We are living through unprecedented times, and healthcare professionals are still just beginning to see the impact on our collective mental health.
In any given year, even before the COVID 19 pandemic, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) reported that 1 in 5 Canadian experiences a mental health or addiction problem, with 1 in 2 have had or is currently experiencing a mental illness by the time they reach 40 years of age.
When it comes to your mental health, it’s important to know that you are not alone, and there are resources for you to get the help that you need. Share Lawyers is a Toronto-based disability law firm that serves people across Canada, and we talk to clients every day that struggle with their mental health. We have compiled a list of Addiction & Mental Health Resources available for to Canadians in each province.
If you or a loved one is in extreme crisis or experiencing an emergency call 9-1-1.
Assaulted Women’s Helpline - 1-866-863-0511 or TTY 1-866-863-7868The Assaulted Women’s Helpline offers a 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis line to all women who have experienced abuse. They provide counselling, emotional support, information and referrals. They recognize abuse as one example of women’s social, political and economic inequality in the world. The Helpline is dedicated to working towards equality for all women. For more information, visit the Assaulted Women’s Helpline website.
Canadian Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line - 1-866-925-4419If you’re a former Residential School student and need crisis referral services, call the Indian Residential School (IRS) Crisis Line. It’s toll-free and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Canadian Mental Health Association (CHMA) - (416) 646-5557As a nationwide, voluntary organization, the Canadian Mental Health Association promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service. The above phone number is for the national office, but to find the branch closest to you, more information about CHMA’s programs and resources visit the CHMA website.
Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) - 1-833-456-4566 or Text:45645The new Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) enables callers anywhere in Canada to access crisis support using the technology of their choice (phone, text or chat), in French or English. For more information visit the CSPS website.
eMentalHealth.caLooking for information about mental health, and where to find help? eMentalHealth.ca provides anonymous, confidential and trustworthy information, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The site contains information such as Mental Health Help (i.e. directory of mental health services and organizations); Info Sheets: Information about a variety of mental health conditions and topics; Screening Tools: Find out if you or a loved one has a mental health concern with our free, online screening tools.; Events Calendar: Information about mental health events in your area; News Feed: Information about the latest mental health news, and a Research directory: Information about research studies in your area.
First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness 24/7 Help Line - 1-855-242-3310If you’re experiencing emotional distress and want to talk, call the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line. It’s toll-free and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Kids Help Phone - 1-800-668-6868Kids Help Phone is a 24/7 private, judgement-free resource for young people across the country. For more information about the helpline, webchats, and other resources, visit the Kids Help Phone website.
Canadian Assembly of Narcotics Anonymous (CANA) - 1-855-562-2262There are many recovery meetings in many places across Canada. Use this toll-free number to find locations. For more information and resources visit the CANA website.
Trans LifeLine- 1-877-330-6366Trans Lifeline is dedicated to the well-being of transgender people of all ages. The hotline is staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have 24/7. For more information visit the Trans Lifeline website.
Addiction and Mental Health Resources by Province
British ColumbiaAlcohol and Drug Information and Referral Service - 1-800-663-1441BC Crisis Line- 310-6789 BC Mental Health and Substance Use Services - (604) 875-2345 HealthLink BC – 8-1-1Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre - 1-800-665-1822
ManitobaGovernment of Manitoba, Healthy Living and Seniors, Addictions- 1-855-662-6605Youth Addictions Centralized Intake Service - 1-877-710-3999Addictions Foundation of Manitoba - 1-855-662-6605Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY)- 1-204-783-5617Mobile Crisis Services - 1-877-499-8770 Adult Mobile Crisis Service - (204) 940-1781 Youth Mobile Crisis Team - (204) 949-4777 Interlake-Eastern RHA, Mobile Crisis Services - (204) 482-5376 Prairie Mountain Health, Mobile Crisis Unit - (204) 725-4411 Southern Health, East of Red River Mental Health - (204) 326-9276 or 1-888-617-7715 Southern Health, West of Red River Mental Health - 1-866-588-1697 Crisis Line 24 Hour Crisis Line - (204) 786-8686
Newfoundland and LabradorGovernment of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Health and Community ServicesNewfoundland and Labrador Helpline - 1-888-709-2929 TTY: 1-888-709-3555Mental Health and Addictions - (709) 729-3658
Nova ScotiaAddiction Services Provincial Line - 1-866-340-6700Gambling Support Network- 1-888-347-8888Government of Nova Scotia Addiction ServicesMental Health Mobile Crisis Team- (902) 429-8167 or 1-888-429-8167
SaskatchewanGovernment of Saskatchewan HealthLine- 8-1-1Government of Saskatchewan, Healthy Living, Alcohol, Drugs and your HealthGovernment of Saskatchewan, Mental Health and Addictions, Alcohol and Drug Services
When it comes to your mental health and safety, the Share Lawyers Team across Canada wants to ensure that you know there is help for you in your community. We hope you find our list of National Addiction & Mental Health Resources helpful. If mental health struggles are keeping you from working, and you have long term disability insurance through your work or a private plan, we can help you get the LTD benefits you deserve.
If you have had your claim for long term disability deniedNova Scotia contact the long term disability insurance lawyers at Share Lawyers. Our experienced team of long term disability (LTD) lawyers can help. Toronto is home to the Share Lawyers office, but we have helped people all across Canada. We have recently settled cases against Canada Life, Desjardins, Manulife, RBC Insurance, Sun Life, and many more. We offer free consultations and there are no fees unless we win your case. Find out if you have a disability case.