Mental Health and COVID-19

COVID-19 and Your Mental Health



This page provides families and youth information and access to resources about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their lives and mental health.



At New Path, we are committed to supporting efforts to minimize exposure and spread of COVID 19. At this time, during the stay at home measures, we continue to offer in-person, call-in and online mental health services by appointment only. Our preference for the 28 day stay at home measures is to offer virtual services, but we recognize that this is not the best option for all of our families and youth. We continue to be well-positioned and prepared to offer in-person child and youth mental health services when necessary.  Should an in-person session be requested, as an essential service and as per the government’s directives, travel to New Path office locations is possible for that appointment.

Call us today 705.725.7656 or 1.866.566.7656 or email: info@newpath.ca and a counsellor will contact you to book an appointment. 

If you are a current client, please call your counsellor to book your next appointment.


Free child and youth mental health services in Simcoe County. Offered in person, online and by phone.

Call us today. 705-725-7656  Toll Free: 1-866-566-7656


 



 

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BounceBack® is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).

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The Mental Health Commission of Canada has compiled the following tips to help Canadians protect their mental health as they strive to safeguard their physical well-being and that of their loved ones.

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A new fictional book developed by and for children aims to help families understand and cope with COVID-19.

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The Child Mind Institute is supporting families during COVID-19. Browse the resources on the website.  

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Resources to support parents/caregivers discussing COVID19 with children/youth.

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Find made-in-Ontario activities, courses and more to keep the learning going, from home.

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Learn about coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Ontario and how the province is keeping people safe.

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Government of Canada, up-to-date information on impacts of COVID-19.

SERVICE DELIVERY UPDATE

Dear New Path clients and colleagues:

As of January 14, 2021, New Path, as an essential service, is open and continues to offer services. During the current emergency order and to help reduce the spread of COVID 19, our preference for the 28 day stay at home measures is to offer virtual services. We recognize that this is not the best option for all of our families and youth and we continue to be well-positioned and prepared to offer in-person child and youth mental health services when necessary.  Should an in-person session be requested, as an essential service and as per the government’s directives, travel to a New Path office locations is possible for that appointment. Should you attend a New Path office, we will be preceding all of our sessions with a COVID screen prior to your session.  We ask that you wear a mask to our offices as this is a directive from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.  We will also be limiting wait times in our buildings as well as practicing physical distancing, proper hand hygiene and cleaning practices.   Should you feel unwell in any way please stay home and contact your New path worker to arrange a virtual session.
As such, New Path Youth & Family Services has made the following changes to our service delivery:

• Modifications have been made to all counselling, Call-In Clinic, brief counselling, school-based and youth-justice services. This means that:

  • counselling services are now offered in-person, online and by telephone
  • if you are a current client, please call your counsellor to book your next appointment
  • if you need support through our Call-In Clinic, please call: 705-725-7656 or 1-866-566-7656 and a counsellor will contact you to book an appointment

• We have adopted measures that support social distancing and additional sanitization efforts in our offices to those staff providing vital telephone counselling services to those in need

• The Live-In Treatment Services (LITS) program is unique and will continue to run as usual with additional cleaning/sanitizing taking place at the houses

• We ask you to protect yourself by following the Government of Canada recommendations including:

  • washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom and when preparing food
  • using alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • when coughing or sneezing:
    • cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand
    • dispose of any tissues you have used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash your hands afterwards
    • avoiding touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands

• More information on the COVID-19 virus and how to protect yourself and your family is available at: www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

I want to thank all of our dedicated staff for their commitment to our clients at this challenging time. Your continued support of these vital services is deeply appreciated.

Elizabeth McKeeman
CEO, New Path Youth & Family Services