Free Mental Health Support For Frontline Workers - How does it work?

Free Mental Health Support For Frontline Workers - How does it work?

Posted: 2020-06-08 16:09:51 By: jacob

Grant Nickals of Muskoka Morning had the chance to speak one on one with Dr. Liliana Tarba (Disaster Response Network Lead for the Ontario Psychological Association) about the announcement for more mental health support for frontline workers who don’t have coverage.

How does it work, why is it important, and how to take the first steps?

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Ontario 211 and the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) are working together to ensure frontline workers are getting the mental health care they need. This partnership will enable frontline workers without extended health benefits to access psychological services at no cost throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic response.

The program can provide up to 6 mental health treatment sessions with a psychologist at no cost for frontline workers, including people working in shelters, grocery stores, and pharmacies. Priority is being given to those who don’t have adequate coverage including some support workers who don’t have this type of coverage.  The service covers dependants, who may have developed mental health struggles and have no, or limited, extended health coverage.

Frontline persons requiring mental health coverage can be referred services by calling 211.

Dr. Liliana R. Tarba, Ph.D.
Board Of Directors, Lead of Disaster Response Network of Ontario Psychological Associatio


Experienced Clinical Psychologist with a demonstrated history of working in the mental health industry. Services provided are psychotherapy, evaluation/assessments, and consultation/supervision. Therapeutic orientation includes a blend of humanistic, psychoanalytic/dynamic/relational, and EFT therapy. Strong assessment skills, particularly in areas of adult learning disabilities and complex psychiatric diagnosis