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Introduction

Everyone wants to be happy, content and healthy. Unfortunately, anyone can become stressed, overwhelmed, or have problems with moods, feelings and behaviours. Common mental health problems include anxiety, depression, eating disorders and addictions. Fortunately, help is available.

 

This guide has more information about the types of mental health help, supports and services that may be helpful for you, a family member or loved one.

Crisis Lines including Telephone, Online and Chat

Crisis lines offer free, immediate and confidential one-on-one assistance to callers in need and usually operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are generally staffed by either paid professionals, or trained volunteers. They will listen, offer support and advice, and if necessary, will try to help the caller get connected to help in his/her community. 

All ages
403-237-5888
1-877-237-5888 (Toll Free)
All ages
403-266-1601
403-266-4357 (Crisis Line)
All ages
780-429-0230
All ages
1-877-303-2642
All ages
780-414-6300
780-482-4357 (Crisis Line)
All ages
780-424-5875
All ages
403-245-3900
All ages
1-855-242-3310
1-855-242-3310 (Crisis Line)
5 - 20 years
416-586-5437
800-668-6868 (Crisis Line)

Walk-In Counselling

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All ages
Unavailable
All ages
780-414-6300
780-482-4357 (Crisis Line)

Hospital Emergency Department

Going to the Emergency Department of your local hospital is helpful for crises and emergency situations such as thoughts of suicide or homicide (thoughts of seriously harming oneself or others); conditions such as psychosis or mania.

16 years and up
403-944-1110
Up to 18 years
403-955-8818
1-877-715-5437 (Toll Free)

Emergency Shelter and Housing

There are various shelters that people can use when they have no place to go: 

 

1) Emergency shelters are places for people to live temporarily when they don't have a place to stay. Emergency shelters (such as women's shelters) are primarily meant for those fleeing an abusive relationship, sexual abuse or domestic violence. Some shelters limit their clientele by gender or age.

 

2) Homeless shelters are temporary places to stay, usually meant for homeless people. Usually located in downtown areas, they are similar to emergency shelters. The main difference is that homeless shelters are usually open to anyone, without regard to the reason for need. Some shelters limit their clientele by gender or age.

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All ages
403-880-6391
587-223-4313 (Crisis Line)
All ages
1-800-668-4663 x24

Child Welfare including Children's Aid Society (CAS)

Are there concerns about the welfare of a child aged 16 or under? If so, contact your local child protection agency (aka child welfare or children's aid society). They may have be able to offer suggestions about help and supports for family and/or the child in question.

All ages
613-230-8945 x18007907074

Information and Referral Services

Looking for help? Not certain where to start? You can always start by calling an Information and Referral Service. They can provide information about what services and supports are out there, and help connect you to those services and supports.

All ages
211
All ages
403-686-9300
1-877-686-9300 (Toll Free)
Fax: 403-686-0627
All ages
403-265-1120
Fax: 403-266-2486
18 years and up
587-317-6155
All ages
Unavailable
All ages
1-866-408-5465 (Toll Free)
All ages
780-414-6300
780-482-4357 (Crisis Line)
All ages
780-413-4700
TTY: 780-496-8822
All ages
1-866-408-5465
All ages
Unavailable
All ages
211
All ages
Unavailable
All ages
250-363-2640
5 - 20 years
416-586-5437
800-668-6868 (Crisis Line)
All ages
Unavailable

Family Physicians

Seeing your primary care provider (such as a family physician or nurse practitioner) is a good place to start if you have concerns. They can make sure there aren't any medical conditions contributing to the concerns, and can recommend mental health services if necessary.

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Addictions (including Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling)

"Addictions" refers to problems using drugs or alcohol or other problem behaviours. Gambling can also be addictive and can cause severe financial, emotional, and relationship problems.

