Mental Health Week and Launch of Caregiving Communities

Published on May 05, 2020

May 4 – 10th is Mental Health Week.

The Ontario Caregiver Organization is supporting the mental health of caregivers; family members, partners, friends or neighbours who are caring for others, either because of a physical or mental health challenge or as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across the province, people are rallying to support those who need help in their community. The challenge is knowing who needs the help and what organization in your community can provide it.

One of the ways we are supporting caregivers is through our NEW Caregiving Communities portal that provides an easy way for your constituents to find help, including mental health support, but also support with day-to-day tasks including grocery or medication pick-up. Caregiving Communities can also help connect Long Term Care and Retirement Homes with community-based organizations that may be running a personal protective equipment drive or an organization collecting tablets and other technology that can help seniors stay connected.

Here’s how it works:


Individuals
Members of your community who need help can search for the local organization that is assisting with:

  • Grocery shopping and delivery
  • Medication pick-up
  • Social support – friendly phone calls
  • Communication devices i.e. tablet
  • Prepared meals
  • Mental health support
  • Spiritual support
  • Games, books and crosswords

Long-term care homes, retirement homes and other assisted living organizations

These residences in your community can search for organizations that are collecting or providing:

  • Personal protective equipment
  • Hand sanitizer, wipes, soap
  • Communication devices i.e. tablet
  • Social support – friendly phone calls
  • Spiritual support
  • Prepared meals
  • Mental health support
  • Games, books, crosswords

Charities and other community-based organizations
Charities, non-profits, service clubs and faith-based organizations that are offering to provide these services can register themselves on the portal so that they can easily be found by those that need their help.
Using the portal is easy:

  • By choosing Find Support, individuals and organizations can identify the type of support needed and search for local organizations that may be able to help
  • By choosing Offer Support, organizations providing local support can register on the portal to let others know they are there to help

There is no cost to participate and use this portal. We are all in this together and we see an opportunity to leverage our resources and network to help.
We ask that you share this information with your residents and community partners. By spreading the word about Caregiving Communities, vulnerable and isolated people in your community will be better supported during the pandemic and more organizations will offer their help.

If you know of an organization that should be added to the portal, please let us know at cc@ontariocaregiver.ca or have the organization contact us directly. 

Thank you in advance for your support and stay well.

Sincerely,

Christine Hogarth, MPP

Etobicoke-Lakeshore