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Volunteering refers to giving one's time freely towards helping an organization or a cause. Benefits of volunteering include work experience and the knowledge that one is helping others. This is not an exhaustive list of resources and services, but highlights those which might be of interest to individuals with mental health issues.

Publicly Funded / Free Services

La plateforme Autisme-Asperger-Québec (AAQc) se veut une plateforme informative, éducative et inclusive sur l’autisme, les troubles du spectre de ... more
QC, Canada
Areas Served: Quebec, World
All ages
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Provides a broad range of mental health, legal, parenting, and abuse support programs geared at boys, men, fathers and their families. * Therapy & ... more
2 Homewood Ave., Toronto, ON, M4Y 2J9 Map
647-479-9611
All ages
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Helping poverty, homelessness and hunger with support programs, housing and advocacy. Adult drop-in -- Mon-Fri 9 am-12:30 pm, Sat and statutory holidays 9 ... more
552 Adelaide Street West, Toronto, ON, M5V 3W8 Map
416-504-3563
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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Fred Victor is a social service charitable organization that fosters long-lasting and positive change in the lives of homeless and low-income people living ... more
145 Queen Street East, Toronto, ON, M5A 1S1 Map
416-364-8228
Area Served: Toronto
All ages
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The program provides services to infants and preschoolers, and their families, who live in a number of different neighbourhoods in the northwest section of ... more
Northwestern Toronto, ON Map
Area Served: Toronto
Up to 16 years
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YOUTHLINK offers a unique set of services and programs for vulnerable youth between the ages of 12-24 and their families or caregivers. All of our services and ... more
636 Kennedy Road, Toronto, ON, M1K 2B3 Map
416-967-1773
Area Served: Toronto
12 - 24 years
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If you are looking for a career, work or job that makes a difference in other people's lives and in the community we can help. The Community Mental Health ... more
400 Elliott, Kingston, ON, K7K 6M9
613-549-7027
Area Served: Central East
All ages
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Non-profit organization dedicated to promoting good mental health, developing and implementing support systems and services and encouraging public action to ... more
1355 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON, K1H 8K7 Map
613-737-7791
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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Citizen Advocacy sets up one-to-one matches between volunteer advocates and people with disabilities that can have profound effects on both. Citizen Advocacy ... more
312 Parkdale Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K1Y 4X5 Map
613-761-9522
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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Community-based, non-profit organization offering a wide range of social and community services. Services offered to Blackburn Hamlet, Beacon Hill, ... more
1980 Ogilvie Road, Ottawa, ON, K1J 9L3 Map
613-741-6025
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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Settlement workers, Sponsors, ESL Teachers, Volunteers, and Interpreters have been the front line support for Syrian Refugees. As the main source of support ... more
2255 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON, K2B 7Z5 Map
613-722-2225
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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LiveWorkPlay helps the community welcome people with intellectual disabilities to live, work, and play as valued citizens. This includes people with autism, ... more
2197 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1H 7X3 Map
613-235-9550
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
18 years and up
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Community based non-profit charitable organization established to provide information, support and referral for military families. more
330 Croil Private, Ottawa, ON, K1V 1J1 Map
613-998-4888
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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The Pride Centre of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa is student-run service that strives to promote, advocate for, and support gender, sex, ... more
85 University Private, Ottawa, ON, K1N 8Z4 Map
613-562-5800 x3161
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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South-East Ottawa Community Health Centre works with the diverse community of South-East Ottawa and with partners throughout the region to provide and advocate ... more
1355 Bank Street, Ottawa, ON, K1H 8K7 Map
613-737-5115
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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Volunteer Ottawa is a non-profit, charitable organization that helps link volunteers to organizations. Services include an online database of volunteer ... more
2197 Riverside Drive, Ottawa, ON, K1H 7X3 Map
613-736-5270
