Mental Health Support Lines
Updated: May 18, 2021
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Your wellbeing is a priority and it only takes a few steps to get available support. If you find yourself in an emergency situation where there are no suitable services on hand, there are support lines that can help. Savyn has compiled a list of mental health support resources that are ready to assist you at a moment’s notice. There are many alternative lines and services available. Please reach out to help if needed.
Mental Health Support:
If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, contact the Ontario support line.
The Distress Line, a 24/7 phone line for if you are in crisis, feeling suicidal or in need of emotional support.
For mental health and wellness support, Wellness Together Canada offers free confidential support for all Canadians 24/7.
For adults, Text WELLNESS to (741741).
For frontline workers, Text FRONTLINE to (741741).
For youth, Text WELLNESS to (686868).
Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone is free 24/7 support for those in crisis, connecting people in crisis to trained Crisis Responders.
Text HOME to (686868) in Canada.
For refugee immigrants in need of support, you can contact the Women’s College Hospital for a range of medical services, including sleep disorders, depression, and anxiety.
Refugees are also offered psychotherapy services through IG Vital Health.
Book an appointment at (416-520-6910).
Virtual peer support groups for immigrants are available through paywhatyoucanpeersupport.com.
For Veterans/Those Suffering from PTSD:
For veterans who have PTSD and need assistance, call the Canada CAF/VAC Assistance Service at (1-800-268-7708).
Family members of veterans can call the family information line at (1-800-866-4546) or (1-613-995-5234).
For Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Support:
The Women’s College Hospital Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre (SA/DVCC) can be contacted 24/7 at (416-323-6040). No appointment necessary.
For LGBTQ+ LGBT/ Youth Support:
LGBT Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support. The Youth Line can be contacted Sunday to Friday, 4:00 PM to 9:30 PM.
Text (647-694-4275) or message via live chat on their website youthline.ca.
Kids Help Phone is a 24/7, Canadian support service. They offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French. (Text CONNECT to 686868 or Call 1-800-668-6868 from anywhere in Canada).
Programs that support Refugees’ and Immigrants’ Mental Health:
Women’s College Hospital
The Women’s College Hospital houses the Crossroads Refugee Clinic and will provide free medical services for refugees during their first two years in Toronto. They cover mental health services, and even can help you get in contact with a specialist.
Interim Federal Health Program
The Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) is based in the Greater Toronto Area. They offer support for refugees, and provide mental health services by clinical psychologists and occupational therapists. Apply to this program through the Government of Canada website.
The Refugee HealthLine is for non-crisis calls. When called they match refugees with sponsor programs that benefit them, including initial medical assessments.
Reach out when you need support. Bookmark this page. Share it with your networks. We are here to help. Whether you are a veteran, domestic abuse victim, a youth who needs a safe space, or a refugee immigrant who feels overwhelmed, there are services for you. People who want to connect with you and help you through the turbulence you feel. Make that call. You deserve the support.