CMHA Hamilton Webinars

June Series: Mental Health Minutes with Nick Petrella

Men’s Mental Health (featuring Nick Petrella and a Guest Speaker Panel) - Wednesday June 2, 2021 (12:00PM – 1:00PM EST)

Please join us for a panel discussion to honour Men’s Mental Health Awareness Month. Societal attitudes, beliefs and constructs around 'masculinity' and what it means to 'be manly' can present barriers for men seeking out support. This event aims to raise awareness about men's mental health and to acknowledge the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions that may present themselves differently in men.

To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/156960881221

MHM June 2


Social Media and Mental Health (featuring Nick Petrella) – Wednesday June 16, 2021 (12:00PM – 1:00PM EST)

This week we will be discussing the positive and negative impact of social media on mental health. Humans are social beings, and we need the companionship of others to survive and thrive. As a result, the strength of our social connections can significantly impact our mental wellbeing. In the digital age, and specifically during the global pandemic, there is a collective reliance on technology and social media to help stay connected with family, friends and colleagues. However, excessive use of social media and reliance on devices can contribute to negative impacts on our mental health.

To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/156962680603

MHM June 16


June Series: TAMI (Talking About Mental Illness)

The goal of a TAMI presentation is to reduce the stigma surrounding the topic of mental health and mental illness, while providing a safe forum for participants to discuss the importance of mental health. Includes both a CMHA Facilitator and a person with lived experience.


TAMI ft. Liz Malcomson  - Thursday June 3, 2021 (12:00PM -1:00PM EST)

Liz Malcolmson has been sharing her inspiring story of working and living with mental illness for a number of years. She will be providing insight and information on her experiences with schizophrenia.

To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/157061909399

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TAMI ft. Harrison Wheeler – Thursday June 17, 2021 (12:00PM – 1:00PM EST)

Harrison is a veteran speaker with the TAMI program – Harrison is a past recipient of the St. Joe’s Foundation Spirit of Hope Award, a peer support worker with CMHA and comedian and artist.

To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/157062477097

TAMI June 17 Harrison


There is no cost to attend any of the webinars listed above. Pre-registration is required to obtain zoom information. Eventbrite will send out the link both the morning of the event, as well as 15 minutes before the start time.


Feeling low? Stressed? Anxious?

BounceBack can help. For those struggling with low mood, worry, stress, or mild to moderate depression or anxiety, you can look to the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA’s) free skill-building program BounceBack®: Reclaim your health. Through one-on-one telephone coaching and online videos offered in multiple languages, adults and youth 15+ learn skills to help manage worry and anxiety, combat unhelpful thinking and become more active and assertive – all from the comfort of their home.

To access the program, you will need a referral from a primary care provider (family doctor, nurse practitioner), psychiatrist, or client self-referral, so long as you’re connected with a primary care provider. Once a referral is submitted, you will be contacted by a BounceBack coach within five business days to conduct an information session about the program and ensure it’s the right fit.

While you wait for your telephone coaching sessions to begin, you can access our free online videos. These videos will provide you with practical tips on managing mood, sleeping better, problem-solving, and more. The videos are available in English, French, Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Punjabi. To access the videos, visit bouncebackvideo.ca and enter this access code: bbtodayon.

When you’re ready for your telephone coaching sessions to begin, your BounceBack coach will support you as you work through a series of skill-building workbooks. You and your coach can choose from 20 workbook topics, 12 topics from shorter or condensed booklets, and nine topics from booklets geared to youth 15-18. Your coach is also there to provide you with motivation, monitor your progress and safety, and answer any questions. Coaches are extensively trained in the delivery of the program and are overseen by clinical psychologists. They also receive training in LGBTQ+ equity and trauma-informed care. The BounceBack program is also reviewed to ensure our processes and materials are culturally sensitive and inclusive. As coaches are not counsellors or therapists, your primary care provider will maintain responsibility for your overall care while you’re in the program.

To get started or to access our online referral form, visit: bouncebackontario.ca.


Resources for crisis - Ontario

Throughout the province, programs and services are available to ensure Ontarians get the crisis supports they need during #COVID19 Click here: Resources for crisis - Onrtario



The Ontario government has announced enhanced online and virtual mental health support services, including BounceBack to help Ontarians cope with the difficult realities of COVID-19. Bounce Back is a free guided self-help program that effectively helps people 15 years of age and older who are experiencing mild to moderate symptoms of anxiety or depression, or who are feeling down, stressed, worried, irritable or angry. www.bouncebackontario.ca



COVID Frontline WellnessHealth care workers are at the front lines of the COVID pandemic. Increased feelings of stress, worry and anxiety are normal under these conditions. It is important to recognize the impact of COVID-related stress on your wellbeing and build coping skills that can help you get and stay healthy. 

COVID Frontline Wellness can help.

COVID Frontline Wellness provides confidential access to services and tools to support your mental wellbeing.  The service is led by The Royal in collaboration with community partners.

Getting started is simple.  Just book an appointment online and a clinician will call you to listen, provide support and connect you with the services that are right for you. 

