Supporting Frontline Health Care Workers

November 9, 2021

Supporting Frontline Health-Care Workers is a program that has been developed specifically to address the unique needs  of Ontario’s frontline health-care workers throughout Ontario as they grapple with issues precipitated by the pandemic. The program recognizes there are specific mental health needs within various frontline health-care environments, and  is facilitated through MHW and CMHA Ontario. 

This pandemic has created uncertainty, constant change, fear of exposing loved ones to a novel virus and high levels of moral distress for our health care workforce. Mental Health Works believes that addressing mental health in the workplace is critical to supporting the wellbeing of health-care workers now, and beyond the pandemic. The lifting of restrictions does not erase the experiences that frontline health-care workers have faced, and MHW is committed to providing safe spaces for health-care workers and leaders alike to learn, share, and grow together with the hope of strengthening psychologically healthy and safe workplaces where frontline workers can thrive.

MHW’s Supporting Frontline Health Care Workers is available to all:

• Hospital and acute-care staff

• Long-term care staff

• Community health care workers, including those serving specialized populations

• Health-care services for Indigenous populations

• Public health professionals

• Health care leaders

• Other workers in health-related organizations

If you would like to bring this program to your healthcare workplace, please reach out to for more information. 

About Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. We work to improve the lives of all Ontarians through leadership, collaboration and continual pursuit of excellence in community-based mental health and addictions services. Our vision is a society that embraces and invests in the mental health of all people. We are a trusted advisor to government, contributing to health systems development through policy formulation and recommendations that promote positive mental health. Our 28 local CMHA branches, together with community-based mental health and addictions service providers across the province, serve approximately 500,000 Ontarians each year.
About Ontario Federation of Agriculture
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For more information

Justin Dickie
Senior Strategic Communications Advisor
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
416-977-5580, ext. 4175
Peggy Brekveld
Ontario Federation of Agriculture
Deirdre Healey
Manager, News Service
University of Guelph
T: 519-824-4120 Ext. 56581