Mental Health and Substance Use Services and Resources

It's normal for situations like COVID-19 to affect your mental health. Everyone will experience these events in their own way. It is completely natural to feel stress and concern during these times and so it is important to practice positive coping strategies.

Below is a listing of Mental Health Resources available to you.

If you are in crisis, please contact the Mental Health Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-722-6914 or if outside Ottawa toll-free at 1-866-996-0991.

If you (or your child) are experiencing thoughts of suicide or harming yourself, please call 9-1-1. 

AccessMHA

One of the biggest challenges for people seeking mental health, substance use, and addictions services is knowing where to go. That’s why health care partners, community service providers, and people with lived/living experience have worked together to create
AccessMHA, a simple new single point of entry to eastern Ontario’s system of care for mental health and addictions.

Get help now

We want to make sure that everyone who needs counselling can get it. We also know that staying connected to each other is an important part of protecting our mental health. Check out our "Let's Stay Connected" resource for ideas!

Get help now

If you need support please call the Distress Centre Ottawa and Region 24/7 - 613-238-3311 in English and French or Tel-Aide Outaouais - 613-741-6433 in French.

AccessMHA - Mental Health and Addictions Regional Coordinated Access

AccessMHA is for anyone who is 16 years of age or older, living in eastern Ontario, and looking for mental health and/or substance use/addiction services. If you need help and support, and are not sure where to go, reach out to us and we will connect you to the service you need.

Counselling Connect

Counselling Connect provides quick access to a free phone or video counselling session. This service is for everyone: children, youth, adults and families in Ottawa and the surrounding area.
14 counselling services have joined forces to give you same-day or next-day access to a free counselling session. 

Information Line for Child and Youth Mental Health and Youth Addictions Services YSB has expanded the role of the crisis line and online chat to provide information about child and youth mental health and youth addiction services in Eastern Ontario. The information and crisis line can be reached by calling 613-260-2360 or 1-877-377-7775 and the online chat at chat.ysb.ca 

Telephone, text and chat mental health services

Printable version of the Mental Health and COVID-19 Resource List. [PDF 262KB]

It is normal that situations like COVID-19 can affect your mental health and it’s completely ok to ask for help. If you need support, please connect with:

Telephone, text and chat mental health Services

  

Service

Contact Information

Kids Help Phone (Bilingual)

Call -1-800-668-6868

Text – #686868

Youth Services Bureau (Bilingual)

Call – 613-260-2360

Live Chat

Information Line for Child and Youth Mental Health and Youth Addictions Services

Call - 613-260-2360 or 1-877-377-7775

Live Chat

Good 2 talk (Bilingual)

Call -1-866-925-5454

Text - #686868

Distress Centre Ottawa and Region 24/7 (Bilingual)

Call - 613-238-3311

Tel-Aide Outaouais (FR)

Call - (613-741-6433) Or 819-775-3223 for Gatineau residents

Mental Health Crisis Line 24/7 (Bilingual)

Call - 613-722-6914 | Outside Ottawa: 1-866-966-0991

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line 24/7 (Bilingual, Other)

Call - 1-855-242-3310

Live Chat

Talk4Healing For Indigenous Women (English, Other)

Call - 1-855-554-HEAL

Text - 1-855-554-HEAL

Live Chat

Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre Crisis Line 24/7 (English)

Call - 613-562-2333 | 24hr line: 613-562-2333

Assaulted Women’s Helpline – Ontario (English, Other)

 

 

Call - 1-866-863-0511

Call Senior Safety Line - 1-866-299-1011

Text - #7233

Unsafe at Home Ottawa (Bilingual)

Text – (613) 704-5535  - 8:30 am to midnight

Live Chat

Ontario Online & Text Crisis Services (English)

 

Chat 2 pm to 2 am

Text 2 pm to 2 am to #258258

Canada Suicide Prevention Service (Bilingual)

 

Call – 1-833-456-4566

Residents of Quebec Call – 1-866-277-3553

Text 4 pm to midnight to #45645 (English only)

 

 

Online mental health resources and additional information

For information on how to cope with and reduce stress and anxiety, how to talk to your children about COVID-19 and how to support yourself as well as your loved ones' mental health, please visit: 

 For everyone

Mental health services and resources:

AccessMHA is for anyone who is 16 years of age or older, living in eastern Ontario, and looking for mental health and/or substance use/addiction services. If you need help and support, and are not sure where to go, reach out to us and we will connect you to the service you need.

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 For substance use disorder support

Services and resources:

  • AccessMHA - Mental Health and Addictions Regional Coordinated Access

    AccessMHA is for anyone who is 16 years of age or older, living in eastern Ontario, and looking for mental health and/or substance use/addiction services. If you need help and support, and are not sure where to go, reach out to us and we will connect you to the service you need.

