Addiction & Mental Health Resources in British Columbia and across Canada
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.
Alcoholics AnonymousTo find a local AA meeting near you, and for more information visit the Alcoholics Anonymous website.
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
AlbertaAlberta Addictions Helpline - (780) 427-7164 or 1-866-332-2322Health Link - 8-1-1Mental Health Helpline- 1-877-303-2642
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
New BrunswickTele-care - 8-1-1Addiction Treatment ServicesNew Brunswick Addiction Centers
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
Northwest TerritoriesNorthwest Territories Helpline- 1-800-661-0844NWT Quitline- 1-866-286-5099
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
NunavutNunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line - 867-979-3333 or 1-800-265-3333Government of Nunavut, Department of Health
OntarioMental Health Helpline- 1-866-531-2600Ontario Drug and Alcohol Helpline- 1-800-565-8603 or (519) 439-0174Telehealth - 1-866-797-0000
Prince Edward IslandPrince Edward Island Addiction Services- 1-888-299-8399Health PEIIsland Helpline- 1-800-218-2885
QuébecMinistère de la Santé et des Services sociauxDrugs: Help and Referrals- 1-800-265-2626Tel-jeunes- 1-800-263-2266 or 514-600-1002 LigneParents - 1-800-361-5085
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
YukonCredit Counselling Society – Yukon- 1-888-527-8999Yukon Helpline - 1-866-980-9099Government of Yukon, Alcohol and Drug Services- 1-855-667-5777
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 deniedBritish Columbia 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.
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A note from our long term disability lawyers
Taking a medical leave from work is not an easy decision to make. Concerns about providing for yourself and your family and keeping your job may cause you to want to push through your pain, but this won’t make your problems go away. Stopping work is often the smartest decision for your long term health and well-being, and your disability benefits are there to provide you with financial support until you can return to work.
If you have made the tough decision to stop working and apply for your short term disability or long term disability benefits, you may feel overwhelmed by the process and have questions that your employer and your insurance company are not able or willing to answer. Share is There to see you through and answer your questions.
Our Disability law firm knows what you have been going through
We understand that things have not been easy for you over the last little while. Your health has been suffering, you are unable to work, and now your insurance company, who was supposed to be there in your time of need, has decided they will not pay your disability benefits or respect your disability claim. These benefits exist to provide you with the financial support you need so that you can focus on your health and rebuilding your life. It is unfortunate that your insurance company has not lived up to its promise. If your disability claim has been denied, we will fight to get you the benefits you are entitled to. Our disability lawyers have helped thousands of Canadians get their long term disability benefits over the past 35 years, and we can help you too.
Our experienced disability lawyers can fight back on your behalf
Share Lawyers believes that every client who is dealing with a disability claim deserves superior personal service. To achieve that goal, we have developed our team of experienced, compassionate, and caring long term disability lawyers, law clerks, and administrative staff to meet all of your needs. Our team of experienced long term disability, life insurance, employment, and critical illness insurance lawyers have made successful claims against many insurance companies, third-party administrators and employers.
If you are unable to work, your disability benefits should be there to provide you with the financial support you need. While your insurance company may be focused on finding ways to avoid paying your claim, our focus is on what is in your best interest. When Share Lawyers gets involved, you have an entire team of lawyers that are there to support you and to fight for what is yours.
Our disability claim lawyers fight for your disability insurance claim by relying on our many years of experience to apply the best strategic planning and approach in each case, using the latest technology available. Experience matters, and with Share Lawyers, you are in the best hands with 35 years of success on your side.
In this video, we explain the role of a long term disability lawyer and how we can support you when you have been denied your long term disability benefits.