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

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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 Talk Suicide Canada 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 (24/7) or visit

Visit Talk Suicide 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

Access programs and services to improve your mental health and help prevent suicide in Indigenous communities

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.

Additional resources and access to support is available through Facebook Messenger and the Kids Help Phone website.

Access resources for youth on how to protect and improve your mental health during the pandemic

For parents and caregivers

The pandemic has been challenging for many children, parents, caregivers and families.

Access resources that can help parents and caregivers navigate challenges

For older adults

During the COVID-19 pandemic, older adults may experience feelings of loneliness and/or isolation that can impact mental health.

Access a list of easily accessible resources for older adults and caregivers

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.

Get help with substance use

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
    • emails
    • 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
  • psychologist
  • 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

British Columbia
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories
Nova Scotia
Prince Edward Island

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