Mental Health Supports

Links

211 Ontario

211’s telephone helpline (2-1-1) and website provide a gateway to community, social, non-clinical health and related government services. 211 helps to navigate the complex network of human services quickly and easily, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 150 languages. When you don’t know where to turn, turn to 211.

Call, email or live chat.

Visit 211's page How to Access Help During COVID-19.

Big White Wall Mental Health Support

Big White Wall is a free online mental health support network for Ontarians 16+. Connect with others and share how you’re feeling. Whether facing daily challenges or major events, help is available. Learn new ways to take on life’s challenges.

Big White Wall is:

  • Safe and anonymous – express yourself without feeling judged
  • Available 24/7 – get help whenever you need it
  • A peer support community – connect with others who feel like you
  • Self-guided – take assessments to help you understand more about yourself, or join guided support courses on anxiety, depression, quitting smoking and more
BounceBack Ontario

With BounceBack, adults and youth 15+ can learn skills through online videos and telephone coaching to help manage symptoms of mild to moderate depression and anxiety. The program is free to people in Ontario and available in multiple languages.

To participate in the program, you can either get a referral from your primary care provider or self-refer by providing your primary care provider’s contact information with BounceBack. Within five days of registering for the program, you will be contacted by Bounceback with next steps towards feeling better.

Self-guided videos are also available online and can be accessed through bouncebackontario.ca.

Canadian Mental Health Association

The CMHA is a community mental health organization that provides advocacy, programs and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive. Visit their website for:

  • where to find help in a crisis
  • program and services for all ages
  • new and information about mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, addiction, substance abuse, eating disorders
  • mental health self-assessment tools

Visit the Grey Bruce Branch of the CMHA.

ConnexOntario

ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness and/or gambling. System navigation and information service is live-answer 24/7, confidential, and free. Funded by the Government of Ontario.

What happens when I call the system navigation and information service?

A System Navigation Specialist answers your call 24/7. They will ask you for some non-identifying information like the name of your city or town. This helps Connex give you information about treatment services where you live.

They also listen, provide support, and offer strategies to help you get started. They are here to help you with information, not to judge. The system navigation and information service can:

  • provide information about counselling services and supports in your community
  • listen, offer support and provide strategies to help you meet your goals
  • provide basic education about mental health, drug, alcohol, and problem gambling treatment services
Good2Talk: Post-Secondary Student Helpline

Good2Talk provides confidential support services for post-secondary students in Ontario.

Confidential. 24/7/365.

Dial 1-866-925-5454 to talk
Text GOOD2TALKON to 686868

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. It offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.

Whether by phone, text, mobile app or through our website, you can connect with whenever you want, however you want. Here are the ways you can reach out to Kids Help Phone now:

Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Text: Text CONNECT to 686868

Mind Your Mind

Mind Your Mind exists in the space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. They work with young people aged 14 to 29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.

Mind Your Mind is a place where you can find:

  • Information on how to get help (for yourself or a friend)
  • Facts about mental illnesses
  • Wellness and coping tips
  • Interactive tools
  • Works of personal expression (stories, artwork, poems, etc.)
  • Interviews (bands, advocates, athletes, etc.)
Wellness Together Canada

During this pandemic, Canadians are being challenged in a number of ways because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life. Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources to help Canadians get back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.

Wellness Together Canada offers the following at no cost to Canadians:

  1. Wellness self-assessment and tracking.
  2. Self guided courses, apps, and other resources.
  3. Group coaching and community of support.
  4. Counselling by text or phone