COVID-19: Wellness Resources for Faculty and Trainees

U of T and Temerty Faculty of Medicine resources and updates regarding COVID-19

Emergency Childcare available for Essential Workers: City of Toronto Press Release 

Toronto Distress Centres
416.408.4357 (HELP) or Text: 45645
24-hour confidential emotional support and crisis intervention 7 days a week to individuals in our community at risk

Gerstein Centre
24-hour confidential emotional support and crisis intervention for adults in Toronto

CMA Support Line

1-800-851-6606 (option 1)

This resource is available to physicians, medical learners and their immediate family 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This free and confidential service provides both crisis-support and can help connect individuals with counselling.

Temerty Faculty of Medicine: The Faculty Resource Navigation line
M-F 12:30pm-8:30pm 

From who to call if you need groceries or pet care, to resources for emotional support, our goal is to help you find the support that you require at this time. If we don't have the answer to your question we will do the research for you and get back to you, so that you can focus on your other responsibilities.

Requests are confidential. This service is available to all faculty members at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto.

Wellness and Mental Health Resources and Information



CAMH: COVID-19 Information for health care workers

CAMH is providing access to mental health and addiction supports for health care workers who might be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These supports will include access to resources, psychotherapy and psychiatric services.

Project ECHO at CAMH: Ontario Coping with COVID-19

ECHO Coping with COVID is designed for Hospital-Based Healthcare Providers and Residents responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants are invited to join ECHO sessions virtually through multi-point videoconference technology to share and learn about ways to build resilience and overall wellness through didactic lectures and case-based discussions.

OMA: Physician Health Program

The PHP provides confidential support for individuals who are struggling with substance use and mental health concerns, as well as with other behaviours that have a personal and professional impact. 

OMA: Keeping yourself healthy: Resilience and stress inoculation during COVID-19

Resilience-promoting steps provided by the Ontario Medical Association.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine - Oxford COVID-19 Evidence Service

Evidence synthesis and dissemination to the effort against the current COVID-19 pandemic

WHO: Mental Health and Psychosocial Considerations During COVID-19 Outbreak

These mental health considerations were developed by the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Use as messages targeting different groups to support for mental and psychosocial well-being during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Facebook group: COVID-19 Women Physicians’ Emotional Well-Being

This group is a safe space for women physicians to process their emotional experience during the COVID-19 pandemic

Three steps to coping with anything (including COVID-19)

Drs. Bob Maunder and Jon Hunter made this video to help their hospital colleagues to cope with COVID-19

Tips for managing anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic

Experts share tips for managing anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention shares tips for taking care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty.

30 Minute Physician Mindfulness

Drop in and learn short mindfulness practices to help find calm in the midst of challenge. Relax, recharge and learn how to incorporate moments of mindfulness into your day.

OMA: MD-led virtual chats to support one another during COVID-19

MDs are invited to drop in virtually for noon sessions offered for one hour daily Monday to Friday.

Self-Compassion - Dr. Kristin Neff 

Exercises and workshops on self-compassion, including Self-Compassion in the Midst of COVID-19. 

Canadian Society of Physician Leaders: Ensuring Our Own Wellbeing as We Care for Others During the COVID-19 Crisis

Using the 5 C's of Resilience framework, CSPL provides tangible things that can be done to help you remain well. 

Canadian Psychological Association: Psychologists giving back to front line service providers

The CPA has compiled a listing of psychologists who have volunteered to provide psychological services to front line health care providers.

Updated February 5, 2021