Community Resources

Free Community Mental Health Support

Easy to access, free community mental health support to help you overcome challenges in your time of need. Be safe and be heard by phone, text, online, or in person. Whether it be immediate help or someone to talk to for emotional support, suicide prevention, depression, substance abuse, food, clinical services, crisis beds, short-term, or managing wellness support. Free community mental health support is available in the Greater Toronto Area, the Province of Ontario, or anywhere in Canada.   

  • 211 Community Helpline: 211 or text 21166 (Monday – Friday, 7:00 am – 9:00 pm) to find food bank, housing, community support, and more.
  • Health811: 24/7 access to live support via telephone or online chat. Free access to health professionals, such as registered nurses, registered dieticians, lactation consultants and smoking cessation coaches. or call 811. 
  • 9-8-8 Suicide Crisis Helpline: A safe space to talk, 24 hours a day, every day of the year. While the focus of 9-8-8 is on suicide prevention, no one who reaches out to the service will be turned away. Whoever you are, wherever you are located in Canada, by calling or texting 9-8-8, you can connect with a trained responder ready to listen without judgment. Call or text 9-8-8, toll-free -
  • Stella's Place: Stella’s Place provides free mental health services for adults ages 16 to 29. We have a holistic menu of programs, including peer support, clinical services, employment support, wellness, art, and recovery programs. We work to help young adults learn skills, build community and be empowered to manage their mental health.
  • Black Youth Helpline: The Black Youth Helpline serves all youth and responds explicitly to the need for a Black youth-specific service, positioned and resourced to promote access to professional, culturally appropriate support for youth, families and schools. 416.285.9944 or 1.833.294.8650 (9:00 am – 10:00 pm) -
  • Gerstein Crisis Centre: Our crisis services include 24/7 telephone support, an in-person mobile crisis team, community support referrals, substance use crisis management, follow-up and access to short-term crisis beds – 416 929-5200 – 24/7 Crisis Line TTY 416 929-9647.
  • Distress Centres of Greater Toronto: Since 1967, Distress Centres of Greater Toronto has provided 24-hour support, seven days a week, 365 days a year, to individuals in our community who are at risk and vulnerable. We are Canada’s oldest volunteer-delivered crisis, emotional support and suicide prevention + intervention + postvention service agency. (Crisis Line/multilingual) 416 408-4357 or text 45645 24/7 support 365 days a year for an individual in crisis. Distress Centres of Greater Toronto
  • Mood Disorders Association of Ontario: We offer free support programs to people across Ontario and their families who are living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. Toll-free: 1 888 482-8236 (Monday to Friday, 9:30 am - 5:00 pm).
  • Hong Fook: Hong Fook provides a continuum of mental health services covering the spectrum from “promoting wellness” to “managing illness” in Cambodian, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Korean, Vietnamese and English. HongFookAssociation.
  • SMART Recovery: SMART Recovery has helped millions worldwide beat their addictions and lead rich, happy, healthy lives. Our help is FREE and available to anybody with any addictive problem.
  • Krasman Centre: Physical hub and resource for the community of Psychiatric Survivors and their Families and Friends serving York Region (Richmond Hill central location) and South Simcoe (Alliston satellite location) of the Central Local Health Integration Network - 1 888 780-0724,
  • Loft: We promote recovery and independence for people with complex challenges, including severe mental health difficulties, dementia, substance use issues, physical health challenges and homelessness or the risk of becoming homeless. Loftcs

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