Mental health support: Get help
Free and confidential mental health and substance use support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from Wellness Together Canada.Get support
You can talk to a mental health professional one on one. Call 1-866-585-0445 or text WELLNESS to:
- 686868 for youth
- 741741 for adults
On this page
- If you're in crisis
- For Indigenous peoples
- For youth and young adults
- For parents and guardians
- For older adults
- Mental health and substance use
- Tips for taking care of your mental wellness
- More ways to get help
- Provincial and territorial resources
If you're in crisis
If you're in immediate danger or need urgent medical support, call 911.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
For residents of Quebec, call 1-866-277-3553 or visit suicide.ca/en.
Visit Crisis Services Canada for the distress centres and crisis organizations nearest you.
If you're experiencing gender-based violence, you can access a crisis line in your province or territory.
For Indigenous peoples
Hope for Wellness Help Line
Call 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or connect to the online Hope for Wellness chat.
Services are available:
- to all Indigenous peoples across Canada who need immediate emotional support, crisis intervention or referrals to community-based services
- experienced and culturally sensitive help line counsellors can help if you want to talk
- in English and French and, on request, in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut
For youth and young adults
Kids Help Phone
Call 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868. Available 24 hours a day to Canadians aged 5 to 29 who want confidential and anonymous care from trained responders.
For parents and caregivers
The pandemic has been challenging for many children, parents, caregivers and families.
For older adults
During the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults may experience feelings of loneliness and/or isolation that can impact mental health.
Mental health and substance use
There are many links between mental health and substance use. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a big impact on the mental health and substance use habits of many people across the country. If you or someone you know is struggling with substance use, help is available.
Tips for taking care of your mental wellness
- Take breaks from social media and the news.
- Stay socially connected. If you're not comfortable doing this in person or if you're isolating due to illness, reach out to friends and family through:
- phone calls
- video calls
- text or online messages
- Practise mindfulness by:
- Try to:
- Focus on the positive aspects of your life and things you can control.
- Be kind and compassionate to yourself and others.
More ways to get help
If you need help, you can call a:
- family physician
- mental health nurse
- social worker
You may also want to talk to another trusted professional, such as a counsellor or spiritual leader.
Provincial and territorial resources
Newfoundland and Labrador
- Government of Nova Scotia: Mental health and wellbeing
- Nova Scotia Health Authority
Prince Edward Island
Resources from our partners
- Black mental health promotion toolkit: Towards positive change to promote mental health and well-being
- Kids Help Phone: How to intervene if someone needs help in a crisis
- Canadian Mental Health Association: Fast facts about mental health and mental illness
Resources from Wellness Together Canada
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