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Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) –
Mental Health & Substance Use

Last reviewed/updated: 3:03 p.m., May 26, 2020

It’s normal for situations like Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) to affect your mental health.  It is completely natural to feel stress and concern during these times and so it is important to practice positive coping strategies to the best of your ability.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has shared some ideas to help maintain your mental wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Consider and accept that some fear and anxiety is normal;
  • Seek credible information, but set a limit to your daily media consumption;
  • Assess your personal risk, and take the recommended steps to minimize it;
  • Seek support. If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed, reach out;
  • Get proper rest and sleep, and follow your usual routine as much as you can;
  • Stay active. Get some fresh air and keep busy with household tasks or creative projects.

The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction (CCSA) and the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) have developed a pair of easy-to-use tip sheets, which include simple, positive actions for those who may turn to substance use if other coping strategies have changed or been disrupted.

Below is a Listing of Resources Available to you in the Peterborough Area:

*Specific information on service delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic may change over time

If you are in crisis, please contact the Four County Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 705-745-6484 or toll-free at 1-866-996-0991.  Four County Crisis provides free, confidential mental health crisis intervention support over the phone, for people 16 years and over.  They will assist you in dealing with an immediate crisis, and provide information, support and referrals to appropriate resources.

If you (or your child) are experiencing thoughts of suicide or harming yourself, please call 9-1-1 or go to the Emergency Room at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.


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Local Mental Health Supports for Adults
Local Substance Use and Harm Reduction Support
Broader Support for Mental Health, Substance Use and Harm Reduction
Local Mental Health Supports for Children, Youth and Young Adults
Broader Mental Health Supports for Children, Youth and Young Adults
Other Helpful Resources on Mental Health and COVID-19
Other Resources for Children and COVID-19
Other Community Services Information and Support


Local Mental Health Supports for Adults

  • Canadian Mental Health Association, Haliburton, Kawartha Pine Ridge
    705-748-6711
    Offers a broad range of mental health services and programs for those living with serious mental illness.  The office remains open and is providing programs, services and information over the phone or virtually at this time.
  • CCRC (Community Counselling and Resource Centre)
    705-742-4258
    Professional and confidential counselling services, for people of all ages who are experiencing problems.  Fees are geared to income.  Offices are closed, but the agency is meeting clients’ needs via phone, e-mail and other methods.
  • Mental Health Services, Adult Outpatient ProgramPeterborough Regional Health Centre
    705-876-5028
    Offers assessment and treatment to those coping with a mental illness and where appropriate, to their families.  Offering telephone and tele-video appointments at this time.
  • Peterborough Family Health Team (PFHT)
    (Referral from a PFHT family doctor/Nurse Practitioner is required)
    Mental Health Clinicians work together with your doctor and/or Nurse Practitioner to help you learn new skills for managing stress, anxiety, depression and other life changes.  We offer short-term counselling of 1-6 sessions.  Offering telephone appointments at this time.
  • Telecare Distress Centre
    705-745-2273 (24 hours)
    Telephone support line, for people who are feeling lonely, troubled, or confused.  A free, confidential and anonymous service.
  • Your Primary Health Care Provider
    May be able to provide treatment and support or provide a referral to local mental health and addictions supports over the phone.

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Local Substance Use and Harm Reduction Support

  • Alcoholics Anonymous Kawartha District (AA)
    705-745-6111
    A ‘Twelve Step’ recovery from alcoholism program.  Meeting are being held in an on-line format.  Visit the web page or telephone for meeting information.
  • Four Counties Addiction Services Team (FourCAST)
    705-876-1292 or 1-800-461-1909
    Offers a range of outpatient treatment services for those experiencing problems with alcohol, drug use, and problem gambling.  Offices are currently closed, but supports are available by telephone.
  • Naloxone Kits
    Naloxone can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose. Free kits can be accessed at community-based harm reduction programs and many pharmacies. This link provides further information on the Ministry of Health’s naloxone programs, including where to get a naloxone kit in Peterborough.
  • PARN
    705-749-9110
    Provides support to HIV-infected and HIV-affected individuals, including a needle exchange.
    PARN is operating its harm reduction program out of its office at 159 King Street Suite 302 during specific hours. Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19 (fever and dry cough) should not come into the office for Harm Reduction services and instead call PARN’s Harm Reduction Outreach Workers at 705-740-5155 and 705-559-0656.
    PARN is also providing harm reduction outreach services outside of One Roof Community Centre Monday to Friday from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.
  • RAAM Clinic (Rapid Access to Addiction Medicine)
    705-749-9708
    Provides immediate access to lifesaving treatment by offering same-day counselling, addiction medication, and prescription therapies for people who are addicted to alcohol or opioids. Open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 159 King Street.

