Mental Health & Wellness Education & Resources
Provided to you by: Sarah Currie
The following resources are meant for graduates experiencing non-acute
symptomology (i.e. “not in immediate or near-immediate danger” or
“symptomology is chronic and well-managed”). Generally, this population needs
‘mental wellness’ or ‘self-care’ resources to “ride the waves” of states of being. It
is normal to have dark days, and it is normal to have abnormally bright/dark days
as you cycle through the waves of being a human being. Try your best not to
self-diagnose yourself and others based on presentation, and do try not to see
wellness as a binary conglomerate of positive/negative symptomology: so much
of the socioemotional human experience is needlessly stigmatized and
diagnosed when those actions are unnecessary and unhelpful. If you are
struggling with acute symptomology or immediate feelings of illness, please
consult the Mental Illness resources below this section.
More Feet on the Ground: CICMH’s allyship in mental health and wellness
training program for the general public (RRR method)
Also contains free guides & resources about post-secondary mental health issues, equity concerns and substance use comorbidities at higher education institutions
FREE resources, option to take seminars about MFG at the University of Waterloo via GoSignMeUp Portal
H-Madness: derived from the Disability Studies department at Ryerson
University, H-Madness is a resource aggregator of mental illness, insanity,
institutionalization, psychiatry, psychotherapy (and adjacent) interdisciplinary
research, with particular interest in humanities contributions.
FREE resource repository for recent & past studies on mental illness and wellness, society-based mythologies and current “best practices” (academic work & research)
Thunderbird’s FNIM (Indigenous) Mental Health Framework: Toronto-based
FNIM (First Nations, Inuit and Metis) Peoples organization that centers the
mental illness/wellness experiences of this Canadian population. Variety of
infographics, studies and research-at-a-glance about Indigenous wellness,
rhetoric and implementation practices.
FREE guides & resources about inclusivity to FNIM wellness practices, the Canadian Continuum Framework, and national frameworks created to address inequities in service care for this population
CMHA National: Canada’s “Mental Health Assocation”, a national network of
researchers and collaborators across Canada dedicated to the pursuit of better
research and implementation of mental health policies and protocols.
FREE guides & resources on a variety of topics: IMPACT reports, community efforts (you can search CMHA by region - if you are KW local, you want the CMHA-KW), published commissioned studies, networking, mental health/illness fact sheets and brochures
Has a fairly good MH Check app (re-developed for 2020: Mental Health Meter, a self-test that may help you decide if you need to pursue more immediate help in your community.
Togetherall Canada (formerly BigWhiteWall): provides evidence-based peer
support platform in a safe, monitored environment (monitored by mental health
professionals and crisis services workers).
FREE membership, monitored content, 24/7 space to share brave space and safe space with other Canadians who may be going through the same things you are
MHCC National: Canada’s “Mental Health Commission”, a national research
conglomerate of top professionals working in and within the periphery of mental
health leading large-scale knowledge mobilization (KM) and knowledge
exchange (KE) efforts in provincial divisions. Massive resource compendium that
connects many Canadian resources in one place.
Their Resource Hub is particularly robust: find evidence-based information collections on COVID-19 resources, Youth&Children, Coping, Isolation Stress, all major psychosocial disorders as compiled by the DSM-5, regional coalitions and service centers
You may be interested in the Ontario MH & Addictions Services compilation if yourself or a loved one is suffering from complex co-morbid issues and you are seeking external resources beyond the scope of the University
Research into Recovery: a University of Nottingham database of UK-collected
mental illness and wellness research done over the past 10 years by a
dedicated, multidisciplinary team in Medicine & Medical Humanities. Many, many
studies done on resiliency, maintaining mental wellness, preventative practices.
MANY FREE resources, particularly focused on Recovery and Well-Being and fostering a self-lead continuous recovery effort, or maintaining states of general wellness
SELF-ASSESSMENT charts are in full swing on RiR’s website: there are lots of self-assessment (evidence-based) tests you can take to assess your mental health general state, disorder or coping practices. This is NOT formal medical advice, just an indicator.
(leans toward acute, non-chronic experiences)
Below are some other links to resources for those who are suffering from acute, non-chronic mental illness-related experiences and issues:
Misunderstood Minds: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/misunderstoodminds/attentiondiffs.html
Anxiety Canada: https://www.anxietycanada.com/
American Association for Suicidology: https://suicidology.org/
Schizophrenia Society of Canada: https://www.schizophrenia.on.ca/
Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute: https://ca.ctrinstitute.com/resources/#cihandouts