If you are experiencing an emergency, please go to the emergency department of your nearest general hospital or call 911. Check out the many resources below.
Call 2-1-1 for information on the full range of community, social, government and health services and programs available in Ottawa and how to access those services.
- The Distress Centre answers calls 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with crisis line specialists providing confidential support. Callers can reach the Centre at 613-238-3311.
- The Mental Health Crisis Line answers calls for people ages 16 or older 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Callers can reach the line at 613-722-6914.
- Tel-Aide Outaouais offers French-language mental health telephone support from 8 a.m. to midnight every day. Ottawa residents can call 613-741-6433 and Gatineau residents can contact 819-775-3223.
- Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) provides confidential 24/7 phone and web counselling for children ages 20 and under.
- Youth Services Bureau (YSB) provides youth and family counselling, crisis support, a 24/7 crisis line at 613-260-2360, walk-in counselling and an online crisis chat service for youth at chat.ysb.ca.ottawa Public Health Information at 613-580-6744 (TTY 613-580-9656).
- 211 connects callers to community, social, government and health service information in Ottawa 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service is free, confidential and multilingual.
- Jewish Family Services Ottawa telephone counselling: call 613-722-2225 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
- Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre: 613-562-2333
- Fem-Aide (Violence envers les femmes) 1-877-336-2433
- Good2Talk: for post-secondary students, 24/7: 1-866-925-5454
- Centre des services communautaires/Vanier Community Service Centre, Crisis counselling: 613-744-2892 ext. 0
- The Ottawa Pastoral Counselling Centre Telephone Counselling: 613-235-2516 x 0
For clients of CMHA Ottawa and individuals experiencing severe and persistent mental illness and/or substance use disorder, please note that the resources listed below (BounceBack, Tips to manage, Coping with stress, etc.) are not intended to be a substitute for professional help, diagnoses, or intensive case management.
BounceBack is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.
The team at BounceBack has increased their capacity amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the wake of COVID-19, Canadians are facing a new reality of social distancing, self-quarantining and isolation in order to protect public health and safety. These new circumstances may lead individuals with mental health concerns into heightened symptoms of anxiety and depression.
In what may be a difficult time for many, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is offering some basic tips to help people remain calm and balanced as this public health situation unfolds.
- Considering the level of attention and seriousness being paid to COVID-19, it’s normal to feel anxious. Try not to avoid, ignore or suppress anxious thoughts. Instead, be aware of your anxiety and accept that you’re feeling anxious in this situation. Try to keep things in perspective; notice and challenge your thoughts that may be extreme or unhelpful.
- Self-care is critically important at this time, as worries can be made worse if we aren’t taking care of ourselves. Lean on social supports, try to get enough sleep, eat healthy, exercise and engage in enjoyable activities. Do the things you would typically do to support your health, and be sure to use caution and follow health and safety guidelines while doing them.
- Seek information from reliable news sources only. Limit checking in on the latest news to short, defined periods, and refrain from setting related push notifications on your device. Appropriate information consumption may be calming and can lessen the sense of danger.
- Take the recommended precautions as outlined by Health Canada and other credible health agencies. Remain focused on the factors within your control, such as washing hands, covering your mouth during coughs and sneezes, avoiding non-essential travel, etc.
- If you’re noticing that your symptoms of anxiety (in association with COVID-19 or otherwise) are causing you significant distress or are interfering with your ability to function normally, reach out for formal mental health supports from a recognized agency, such as CMHA.
CAMH: Coping with stress and anxiety
Strategies to maintain your mental wellness during the COVID-19 pandemic – link
From Gretchen Rubin: There’s so much fear and uncertainty around the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. People all around the world are grappling with it in different ways. Here are 11 Tips for staying calm during the time of the coronavirus.