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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Offers a variety of programs including * Counselling and Referral * Early Years Centre for children ages 0-6 * Children and Youth Services * Services for ... more
2 MacNeil Court, Ottawa (kanata), ON, K2L 4H7 Map
613-591-3686
Area Served: Ottawa-Carleton
All ages
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Connections offers a continuum of prenatal, postnatal, and preschool services to families in Lanark County. Good Food for a Healthy Baby also operates in Leeds ... more
30 Bennett Street, Carleton Place, ON, K7C 4J9 Map
613-257-2779
Area Served: Lanark County
Up to 6 years
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Website offering support and resources for teens struggling. Also provides an evironment for teens to share their stories and offer support for one another. ... more
ON, Canada
Area Served: Hamilton
10 years and up
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We are a not-for-profit organization run exclusively by volunteers whose lives have been touched by Down syndrome. We provide information of a general, ... more
26-1/2 Hatt Street, Dundas, ON, L9H 2E8 Map
905-628-4141
Area Served: Hamilton
All ages
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Provides counseling, medical services and immigration services to the french speaking populations of all ages in the regions of Hamilton and Niagara. more
460 Main st East, Hamilton, ON, L8N 1K4 Map
905-528-0163
All ages
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Offers social and recreational opportunities for children and youth with special needs, while providing families with respite through a variety of programs. more
293 Wellington Street N, Hamilton, ON, L8L 8E7 Map
905-383-2885
Area Served: Hamilton
4 - 17 years
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Provides group and drop-in peer support for individuals with Mental Health problems or illnesses, as well as, recreational activities, such as Yoga, Meditation ... more
148 Ottawa St N, Hamilton, ON, L8H 3Z3 Map
Area Served: Hamilton
All ages
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Local chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). The CMHA is a community based organization committed to working in a partnership with ... more
444 McGill St, Hawkesbury, ON, K6A 1R2 Map
613-632-4924
16 years and up
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To be of service to vulnerable persons in Prescott-Russell by supporting them in their families and by facilitating their integration in the ... more
173 Old Highway 17, Plantagenet, ON, K0B 1L0 Map
613-673-5148
All ages
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Community Resource Centre (Killaloe) Inc. manages an online database of community services that are located in or that serve Renfrew County. Visit ... more
15 Lake Street, Killaloe, ON, K0J 2A0 Map
613-757-3108
Area Served: Renfrew County
All ages
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Provides learning and social opportunities for children and teens. Positive living skills incorporated into lessons about horses! Geared for children with ... more
16455 Myers Road, Lunenburg, ON, K0C 1R0 Map
613-346-7777
3 years and up
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The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is a national organization that promotes and advocates for mental health, provides various community support, and ... more
329 Pitt Street, Cornwall, ON, K6J 3R1 Map
613-933-5845
16 years and up
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The SVCHC professional team works closely with community health and social service partners in order to be linked with those non-medical services needed by ... more
353 Pitt Street, Cornwall, ON, K6J 3R1 Map
613-936-0306
All ages
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Services and supports for individuals experiencing effects of mental illness and addiction. more
15 & 21 Bradford Street, Barrie, ON, L4N 1W2 Map
705-726-5033
Area Served: Simcoe County
12 years and up
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La Clé est un organisme catalyseur au service de la communauté francophone du comté de Simcoe. more
63 rue Main, Penetanguishene, ON, L9M 2G3 Map
705-549-3116
Area Served: Simcoe County
All ages
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We embrace the alternative learning style by engaging in activity-based learning. We provide students with quality education that caters to their learning ... more
ON, Canada
Area Served: Simcoe County
4 - 18 years
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Recruit, train and place volunteers within all programs of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Simcoe County and coordinates Branch fundraising. more
39 High Street, Barrie, ON, L4N 1W2 Map
Area Served: Simcoe County
All ages
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Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care Volunteer Association is a registered charitable organization that fundraises and disburses funds for the enhancement of ... more
500 Church Street, Penetanguishene, ON, L9M 1G3 Map
705-549-3181 x2219
Area Served: Simcoe County
All ages
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Hope's Garden provides information and support for all those suffering from eating disorders, disordered eating, and for their friends and family. more