For more information and to book go to: www.theroyal.ca/covid-frontline-wellness

Services are available in English and French to any resident of Ontario who works in a hospital, long-term care facility, retirement or group home, paramedic service, primary care or community health care setting.

The Royal is one of five hospitals in Ontario that are partnering with Ontario Health’s Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence to bring these services to health care workers throughout the province.


10 things you can do right now to reduce anxiety, stress, worry related to COVID-19

Manage your news consumption. Turn off push notifications on your phone and set aside only an hour per day to stay informed from credible, balanced sources.


Keep things in perspective. Try not to avoid, ignore or suppress anxious thoughts. Instead, be aware of your anxiety and challenge your thoughts that may be extreme or unhelpful.


Stay socially connected. While you can’t be together physically, connect with friends and family by phone, text and video applications like FaceTime, Skype or Zoom.


Do something good or helpful. Research shows that doing things for others strengthens our #mentalhealth. Check on your neighbours, elderly parents and friends to see if they need any help.


Stay connected with the outdoors. If you’re not required to self-isolate for 14 days, consider going outside for a walk, run or bike ride to enjoy the scenery and fresh air.


Keep your routines. Routines can help reduce mental fatigue. Getting up at your usual time, showering and getting dressed as you normally would for work can be helpful.


Be physically active. Instead of going to the gym, check out some exercise videos online. Housework, walking up and down stairs, and outdoor activities like raking leaves are also sources of physical activity.


Practice mindfulness, meditation or yoga to help you stay grounded and focused when you begin to feel stress and worry in your body, like shortness of breath and tightening in the chest.


Take time to organize your home or do something you’ve been putting off for a while like sorting through your basement or garage for unwanted or recyclable items. Accomplishing such a task may reduce stress and anxiousness.


If you’re noticing that your symptoms of anxiety are causing you significant distress or are interfering with your ability to function normally, consider participating in CMHA’s #BounceBackON program.


Back to school during COVID-19: Mental health tips for youth and parents

As students and parents prepare for back-to school-season amid a global pandemic, CMHA Champlain East is reminding everyone to keep mental health in mind during these unprecedented times. Students and parents are facing new challenges this school year due to COVID-19. Whether students take classes online or in class, the pressures remain the same.

CMHA suggests maintaining positive mental health with the following strategies:

  • Take care of your body. Mental and physical health are fundamentally linked. Make sure to get enough sleep, drink water, and eat well.
  • Build resiliency. Set aside time to think about the resiliency tools available to you, such as structured problem-solving skills or people who can help you during difficult situations.
  • Reach out for support. Social support is an important part of mental health. People in our networks can offer emotional support, practical help,

Mental health supports for everyone, including children and youth, are also available. Here are a few organizations to consider:


New BounceBack campaign promotes access to mental health program

Mental health concerns are among the many challenges Ontarians are currently facing amid the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time of public uncertainty, CMHA’s BounceBack program remains an effective option to support Ontarians who may be dealing with mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression, or may be feeling low, stressed, worried, irritable or angry.

BounceBack is a free, guided self-help program for people aged 15 and up. Participants receive telephone coaching, skill-building workbooks and online videos to help them overcome these symptoms and gain new skills to regain positive mental health. BounceBack is not a crisis service, psychotherapy or counselling, but a life-skills program that participants work with to develop coping techniques so they can overcome challenges during this pandemic and long afterward.

For more information or to see if the BounceBack program may be right for you, visit https://bouncebackontario.ca/.


BounceBack offers quick tips to support your mental health during COVID-19

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division’s BounceBack program has developed a mental health tip sheet to support those who may be experiencing heightened mental health challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The tip sheet, titled 10 things you can do right now to reduce anxiety, stress, worry related to COVID-19, offers 10 quick and easy things anyone can do to alleviate mild-to-moderate symptoms of anxiety or depression at a time when these difficulties may be exacerbated. Tips include managing news consumption, challenging unhelpful thoughts, staying socially connected, helping others, spending time outdoors and more.

BounceBack is a free, guided self-help program that’s effective in helping people aged 15 and up who are experiencing mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression, or may be feeling low, stressed, worried, irritable or angry. Participants receive telephone coaching, skill-building workbooks and online videos to help them overcome these symptoms and gain new skills to regain positive mental health.

The Ontario government recently announced an expansion of online and virtual mental health supports, including BounceBack, to help Ontarians navigating the difficult realities in the wake of COVID-19.

Further, CMHA Ontario has compiled a list of services available by branch during the pandemic, as well as a list of other provincial mental health supports.



CMHA’s BounceBack key part of expanded mental health supports available to all Ontarians during COVID-19 pandemic

Cornwall, April 7, 2020– To help Ontarians navigating the difficult realities in the wake of COVID-19, the Ontario government has announced an expansion of online and virtual mental health supports, including Canadian Mental Health Association’s BounceBack program.

BounceBack is available now, free of charge, to help people experiencing mild to moderate anxiety, stress and other mental health challenges associated with the pandemic.

Grounded in cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), BounceBack is a guided self-help approach that is a proven, effective way to help people aged 15 and up who may be feeling low, stressed out, worried, depressed, irritable or angry.

