Everyday pressures can put a strain on anyone's mental wellbeing, even more so with the high demands of a contract based work model.
Suffering from emotional pain or addiction can be very overwhelming, especially when dealing with it on your own. We have researched and created a list of resources that provide support and can help boost your mental health through difficult times.
If you are in distress, please contact your nearest distress centre (https://suicideprevention.ca/need-help/). If it is an emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to your local emergency department.
Call 211 - If looking to further research the network of community, social, and government based services in Ontario regarding mental health.
- http://www.porticonetwork.ca (mental health and addictions network -provide education, resources)
- Centre for Addiction and Mental Health http://www.camh.ca (mental health and/or addictions treatment, programs), there is an emergency division located just north of College on the east side of Spadina.
- http://www.ementalhealth.ca (mental health resources)
- Article in The Toronto Star: "How to get help for mental illness in Ontario" https://www.thestar.com/life/2016/12/11/how-to-get-help-for-mental-illness-in-ontario.html
- 3 part article in the Globe and Mail "When mental health and addiction collide" May 2017
- http://www.psychologytoday.com (a resource to find individual private therapists in various parts of Toronto; once on the site)
- http://www.bouncebackontario.ca (this is connected to CMHA. It uses cognitive-behavioural therapy for depression and anxiety. Free. Telephone coaching using skill-building workbooks, videos)
- http://www.connexontario.ca (a helpline that provides free and confidential health services information for people with mental health, substance use, gambling concerns)
- Hospitals, like St. Joseph's Hospital or Toronto Western have addiction services and mental health services. http://www.stjoes.ca/hospital-services/mental-health-addiction-services
- https://renascent.ca/ A drug and alcohol treatment facility. Everyone's story and needs are different but Renascent is the kind of place where people often start their recovery from addiction. Many people will check in for a 3 week program or longer. It also provides help for the families of people with addictions.
Distress Centres of Greater Toronto
For immediate emotional support call 416 408 4357 or text 45645
- At no cost, self referrals accepted to [email protected]to be matched into a group session.
- Also provides group counselling for survivors of suicide loss should you have been effected by suicide.
- For an in depth look at suicide prevention and in order to educate yourself on signs and symptoms: https://www.torontodistresscentre.com/suicide-prevention
START Clinic – 416 598 9344
A private care option specifically working with mood and anxiety disorders. Not covered by OHIP but generally covered by health care providers for clinical psychology/psychotherapy. They also run government funded research studies that would be paid for in full should you fit into the program. For more information on this program call 416 573 6911.