External COVID-19 Resources

Science Brief: Behavioural Science Principles for Enhancing Adherence to Public Health Measures

This Science Brief was prepared on behalf of the Ontario Behavioural Science Working Group and the Ontario COVID-19 Science Advisory Table.

The brief describes how we can use behavioural science principles to maintain and enhance adherence to public health messaging, including promising strategies to increase effective masking and physical distancing.

Read the Science Brief

Canadian Red Cross Psychological First Aid

The Canadian Red Cross teaches two Psychological First Aid courses: Self-Care and Caring for Others.

Psychological First Aid courses, Self-Care and Caring for Others

The Relaunch – Back to School After COVID-19 Restrictions (Guidance from the Psychological Society of Ireland)

The Psychological Society of Ireland published return to school guidance in anticipation of a return to school for pupils in September.

The Relaunch – Back to School After COVID-19 Restrictions (Guidance from PSI).pdf

Pandemic Parenting

Pandemic Parenting 

A platform where experts can share free science-based knowledge, experience, and resources. Our goal is to build a supportive, informed community for all who care for or work with children and seek information about how to make the tough decisions ahead while coping with pandemic-related stress.

Free upcoming webinars:

You can learn more about Pandemic Parenting on our website, by following us on FacebookTwitter, or Instagram, or by subscribing to the Pandemic Parenting email list. Feel free to share with loved ones, colleagues, and clients. 

Dr. Lindsay Malloy and Dr. Amanda Zelechoski

Psychological First Aid for Frontline Health Care Providers During COVID-19: A Quick Guide to Wellness

Prepared by
Dr. Mélanie Joanisse, C.Psych.
Clinical and Health Psychologist

Psychological First Aid for Frontline Health Care Providers During COVID-19: A Quick Guide to Wellness (PDF)

Disclaimer: the tools provided in this workbook are not intended to be viewed as a replacement for psychological services provided by a trained professional. Please seek professional help if needed.

CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.

Use of Cloth Face Coverings during Pandemic: Wearing, Maintaining and Making Cloth Face Coverings

Psychology Foundation of Canada Webinar & Digital Workshop Series


A Parent’s Guide To Staying Sane During the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 6th) https://bit.ly/3aUrjUN

Past Webinars https://psychologyfoundation.org/Public/Professionals/For-Me/Webinars/Content/Professional__Educators__Social_Service__Health/Webinars/Webinars.aspx?hkey=0e8de7a1-7669-4188-bc3e-0c2b53e6c5bc

Kids Have Stress Too (Digital Workshop) https://psychologyfoundation.org/Public/Professionals/For-Me/Digital-Training/Content/Professional__Educators__Social_Service__Health/PFC-Digital-Training/Online-Training.aspx?hkey=ac117984-578e-4d19-8263-fd69baf155cb

CPA Input on Federal COVID-19 Emergency Response Programs (April 2020)

The CPA sent a letter to the Federal Minister of Finance, The Honourable Bill Morneau, outlining its serious concerns that members in private practice were not eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), and the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) program. The CPA was pleased to see changes in the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) program which expands the payroll threshold from $50,000 to $200,000 to be eligible for a maximum loan of $40,000.

Thoughts on Record: Podcast of the Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

The Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy has a podcast covering many of the psychological impacts of COVID-19. Interviews with Dr. Kim Corace, Dr. Keith Dobson, and many others can be heard here: https://www.buzzsprout.com/811163

Chronic Pain and COVID-19 Study

Do you suffer from chronic pain?
Your pain has been present for more than 3 months?
And interferes with daily activities?

The COVID-19 pandemic affects everyone.

Tell us how it is impacting your pain, its treatment and your well-being!
Please complete our online questionnaire: https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/covid19-pain

Enter for a chance to win one of 10 prepaid Visa® $100 gift cards

For more information:
Audrée Janelle-Montcalm

Principal investigator:
Manon Choinière, Ph.D. manon.choiniere@umontreal.ca

CIPSRT resources on the biopsychosocial and economic impacts of COVID-19

The Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment has launched a webpage with excellent resources on the biopsychosocial and economic impacts of COVID-19.


COVID-19 Resource links

Current information about COVID-19 may be accessed from:

Sun Life Covers Virtual Care Services Delivered by Psychologists

Sun Life has advised that, as of March 23, 2020, they will cover virtual care services delivered by psychologists. For further information go to https://www.sunlife.ca/slf/Focus+Updates/covid19/Virtual+care?&vgnLocale=en_CA

Daily “Virtual Lunch” for Mental Health Care Professionals and Clients

“Our approved sponsor Leading Edge Seminars will be doing a “virtual lunch” daily at noon for their community of mental health professionals and clients. This will begin with Lawrence Murphy (online counseling), Janina Fisher (psychotherapist, consultant), and Margaret Wehrenberg (author of books on the treatment of anxiety and depression).

To register for any of these free Virtual Lunches, follow this link.

The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) news release: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

The U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued the following news release: Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19. The outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) may be stressful for people and communities. Fear and anxiety about a disease can be overwhelming and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations. More …