You’ll find crisis and non-crisis helplines, as well as resources on how to respond to stressful events. Learn more about mental illness, its risk factors, symptoms, treatment, as well as how to take care of your mental health, with self-care tips, tools and more. We have also put together mental health resources and tools for specific age groups.
If you are in crisis or have suicidal thoughts, you can:
- Call 911 or go to a hospital emergency room.
- Call the suicide prevention line at 1-866-APPELLE (277-3553).
- Canada Suicide Prevention Service 24-Hour Crisis Line: Available 24/7 at 1-833-456-456, or text 45645 (4PM – 12AM EST)
- Call Info-Social at 811, press option 2 to speak with a social worker 24/7.
- Call the Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region 24/7 at 613-238-3311.
- Call Tel-Aide Outaouais at 819-775 – 3223 or toll-free: at 1-800-567-9699.
Non-Crisis Helplines – If you need emotional support, or are feeling low or sad:
- Talk to someone you trust, like a family member, friend or a guidance counsellor, or see your doctor to discuss your options for support.
- Call L’Appui pour les proches aidants for caregiver support at 1-855-852-7784, Monday to Sunday, between 8 am and 8 pm
- Veterans experiencing distress should call the VAC Assistance Service at 1-800-268-7708 to speak to a mental health professional. It’s free and available 24/7.
- Veterans and their family can also access useful resources through the Veterans Affairs Canada PTSD Coach Canada app. Additional mental health resources on the Veterans Affairs Canada Website.
- Agricultural Listening Line (MRC Pontiac, Collines-de-l’Outaouais & Gatineau)
- Call: 873 – 455 – 5707
- All Ages:
Connexions’ Mental Health First-Aid Kit Cards & Tools:
- Connexions’ Youth Magnet: Who to call for Crisis Situations or for Emotional Supports
- Connexions’ Youth Postcard: Tips to communicate with someone in distress and tips to better mental health
- Mental Health Activity Cards with bubble, pinwheel and star breathing strategies
- Paper Fidget Toys that help children Cope with stressful situations: Instructions to make fidget tools with your child, Spinning Fidget Template, Fidget Copter Template, as well as our I Can Cool Off Flower, Fortune-Teller Finger Game and I am Grateful for… Activity Page to write down what you are grateful for. All great activities to share with your child or to ease your stress and anxiety.
- List of Different Coping Strategies to give you inspiration and to help fill-out some of the Templates above.
- Mental Health Activity Cards for Children (child can also colour these- great for quiet time!).
- A list of What to Include in a Calm Down Kit for Kids.
- A Mood Tracker.
- Words of empowerment mental health cards for parents, List A and List B.
- A list of signs of caregiver burnout, as well as contact information on where to find legal, health and mental health supports in the Outaouais.
- A List of what to Include in your Individual Mental Health First-Aid Kit.
Connexions’ Community Online Chat/Support Groups:
- Itsy Bitsy Tots Playgroup (Families with children 0-4)
- Baby Chat (Families with babies up to one years old and parents-to-be)
- Parent Chat (Parents with children, youth and adults with special needs)
- 50+ Chat (also great for caregivers!)
Community & Online Resources:
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