Resources

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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.

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
604-669-7600 x18006612121
All ages
604-875-2084
1-800-665-1822 (Toll Free)
All ages
604-688-3234
1-800-555-8222 (Toll Free)
All ages
211
TTY: 604-875-0885
All ages
604-872-4902

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
1-800-784-2433 (Crisis Line)
All ages
1-866-661-3311
TTY: 1-866-872-0113
All ages
403-245-3900
5 – 20 years
416-586-5437
800-668-6868 (Crisis Line)

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.

All ages
1-800-668-4663 x24

Family Physicians

Family physicians provide a great deal of mental health services for their patients, in addition to standard medical care. In cases where a patient requires more specialized care, a family physician can provide help on where to go for additional help and support.

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All ages
604-733-7758
1-800-461-3008 (Toll Free)
All ages
416-410-6644

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
250-595-4448
1-800-909-6303 (Toll Free)
Up to 18 years
604-875-2000
1-888-300-3088 (Toll Free)
All ages
604-730-0522
1-800-730-0522 (Toll Free)

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.)

18 years and up
604-827-0556
1-888-827-0556 (Toll Free)
6 – 18 years
604-874-2300
6 years and up
604-926-0856
11 years and up
604-224-5486

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.

5 – 18 years
604-207-2511
All ages
604-733-7758
1-800-461-3008 (Toll Free)
12 years and up
604-873-0103
All ages
613-234-2815

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
604-730-0522
1-800-730-0522 (Toll Free)
All ages
604-736-6164
1-800-665-0979 (Toll Free)
All ages
613-237-2144
All ages

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.

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.

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 Self-help, Mutual Aid and Support Groups

Self-help, mutual aid and support groups are non-profit, voluntary organizations which provide support to individuals who share a common experience.

As defined by the International Network of Mutual Help centres, self-help groups are non-profit; open to members of the general public who share a common experience; meet face-to-face on a regular, ongoing basis, and are open to new members; provide mutual support through discussion and sharing of information and experiences. Members use their individual strengths to support each other, and can use their collective strengths to promote social change; Run by and for group members. Although professional (health care) providers may participate at the request of the group, their role stays that of a consultant.

Mental Health in General

Addictions (including Drugs, Alcohol and Gambling)

Up to 18 years
604-878-3400
1-800-661-2121 (Toll Free)
All ages
613-723-8484
All ages
Unavailable
All ages
1-514-489-1007

Anxiety

6 years and up
604-926-0856
16 years and up
Unavailable
All ages
604-525-7566

Depression

Schizophrenia and Psychosis

Eating Disorders including Anorexia and Bulimia

Autism and Autism Spectrum Disorders

All ages
519-695-5858
All ages
613-789-8943
All ages
1-514-489-1007
All ages
519-824-5565

Learning Disorders

All ages
1-514-489-1007
All ages
613-238-5721
TTY: 1-877-238-5322
All ages
Unavailable

 Legal and Justice Resources

This section has various legal resources including legal aid, and forensic resources. Forensic resources refers to resources for individuals with mental health problems who have had troubles with the law. This is not an exhaustive list of resources and services, but highlights those which might be of interest to individuals with mental health issues.

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