Resources for Public Mental Health

Posted December 12, 2022

RESTORE: Recovering from Extreme Stressors Through Online Resources and E-health

An online guided mental health program, RESTORE: Recovering from Extreme Stressors Through Online Resources and E-health, is designed to improve the well-being of individuals who had extremely stressful experiences related to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was developed by UHN and University of Toronto Psychologist, Dr. Kathryn Trottier, along with other international experts.

We’re eager to get this intervention to those who need it and appreciate your help spreading the word that RESTORE is now freely available across Canada.

• Online self-directed intervention with guidance through direct messaging and/or calls
• Based on evidence-based psychotherapies for anxiety, depression, and PTSD
• Specifically designed for the COVID-19 context
• Developed at UHN along with international PTSD experts
• Hosted on UHN’s secure servers

Evaluation to date
• RESTORE was tested in healthcare workers during the delta wave
• RESTORE was also made freely available to UHN healthcare workers
• On average, RESTORE has led to large improvements in anxiety, depression, PTSD, grief, moral injury, and work functioning in healthcare workers
• On average, improvements were similar to those typically seen with evidence-based, face-to-face psychotherapies
• User satisfaction ratings and feedback has been very positive

Who is RESTORE for?
• RESTORE is currently available to adults 18 and older residing in Canada who experienced a traumatic or extremely stressful situation related to COVID-19 who:
o are experiencing stress responses such as anxiety, low mood, irritability, or bothersome memories, thoughts or feelings about what happened
o have access to high-speed internet and a computer or tablet
o are able to read and write in English

How to access RESTORE?
• Sign up at
• A brief online intake assessment is required before accessing the program as some individuals may require a higher level of care


Posted November 6, 2020

City of Toronto – COVID-19 Mental Health Resources


COVID-19 Fact Sheet: Resources for Ontarians Experiencing Mental Health
and Addictions Issues During the Pandemic


COVID-19 Fact Sheet: Talking to Children About the Pandemic


Posted July 20, 2020

Phases of Disaster
Disaster Technical Assistance Center, SAMHSA, June 2020

COVID-19 National Survey Dashboard
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 2020

Understanding the perceived mental health of Canadians during the COVID-19 pandemic
Leanne C. Findlay, Rubab Arim, and Dafna Kohen, Health Reports, June 24 2020

Impact of SARS-CoV-2 (Coronavirus) Pandemic on Public Mental Health.
Javed, B., Sarwer, A., Soto, E. B., & Mashwani, Z. U. R. (2020). Frontiers in Public Health, 8, 292.

Is returning to work during the COVID-19 pandemic stressful? A study on immediate mental health status and psychoneuroimmunity prevention measures of Chinese workforce.
Tan, Wanqiu et al. Brain, behavior, and immunity vol. 87 (2020): 84-92. doi:10.1016/j.bbi.2020.04.055

From Individual to Social Trauma: Sources of Everyday Trauma in Italy, the US and UK during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Masiero, M., Mazzocco, K., Harnois, C., Cropley, M., & Pravettoni, G. (2020). Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. Published online: 12 Jul 2020
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