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Wellbeing Resources for the CTL Community

OISE Wellness.  Visit the OISE Wellness website for online resources such as the OISE lunch and learn series, and the mindfull moments worshops, which can enhance wellbeing and a sense of connectedness.

If you are in crisis and need to talk to someone right away, please use one of the following 24/7 emergency counselling services:

My Student Support Program (My SSP) | 1-844-451-9700. Outside of North America, call 001-416-380-6578.

Culturally-competent mental health and counselling services in 146 languages for all U of T students.

Good2Talk Student Helpline | 1-866-925-5454 - Professional counseling, information and referrals helpline for mental health, addictions and students well-being.

Gerstein Crisis Centre: 416-929-5200

Toronto Distress Centre: 416-408-4357

Drug and Alcohol Helpline: 1-800-565-8603

Mental Health Helpline: 1-866-531-2600

 

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To promote mindfulness and relaxation:

Calm is a meditation, sleep and relaxation app, available in both the App Store and Google Play store. Calm creates unique audio content that strengthens mental fitness and tackles some of the biggest mental health challenges of today: stress, anxiety, insomnia, and depression. As a result of COVID-19, Calm has put together a page of free resources for anyone to use. For anyone who would like to try the app, Calm offers a 7-day free trial.
https://www.calm.com/blog/take-a-deep-breath?utm_source=lifecycle&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=difficult_times_subs_031720

Progressive Muscle Relaxation will help you to lower your overall tension and stress levels, and help you relax when you are feeling anxious. It can also help reduce physical problems such as stomachaches and headaches, as well as improve your sleep.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihO02wUzgkc

Cosmic Kids Yoga and Mindfulness is a YouTube page with yoga, mindfulness, and relaxation videos designed for kids.
https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga/featured

UCSD Center for Mindfulness is providing daily streams and recordings of mindfulness and compassion sessions to help cope with the current situation.
https://medschool.ucsd.edu/som/fmph/research/mindfulness/pages/default.aspx

Layola University RELAX Online is an interactive tool, narrated by Counseling Center Staff, that features videos, soothing visuals, and music.
https://www.loyola.edu/department/counseling-center/students/relaxation

OISE Wellness 
Join our very own OISE Wellness sessions now available online!

https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/wellness/index.html


To manage anxiety and some of the overwhelming feelings:

MindShift CBT by Anxiety Canada is a free app that uses scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety.

https://www.anxietycanada.com/resources/mindshift-cbt/

Self-Help for Anxiety Management is free app that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety.

iOS: https://apps.apple.com/ca/app/self-help-for-anxiety-management/id666767947
Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.uwe.myoxygen&hl=en


To increase wellness:

Taking Care of your Mental Health During The COVID-19 Pandemic lists 7 things you can do to help yourself and your loved ones remain mentally well through the pandemic.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsJus1R15Ds

3 Tips for Making the Most of the COVID-19 Lockdown: https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/buddhist-psychology-east-meets-west/202003/3-tips-making-the-most-the-covid-19-lockdown

YMCA 360: On-Demand Videos wants to make sure people stuck at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak can still get the exercise they need for free.
https://ymca360.org/


To cope with the uncertainty:

Accepting Uncertainty Module by the Centre for Clinical Interventions:
https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/~/media/CCI/Consumer%20Modules/What%20Me%20Worry/What%20Me%20Worry%20-%2009%20-%20Accepting%20Uncertainty.pdf

Coronavirus Anxiety: Coping with Stress, Fear, and Uncertainty:
https://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/coronavirus-anxiety.htm


To promote social connections and reduce loneliness:

Netflix Party is a Chrome extension for watching Netflix remotely with friends. It synchronizes video playback and adds group chat.
https://www.netflixparty.com/

10 Ideas for Coping with Loneliness During Social Distancing:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/blog/in-love-and-war/202003/10-ideas-coping-loneliness-during-social-distancing

pop.in: It's Game Night! is all about playing live games with other people, just like going to a party at a friend’s house. 
https://pop.in/getapp

Houseparty is the face-to-face social network where you can connect and play games with the people you care about most.
https://houseparty.com/