Welcome to the AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario

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In response to the current COVID – 19 Public Health Emergency, ABRPO would like to share some resources with you to help cope during these challenging and high anxiety times.

  • BounceBack® (www.Bouncebackontario.ca ) is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness. 
  • www.BigWhiteWall.com  is a free, anonymous, online social platform for individuals experiencing mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression.  It is moderated by trained “wall guides” 24/7 and is a place to connect and receive support from others with similar experiences. 

As of Saturday, June 13, 2020, HPCO is pleased to launch a Support Service Line for front line care workers to help cope with stress and build resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Individuals trained and credentialled in providing support in grief, bereavement, spiritual support, and emotional support are available to listen and help you. The Helpline team has extensive experience and understand the unique needs of health care workers. They can lend an ear to simply listen, or offer information, assessment, and referral to services based on your needs, preferences, and location.

Call our free, confidential stress, grief and bereavement support line
1‐866‐485‐4204 Toll Free

This free support service is available to front line health care workers in Ontario and is available in English only at this time. 

  • Kids Help Phone: 24/7 virtual support service offering professional counselling, information and referrals as well as volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French at 1-800-668-6868.
  • Good2Talk is a free, confidential mental health support service providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions, and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365. Learn more at www.good2talk.ca[RR(3] .
  • For Ontarians currently receiving mental health and addictions services and supports, please contact your current service provider to learn about potential virtual care options.
  • For Ontarians interested in public addictions services and mental health services for those over 18, they can contact ConnexOntario, Ontario’s mental health, addictions and problem gambling helpline at 1-866-531-2600.
  • Children and youth under 18 can locate mental health services through the Ontario.ca and Kids Help Phone websites or contact Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) for 24/7 support if they need someone to talk to.
  • Wellness Together Canada provides free online resources, tools, apps, and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed. These resources and tools include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation, and relationship issues. You can click the ‘Get Started’ button to create an account and answer a series of questions to guide you in choosing from a variety of tools and resources to help you. Or you can access educational resources and immediate support crisis lines without creating an account.

AIDS Bereavement and Resiliency Program of Ontario (ABRPO) assists;

  • Workers to continue to provide effective and compassionate service,
  • Organizations to retain and care for invaluable professional staff and volunteers,
  • Communities to respond effectively to the unique needs of their members.

We have been helping ASOs and other AIDS-serving organizations in Ontario strengthen resiliency in the face of multiple loss and grief since 1994. Contact us to create a program that is tailored to your organization’s needs. ABRPO’s programs are fully funded by Ontario’s Ministry of Health, AIDS Bureau.