Northern Ontario mental health and addiction COVID-19 innovations

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The COVID-19 pandemic required a unique response in order to continue mental health and addiction services which are essential.  In the North Region of the province, resilience and ingenuity are an everyday requirement as the region represents the majority of the province's land mass and a much smaller population dispersed across it. 

In their responses to the pandemic, Northern mental health and addiction service providers built new pathways, created new service options, worked through barriers alongside community partners and found ways to maintain and build connection with clients/patients. 

The innovation continues and many providers have made changes with such significant positive impact that they have transformed their service and plan to continue with these changes post-pandemic. 

The following resources offer some examples of the ways in which mental health and addiction service providers in Northern Ontario have redesigned their services and formed new partnerships to adapt to the shifting landscape of COVID-19.


Erin Dunn, Programmatic Manager
Email: Erin.Dunn@camh.ca

For more specific information about any of the innovations highlighted, please refer to the contact person(s) listed at the bottom of each resource.