Supporting Mental Health: Toronto Resources

Supporting Mental Health: Toronto Resources

Supporting Mental Health Resources

If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health concerns, it can be difficult to know where to turn. However, there are many invaluable resources at our disposal. Below, we have compiled a list of organizations that you can turn to in crisis, as well as places to go if you would like to volunteer in supporting others.

The Canadian Mental Health Association is a great starting point for finding services, workshops and events. Whether you are looking for in-person, phone, text, or online support, there are tools available for a variety of needs.

Distress Centres of Greater Toronto offers support, intervention, and suicide prevention over the phone. Their employees are trained in issues related to addiction, domestic violence, isolation, and more. Their services can be accessed by calling 416-408-HELP (4357) or by text at 45645. As well, The Gerstein Centre offers telephone support, community visits and a short-stay residence for those dealing with mental health concerns. For more information, call 416- 929-5200.

There are many resources available for women specifically. The Assaulted Women’s Helpline has offered confidential telephone services for women across the province for over 25 years. They can be reached free of charge at 1-866-863-0511. The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre is unique in that it is a collective, geared towards providing anti-oppressive, feminist peer support to survivors of sexual violence.

Certain services focus on those in the GTA outside of central Toronto. York Support Services Network is available to inhabitants of the York Region, and has been active for over 15 years. They provide support for those affected by depression, loneliness, anxiety and more. They are available at 1-855-310-COPE (2673). Scarborough Hospital Mobile Crisis Program offers resources to those living in Scarborough and East York who may be dealing with a mental health crisis, and are reachable at 416-495-2891.

Anishnawbe Health Toronto offers multiple programs at their three locations across the city, and it’s structure is centered on Traditional Aboriginal practices. The Anishnawbe 24/7 Mental Health Crisis Management Service is available to Aboriginal clients at 416-891-8606.

Depending on age, certain organizations may be particularly helpful. Kids Help Phone is reachable 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. They provide a variety of counselling service for youth which can be accessed by calling 1-800-668-6868. Parents and guardians of children in Toronto can call Youthdale’s Crisis Support Team at 416-363-9990 for risk assessment and mobile response. The Toronto Seniors Helpline provides services for age-related mental health issues, and support for families and caregivers of the elderly. They can be contacted at 416-217-2077.

The list provided is just the beginning. With hundreds of resources available across the GTA, we are confident that you can find the help that you need for yourself or those you care about. We encourage you to do further research into the multitude of programs available in your neighbourhood.

For volunteer opportunities within the mental health community, please click the links below:


Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre

Family Service Toronto

Fred Victor

Massey Centre

Senior Persons Living Connected (SPLC)

SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health

The Gatehouse

Victim Services Toronto

Yorktown Family Services


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