suicide
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.
Recover from an eating disorder
National Eating Disorder Information Centre
Provides information and resources about eating disorders. A toll-free Canadian helpline provides information on services and support.
Learn more about mental or emotional disorders
Information about mental and emotional health, healthy lifestyles, ADD/ADHD, autism, Alzheimer's disease, dementia, burnout and stress, grief and loss, and suicide prevention.
Connect to others with similar experiences
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.
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.
Improve my mental health
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.
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.
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.
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.
Live well with autism
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.
Manage post-traumatic stress disorder
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.
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.
Address post-partum depression
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.
Consider a service dog
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.
How do I work successfully
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mind: Work and Stress
Explains how you can be mentally healthy at work, providing practical suggestions for what you can do.
How do I help someone else
With mental or emotional health concerns
Provides guides to help adults suffering from specific mental health concerns.
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.
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.
Cope with loss from suicide
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."
Experiencing post-partum depression
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.
With post-traumatic stress disorder
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?
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