Call 211 to find mental health supports across Ontario

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Recovering from a mental health challenge in an ongoing journey.

Recovering from a mental health challenge in an ongoing journey. You may already by getting help, be on a waitlist for services or looking ahead to what recovery means for you. Your loved one may also need support themselves. Or you may need support for coping with life’s other challenges.

Call 211 to find:

  • Community mental health programs
  • Other helplines for specialized information or challenges
  • Crisis services and Distress Centres
  • Support groups
  • Family Services
  • Housing help centres
  • Caregivers supports
  • Health services
  • Youth programs
  • Senior programs
  • Food banks and meal programs and more


The Canadian Mental Health Association has a helpful page on getting help and the types of specialists you might encounter when looking for help.

Ontario Shores in Whitby has a lot of videos and podcasts on their youtube channel covering a wide range of topics from Peer Support Canada, advocacy, mindfulness meditation and more.

The Royal in Ottawa also has videos on a wide variety of topics about mental health.

Here are some videos from mental health programs around Ontario. We hope these help you feel confident about looking for help. These videos are only available in English.

The community garden at St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto, ON
The Assertive Community Treatment Team who support people with chronic mental illness with the help of a social worker who is also a horticultural therapist.

NISA Promotional Video 2018
NISA Northern Initiative for Social Action
A look into the various recovery-oriented programs and services that are offered for our peers in mental health at NISA/Northern Initiative for Social Action.

Pathways to wellness through social enterprise

Entrepreneurship, microfinance and mental health

Saying When How to Quit Drinking or Cut Down App by CAMH

People in crisis: A place to turn when you need it most
Distress Centres across Ontario provide free, anonymous, confidential, listening, befriending, crisis intervention and prevention telephone service to their communities.

Cleoni does Laughing Like Crazy Standup
After 16 weeks of taking the Laughing Like Crazy course by Mood Disorders of Ontario, Cleoni Crawford performs her standup act based on turning her painful stories into jokes. Laughing Like Crazy is a 16 week program that teaches people with a mental illness how to turn their difficult real life stories in their life into jokes. Warning: There is a bit of profanity in video.

Corinne’s story
Managed alcohol program helped Corinne get her life back on track and treatment for mental health issues at the Shepherds of Good Hope program.

In dark times, reaching out
A Family Like Mine is a video series about diverse families raising children with disabilities, produced by BLOOM, a blog on parenting kids with disabilities from Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Visit us at

For Kids, Teens and Post-Secondary Students

Kids Help Phone PSA – 1 in 5
When the life of a young person is on the line, Kids Help Phone is there to answer. A new Kids Help Phone survey finds that 1 in 5 teens in Canada considers suicide. Almost half of them have formulated a plan (where, when and how).

Leveling up. An intro to BroTalk
A support zone for teen guys across Canada.

New mental health phone line for students
Good2Talk launch in Ontario announcement

You are not alone! Mental Health Resources for teens at high schools in the Niagara Region

How to Use the Be Safe App Resource
Be Safe is a mobile app that aims to help young adults make a decision about seeking help in a crisis. To download visit mindyourmind is an award-winning, non-profit mental health program that engages youth, emerging adults and the professionals who serve them to co-develop reliable and relevant resources.

Unleash the Noise – Dear 16 Year Old Me by
Young adults reflect on things they would like to tell their 16 year old selves by which is a national network of young leaders transforming the way we think about mental health.

Enhanced Mental Health Services at Conestoga College
Conestoga students will be able to get help with their mental health concerns and studying at the Learning Commons during weeknights. There will be staff from Here 24/7 for drop-in help to all students who struggle at the end of semester with increased stress levels, anxiety, or any other problem. Also, students will be able to access tutoring and counselling after hours.

To see more videos from Ontario’s mental health services and the people who found mental health help, visit our curated list here on YouTube.

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