When You Still Need Help
An estimated 20% of Canadians will grapple with mental illness at some point during their lifetimes. If you or someone you know needs help, the following counselling and support groups are available. The list is a mix of national, provincial and local resources available in Canada
Canadian Mental Health Association
Click on “locations” and then your province to find links to CMHA centres that will have information on mental-health services.
Schizophrenia Society of Canada
A toll-free number (1-888-SSC-HOPE) offers live support for people with schizophrenia. The site also has links to provincial branches that offer support and education.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Those living in the greater Toronto area can receive a mental health assessment and find mood anxiety programs and crisis help.
Alberta Mental Health Board
Links to agencies and community organizations dedicated to helping Albertans with mental health problems.
British Columbia Ministry of Health: BC Partners Health Information Line
Pre-recorded information (1-800-661-2121) about mental health services across B.C., as well as information about support groups.
Yukon Health & Social Services: Mental Health Services
Community mental health clinic offers assessment, individual and group therapy, support counselling and referral services. Caregiver/family member support group
Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada
Information on prevention, treatment and management of anxiety disorders.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Online)
Guides on a variety of mental illnesses, including depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder.
Schizophrenia Society – Reaching Out
Frequently asked questions about schizophrenia.
Mood Disorders Society of Canada
Information on depression and anxiety disorders
The Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorder
A Guide to Recovery, which covers methods for coping with bipolar affective disorder, unipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder and more, is available online.
Specifically for Women:
YWCA Counselling and Support for Women
Member associations provide community-based programs that offer counselling and support for mental-health issues. Click on “Find Your Local YWCA” for links to branch websites across Canada.