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Broader Support for Mental Health, Substance Use and Harm Reduction

  • Big White Wall
    24/7 Peer to Peer online mental health support network.
  • BounceBack
    A free skill-building program offered by CMHA.  One version for adults and one for youth 15 – 18 years. To manage low mood, mild depression, anxiety, stress and worry.  Over the phone with a coach and through on-line videos.
  • Breaking Free Online (BFO)
    A confidential online platform to help support wellness around substance use. Present physical (social) distancing measures are affecting the delivery of addiction services and the ability of clients to access treatment and recovery support. Breaking Free Online is offering their services to anyone with a substance use disorder who is not able to access their regular support. BFO will give them continuous access to personalized behavioural support online. To access this service, use the code CAPSA2020 to sign in.
  • The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) (COVID-19 Resources)
    A comprehensive website on mental health and COVID-19.  Also ffers a wide range of clinical care services in support of addiction and mental health.

  • ConnexOntario
    Ontario’s mental health, addictions and problem gambling help line, which can provide contact information for local mental health and addictions services and supports, including crisis lines.

    • Mental Health: 1-866-531-2600
    • Addictions: 1-800-565-8603
    • Problem Gambling: 1-888-230-3505
  • Overdose Prevention Line:
    1-888-853-8542
    A number you can call if you are about to use drugs and are located in Ontario. The operator will stay with you on the phone line while you use drugs, in the event that they receive no response after administration of narcotics the operator will call 911 and alert them to a possible overdose. Operates 7 days a week Monday to Friday from 12 pm to 10pm and Saturday – Sunday from Noon until Midnight.
  • Wellness Together Canada
    Provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed.
  • Mindful Moments Sessions
    A virtual 15-minute mindfulness + yoga session offered twice daily from Monday to Friday by the Centre for Innovation in Peer Support and everyone is welcome!  The morning session is from 8:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. and the afternoon session is from 4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.  Click the link for information about how to connect.

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Local Mental Health Supports for Children, Youth and Young Adults

  • Kinark Child and Family Services
    705-742-3803
    A children’s mental health centre offering free services to children and youth with mental health issues, as well as support to their families/caregivers.  Staff are currently providing telephone support and advice to clients for critical issues.
  • Mental Health Services, Family and Youth ClinicPeterborough Regional Health Centre
    705-876-5114
    Offers outpatient programs for children/adolescents (0-18 years) and their families, including an Urgent Care Clinic, Family and Youth Clinic and Eating Disorders Clinic.  Services are currently being provided through telephone and video conferencing.
  • Peterborough Youth Services
    705-743-1681
    Provides counselling and support to young people aged 10-18 years and their families at no cost.  The organization is currently providing services and supports by phone.

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Broader Mental Health Supports for Children, Youth and Young Adults

  • Good2Talk
    1-866-925-5454
    Provides confidential mental health counselling and referrals for post-secondary students in Ontario.
    Dial 1-866-925-5454 to talk.
    Text “GOOD2TALKON” to 686868.
  • Kids Help Phone
    1-800-668-6868 (24 hours)
    Provides confidential toll-free phone, text or chat counselling to children and teenagers experiencing a wide variety of problems, issues and concerns.

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Other Helpful Resources on Mental Health and COVID-19

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Other Resources for Children and COVID-19

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Other Community Services Information and Support

  • 211 Ontario
    Dial 2-1-1
    211 Ontario provides information on government and community-based social services that can help you through this pandemic.
    Support is available phone (dial 211) where Community Navigators can take your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in 150 languages, through their website and search tool at 211ontario.ca, and through a ‘Live Chat’, on-line Monday to Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

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