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Mental Health Resources
- Each province in Canada has its own comprehensive site where you can do online assessments to get more information about how you’re feeling. You can also find easy to access information and quick facts on PTSD, depression, anxiety and many other disorders on each site, plus a directory for mental health services across your province. You’ll even find options to call, chat online or email a mental health professional — whatever you’re most comfortable with. Ontario’s site is here, Alberta’s is here and B.C.’s is here. There are also sites for Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Quebec, Newfoundland, New Brunswick, PEI, Nunavut and Nova Scotia.
- Teens and kids can call the Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or get in touch online to receive 24/7 support in both French and English for issues like bullying, abuse, sexuality and gender identification and much more.
- The Anxiety Panic Support is a peer-to-peer anxiety support network that lets people chat online with someone who understands their experiences in dealing with anxiety. It’s another place that you can turn to on a 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week basis for mental health help.
- The Jack Project unites young people by focusing on ending the stigma attached to mental health issues. Their goal? Eradicate it completely within the span of a single generation. Since stigma is often the central reason that stops people from getting the help they need, Jack’s motto of ‘No more silence’ sends a strong message. Find a local chapter here.
- Available to people in Ottawa and the surrounding counties, the Crisis Line is a toll-free, 24/7, bilingual number to call either to get help for yourself or advice in dealing with a loved one’s mental health issue.
- With initiatives designed for both youth and adults, Bell’s annual Bell Let's Talk campaign aims to decrease stigma around mental illness, increase access to care, improve workplace mental health and raise funds for mental health research. Available year-round, the Bell Let’s Talk website is also a great resource for finding links and information about help and counselling across Canada.
- The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention provides information and resources to reduce the suicide rate and minimize the harmful consequences of suicidal behaviour.
- The Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
- The objective of the Mood Disorders Society of Canada is to provide people with mood disorders with a strong, cohesive voice at the national level.
- The Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada aim is to promote the prevention, treatment and management of anxiety disorders and to improve the lives of people who suffer from them.
- The purpose of the Mental Health Commission of Canada is to help improve mental health and well-being for all people living in Canada and to create a mental health system that meets the needs of people of all ages living with mental health problems and illnesses and their families.
- The National Network for Mental Health acts to advocate, to educate, and to offer expertise and resources to increase the health and well-being of the community of Canadians with the lived experience of mental health issues.
- Healthy Minds Canada works to improve the well-being of all Canadians by supporting research on mental health and mental health issues.
- Mind Your Mind is a youth mental health and engagement program that works in partnership with youth, emerging adults and the professionals who serve them to co-develop innovative tools and resources.
- The mission of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada is to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support programs, public policy and research.
- The Alliance provides hope, help, support, and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.
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– David Martin, September 2017