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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
416-408-4357
TTY: 416-408-0007
16 years and up
416-929-5200 x4169299897
All ages
1-866-531-2600
1-866-531-2600 (Toll Free)
Fax: 519-439-0455
5 - 20 years
416-586-5437
800-668-6868 (Crisis Line)
All ages
416-597-1171
416-597-8808 (Crisis Line)
Fax: 416-597-9648
All ages
416-863-0511
1-866-863-0511 (Toll Free)
TTY: 1-866-863-7868
16 years and up
1-877-336-2433
1-877-336-2433 (Toll Free)
1-877-336-2433 (Crisis Line)
TTY: 1-866-860-7082
Fax: 1-613-241-8435
All ages
437-317-4488
1-833-456-4566 (Crisis Line)

Walk-In Counselling

Up to 18 years
416-438-3697
13 - 29 years
416-652-4363
13 - 18 years
416-395-0660
Fax: 416-395-0666
3 - 24 years
416-240-1111
Fax: 416-240-7999
6 years and up
416-645-6000 x1100
12 - 24 years
416-967-1773
Fax: 416-967-7515

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.

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.

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
647-479-9611
1-844-900-2263 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-395-1500
Fax: 416-395-1581
All ages
416-969-8510
416-924-4646 (Crisis Line)
Fax: 416-928-0706
Up to 21 years
416-325-5669
1-800-263-2841 (Toll Free)
TTY: 416-325-2648
Fax: 416-325-5681
All ages
1-888-310-1122 (Toll Free)
All ages
613-327-4317
1-800-790-7074 (Toll Free)

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
Unavailable
All ages
416-022-2672
Fax: 416-922-6624
All ages
416-392-4605 x18008363238
All ages
416-482-8255
1-866-482-2724 (Toll Free)
TTY: 1-866-482-2728
Fax: 1-866-881-2723
All ages
1-866-746-7818 (Toll Free)
TTY: 1-888-340-1001
Fax: 705-445-1516
All ages
1-866-531-2600
1-866-531-2600 (Toll Free)
Fax: 519-439-0455
18 years and up
519-741-1121
1-888-941-1121 (Toll Free)
All ages
1-800-565-8603
1-800-565-8603 (Toll Free)
1-800-565-8603 (Crisis Line)
16 years and up
1-877-336-2433
1-877-336-2433 (Toll Free)
1-877-336-2433 (Crisis Line)
TTY: 1-866-860-7082
Fax: 1-613-241-8435
All ages
416-392-4605
1-800-836-3238 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-486-8046
1-888-486-8236 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-486-8127

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.

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.

All ages
1-800-565-8603
1-800-565-8603 (Toll Free)
1-800-565-8603 (Crisis Line)
All ages
1-888-230-3505
1-888-230-3505 (Toll Free)
1-888-230-3505 (Crisis Line)
All ages
416-595-6111
1-800-463-6273 (Toll Free)
All ages
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
13 - 25 years
416-234-1942 x18008366209
16 years and up
416-789-7957
All ages
416-535-8501
1-800-463-6273 (Toll Free)
16 years and up
416-785-9230
1-888-785-2779 (Toll Free)
13 - 21 years
416-482-0081
Fax: 416-482-5055
14 years and up
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Up to 18 years
416-438-3697
13 - 29 years
416-652-4363
Up to 18 years
416-622-8833 x258
Fax: 416-622-7068
All ages
416-222-1153
Fax: 416-222-1321

Self-help, Mutual Aid and Support Groups

Mental Health in General

All ages
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
16 years and up
416-789-7957
All ages
647-479-9611
1-844-900-2263 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-781-0479
Fax: 416-769-9912
18 years and up
Unavailable
All ages
416-218-6757
1-877-896-3253 (Toll Free)
12 - 24 years
416-967-1773
Fax: 416-967-7515
18 - 70 years
1-855-787-2424
1-855-787-2424 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-921-2109
1-888-234-7054 (Toll Free)
All ages
604-239-1042
Fax: 1-888-675-8325
All ages
604-878-3400
1-855-887-8004 (Toll Free)
All ages
705-386-8788
1-888-406-4663 (Toll Free)

Addictions (including Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling)

All ages
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
16 years and up
416-789-7957
18 years and up
Unavailable
All ages
416-218-6757
1-877-896-3253 (Toll Free)
12 - 24 years
416-967-1773
Fax: 416-967-7515
18 - 70 years
1-855-787-2424
1-855-787-2424 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-921-2109
1-888-234-7054 (Toll Free)
All ages
613-237-6000
All ages
604-239-1042
Fax: 1-888-675-8325

Anxiety

All ages
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
16 years and up
416-789-7957
All ages
647-479-9611
1-844-900-2263 (Toll Free)
18 years and up
Unavailable
All ages
416-218-6757
1-877-896-3253 (Toll Free)
12 - 24 years
416-967-1773
Fax: 416-967-7515
18 - 70 years
1-855-787-2424
1-855-787-2424 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-921-2109
1-888-234-7054 (Toll Free)
All ages
604-239-1042
Fax: 1-888-675-8325
All ages
705-386-8788
1-888-406-4663 (Toll Free)

