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Toronto, Apr 9 (Canadian-Media): A mental health support strategy has been developed by the City of Toronto by partnered with key mental health service providers to support the mental health needs of residents during the COVID-19 pandemic caused due to stress, anxiety, financial loss, loss of critical supports, self-isolation, and quarantine, media reports said.
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The mental health services are considered by the City of Toronto to be essential for residents during this time and are free to all residents.
Key mental health service providers with which city of Toronto has partnered are: Kids Help Phone and Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone; Progress Place Warm Line; Toronto Seniors Helpline; Ontario Psychological Association for frontline workers in community agencies; Caribbean African Canadian Social Services (CAFCAN) for Black residents; Across Boundaries for Black and Indigenous People/Persons of Colour (BIPOC); Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) for Indigenous residents; and Gerstein Crisis Centre.
To access support and get connected to any of the seven primary mental health service partners for direct phone support, residents can call 211.
Mental health service information is also available at http://www.211toronto.ca/.
These centres support children and youth, seniors, frontline workers, and those with intersectional identities, such as Indigenous, Black, persons with disabilities and LGBTQ2S, who are struggling with isolation, stress and anxiety due to COVID-19 measures.
The integrated approach of this strategy allows channeling of referrals to the most appropriate mental health resources and enables the City and its partners to be responsive to changing needs.
This strategy complements and does not replace any existing mental health support models such as Distress Centre, East Metro Youth Services, who are urged to continue providing services to existing clients and to expand services where needed.