12 years and up
403-944-2025
12 - 21 years
403-253-5250
Fax: 403-640-2520
All ages
403-245-9050
16 years and up
403-944-1110
All ages
403-240-3877
All ages
Unavailable
All ages
1-866-408-5465 (Toll Free)
All ages
613-723-8484
All ages
613-237-6000
18 years and up
416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-495-7943
18 - 80 years
416-477-5943
416-477-5943 (Crisis Line)
All ages
604-239-1042
Fax: 1-888-675-8325

Self-help, Mutual Aid and Support Groups

Mental Health in General

18 years and up
403-536-4025
All ages
403-233-2360
All ages
403-266-8711
Fax: 403-266-2478
18 years and up
587-317-6155
18 years and up
905-304-6802
All ages
780-414-6300
780-482-4357 (Crisis Line)
All ages
604-239-1042
Fax: 1-888-675-8325
All ages
519-824-5565
All ages
705-386-8788
1-888-406-4663 (Toll Free)

Addictions (including Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling)

All ages
613-723-8484
All ages
613-237-6000
All ages
604-239-1042
Fax: 1-888-675-8325
All ages
519-824-5565
All ages
310-559-5833
All ages
Unavailable

Anxiety

All ages
403-266-8711
Fax: 403-266-2478
18 years and up
905-304-6802
All ages
780-414-6300
780-482-4357 (Crisis Line)
All ages
604-239-1042
Fax: 1-888-675-8325
All ages
519-824-5565
All ages
705-386-8788
1-888-406-4663 (Toll Free)
All ages
Unavailable
18 years and up
905-745-3533

Depression

All ages
403-266-8711
Fax: 403-266-2478
18 years and up
905-304-6802
All ages
780-414-6300
780-482-4357 (Crisis Line)
All ages
604-239-1042
Fax: 1-888-675-8325
All ages
519-824-5565
All ages
705-386-8788
1-888-406-4663 (Toll Free)
All ages
Unavailable
Up to 25 years
847-492-8510
Fax: 312-281-0271

Schizophrenia and Psychosis

18 years and up
905-304-6802
All ages
780-428-0400 x18006614644
All ages
519-824-5565
All ages
705-386-8788
1-888-406-4663 (Toll Free)
All ages
1-204-786-1616
1-800-263-5545 (Toll Free)
All ages
Unavailable

Eating Disorders including Anorexia and Bulimia

18 years and up
403-536-4025
18 years and up
905-304-6802
All ages
519-824-5565
All ages
Unavailable

Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders

All ages
403-246-7383
All ages
403-250-5033
Fax: 403-250-2625
All ages
1-877-777-7192
All ages
519-695-5858
All ages
613-789-8943
All ages
519-824-5565

Learning Disorders

All ages
613-238-5721
TTY: 1-877-238-5322
All ages
Unavailable

Hospitals

Many hospitals have mental health services such as outpatient mental health clinics and even inpatient programs. Consider contacting your local hospitals to see what services they have.

More Info
12 years and up
403-944-2025
18 years and up
403-943-8158
403-943-1920 (Crisis Line)
16 years and up
403-944-1110
Up to 18 years
403-955-8818
1-877-715-5437 (Toll Free)
All ages
Unavailable

Counselling and Therapy

Counselling and therapy can be helpful for dealing with a wide variety of issues (e.g. stress and coping, relationship problems) and mental health conditions (e.g. depression, anxiety, etc.)

12 years and up
403-944-2025
All ages
403-245-9050
All ages
403-691-5991
Fax: 403-265-8886
All ages
403-802-1680
Fax: 403-270-7446
All ages
403-686-9300
1-877-686-9300 (Toll Free)
Fax: 403-686-0627
18 years and up
403-943-8158
403-943-1920 (Crisis Line)
All ages
403-233-2360
16 years and up
403-944-1110
All ages
403-240-3877
All ages
403-287-3510
18 years and up
905-304-6802
All ages
403-234-7337
Fax: 403-228-0438
Up to 18 years
403-955-8818
1-877-715-5437 (Toll Free)
All ages
Unavailable

Psychologists and Psychological Associates

Psychologists and psychological associates help people solve problems with mood, behaviour or relationships. They perform assessment of, and provide diagnoses and treatment of mental health difficulties for children, adults, couples, and families who present with cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges. They also perform psychoeducational testing for individuals with learning difficulties. They may use therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), behavioural therapies.

 

They may work as part of an agency, or in "private practice" (which means they will require payment from the client, or the client's private or work insurance).

