Mental Health Resources in Canada – Quick List
Mental health is an important aspect of overall health and well-being. In Canada, there are several resources available for those seeking support and treatment for mental health issues.
Here are some of the mental health resources in Canada:
Talk Suicide Canada – Available 24/7/365 for calls; 4 PM—12 AM ET for texts 1.833.456.4566
- Crisis Services Canada: Call 1.833.456.4566. Text 45645. Crisis Services Canada provides a 24/7 crisis support line for those experiencing mental health crises. The service is available in English and French and can be accessed by phone, text, or online chat.
- Mental Health Commission of Canada: The Mental Health Commission of Canada provides resources and tools for mental health promotion and stigma reduction. Their website also has a directory of mental health services and resources across the country.
- Canadian Mental Health Association: The Canadian Mental Health Association is a national organization that provides advocacy, education, and support services for those with mental health issues. They have over 100 locations across the country and offer a variety of programs and services.
- CAMH: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital. They offer a wide range of services including assessment, treatment, and support for those with mental health and addiction issues.
- Kids Help Phone: Text with a crisis responder, Text CONNECT to 686868 or Prefer to call someone to talk about what’s on your mind? Call 1-800-668-6868. Kids Help Phone is a national 24/7 support service for youth under 20 years of age. They offer confidential support by phone, text, or online chat, as well as a variety of resources and tools for mental health and well-being.
- Indigenous Services Canada: Indigenous Services Canada provides mental health support services for Indigenous peoples across the country. They offer a variety of programs and services, including counselling and mental health promotion.
- Employee Assistance Programs: Many workplaces offer Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs), which provide confidential counselling and support services for employees and their families. Check with your employer to see if they offer an EAP.
In addition to these resources, there are also many private mental health practitioners and organizations that provide a range of services. It’s important to find a resource that meets your specific needs and preferences. Your family doctor can also be a good resource for information and referrals.
If you’d like to talk to someone
If you just need someone to talk to, there is help available:
- Mental Health Support Line: Call 310-6789 (no area code). This number will connect you to your local BC crisis line without a wait or busy signal, 24 hours a day. Crisis line workers are there to listen and support you as well as refer you to community resources.
- Crisis Centre Chat: Visit crisiscentrechat.ca to chat online with a crisis responder. It’s available from noon to 1:00 am every day.
For young people
- Kid’s Help Phone: Visit kidshelpphone.ca or call 1-800-668-6868. For kids and teens (ages 20 and under), professional counsellors are available to help, 24 hours a day. It’s free, confidential and anonymous.
- Youth in BC: Visit youthinbc.com to chat online with a crisis responder. It’s available from noon to 1:00 am every day.
For older adults
- Seniors’ Distress Line: Call 604-872-1234 to talk with a crisis responder. It’s available 24/7. This is also available to anyone who is concerned about an older adult.
For people who use substances
- Alcohol & Drug Information Referral Service: Call 1-800-663-1441 (604-660-9382 in the Lower Mainland) for information about substance use treatments or supports in your area.
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