Mental Health Resources – Part 3

PODCASTS

Hello friends!

Although some restrictions have recently been lifted, many of us are still facing challenges such as isolation, stress and anxiety as a result of measures we must take to protect ourselves and each other from COVID-19.

If you find yourself struggling, that is normal and OK. Here is a list of FREE podcasts that you may find useful in managing your mental health.

Most of these podcasts are available on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify, as well as other podcast apps.

1. Tara Brach: https://www.tarabrach.com/talks-audio-video/

“Tara Brach’s teachings blend Western psychology and Eastern spiritual practices, mindful attention to our inner life, and a full, compassionate engagement with our world.”

Offerings includes audio and Video talks, guided meditations, blogs, reading resources, articles, etc. 


2. The Hilarious World of Depression: https://www.hilariousworld.org/

“A show about clinical depression…with laughs? Well, yeah. Depression is an incredibly common and isolating disease experienced by millions, yet often stigmatized by society. The Hilarious World of Depression is a series of frank, moving, and, yes, funny conversations with top comedians who have dealt with this disease, hosted by veteran humorist and public radio host John Moe.”


3. The Happiness Lab: https://www.happinesslab.fm/

“Yale professor Dr. Laurie Santos has studied the science of happiness and found that many of us do the exact opposite of what will truly make our lives better… Laurie will take you through the latest scientific research and share some surprising and inspiring stories that will change the way you think about happiness.”

This podcast has a “Coronavirus Bonus” season specifically about how to cope with the changes and challenges that have accompanied the pandemic.


4. Wellbeing Podcast with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau: https://www.we.org/en-CA/get-doing/activities-and-resources/wellbeing/we-well-being-podcast/

“Challenge the way you see mental well-being through tackling taboos and frank conversation.”


5. The Calmer You Podcast: https://www.calmer-you.com/category/podcast/

“Helping people with anxiety to become calmer, happier and more confident.

Chloe Brotheridge tackles topics like how to reduce negative thinking, ways to heal trauma, and manage grief. A recent episode of this podcast specifically talks about how to be productive and manage stress while working from home during the coronavirus pandemic.”


6. A Mindful Moment:

“Are you thriving or just surviving? Increase your mindfulness to shift into living a life of purpose and meaning. Mindfulness improves your health, relationships, finances and career. Tap into your full potential by learning tips, techniques and new perspectives on a wide variety of topics.”


7. The Anxiety Coaches Podcast: https://www.theanxietycoachespodcast.com/

“The Anxiety Coaches Podcast is a relaxing and inspiring show sharing lifestyle changes to calm your nervous system and help you heal Anxiety, Panic, and PTSD for life! We Bring you 2 episodes every week. There is no need to walk this path alone. Join us for a relaxing, informative and inspiring time and start your journey out of anxiety-panic!”


8. Your Anxiety Toolkit: https://kimberleyquinlan.libsyn.com/

“Your Anxiety Toolkit aims to provide you with helpful tools to manage anxiety, stress and other emotions that get in the way.”


Mental Health Resources – Part 2

Apps

Hello friends! 

Although some restrictions have been lifted recently, many of us are still facing challenges such as isolation, stress and anxiety as a result of measures we must take to protect ourselves and each other from COVID-19. 

If you find yourself struggling, that is normal and OK. Here is a list of FREE online resources that you may find useful in managing your mental health. 

https://www.headspace.com/ 

“Headspace is here to give you the tools and resources to look after your mind…If you’re unemployed, you can get a free year of Headspace Plus to help you get back on your feet.” 

https://www.calm.com/ 

“Sleep more. Stress less. Live better.” 

Mindshift

“MINDSHIFT is free to download and use for all Canadians. It employs scientifically proven strategies based on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to help users learn to relax and be mindful, develop more effective ways of thinking, and use active steps to take charge of their anxiety.” 

https://mobile.va.gov/app/cbt-i-coach 

“CBT-i Coach is for people who are engaged in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia with a health provider, or who have experienced symptoms of insomnia and would like to improve their sleep habits.” 

https://calmharm.co.uk/ 

For self harm. 

https://www.clearfear.co.uk/ 

For anxiety. 

https://insighttimer.com/ 

Free Meditation app for sleep, anxiety and stress. 

https://www.downdogapp.com/ 

Free yoga, including prenatal. 


Mental Health Resources – Part 1

Websites

Hello friends! 

Although some restrictions have been lifted recently, many of us are still facing challenges such as isolation, stress and anxiety as a result of measures we must take to protect ourselves and each other from COVID-19. 

If you find yourself struggling, that is normal and OK. Here is a list of FREE online resources that you may find useful in managing your mental health. 

https://www.keltyskey.com/ 

“Kelty’s Key is your source for online therapy. Get tailored treatment from an online therapist or work on your own with our self-help resources… We are publicly funded by Vancouver Coastal Health, making all our services 100% free.” 

https://www.sfu.ca/carmha/publications/antidepressant-skills-workbook.html 

“The Antidepressant Skills Workbook (ASW) is a self-care guide that shows you how to use cognitive and behavioural methods to make important changes in thinking and actions that help one to emerge from depression and make it less likely to recur.” 

https://www.cci.health.wa.gov.au/resources/looking-after-yourself 

Looking after yourself modules: “If you experience a condition that is affecting your mental health and are looking for specific information about different types of problems, then the ‘workbooks’ or sets of modules in this section may be relevant to you.” 

https://www.anxietycanada.com/  

Anxiety Canada 

https://bouncebackbc.ca/ 

“BounceBack is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered online or over the phone with a coach, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.” 

https://bit.ly/2Aceokk

“Acceptance & Commitment Therapy webinars and workshops in response to Covid.”

https://www.tenpercent.com/coronavirussanityguide 

Coronavirus Sanity Guide 

https://palousemindfulness.com/ 

Online Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): “This online MBSR training course is 100% free, created by a fully certified MBSR instructor, and is based on the program founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.” 

http://freecbti.com/ 

Free Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  for Insomnia (CBTi) 

https://familysmart.ca/ 

“Are you a family with a child or youth with a mental health challenge? We get it – we are also families whose kids struggle with their mental health and we know things might be tough right now. We’ll listen – keep it real, and look for ways to help you.” 

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/health/managing-your-health/mental-health-substance-use/virtual-supports-covid-19 

BC Government resources including low cost counselling. 

https://here2talk.ca/home 

“Here2Talk connects post secondary students with mental health support when they need it. Through this program, all students currently registered in a B.C. post-secondary institution have access to free, confidential counselling and community referral services, conveniently available 24/7 via app, phone and web.” 

https://foundrybc.ca/virtual 

“Foundry is working to make sure all young people in British Columbia can get the care and support they need when they need it. We are now offering virtual drop-in counselling sessions by voice, video and chat to young people ages 12-24 and their caregivers!”