Mental Health Resources

Positive mental health is the capacity to feel, think, and act in ways that enhance the ability to enjoy life and deal with challenges.

Many Canadians are affected by mental illness either directly or indirectly through family, friends or colleagues. It’s OK to not be OK.

Learn more about mental illness, its risk factors, symptoms, treatment and suicide prevention and how to get help by visiting the Health Canada Website.

Community & Online Resources:

Tools for All Ages:

Tools Specific for Women & Men:

For Children & Families:

For Youth:

For Seniors & Caregivers:

Connexions’ Mental Health First-Aid Kit Cards & Tools:

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.





  • 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.


Support Help Lines & Resources For Indigenous Peoples & Their Allies

  • NWAC Elder Support Line | Canada-Wide.  Available Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST: 1-888-664-7808
  • First Nations, Métis & Inuit. Hope for Wellness Help Line | Canada-Wide. If you’re experiencing emotional distress and want to talk, call the First Nations, Métis & Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line, available 24/7:  1-855-242-3310 or the online chat at
  • National Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line | Canada-Wide. Available 24-hours a day for anyone experiencing pain or distress as a result of his or her Residential school experience: 1-866-925-4419
  • Kids Help Phone | Canada-Wide. Indigenous Peoples can connect with an Indigenous volunteer crisis responder, when available, by texting FIRST NATIONS, INUIT or METIS to:686868 for youth and 741741 for adults
All Ages:
  • Connect for free 24/7 support through the Wellness Together Canada portal
  • Ami-Quebec: Free bilingual services including one-on-one counselling for caregivers, tele-workshops and interactive session by teleconference.