478 Waterloo St., London, ON, N6B 2P6 Map
519-434-7721
Area Served: Middlesex County
14 years and up
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Private Practice Professionals and Commercial Businesses

33727 Roman Line, Lucan, ON, N0M 2J0 Map
1-226-927-2115
Area Served: Middlesex County
4 years and up
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Girls Inc. programming puts the tools for empowerment in girls' hands and encourages them to take healthy risks and master physical, intellectual and emotional ... more
1805 Oxford, Brockville, ON, K6V 5W1 Map
613-345-3295
Area Served: Leeds and Grenville
6 - 18 years
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An organization of citizens who accept responsibility for understanding and dealing with the problems of crime and the criminal justice system. Services are ... more
204 Pine Street, Sudbury, ON, P3C 1X5 Map
705-673-9576
Area Served: Sudbury District
12 years and up
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NISA is an organization run by and for consumers of mental health services. We develop occupational skills, nurture self-confidence and provide resources for ... more
36 Elgin Street, Sudbury, ON, P3C 5B4 Map
705-222-6472
Area Served: Sudbury District
16 years and up
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Serenity House Hospice is committed to empowering families through life threatening illness through support, education and resources with community partners. ... more
20 Flora Street, St. Thomas, ON, N5P 2X4 Map
519-637-3034
Area Served: Elgin County
All ages
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We are a community health services organization that has served Halton for over 85 years. As part of our programs we provide bereavement support and education ... more
2370 Speers Road, Oakville, ON, L6L 5M2 Map
905-827-8800
18 years and up
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Community Development Halton strives to support volunteers and community agencies that require volunteer help. Volunteer Halton links people who want to ... more
860 Harrington Court, Burlington, ON, L7N 3N4 Map
905-632-1975
All ages
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This program allows juniors between the ages of 6 and 12 the opportunity to be matched with a volunteer between the ages of 16 and 24. This program is designed ... more
497 Elizabeth St., Burlington, ON, L7R 2M4 Map
905-639-2800 x224
6 - 12 years
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Chattha Psychological Services
4101 Steeles Ave. West, North York, ON, M3N 1V7 Map
905-455-7082
12 years and up
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Enriches the lives of children and youth who experience social, emotional and/or behavioural challenges by providing a continuum of high quality mental health ... more
85A Aventura Court, Mississauga, ON, L5T 2Y6 Map
905-795-3500
Up to 18 years
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Carizon specializes in children’s mental health, youth engagement and development, family violence services, individual and family counselling, parental ... more
400 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON, N2G 1L2 Map
519-743-6333
All ages
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Langs is a community resource, started in 1978, that focuses on health promotion. Langs consists of qualified and experienced staff, peer workers, trained ... more
1145 Concession Rd, Cambridge, ON, N3H 4L5 Map
519-653-1470
All ages
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Cultural and faith-based counselling is offered to clients who want to find healing by returning to their faith and cultural roots. By talking to a qualified ... more
65 Hanson Avenue, Kitchener, ON, N2C 2H6 Map
529-772-4399 x3
All ages
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Ray of Hope’s Community Centre offers a place of safety and support to those struggling through poverty and homelessness in the core of downtown Kitchener. ... more
659 King St. East, Kitchener, ON, N2G 2M4 Map
519-578-8018 x217
1 years and up
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Ray of Hope’s Youth Reintegration Program assists young men and women in their transition back into the community. Each youth receives personal mentorship ... more
659 King St. East, Kitchener, ON, N2G 2M4 Map
519-578-8018 x223
12 - 17 years
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Volunteer Cambridge is a service of the United Way of Cambridge and North Dumfries. We act as a liaison between residents looking to volunteer and the ... more
150 Main St. 2nd Fl., Cambridge, ON, N1R 6P9 Map
519-621-1030
All ages
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A fully accessible Therapeutic Care Farm providing a full range of innovative, animal-assisted therapy and nature-based education, rehabilitation and recreation. more
426059 25 Sideroad, Mono, ON, L9V 1E2 Map
647-624-8421
All ages
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Links volunteers with volunteer opportunities. We work to establish and maintain relationships with community organizations, groups, individuals and businesses ... more
46 Cork Street East, Guelph, ON, N1H 2W8 Map
519-822-0912
Area Served: Wellington County
All ages