  • Rideauwood - Wondering about substance use, behavioural addictions or mental health issues? You're not alone. We're right here.
  • Community Addictions Peer Support Association (CAPSA) - CAPSA is working to develop and implement peer support services in Ottawa and surrounding region. Currently, we host weekly peer groups for individuals affected by substance use disorder called All People All Pathways. 
  • Breaking Free Online (BFO) is a confidential online platform to help support wellness around substance use. Present physical (social) distancing measures are affecting the delivery of addiction services and the ability of clients to access treatment and recovery support. Breaking Free Online is offering their services to anyone with a substance use disorder who is not able to access their regular support. BFO will give them continuous access to personalized behavioural support online. To access this service, use the code CAPSA2020 to sign in. 
  • LESA (Centretown Community Health Centre) Addictions Treatment for Older Adults: Substance Use and Problem Gambling counselling sessions have been moved to telephone sessions. To book an appointment or learn more about this program please call 613-233-4443 x 2109.
  • Substance Use and Concurrent Disorders (The Royal)
  • Counselling Connect - Adult, older adult, youth young adult and family substance use, gambling and gaming
  • Montfort Renaissance’s Service Access to Recovery (SAR) is Ottawa’s bilingual centralized access to all Ontario Health funded agencies providing addiction / concurrent disorder treatment. It is a starting point for people 16 years and older who are concerned about their substance use and want to understand, discuss and access treatment options.  

    To be evaluated and referred directly to treatment, call 613-241-5202. Due to COVID-19 assessments are temporarily done over the phone and treatment options are more limited than usual, but new virtual support options are available.

  • Sandy Hill Community Health Centre provides confidential and supportive counselling services for individuals, families and adolescents seeking help for addictions (including problem gambling), mental health issues or concurrent disorders.

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 For children

Mental health services and resources: 

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 For youth and young adults

Mental health services and resources:

  • Youth Services Bureau - We are not here to judge, we are here to understand and to help you work through any issues or difficulties you are experiencing that may be affecting your life and your emotional well-being. Our team of experienced mental health experts provide a range of welcoming, non-judgmental services for you and your family.
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 For parents

Mental health services and resources:

  • Crossroads Children Mental Health Centre - COVID-19 Crossroads is here to help
  • Youth Services Bureau - We are not here to judge, we are here to understand and to help you work through any issues or difficulties you are experiencing that may be affecting your life and your emotional well-being. Our team of experienced mental health experts provide a range of welcoming, non-judgmental services for you and your family.
  • PLEO - We are here to help, in communities across Eastern Ontario.
  • We provide Family Peer Support for parents through our:
    • Parents’ Helpline for support and guidance navigating the mental health system, finding resources in your community and for when you just need someone to talk to.
    • Parent Support Groups for parents to share information and learn form one another and come together as a community.
    • Mobile One-on-One Support for more intensive support and guidance through particularly challenging times, in-person and in your community.
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For postpartum families

Mental health services and resources:

 

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 For older adults

Mental health services and resources:

  • Seniors Centres Without Walls (The Good Companions)
  • A Friendly Voice (Rural Ottawa South Support Services)
  • COVID-19 Support Services (Champlain Community Support Network)
  • LESA (CCHC) Addictions Treatment for Older Adults: Substance Use and Problem Gambling counselling sessions have been moved to telephone sessions. To book an appointment or learn more about this program please call 613-233-4443 ext. 2109.
  • Counselling Connect
  • Montfort Renaissance provides individual support and contacts by phone for Francophone Seniors and Caregivers and social and recreational online activities through Mon Centre à distance. Phone: 613-241-1266
 For newcomer and diverse populations

Mental health services and resources: 

  • Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization Counselling Services (OCISO)
  • Reaching IN... Reaching OUT

    This is a series of resources for parents to teach their children resilience and is available in multiple languages.

