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Anxiety - Resources and Support

Ontario Shores Resources

Community Services / Groups

  • COPE Mental Health Program: (905) 905-666-0689 (Oshawa branch)          
    Various Branches. Groups include things like: Anxiety and Depression Support, Anxiety and Stress Management, Mood Mastery, Wellness for Women/Men, Coping with Bipolar Disorder, Social Recreation, and Bereavement Support.
  • AIMHS (Formerly INTERACT Program) – (905) 576-8711  ext. 6029
    Located in Whitby; a program of Lakeridge Health. Groups include things like: time-limited psychotherapy, CBT, anxiety management, OCD group, relaxation training, anger management, mindfulness-based stress reduction. Referral required or self-referral in person.
  • Durham Mental Health Services - (905) 666-2976
    Has Community Support and Resource groups in Ajax, Oshawa, Whitby. Topics: assertiveness, coping, medication management, physical health/nutrition, social skills, budgeting. Day program & peer support groups also offered. Registration/referral required.
  • CAREA Community Health Centre – (905) 723-0036 
    Located in Oshawa. Groups include things like: Psychotherapy; Wellness; Body Beautiful; Artscape; Challenge, Change and Choices, Transgender Journey. Self referral.
  • Oshawa Psychological & Counselling Services (low fee and sliding scale offered with interns) (905) 721-7723; 1-866-568-947
  • Mood Disorders Association of Ontario Support Line (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:00)    1-888-486-8236
  • Anxiety Canada
    Provides cognitive behavior therapy approaches for managing anxiety, and with sleep hygiene tips. The website has also expanded to include agoraphobia tools, and my anxiety plan templates.

 

Apps


7 Cups: Anxiety & Stress Chat
7 Cups of Tea (2019)
Free
Available on:
iOS | Android
Provides a chat messaging platform (available via the app or a web browser) for users to receive emotional support and counselling through trained volunteers and self-help tools. There is also a fee-based option to speak with certified therapists.

 


MindShift CBT – Anxiety Canada
Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia (2019)
Free
Available on:
iOS | Android

Designed to help users cope with anxiety. In addition to providing strategies to deal with everyday anxiety, this app also offers specific tools to tackle issues like social anxiety and perfectionism.


Sanvello for Stress, Anxiety & Depression (previously Pacifica)
Sanvello Health Inc. (2020)
Free
Available on:
iOS | Android

Offers tools to help ease stress and anxiety, including a daily mood tracker and relaxation audio recordings.


NOCD: Effective care for OCD
NOCD INC (2019)
Free
Available on:
iOS | Android

Designed for people with OCD who are undergoing cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), exposure and response prevention (ERP), or acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). Provides a variety of personalized features to complement ongoing treatment.

Websites

Videos

Videos on mindfulness (YouTube)

Books / Workbooks

  • The Anti-Anxiety Workbook: Proven Strategies to Overcome Worry, Phobias, Panic and Obsessions by Martin Antony, 2008
  • The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder by Hyman and Pedrick, 2010
  • The Relaxation & Stress Reduction Workbook by Davis, Eshelman, and McKay which teaches clinically proven stress-management and relaxation techniques.
  • Mind Over Mood: Change How You Feel by Changing How You Think. Second Edition by Dennis Greenberg and Christine Padesky, 2016.
  • Palouse Mindfulness: Free online mindfulness-based stress reduction program.  This course helps participants cope with stress and deal with disturbing events. 
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