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Rebound Child & Youth Services Northumberland provides high quality, community based programs and services to children, youth and their families in ... more
700 D'Arcy Street North, Cobourg, ON, K9A 5T3 Map
905-372-0007
Area Served: Northumberland County
Up to 18 years
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Day programming for adults with cognitive challenges offering options for after high school life. Various programs include: functional literacy, vocational ... more
4300 Steeles Ave W, Vaughan, ON, L4L 4C2 Map
905-264-9007
21 years and up
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Provides volunteer based meaningful mentorship programs to boys and girls within our communities. more
800 Niagara Street/Seaway Mall, Welland, ON Map
905-735-0570 x223
6 - 18 years
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We offer mental health support to those 16 yrs and older. Offer information, referral, advocacy and education. Programs consist of individual support to manage ... more
36 Page St., St. Catharines, ON, L2R 4A7 Map
905-641-5222
16 years and up
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Provides counseling, medical services and immigration services to the french speaking populations of all ages in the regions of Hamilton and Niagara. more
810 East Main st, Welland, ON, L3B 3Y4 Map
905-734-1141
All ages
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Services include: 1) 211 - Provides reliable and accurate community information to the people of Central South Ontario through the 211 telephone service. ... more
235 Martindale Rd, St Catharines, ON, L2M 4G3
905-682-1900 x221
All ages
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Coalition of stakeholders focused on creating a safe environment for youth by bringing the community together to eliminate youth violence and victimization in Niagara. more
ON, Canada
1-905-646-0612
Up to 18 years
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Founded in 2003, in response to the increase of deaths by suicide in the Niagara Region, the Niagara Suicide Prevention Coalition (NSPC) was formed from over ... more
ON, Canada
1-866-550-5205 (Toll Free)
All ages
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The RAFT operates a resource centre, emergency shelter and provides community outreach and development activities to youth in the Niagara Region. The RAFT ... more
17 Centre Street, St. Catharines, ON, L2R 3A6 Map
905-984-4365
9 - 24 years
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The Steps to Independent Living Program offers one on one and group activities that help to build valuable life skills that will work towards an independent ... more
17 Centre Street, St. Catharines, ON Map
All ages
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The Trenton Military Family Support Centre is a Non-Profit, publicly funded, organization which supports Canadian Forces (CF) members and their ... more
50 Rivers Drive East, Astra (cfb Trenton), ON, K0K 3W0 Map
613-392-2811 x3575
Area Served: Hastings County
All ages
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Providing wholistic health services using experiential, relational based therapy, for children and youth of all cultures, beliefs, sexual orientation and social class. more
ON, Canada
705-783-4676
All ages
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Through its programs and services, the Ministry of Community and Social Services: •helps adults with a developmental disability live, work and participate ... more
ON, Canada
1-800-461-2156 (Toll Free)
Area Served: Ontario
16 years and up
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Youthspace.ca offers emotional support and crisis intervention to youth in Canada under 30yrs. Our highly-trained volunteers are online every night (6 PM to ... more
Victoria, BC Map
Area Served: Canada
Up to 30 years
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Our Mission: We create healthier families by raising awareness, reducing stigma, providing social support and connecting mothers to help for perinatal mood ... more
QC, Canada
Area Served: World
All ages
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Resource Lists by Other Organizations
Catchment: LHIN Champlain
“Red Flags” is a Quick Reference Guide for Early Years professionals.Red Flags outlines a range of functional indicators or domains commonly used to monitor healthy child development, as well as potential problem areas for child development. It is intended to assist in the determination of when and where to refer for additional advice, formal assessment and/or treatment.
Posted: Sep 28, 2015
Language: EN
Catchment: LHIN Champlain
"From Rollercoaster to Recovery" is a detailed guide for families and individuals on how to navigate the addictions and mental health system in the Champlain LHIN.
Posted: May 2, 2013
Language: EN,FR
Ottawa Public Health (OPH)
Catchment: LHIN Champlain
List of mental health resources and supports located throughout the Ottawa area (Champlain LHIN).
Posted: Aug 16, 2017
Language: EN,FR
Community Resource Connections of Toronto (CRCT)
Catchment: Toronto
Finding mental health services can be complicated, especially for newcomers. This guide for newcomers helps with navigating and finding mental health services in Toronto.
Posted: Jun 21, 2015
Language: EN
Catchment: Central West
A directory of resources, organizations and services in Waterloo Region, Wellington County, and Dufferin County.
