Canadian Mental Health Association of Waterloo-Wellington launched Here4Healthcare to help frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Here4Healthcare is a specialized team and online resource dedicated to supporting the mental health of these workers.
Through the website, they can gain access to free psychiatry, psychotherapy, support groups, online virtual care, and resources.
"So much of their time and energy is focused on taking care of other people right now, we know we need to make Here4Healthcare sustainable so that we can start to address the layers of trauma that our healthcare workforce and first responders must be feeling, and will be feeling into the future," said Helen Fishburn, Executive Director, CMHA Waterloo-Wellington.
She said they want to do as much as they can to help as it has been an incredibly stressful time for people on the frontline.
"The way they described it, it's like a war zone, they are fighting a deadly, contagious virus, it's unlike anything we have never seen before. There are concerns over personal protective equipment that we have heard about across the province, obviously, they are working long hours, it's exhausting."
CMHA Waterloo-Wellington worked with Counselling Collaborative of Waterloo, Family Counselling and Support Services of Guelph-Wellington, and many other public and private providers to bring the program to life.
"Our motto during this was fast, maybe not perfect. We just worked really really hard, late nights and weekends to get the redeployment of our current teams," said Alison DeMuy, Director of Strategy and Community Engagement, CMHA Waterloo-Wellington.
CMHA said there will be no wait to access care if you are on the frontlines of COVID-19 and need support.