Where to Get Free Mental Health Help in Toronto

For #WorldMentalHealthDay and every day

If you didn’t already know, today is #WorldMentalHealthDay, a day to remind ourselves that mental health is just as important as physical health.

More and more we are seeing the stigma being washed away, with those living with mental illness becoming more and more open to addressing their experiences. But for all the progress we have made, there continue to be moments that remind us of how much further we need to go. This summer, the music community lost two beloved artists to suicide. Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) and Chris Cornell’s passing from suicide showed us that there’s still much progress to be made.

According to CAMH, 1 in 5 Canadians are struggling with mental illnesses right now. By the age of 40, 50% of us will have experienced it first hand.

If you are new to anxiety and/or depression, the first thing to note is that you are not alone. Our initial response to harmful thoughts usually is the opposite, but for every horrible feeling you have, know that there are others just like you who have gotten through it. It helps to talk to someone you are comfortable with talking to about your mental health, or someone you know has experienced it themselves. If you believe you have no one to turn to or are uncomfortable talking to friends/family/loved ones, seek a mental health professional.

Here are a couple ways you can get free mental health help in Toronto:

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health can provide you with care and a place to stay, and it is covered by OHIP, and depending on your requirements can be paid for by your insurance company. For more details, check here.

Keep your eye on Eventbrite for Mental Health and Wellness seminars and clinics. It’s also up to you to keep yourself educated about your illness, so get a library card and rent out any books you can find on the subject.

If you are in immediate need of help, please use these free over-the-phone support services:

Toronto Distress Centres (416) 408-4357 or 408-HELP
Gerstein Centre 416-929-5200
Telecare (Mandarin & Cantonese), 416-920-0497
Contact Centre Telecare Peel 905-459-7777, Languages: English, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Spanish, Portuguese
Assaulted Women’s Helpline 416-863-0511, Toll-free: 1-866-863-0511
Progress Place Warm Line 416-960-9276 or 416-960-WARM, every day from 8pm to 12 midnight
Kids Help Phone at 1 800 668-6868
Distress Centre Peel 905-278-7208
Durham Crisis Line 905-666-0483
Oakville Distress Centre – 905-849-4541

For a full listing, please check out CAMH’s extensive list of crisis services for Ontario.

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