Mental Health Links
The following links are listed to provide you with additional online mental health care information. The following is not intended to be a comprehensive list, nor is it an endorsement of the content of the sites.
Coverage for Mental Health Therapy/Psychotherapy:
Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
If you are employed, with access to counselling (i.e., social worker, registered psychotherapist) through your health benefits, we strongly recommend you look into accessing these services. Counselling through EAP and health benefits often involves less wait time, and frees up valuable OHIP-covered or subsidized community resources to those without benefits. To find out more, get in touch with the human resources staff at your workplace.
Ontario Works/Ontario Disability Support Program
Recipients of OW or ODSP can access counselling services that are paid through OW/ODSP. Connect with your assigned worker to find out more options.
Mental Health Resources:
Helpline for post-secondary students 1-866-925-5454
Connects you with an information and Referral Specialist who can provide you with up-to-date information about mental health or drug and alcohol services and supports on campus and throughout Ontario. You can talk to a professional counsellor about any concerns you might be having, including but not limited to stress or issues affecting your well-being, mental health, academic stress or personal relationships.
Mental Health Crisis line of Grey Bruce www.cmhagb.org
This line is staffed by trained volunteers, and is available to help serve people in distress or crisis. Staff are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
The Women’s Centre of Grey Bruce www.thewomenscentre.org/
Providing Service Since 1982
If you are a woman suffering from abuse, harassment or assault – you do not have to face the crisis alone. Let us help. CALL our crisis help line 519-371-1600. Toll free 1-800-265-3722. To TEXT our crisis help line contact 226-974-0755.
YMCA of Owen Sound www.ymcaowensound.on.ca/Community-Initiatives/?pageid=389
Community Initiatives and Settlement Services
Grey Bruce Settlement Services is a collaboration between YMCA of Owen Sound Grey Bruce and Welcoming Communities Grey Bruce. We are here to support you in effectively settling, integrating, and calling Grey and Bruce counties your home. This program offers a central place to help you feel more connected to your new community through many resources and partnerships with other local service agencies. Our free services are mobile and staff will be able to meet with you in the community where you live, throughout Grey Bruce.
Kids Help Phone 101 https://kidshelpphone.ca/who-we-are/
Whether by phone, text, mobile app or through our website, you can connect with us whenever you want, however you want. Our service is completely confidential — you don’t even have to tell us your name if you don’t want to.
Mental Illness & Addiction Index: Get informed with clear, reliable information about mental illness and addiction, including treatment and recovery.
Ontario-wide support for people in crisis and distress who would prefer to do a web chat rather than calling someone. Offered 2pm-2am every afternoon/evening/night.
Self-Injury Outreach and Support
This is a collaboration between University of Guelph and McGill University, and offers resources for coping as well as resources for friends, family, professionals, etc.
Recover Your Life
This website allows people working on their recovery (from self-harm, eating disorders, mental health issues, abuse) to connect with each other on forums. The forums are moderated and rules are in place to ensure everyone’s safety.
7 cups of tea www.7cups.com
Free, anonymous and confidential online text chat with trained listeners. Affordable online therapists & counsellors. This is not a crisis service but is useful for those in distress.
BoosterBuddy is a free mobile app designed to help teens and young adults improve their mental health. Manage your personal wellness journey and earn achievements as your sidekick guides you through a series of daily quests designed to establish and sustain positive habits. Search “Booster Buddy” in Google Play store or Apple Store.
ReachOut is an app that connects people like a more private Twitter – you can reach out, ask questions, get hugs, and get supportive messages from people all around the world. Search “ReachOut” in Google Play store.
Project Toe www.projetoe.com
Whether you want to chat with someone who needs someone to talk to, or you want to share your own life struggles, Project Toe makes it easy to connect with someone.
Virtual Hope Box
The Virtual Hope Box is a free mobile app that contains simple tools to help people cope, relax, distract, and reframe automatic negative thoughts. Search “virtual hope box” in Google Play store or Apple Store.
Hello Cruel World
Hello Cruel World is a mobile app that features 101 alternatives to suicide. Search “hello cruel world” in Google Play store or Apple Store.
Addictions/Substance Abuse Resources:
Drug & Alcohol Helpline 1-800-565-8603
Mental Health Helpline 1-866-531-2600
Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline 1-888-230-3505
ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental health issues and/or gambling. Their helplines are live answer 24/7, confidential and free.
Clicking on the button below will take you to a secure page to book an appointment.