Depression

16 years and up
416-789-7957
All ages
647-479-9611
1-844-900-2263 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-218-6757
1-877-896-3253 (Toll Free)
12 - 24 years
416-967-1773
Fax: 416-967-7515
18 - 70 years
1-855-787-2424
1-855-787-2424 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-921-2109
1-888-234-7054 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-486-8046
1-888-486-8236 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-486-8127
All ages
604-239-1042
Fax: 1-888-675-8325
All ages
705-386-8788
1-888-406-4663 (Toll Free)
Up to 25 years
847-492-8510
Fax: 312-281-0271

Schizophrenia and Psychosis

Eating Disorders including Anorexia and Bulimia

Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders

Learning Disorders

16 years and up
416-789-7957
12 - 24 years
416-967-1773
Fax: 416-967-7515
18 - 70 years
1-855-787-2424
1-855-787-2424 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-921-2109
1-888-234-7054 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-929-4311
Fax: 416-929-3905
All ages
Unavailable
All ages
613-238-5721
TTY: 1-877-238-5322

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
All ages
416-785-2500
All ages
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-535-8501
1-800-463-6273 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-595-6111
1-800-463-6273 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-249-8111 x4166582090
TTY: 416-243-4638
All ages
416-596-4200
TTY: 416-586-8301
12 years and up
905-430-4055
1-800-341-6323 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-438-2911
TTY: 416-438-5802
All ages
416-530-6000
TTY: 416-530-6820

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.)

All ages
416-535-8501
1-800-463-6273 (Toll Free)
Up to 18 years
416-368-4896 x4163639990
13 - 18 years
416-395-0660
Fax: 416-395-0666
Up to 18 years
416-438-3697
Up to 6 years
416-744-7650
All ages
416-367-5968
All ages
416-630-2222
All ages
416-785-2500
All ages
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
13 - 25 years
416-234-1942 x18008366209
All ages
416-789-7925 x254
All ages
647-479-9611
1-844-900-2263 (Toll Free)

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
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
All ages
647-479-9611
1-844-900-2263 (Toll Free)
12 - 24 years
416-482-0081
Fax: 416-482-5055
14 years and up
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Up to 18 years
416-622-8833 x258
Fax: 416-622-7068
12 years and up
905-430-4055
1-800-341-6323 (Toll Free)
Up to 18 years
289-404-5589

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.

All ages
416-535-8501
1-800-463-6273 (Toll Free)
All ages
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Up to 18 years
416-622-8833 x258
Fax: 416-622-7068
All ages
416-218-6757
1-877-896-3253 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-967-2603
1-800-268-7096 (Toll Free)
18 years and up
416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-495-7943
18 years and up
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
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
647-479-9611
1-844-900-2263 (Toll Free)
18 years and up
416-340-7929
TTY: 416-340-6642
Fax: 416-340-8022
13 - 21 years
416-482-0081
Fax: 416-482-5055
Up to 18 years
416-438-3697
Up to 18 years
416-622-8833 x258
Fax: 416-622-7068
12 years and up
905-430-4055
1-800-341-6323 (Toll Free)
13 - 18 years
416-395-0660
Fax: 416-395-0666
18 years and up
416-324-4100
Fax: 416-324-4181
3 - 24 years
416-240-1111
Fax: 416-240-7999

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
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
13 - 21 years
416-482-0081
Fax: 416-482-5055
Up to 18 years
416-438-3697
18 years and up
416-324-4100
Fax: 416-324-4181
All ages
416-218-6757
1-877-896-3253 (Toll Free)
18 - 70 years
1-855-787-2424
1-855-787-2424 (Toll Free)
18 years and up
1-855-499-9446
1-855-499-9446 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-486-8046
1-888-486-8236 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-486-8127

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. 

All ages
1-416-495-0926
1-800-387-6198 (Toll Free)
16 years and up
416-785-9230
1-888-785-2779 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-218-6757
1-877-896-3253 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-214-1177
1-800-890-6570 (Toll Free)
Fax: 416-214-1173
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.

Legal and Justice Resources

All ages
647-479-9611
1-844-900-2263 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-535-8501
1-800-463-6273 (Toll Free)
16 years and up
416-785-9230
1-888-785-2779 (Toll Free)
13 - 29 years
416-652-4363
16 years and up
416-462-3334
All ages
416-653-5400 x4166535400
All ages
416-482-8255
1-866-482-2724 (Toll Free)
TTY: 1-866-482-2728
Fax: 1-866-881-2723
All ages
416-326-1817 x18002677263
TTY: 1-866-545-0083
All ages
416-947-3330
1-800-268-8326 (Toll Free)
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