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The Great Canadian Giving Challenge

Have you heard of The Great Canadian Giving Challenge? Happening all of June, every dollar you donate to OFCP qualifies us to win $20,000. Get all the details at #GivingChallengeCA 

The Great Canadian Giving Challenge is an initiative from CanadaHelps that encourages Canadians across the country to donate to charities throughout the month of June.

For 2020, we're pleased to announce a grand prize of $20,000 —an increase of $10,000 from last year! The giving challenge runs from June 1st to June 30th, and is an opportunity for charities to rally their supporters and drive more donations for their cause.

Every dollar donated to any charity by an individual in June via,, or CanadaHelps fundraising tools* is an automatic entry for the chosen charity to win a $20,000 donation.

Mental Health in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy

Mental Health in Adolescents and Young Adults with Cerebral Palsy from CanChild

CP-NET partnered with the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy to create this workshop on mental health. This online workshop was presented on May 21st by Dr. Jan Willem Gorter - Director of CanChild and a pediatric rehabilitation medicine specialist at McMaster Children’s Hospital.

View this workshop by clicking here.

Additionally, here are some of the community resources that Dr. Jan Willem Gorter mentions in the webinar:

Adult CP Hub:

HB Alumni Network:

John Lord on Loneliness

Research shows that reduced social contact, being alone, isolation, & feelings of loneliness have all been associated with a reduced quality of life in people of all ages. Loneliness has been associated with a number of negative outcomes such as poor health, decreased quality of life & life satisfaction.

In this video, John Lord, researcher and author of numerous books addresses the impact of loneliness on our health & the ways to reach out & connect with others to improve our health & quality of life. With the COVID pandemic impacting many of our lives, this video has become even more relevant.

Click here to watch that video.

And, here is a book that John Lord speaks highly of in the video:

Mental Health Links and Resources

Government of Ontario Listing of Mental Health Supports

This site provides a listing of places to call, like: ConnexOntario Helpline, Good2Talk, BounceBack, Kids Helpline, etc.  

Growing Up with CP - Mental Health and Well-Being
by Jan William Gorter
CP-NET is excited to present “Growing up with CP: Mental Health & Well-being,” a webinar initiated and led by young adults for young adults. Highlighting both lived experience and recent research from the CP-NET MyStory project, this webinar explores the intersection of mental health and CP, and discusses how we can better support young people in developing positive outcomes in mental health and well-being.

In addition to young people with CP, this webinar is informative for parents and health professionals.  

Mindfulness Monday with Sue Hutton at CAMH
Free online mindfulness sessions for caregivers and loved ones in the developmental disability community, regardless of age or disability.  

Ontario Caregiver Organization
Information on COVID-19 is changing day by day. If you are a caregiver, you may want to have a plan in place if you, or a family member, partner, friend or neighbor, ever go into voluntary quarantine or become ill. And that includes talking with your family doctor, other doctors, and home care providers. Below you will find resources to consult for the most current information and recommendations.

COVID-19: Ontario Government Services and Resources has set up a page with a number of government services and resources, including:

1. Financial support
2. Supports for children and youth
3. Emergency shelters and other support services
4. Extensions on validations and deadlines
5. Mental health, wellness and addictions support AND
6. Support for seniors and people with disabilities (PWD)
COVID-19: Ontario Government Services and Resources
Click here to check out that page!

If you need help you can call

If you need help you should call
  • your primary health provider
  • a registered psychologist
  • another mental health provider in your community

You may also find the following contacts helpful.

  • Kids Help Phone: Call 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868.
  • Available 24 hours a day to Canadians aged 5 to 29 who want confidential and anonymous care from professional counsellors.
  • Download the Always There app for additional support or access the Kids Help Phone website.

Hope for Wellness Help Line

  • Call 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or connect to the online Hope for Wellness chat.
  • Available to all Indigenous peoples across Canada who need immediate crisis intervention. Experienced and culturally sensitive help line counsellors can help if you want to talk or are distressed.

  • Telephone and online counselling are available in English and French. On request, telephone counselling is also available in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.

Crisis Services Canada

  • If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566.
  • Available to all Canadians seeking support. Visit Crisis Services Canada for the distress centres and crisis organizations nearest you. infection/mental-health. html#_ Tips_for_taking

If you are in crisis

Volunteers and Small Businesses Step Up to Help Those in Need

The office of the Premier has put out an article concerning the more than 6,500 Ontarians offering to deliver food, run errands and connect with seniors and people with disabilities during COVID-19.

Ontario's volunteers and small businesses are rising to the challenge and helping seniors and other vulnerable people during the COVID-19 outbreak. Thousands of people are generously giving their time and resources to make and deliver food, run errands, and check in on those who are self-isolating.

For more information click here.



Ontario cases status updated twice a day, at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.


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