  • Ottawa Newcomer Health Centre
  • counsellingconnect.org
  • Bounce Back - Coaching + workbooks are available in English, French, Arabic, Farsi, Traditional Chinese and Spanish. Smaller format booklets are available in English, French, Punjabi, Traditional and Simplified Chinese. Coaching is also available in many other languages, but you will need to have a basic English reading level to work through the workbooks.
    • Videos are available in English, French, Arabic, Farsi, Cantonese, Mandarin and Punjabi.
  • Walk-in Counselling Clinics -  613-755-2277 - No referral is required for the Walk-In Counselling Clinic. You will be assisted, with no appointment, on a first-come, first-serve basis during our Walk-In Counselling Clinic hours.  
    • The Walk-in Counselling Clinic offers counselling services in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Somali, Cantonese and Mandarin at a variety of different locations. 
For the African, Caribbean, Black Community

Mental health services and resources: 

  • Somerset West Community Health Centre 
    • ACB Support Line - 343-571-0097 in English, Monday to Friday - Support for the community, by the community. We are here to help you regain your wellbeing. We offer practical and emotional support including resource navigation, health coaching and advocacy. 
    • African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) COVID-19 Wellness Webinars - For more information: Email mnduati@swchc.on.ca - Every other Thursday - Please join us to talk about the health impacts of COVID-19 within the ACB community.  Every other week, we'll meet online to discuss mental health, wellbeing, coping, resilience and more.
  • Somali Centre for Family Services of Ottawa
    • Acacia Youth Wellness - The program offers psychoeducational and support services to youth aged between 12 and 29 and solution-focused brief counselling, as well as service referrals and navigation. Their live broadcasted webinars feature ACB mental health professionals and mental health service users to share their experiences.
    • SNAP program - SNAP®, is an evidence based, cognitive behavioural therapy program that provides a framework for teaching children and their parents, effective emotional regulation, self-control and problem solving skills. Our program utilizes both individual and group counselling for parents and their children (concurrently), once a week for a 13-week family education program.
  • Britannia Woods Community House
  • Jaku Konbit 
    • Call Me! Let’s Chat - African Caribbean Black (ACB) Seniors Program - We would like to inform you of the “Call me! Let’s Chat Program. It’s about connecting seniors to the community and increasing the opportunities for them to participate in community events, access to cultural food as well as combating isolation. Should you wish to find out more information, please call 613-567-0600 or email us at admin@jakukonbit.com for further details.
  • Walk-in Counselling Clinics - 613-755-2277 - No referral is required for the Walk-In Counselling Clinic. You will be assisted, with no appointment, on a first-come, first-serve basis during our Walk-In Counselling Clinic hours.  The Walk-in Counselling Clinic offers counselling services in English, French, Arabic, Spanish, Somali, Cantonese and Mandarin at a variety of different locations. 
  • Counselling Connect - African, Caribbean, Black community counselling - 16 years and up.
For First Nations, Inuit and Métis

Mental health services and resources:

  • Native Women's Association of Canada
  • Talk4Healing - For Indigenous women
    • Call or text: 1-855-554-HEAL /Live Chat
    • Services offered in English, Oji-Cree, Cree, Algonquin, Inuktitut, Mohawk, Oneida, Odawa, Potawatomi, Micmac, Black Foot, Anishinaabe, Moose Cree, Swampy Cree
  • Wabano 
    • Wabano Mental Wellness Team provides holistic and culturally relevant services to Indigenous individuals and families. 
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For suicide prevention

Mental health services and resources:

If you are in crisis, please contact the Mental Health Crisis Line (24 hours a day/7 days a week) at 613-722-6914 or if outside Ottawa toll-free at 1-866-996-0991.

For health care workers

Mental health services and resources:

For the deaf and hard of hearing community

Mental health services and resources:

How to access the distress centre of Ottawa

Canada VRS is a telecommunication service that allows deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired Canadians to make telephone calls using internet and cell phone-based technologies. VRS callers are connected with a sign language interpreter, over video, who provides real time interpretation for telephone calls. An individual could use VRS to place a call to the Distress Centre simply by using their VRS application and dialing the Distress Centre’s phone number.

The Distress Centre of Ottawa can be reached at the following:

Distress: 613-238-3311

Crisis: 613-722-6914 or 1-866-996-0991

 

Contact Information

Provincial Vaccine Information Line

  • 7 days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Call if you have questions about Ontario's COVID-19 vaccination program.
  • Service is available in multiple languages.
  • Telephone: 1-888-999-6488
  • TTY: 1-866-797-0007

Ottawa Public Health COVID-19 Telephone Line

  • Monday to Friday, from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm
  • Weekends, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
  • Translation is available in multiple languages
  • Telephone: 613-580-6744 follow the prompts to the COVID-19 telephone line
  • TTY: 613-580-9656

Emergency Services

  • If you are in distress (e.g., significant trouble breathing, chest pain, fainting, or have a significant worsening of any chronic disease symptoms), do not go to the Assessment Centre or a COVID-19 Care clinic. Go to the nearest Emergency Department or call 9-1-1.

See someone not respecting COVID-19 rules?

How to access help during COVID-19

  • 211 Ontario can help you find financial and social support during COVID-19
  • Telephone: 2-1-1

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