BounceBack participants receive telephone coaching, skill-building workbooks and online videos to help them overcome mild-to-moderate symptoms and gain new skills to regain positive mental health.

BounceBack offers different guided self-help workbooks that include titles such as Understanding Worry and Stress, Overcoming Sleep Problems, Changing Extreme and Unhelpful Thinking, Why Do I Feel So Bad? and 10 Things You Can Do to Feel Happier Straight Away.

BounceBack is not a crisis service or counselling program, but a life-skills course that helps participants develop coping techniques so they can overcome challenges now or in the future. BounceBack coaches are extensively trained in the delivery of the program and are overseen by clinical psychologists. The main responsibilities of BounceBack coaches are to foster skill development, provide motivation and monitor progress. BounceBack telephone coaching is available in more than 15 languages.

To receive telephone coaching, clients must either be referred by a health care practitioner (family doctor, nurse practitioner), or they may self-refer as long as they’re connected with a primary care provider. It’s important that primary care providers maintain responsibility for their clients’ overall well-being during their time in the program as BounceBack coaches are not counsellors or therapists.

“We’re living in an unprecedented time amid this COVID-19 pandemic, and we’re thankful that the provincial government recognizes the effect this widespread uncertainty can have on everyone’s mental health,” said CMHA Champlain East Executive Director, Joanne Ledoux-Moshonas. “We encourage everyone in our community who may be struggling at home to access BounceBack or any of the other expanded mental health services the government has announced.”

To learn more about BounceBack, visit bouncebackontario.ca or call 1-866-345-0224.


Reducing anxiety related to COVID-19

CMHA recognizes that at this time of uncertainty, symptoms of anxiety and depression may be exacerbated. These five basic tips may help individuals experiencing heightened mental health concerns to remain calm and balanced as this public health situation unfolds.

  • Considering the level of attention and seriousness being paid to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s normal to feel anxious. Try not to avoid, ignore or suppress anxious thoughts. Instead, be aware of your anxiety and accept that you’re feeling anxious in this situation. Try to keep things in perspective; notice and challenge your thoughts that may be extreme or unhelpful.
  • Self-care is critically important at this time, as worries can be made worse if we aren’t taking care of ourselves. Lean on social supports, try to get enough sleep, eat healthy, exercise and engage in enjoyable activities. Do the things you would typically do to support your health, and be sure to use caution and follow health and safety guidelines while doing them.
  • Seek information from reliable news sources only. Limit checking in on the latest news to short, defined periods, and refrain from setting related push notifications on your device. Appropriate information consumption may be calming and can lessen the sense of danger.
  • Take the recommended precautions as outlined by Health Canada and other credible health agencies. Remain focused on the factors within your control, such as washing hands, covering your mouth during coughs and sneezes, avoiding non-essential travel, etc.
  • If you’re noticing that your symptoms of anxiety (in association with COVID-19 or otherwise) are causing you significant distress or are interfering with your ability to function normally, reach out for formal mental health supports from a recognized agency, such as CMHA. 

CMHA Ontario and branches around the province provide programs and services to support your mental wellness, such as BounceBack, walk-in counselling, information on stress management, and much more. Learn more and find a local branch at ontario.cmha.ca.


Resources for students

Meanwhile, the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health has been publishing new tools to support student mental health, including a crisis resources webpage with provincial, national and international options, an equity, diversity and inclusion toolkit that offers guidance on how to support students from all walks of life, and an info sheet on well-being and the online environment that has tips on supporting student and faculty well-being virtually. 





15 minutes for your mental health

More than a year into the pandemic and Ontarians are feeling the effects. Many of us are struggling with burnout, loneliness, and depression. The prevalent advice is to exercise self-care as much as possible, but this can feel overwhelming on top of the other tasks we all have to accomplish every day. That’s why CMHA Ontario has created these materials. By offering easy15 minute ideas, CMHA aims to make the idea of self-care seem as simple as possible. Click here for printable booklet


BounceBack : Seven ways to use social media to benefit your mental health


BounceBack Resources – A quick compendium



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Ontario Caregivers and BounceBack Handout




COVID-19 Help for Seniors, People with Disabilities

Do you know an isolated, low-income senior or person with disability who needs support getting the essentials they need to stay home during COVID-19? The Ontario Community Support Program is coordinating local services to deliver meals, groceries, medicine and other essentials during COVID-19. Help keep our community healthy and safe. Find out more and sign up for service at www.ontariocommunitysupport.ca, or call 211.  Toll Free: 1-877-330-3213; TTY: 1-888-340-1001.


Online Resources for Mental Wellness and Social Connection


Information Tip sheets on Suicide Prevention and Grief and Loss: Suicide Prevention  or  Grief and Loss 


If you’re feeling stressed or anxious you may be wondering if it’s more than regular worries. Explore resources and solutions to help you understand and manage your stress or anxiety. You can also find resources to help a friend or loved one.



Online Resources for Mental Wellness and Social Connection


The Mind your Mind Self Care During COVID-19 link has 30 self-care tips


Please see link for further information: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/awareness-resources.html


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