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Corona Blues: A Mental Health and Wellness Workshop

Toronto Blues Society presents Corona Blues: A Mental Health and Wellness Workshop on Monday, October 19 between 7pm-8:30pm! The free online event will cover a variety of strategies to help musicians, industry professionals, and music supporters to help manage their mental health during the time of COVID-19.

Led by moderator Pam Beatson (M.Ed in Counselling Psychology), the workshop will cover topics including mindfulness practices, establishing a daily wellness routine, and addictions. Musician and mental health professionals will also join the session to share their insights and tips, while also taking questions from any interested audience members.

Event will be live streamed on The Toronto Blues Society Facebook page as well as on Zoom.

Speaker List
Dawn Tyler Watson
Sean Pinchin
Dan McKinnon
– Dr. John Chong of the Musicians’ Clinics of Canada
– Sarah Mary Hagerman of the Unison Benevolent Fund

Participants will receive access to a comprehensive resource list of available services, including free and paid options, at the conclusion of the workshop.

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Who is Pam Beatson?
– Over 30 years in general private practice as a therapist with specialization in trauma and addiction
– Associate Professor of Psychology at Western University teaching Addiction Behaviours (2013-2015)
– Conference Chair (2005-2010) and member of planning committee (2000-2010) for the annual Institute on Addiction Studies, a training program for professionals in the field of addiction
-Past board member of the Great Lakes Blues Society and the Grand River Blues Society, past member of the Toronto Blues Society, current member of the Barcelona Blues Society
-produced and hosted live blues events in Stratford, Ontario under the monikers of Stew’s Blues and Mama Mojo Music (2005-2012), and helped found the local blues festival.



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Performance Exposure Therapy Presentation by DR John Chong from Musicians’ Clinics Therapy






Taking care of your mental and physical health during the COVID-19 pandemic

A general tips and resource page provided by the Government of Canada, with additional resource links provided by province.


Crisis Services Canada

Available to all Canadians seeking support. Visit Crisis Services Canada for the distress centres and crisis organizations nearest you.  If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566 (24/7) or text 45645 (4 PM – 12 AM ET).


Musicians’ Clinic of Canada

Founded in 1985, the Musicians’ Clinics of Canada has served thousands of performing artists with state of the art assessment, treatment, and products.


UNISON Benevolent Fund

Unison Benevolent Fund is a non-profit, registered charity that provides counselling and emergency relief services to the Canadian music community.

Over The Bridge

Over The Bridge is a lifeline for the music industry’s long-term success. Using the music industry as a conduit, Over The Bridge assists industry members who are at their most vulnerable, cultivate and achieving long-term mental health and addiction recovery goals.

Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre

The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre is a facility in the Family and Community Medicine Program at Toronto Western Hospital. Equipped with an Acoustic Studio and Movement Assessment Studio with a sprung floor to aid in diagnosis and treatment. The Centre is the only clinic of its kind in Canada that specializes in serving the entire artistic community.



Affordable Therapy Network of Ontario

A directory of qualified therapists offering low-cost and sliding scale fees.

Psychology Today – Therapist Directory


A searchable online directory of therapists, counsellors, support groups, and treatment centres by city or postal code.


CAMH: Mental Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic Resources


A vast resource page curated by CAMH to help Canadians better manage their mental health during the pandemic.


AKIN Collective


Akin is a Toronto-based arts organization that provides creative studio space as well as arts-based programming. Their studios provide a working environment that maintains a friendly and inspiring atmosphere where people can work on creative endeavors and entrepreneurial undertakings of all kinds.


This list was compiled by the Akin Projects board and the Akin Team as a resource guide for artists, freelancers, and creatives who are in need of support during this challenging time.


Mind Beacon

Guided digital therapy with BEACON is highly personalized to what you’re feeling and who you are, as a whole person. Through secure digital messaging, and tailored readings and activities, you’ll work 1-to-1 with a registered therapist.

BEACON digital therapy (iCBT) is now available free of charge to support Ontarians through stress and mental well-being concerns during COVID-19, funded by the Government of Ontario.

Beacon also offers services to all Canadians through their Stronger Minds Program.




You can watch Jon Kabat-Zinn speaking about mindfulness here.


Kati Morton, LFMT

Kati Morton is a licensed therapist that releases new Mental Health videos every Monday, which cover topics that include anxiety, depression, BPD, and other disorders.


Dr. Todd Grande


Dr. Todd L. Grande covers topics related to Counselor Education and Supervision including but not limited to mental health, human behavior, psychopathology, personality theory, true crime, research, statistics, SPSS, Excel, appraisal, and group counseling.


Med Circle

MedCircle brings you engaging mental health interviews with world-class psychiatrists & psychologists every single week. The MedCircle doctors provide in-depth mental health advice packed with actionable takeaways and clear explanations of the most complicated mental health topics.




MeetUp connects people with like-minded interests, which include many mental health support groups that are completely free. Almost all of these groups are now conducted over Zoom due to the pandemic.




What’s Up Walk In


Immediate mental health counselling for children, youth, young adults and their families, and families with infants is available at the What’s Up Walk-In® Clinic.


WellNest Psychotherapy Services

A therapist network which reflects diverse identities and supports unique needs.


Black Youth Hotline


Black Youth Helpline serves all youth and specifically responds to the need for a Black youth specific service, positioned and resourced to promote access to professional, culturally appropriate support for youth, families and schools.


Black Mental Health Canada Inc.


Black Mental Health Canada Inc. facilitates access to affordable, culturally safe and affirming mental health services to the black community through education, advocacy, and provision of resources.

Across Boundaries


Across Boundaries provides a dynamic range of mental health support and services and works within Anti-Racism/Anti-Black racism and Anti-Oppression frameworks.


Hope for Wellness Helpline

Call 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or connect to the online Hope for Wellness chat. Available to all Indigenous peoples across Canada who need immediate crisis intervention.



The Blues Foundation – Hart Fund


The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses.

Performing Arts Medicine Association – Affiliated Websites


These links were collected largely through the collaboration of the PAMA Liaison Committee and do not represent any endorsement of PAMA.


















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