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The NLTA Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Coordinators are available through telephone and email to serve teachers and provide support during this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. Please reach out to EAP with your needs and questions at this time. Gail Carroll 1.800.563.3599, ext. 242, 733.3242, gmcarroll@nlta.nl.ca; Kenda Riggs 1.800.563.3599, ext. 265, 733.3265, kriggs@nlta.nl.ca.

COVID-19 Wellness and Mental Health Resources

If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, please contact the Mental Health Crisis Centre at 1-888-737-4668 or call 911.

STARLING MINDS

FREE access to a limited range of programming designed specifically to help with managing the uncertainty, stress and anxiety many are facing every day due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 (As part of the registration process, you will receive a confirmation email. Please check alternative folders to find your confirmation email if you don’t see it in your inbox. Also, when asked about industry you will find “Primary/Elementary/Secondary” as an option. For our Francophone colleagues, once you login please select member on the top right of the screen and change the language to French.)

STRONGER MINDS

FREE digital program to support your mental well-being through the COVID-19 crisis. Get guidance that’s created to help with the specific emotional well-being concerns stirred by the pandemic through easy-to-digest resources from our team of caring clinical psychologists.

WELLNESS TOGETHER CANADA

FREE online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed.

ANXIETY CANADA

Struggling with anxiety during this time of uncertainty? You’re not alone. Learn from our experts on how you can cope.

BRIDGE THE GAPP

FREE self-help resources and information in such areas as stress management, depression, anxiety and addictions as well as links to free online programs, listings of local services, and tools for coping.

MINDWELL

A workplace mindfulness and wellness platform. This online mindfulness training takes only 5-10 min per day. A new 30-day mindfulness challenge starts every Monday. Also available for free via www.bridgethegapp.ca

GUIDED IMAGERY

A form of mindfulness guided by a professional therapist to help individuals focus on positive mental images in order to evoke feelings of relaxation.

THERAPY ASSISTANCE ONLINE

FREE self-help library online platform available in English/French. Includes: Calming Your Worry, Improving Your Mood, Leave your Blues Behind, Evaluating Alcohol & Drug Use, Recovery Skills for Addictions, Interpersonal Relationships & Communication, and Pain Management.

PROVINCIAL WARM LINE

Non-emergency, non-crisis telephone support between 11 am to 11 pm, 7 days a week with trained mental health peer support to anyone needing a non-judgmental listener when feeling alone or isolated. Call 1-855-753-2560.

MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS LINE

FREE confidential telephone support, available 24/7 for individuals who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Call 1-888-737-4668.

SMOKERS HELP LINE

FREE confidential service providing articles, tools, and support while working toward being smoke-free. Connect via phone, text, email, or live chat.

ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS NL

The AA helpline is answered by volunteers M-F from 2 to 8 pm. Outside these hours, they will do their best to return your call as soon as possible and normally within an hour.  Call (709) 579-6091; Help Line: (709) 579-5215. 

PROBLEM GAMBLING SUPPORT

1-888-899-HELP (4357) available 24/7 to anyone negatively impacted by gambling, including family or friends. It is free and confidential, and provides information, resources, and crisis intervention.

811 HEALTHLINE

Dial 811 anytime in NL to speak to a registered nurse for information about physical/mental health services in your area and answer questions about health-related topics.

HOPE FOR WELLNESS HELPLINE

Immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous people across Canada. Available 24/7, in English/French, and on request, in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut. Call 1-855-242-3310.

CANADIAN MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION

FREE resources and wellness webinars for mental health that can help cope with the current health crisis. Call 1-877-753-8550 M-F, 8:30-4:30 pm.

VICTIM SERVICES

FREE service to adult victims of crime in NL providing confidential assistance to victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, criminal harassment, and more. Call (709) 729-0900. You can quickly exit their website with no trace of visiting. If you are in imminent danger, call 911.

SENIORS NL

Seniors NL promotes the independence and well-being of older adults in NL through the provision of information as well as various programs and services. Call toll free 1-800-563-5599 or (709) 737-2333.

PROVINCIAL OPIOID TOLL-FREE LINE

An information line to help individuals connect with opioid addiction supports and services. Call 1-844-752-3588.

MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS APPS

The following apps can be downloaded through Apple Store or Google Play:

Mindshift CBT by Anxiety Canada (free) uses scientifically proven strategies to help you learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of your anxiety such as worry, panic, perfectionism, social anxiety and phobias.

Calm (7-day free trial) is focused on mindfulness and can help to lower stress and anxiety with guided meditations. It includes breathing programs, sleep meditations and relaxing music.

Headspace (10-day free trial) integrates mindfulness into your day with guided meditations on everything from managing stress and anxiety to sleep, productivity, exercise and physical health.