Posted: Jul 19, 2012
Language: EN
Ottawa Public Health (OPH)
Catchment: Ottawa-Carleton
The Resource Guide – Greater Ottawa Area [PDF 11.8 MB] reflects mental health resources and supports located throughout the Ottawa area (Champlain LHIN). This guide is not an exhaustive list of all supportive services, but rather a starting point – feel free to explore how these resources could assist you (the caregiver) or the person you care for (child, youth, adult, older adult) on the journey to recovery.
Posted: Sep 22, 2016
Language: EN,FR
Catchment: Ottawa-Carleton
Concise list of mental health and addictions services in Ottawa area.
Posted: Dec 10, 2018
Language: EN,FR
LigneSanteChamplain.ca
Catchment: Ottawa-Carleton
Posted: Jul 4, 2014
Language: EN,FR
Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
Catchment: Ottawa-Carleton
A map of child/youth mental health services in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. If printed out, it is meant to be printed out on legal size and poster size, and posted in waiting areas or in a clinic.
Posted: Mar 17, 2017
Language: EN
Catchment: Ottawa-Carleton
Concise list of Ottawa area mental health resources for youth prepared by Youthnet, a program of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).
Posted: Feb 22, 2015
Language: EN,FR
Catchment: Ottawa-Carleton
Longer list of Ottawa area mental health resources prepared by Youthnet, a progam of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO).
Posted: Feb 23, 2015
Language: EN
Catchment: Ottawa-Carleton
List of Ottawa community resources for transitional aged youth (age 16-24).
Posted: May 13, 2015
Language: EN
Champlainhealthline.ca
Catchment: Renfrew County
List of key child/youth mental health resources for primary health care providers.
Posted: Apr 1, 2015
Language: EN
Catchment: Simcoe County
Community resource list for South Simcoe by the CMHA York Region Branch.
Posted: Apr 20, 2015
Language: EN
Catchment: Middlesex County
Pamphlet of financial resources and other supports.
Posted: Jul 3, 2012
Language: EN
Catchment: Sudbury District
List of child, youth and family mental health resources for Subdury area prepared by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health as part of the Mental Health Literacy Project in 2011.
Posted: Feb 24, 2011
Language: EN
Catchment: Sudbury District
Comprehensive list of mental health resources for Sudbury/Manitoulin from the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) in Sudbury/Manitoulin.
Posted: Mar 28, 2012
Language: EN
Elgin St. Thomas Public Health
Catchment: Elgin County
Directory of various programs/services of interest to children, youth and families in Elgin County.
Posted: Feb 5, 2015
Language: EN
Catchment: Halton Regional Municipality
This resource guide is intended to help families, caregivers, and members of the community in navigating and understanding the child and youth mental health system.
Posted: Sep 18, 2013
Language: EN
Peel Service Collaborative
Catchment: Peel Regional Municipality
Guide to mental health services in the Peel region.
Posted: Nov 9, 2015
Language: EN
Catchment: Waterloo Regional Municipality
Posted: Jun 12, 2012
Language: EN
Catchment: Waterloo Regional Municipality
Posted: Jul 11, 2012
Language: EN
Catchment: Waterloo Regional Municipality
Local resource book for those living, working or supporting someone with a disability.
Posted: Aug 29, 2012
Language: EN
Catchment: Haliburton County
List of child/youth mental health resources prepared by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for the Mental Health Literacy Project in March 2011.
Posted: Mar 4, 2011
Language: EN
Catchment: Niagara Regional Municipality
Posted: Jan 28, 2011
Language: EN
Catchment: Niagara Regional Municipality
Provided by TAMI Niagara and the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA).
Posted: Feb 26, 2011
Language: EN
Catchment: Niagara Regional Municipality
List of child/youth mental health resources in Niagara area, prepared by the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health, as part of the Mental Health Literacy Project in Mar 2011.
Posted: Mar 4, 2011
Language: EN
Catchment: Niagara Regional Municipality
Information about suicide for individuals living in the Niagara area, including information about the Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST), 1-800-263-4944.
Posted: Sep 11, 2012
Language: EN
Catchment: Hastings County
List of child/youth mental health resources prepared by the Ontario Centre of Excellence as part of the Mental Health Literacy initiative in March 2011.
Posted: Mar 4, 2011
Language: EN
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