All ages
403-686-9300
1-877-686-9300 (Toll Free)
Fax: 403-686-0627
18 years and up
403-943-8158
403-943-1920 (Crisis Line)
All ages
403-233-2360
All ages
403-266-8711
Fax: 403-266-2478
All ages
780-424-5070
1-800-659-0857 (Toll Free)
All ages
780-342-2792
1-877-657-5770 (Toll Free)
All ages
780-424-0294
1-888-424-0297 (Toll Free)
18 years and up
416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-495-7943
All ages
613-237-2144
18 years and up
1-647-748-5501
Fax: 1-647-748-1932
18 years and up
250-751-0111
1-800-683-0111 (Toll Free)
1-800-683-0111 (Crisis Line)
Fax: 250-751-2758
All ages
Unavailable
All ages
Unavailable

Psychiatrists

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have received specialized training in diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions (such as psychotherapy and medication treatment). Some work in hospitals or mental health agencies. They may also work  on their own in "private practice." Because physicians are publicly-funded, one does not need to pay any fees to see a psychiatrist, even for those in private practice.

 

Looking for a psychiatrist? The best way to see a psychiatrist is to speak to your family doctor to ask about whether seeing a psychiatrist would be helpful. Seeing a psychiatrist requires a referral from your physician.

 

Looking for a list of psychiatrists in your area? Unfortunately, because demand for psychiatrists is so high, and they are relatively few, it is very difficult to find any lists of psychiatrists. The best option is usually to contact the medical licensing body for whichever province you are in (for example, in Ontario, you would contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.)

 

Consider seeing a psychologist instead! Psychologists are similar to psychiatrists as they can both provide mental health assessment, diagnosis and treatment. Although psychologists do not treat using medications, the good news is for most conditions, non-medication treatments make a huge difference, such that many times, medications are not even required.  View psychologists in your area.

18 years and up
403-943-8158
403-943-1920 (Crisis Line)
All ages
Unavailable
All ages
780-342-2792
1-877-657-5770 (Toll Free)
18 years and up
416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-495-7943
All ages
613-234-2815
18 years and up
1-647-748-5501
Fax: 1-647-748-1932
18 years and up
250-751-0111
1-800-683-0111 (Toll Free)
1-800-683-0111 (Crisis Line)
Fax: 250-751-2758

Social Workers

Social workers help people to deal with problems in their personal, family or work life. They help by providing counselling or therapy, or by helping people find necessary resources. Social workers can work in many settings, including family services agencies, children's aid agencies, hospitals, and schools. Many social workers also work in private practice.

All ages
403-237-5888
1-877-237-5888 (Toll Free)
All ages
403-233-2360
All ages
403-265-1120
Fax: 403-266-2486
18 years and up
587-317-6155
All ages
780-342-2792
1-877-657-5770 (Toll Free)
18 years and up
416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-495-7943
18 years and up
1-647-748-5501
Fax: 1-647-748-1932
18 years and up
250-751-0111
1-800-683-0111 (Toll Free)
1-800-683-0111 (Crisis Line)
Fax: 250-751-2758
All ages
Unavailable
All ages
Unavailable

Psychotherapists

Psychotherapists provide psychotherapy (aka "talk therapy") and help individuals with difficulties by listening and giving support. 

 

Special training is required in order to become a psychotherapist.

 

Various types of professionals such as Social Workers or Psychologists provide psychotherapy, and can thus be viewed as being psychotherapists as well. 

All ages
403-237-5888
1-877-237-5888 (Toll Free)
All ages
403-233-2360
All ages
403-265-1120
Fax: 403-266-2486
18 years and up
416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-495-7943
All ages
613-237-1099
1-877-765-5565 (Toll Free)
18 years and up
1-647-748-5501
Fax: 1-647-748-1932
18 years and up
250-751-0111
1-800-683-0111 (Toll Free)
1-800-683-0111 (Crisis Line)
Fax: 250-751-2758
All ages
Unavailable
All ages
Unavailable

Occupational Therapists

Occupational therapists (OT) in private practice can help individuals with mental health issues regain function in their home, school and/or work activities. They can help clients with basic life skills, emotion regulation skills, as well as skills of daily living. 

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18 years and up
416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-495-7943

Finances and Money

This section has resources about finances, money, grants, subsidies and other related information. This is not an exhaustive list of resources and services, but highlights those which might be of interest to individuals with mental health issues.

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Legal and Justice Resources

All ages
403-266-4566
All ages
403-234-9266
All ages
780-644-7777
1-866-845-3425 (Toll Free)
All ages
780-644-4971
All ages
780-427-0017
All ages
1-877-200-5519 x5853118
All ages
613-384-6272
Resource Lists by Other Organizations
Catchment: Calgary Health Region
CMHA Calgary provides a list of mental health resources on their website.
Posted: Oct 4, 2011
Language: EN

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