Mental Health Supports

On this page, we have outlined mental health supports. 

Learn more about supports for families and caregivers

Learn more about supports for business, not for profits or nonprofits

Learn more about supports for seniors

Learn more about supports for individuals


 

Watch our webinar with Michael Tibollo, Minister of Mental Health & Addictions:


 

Find mental health support

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Almost 30% of Ontarians will experience a mental health or addiction problem at some point in their lives. If you or someone you know needs support, Ontario offers several options for free, confidential help with mental health and addiction concerns. ConnexOntario provides treatment service information if you have problems with gambling, drugs, alcohol or mental health. You can:

Call toll free: 1-866-531-2600
Live web chat
Email

You can learn more about local resources and advice to support good mental health from Ottawa Public Health 

 

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-19covid 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 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

If you are a post-secondary student, you can use Good2Talk, a 24/7 service that offers confidential support through phone and text. Call 1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868.

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please contact:

Kids Help Phone

  • For children and youth
  • Provides professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being
  • Phone and online via web post or live chat
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Free, anonymous and confidential
  • Call: 1-800-668-6868 to speak with a professional counsellor
  • Text: CONNECT to 686868 to connect with a trained, volunteer Crisis Responder

Good2Talk

  • For people between the ages of 17-25
  • For post-secondary students in Ontario
  • Provides professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being
  • Free, confidential and anonymous helpline
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Call: 1-866-925-5454 to speak with a professional counsellor
  • Text: GOOD2TALKON to 686868 with a trained, volunteer Crisis Responder

Mental Health Helpline

  • All ages
  • Provides information about counselling services and supports in your community
  • Listens offers support and provide strategies to help you meet your goals
  • Provides basic education about mental illness
  • Call: 1-866-531-2600

 

Local Ottawa Resources 

Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa Branch

  • The Canadian Mental Health Association, Ottawa Branch, is a community-based registered charity dedicated to promoting good mental health, developing and implementing support systems and services, and encouraging public action to strengthen community mental health services and related policies and legislation.

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health-Ottawa

  • Learn the signs, symptoms, definitions and other important facts about mental illness conditions, disorders, substances, medications and therapies.

Centre for Interpersonal Relationships

  • The Centre for Interpersonal Relationship brings together highly trained mental health clinicians who provide a wide-range of treatment and assessment services to clients of all ages and backgrounds. 

Family Services Ottawa

  • Family Services Ottawa offers counselling and support services to anybody in Ottawa who needs it. No matter what it is that you’re dealing with, they are here to listen. They offer a safe space, and will help you work through whatever is troubling you.

Crossroads Children's Mental Health Centre

  • Crossroads Children’s Mental Health Centre is Ottawa’s community leader in developing and delivering a range of individualized mental health services solely for children under the age of 12 and their loved ones.

Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre 

  • Located in Ottawa the Dave Smith Youth Treatment Centre (DSYTC) is a non-profit, residential, and community-based agency that is dedicated to helping youth and their families overcome substance abuse and related issues and achieve a healthier life. 

Distress Center of Ottawa and Region

  • The DSOR is your local connection to mental health support and resources, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Geriatric Psychiatry Community Services Ottawa

  • GPCSO is a fully bilingual geriatric psychiatry program. They work with older adults living in our community to optimize their mental health and/or dementias with challenging behaviours.

Mental Health and Addiction Services of Ottawa

  • The Mental Health and Addiction Services of Ottawa provides individuals and families with assessments, counselling, and therapies to gain knowledge, understanding, and treatment for mental health and addiction issues. 

Montfort Renaissance-Addiction Services

  • Service Access to Recovery (SAR) is the gateway to addiction treatment in the Ottawa area. This is a starting point for people 16 years of age and older who are concerned about substance use and want to understand and discuss treatment options. SAR navigators provide assessments of addiction problems and build need profiles to refer you directly to the program that best suits you, based on your recovery expectations. People under 16 who use opioids will be assessed and referred as a priority (parents can call to start the assessment and referral process).

Nepean Rideau Osgoode Community Resource Centre

  • The Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode Community Resource Centre (NROCRC) is a community service organization that helps vulnerable individuals and families lead better lives.  NROCRC is non-profit charitable organization and their services and programs are free. The community served includes immigrant families, families new to the area, youth, and Ottawa's seniors population.

Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre

  • The Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre provides health care services, mental health services, navigation and language support to refugees and immigrants. They have a number of programs to support individuals during their initial settlement period in Ottawa, but also offer services for individuals who have lived in Ottawa for years.

Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre

  • Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre is an innovative community based, multi-service center.

Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa

  • PSO are a community of peers using lived experiences with the mental health system to support one another in moving towards our full potential. They offer a safe and non-judgmental environment for consumer/survivors and their families to come together, support one another and build upon our skills. 

Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre

  • The Royal is one of Canada’s foremost mental health care, teaching and research hospitals.

South Nepean Satellite Community Health Centre

  • The South Nepean Community Health Centre (SNCHC) is a satellite of Pinecrest-Queensway Community Health Centre. They offer primary care and health promotion services to more than 200,000 people living in the Nepean, Rideau and Osgoode areas. 

Upstream Ottawa Mental Health Community Support

  • Upstream Ottawa has been a provider of community based mental health services since 1985. They are committed to providing high quality, client centered mental health services with a focus on case management.

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health

  • Wabano, is here to help members of Ottawa’s Indigenous community every step of the way, from providing healthcare to mental health programs, from cultural events and classes, to collaborating with social service providers.

Youth Service Bureau-Mental Health Services

  • YSB has two dedicated phone numbers for youth ages 12 to 18, and their families. Those in crisis are urged to call the 24/7 Crisis Line for immediate assistance. If you are looking for support from YSB Mental Health, please call 613-562-3004 to discuss your needs. 

 

Find specific resources

Mental health and addiction services

Get free, confidential support for depression, anxiety, addiction or problem gambling.

Healing after violence

Get help for victims of crime, and survivors of sexual abuse, sexual assault or partner violence.

Distress and crisis services

Find distress and crisis support in your region.

Newcomers to Ontario

Learn about dealing with stress, understanding mental illness and asking for help (available in multiple languages).

 

Children and youth

Mental health services

Find mental health support for children and youth under the age of 18.

Signs and symptoms

Identify when a child or youth may need mental health support.

Mental health resources in schools

Access services at or through schools.

 

Indigenous communities

Aboriginal Health Access Centres

Access primary health care, traditional healing and other services.

Indigenous children and youth

Find a variety of mental health and wellness supports, including traditional healing and culture-based services.

CAMH Aboriginal Service

Access programs and counselling for Indigenous people experiencing substance use and mental health issues.

 

Resources at work

Workplace mental health

Reduce stress and promote mental health at work.

Farmers

Find resources to help reduce stress and improve well-being for farmers and their families.

First responders and PTSD

Learn about plans to prevent PTSD and download a PTSD first responders’ toolkit.

Health care workers and COVID-19

Find support if you are a health care worker impacted by stress related to COVID-19.