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Mental Health Resources – Oct 2020

Published October 19, 2020 in Homepage Feature, News

TBS – MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCE LIST – Updated October 14, 2020


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.

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.


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.


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.

Music Is Facing a Mental Health Crisis (Canadian Musician)
73% of musicians report suffering from mental illness (Survey, Consequences of Sound)
A Psychologists Take on Mental Health for Musicians (Spotify)

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