Risk – Ontario
For Immediate Risk
For individuals experiencing current risk of serious bodily harm to self or others, consider contacting one of these resources:
- If risk of serious bodily harm to self: Canada Suicide Prevention Services (CSPS) (1-833-456-4566). For information see https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/
- Call Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000)
- Call 911
- Go to your local hospital emergency room
- Call a local distress centre (e.g., Distress Centres of Toronto at 416.408.4357)
- Go to a medical walk-in clinic (if during open hours)
- Contact your primary care physician (if during his / her office hours)
- Got to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Emergency Room at 250 College Street in Toronto
For Non-Urgent Assistance
Also, these online therapist search sites allow you to search specifically for clinicians specializing in helping people with suicidal thoughts or self-harming behaviours, though the other resources above are more available than a therapist on an urgent basis.
For Other Support
Additional resources to consider, for obtaining local emotional support fairly quickly, include:
- A supportive friend/relative whom you trust
- Assaulted Women’s Helpline (if applicable) (416.863.0511),
- 1-866-887-0015 (for male survivors of abuse),
- Seniors Safety Line (1-866-299-1011) (if applicable)
- For Ontario Indigenous women: 1-855-554-HEAL
- Gerstein Centre in Toronto (416.929.5200),
- From 8pm to midnight there is also the “Warm Line” (peer support) offered by Progress Place: www.warmline.ca (online chat), text 647-557-5882, or call 416-960-WARM (9276)
For Children and Teenagers
If you are a minor (under 18 years of age) and need assistance you can call Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868.
The Ontario Ministry of Health offers information on “Resources for Ontarians Experiencing Mental Health and Addictions Issues During the Pandemic” (link).
Additionally, Lakeridge Health offers a virtual mental health clinic for anyone struggling with mental health issues as a result of the pandemic. For information please see this website (link). The number is 905.440.7534 or toll-free 1-833-392-7363.
As well, the City of Toronto has a partnership offering free mental health services, to some members of the population. It also offers some information about mental health resources in general. For more information please see this link.
Also, the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario offers THIS note to the public about psychotherapy services during covid19.
About Justice System Affiliated Programs
For information about anger management services affiliated with the justice system: In Toronto, consider contacting North York General Hospital , The John Howard Society of Toronto, and/or The Salvation Army; in Niagara, consider contacting the local mental health and addictions telephone support (1-866-550-5205) for referral information.
Note that this post is not psychotherapy / counselling; please contact me or another professional if you require these services. If you need urgent support, consider Toronto Distress Centres at 416.408.4357. If you need immediate / emergency help, call 911 or consider going to your local Emergency Room. Note this post is for information only, does not imply that a professional relationship has been established with readers, is not advice, and does not imply intent to provide professional services to readers. Intended audience: Current adult residents of the Canadian province of Ontario only.