If this is an emergency, if you or someone you know is in immediate danger, or if you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital or emergency department.
If you are currently receiving mental health and addictions services and support, please contact your current service provider. Many providers are modifying their services to offer virtual care, meeting clients by phone or secure video-conferencing.
If you aren’t currently receiving services and would like support for your wellbeing, there are services and information you can access online or by phone.
You can find information about programs that may be right for you based on your mental health and addictions needs, and the type of support that you prefer. You can:
- find public mental health or addiction programs
- connect with peers for support
- access self-led telephone or online therapy for stress, anxiety and depression
- find services for children and youth
- talk to or text a professional counsellor if you are a post-secondary student
- find culturally appropriate support for Indigenous people
- get support if you are a health care worker
Find public mental health or addiction programs
For help connecting with the right public mental health and addictions program or support across Ontario, contact ConnexOntario – available 24/7:
- call 1-866-531-2600 (toll-free)
- use the online chat (in English only)
- visit the ConnexOntario website
Connect with peers for mental health support
Big White Wall is an anonymous online community where members can support each other 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
- complete a self-assessment
- read recommended resources
- explore a wide range of self-guided courses at your own pace
- use creative tools to help express how you’re feeling
This resource is available in English only.
Access self-led telephone or online therapy for stress, anxiety and depression
BounceBack is a free skill-building program that adults and youth 15+ can access over the phone. With the guidance of a coach, you’ll work through a series of workbooks at your own schedule, to gain practical skills to better manage low mood, anxiety, worry or stress. You’ll learn things like how to improve your mood by changing the way you think or respond to things.
You can find:
- workbooks and coaching available for youths and adults (15 and older) in English and French. For those 19 and older, content is also available in Arabic, Farsi, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.
- videos with helpful tips, available in English, French, Arabic, Farsi, Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi
Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT)
Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) is a practical, short-term program delivered online. It helps people develop skills and strategies to address symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression. It can also help people cope with situations related to COVID-19, such as isolation, pressure caring for family and community members, information overload and stress.
If iCBT is right for you, you will be supported by a therapist online to:
- work through modules
- complete readings and exercises
- learn coping and resilience skills
To learn more and get services, contact either:
Find mental health resources for children and youth
There are mental health services for children and youth under 18 across Ontario.
Talk to or text a counselor
For support at any time of day, children and youth up to age 25 can call 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868 to contact Kids Help Phone. Kids Help Phone can also help you find public resources, services and support for children and youth based on your location.
Talk or text mental health support for post-secondary students
Find mental health support for Indigenous people
Indigenous peoples can contact Hope for Wellness for immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention across Canada. To get help:
Services are available in some Indigenous languages.
Indigenous women can contact Talk 4 Healing for culturally appropriate and confidential support and resources seven days a week, 24 hours a day. Services are available in 14 languages. To get help:
This resource is available in English only.
Get support if you are a health care worker
If you are a health care worker impacted by stress related to COVID-19, support is available to help you cope. This support includes resources you can access on your own, with a group of peers or with a clinician.
Find resources you can access on your own with tips and ideas to help you maintain your mental wellness and cope with stress.
Get support with peers
Participate in an online session with peers to learn about ways to build resilience and maintain wellness through lectures and case-based discussions by joining:
- ECHO Coping with COVID, which is designed for health care providers and doctors responding to the COVID-19 pandemic (meets twice per week)
- ECHO Care of the Elderly for LTC: COVID-19, which is designed for those working in long-term care settings (meets once a week)
These resources are available in English only.
Talk to a clinician
If you are a frontline health care worker and would like confidential support from a clinician, including iCBTsupports, you can self-refer online or by phone to any of the access points below.
- Centre for Addictions and Mental Health (CAMH), Toronto
- Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, Whitby (in English only)
- St. Joseph’s Healthcare, Hamilton (in English only)
- The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, Ottawa
- Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, Penetanguishene
Support for seniors and people with disabilities (PWD)
Ontario community support program
If you are a low-income senior or a person with a disability (PWD) in need, such as those in supportive housing environments or community-based independent living programs, you can get:
- paid or subsidized delivery of meals
- delivery of medicine and other necessities
If you can’t request service using the internet or you require service in a language other than English or French, call:
Help seniors, people with disabilities, and the most vulnerable stay connected and healthy as they self-isolate.
Volunteer organizations can visit SPARK Ontario to post volunteer opportunities available in their communities.
If you are interested in volunteering, we encourage you to check the website for opportunities to make a difference in your community.