Health care in Canada: Mental health and well-being support for newcomers

Video: Your mental health and well-being


Your mental health is important. Learn about some common symptoms of emotional struggles, activities that can contribute to positive mental health, and where you can get help as a newcomer.

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Video: Your mental health and well-being

Mental health refers to how we think, feel and behave. It’s an important part of our overall health.

You can get help if you or someone you know is experiencing

  • stress
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • mental illness
  • family or gender-based violence
  • addiction or substance use
  • another mental health crisis

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Get help during a mental health crisis

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger or needs urgent medical support, call 911.

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call Talk Suicide Canada at 1-833-456-4566 (in Quebec: 1-866-277-3553) or visit Help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

If you think you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, you can

Learn more about mental health support in Canada.

Contact the Kids Help Phone

Newcomers aged 5 to 29 can access confidential services from professional counsellors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for free; simply call 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868.

Access Kids Help Phone online chat support and resources for newcomer youth.

Manage your mental health while settling in Canada

Settling in a new country can be exciting and challenging. Canada has many resources and supports that can help you.

Get help from settlement service providers

Settlement service providers can offer support including

  • providing information about your community
  • connecting you with local people who can help with your transition
  • providing non-clinical mental health and well-being support
  • referring you to community health services

Find a settlement service provider organization near you.

Learn about family and gender-based violence

Everyone has the right to live free from violence. Many people throughout Canada face violence every day because of their

  • gender
  • gender expression
  • gender identity
  • perceived gender

Gender-based violence is a violation of human rights.

Family violence is any abuse adults or children experience in their families or homes.

All provinces and territories in Canada have crisis lines for those experiencing family or gender-based violence. If you’re a victim of spousal or partner abuse, find out how to get help.

Get support for addiction and substance use

Substance use happens when someone uses drugs or alcohol in a harmful way that has negative effects on their health and life.

Get help with substance use.

Other mental health resources

There are many other resources in Canada to help you manage your mental health and well-being.

Learn about

Mental health organizations in Canada

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