Accessing Mental Health care in Ontario can be confusing. If you are you concerned about your mental health, or concerned for somebody you know, we have you covered. It can be really hard to know where to begin but it doesn’t have to be.
Here are the ABC’s of getting mental health support in Ontario
- The best place to start is to talk with your family doctor or nurse practitioner so that they can evaluate your or your loved one’s situation and get a referral.
- If visiting a family doctor isn’t an option, there are other steps that you can take to get the help you or your loved one needs:
- Walk-in to any hospital: CAMH, North York Gen, Scarborough Gen, Humber River, etc.
- Downtown core: Inner City Health Teams, serves anyone who has experienced homelessness/precarious housing/shelter experience, bookings begin June-July | City wide: Inner City Associates
- If non-violent:
- Gerstein Center’s Mobile Crisis Team can come through if they’re in the downtown core: 416 929 5200
- Telehealth Ontario 1-866-797-000 is a free and confidential service where you can speak with a registered nurse who can help you with health concerns including depression and other mental health challenges
- ConnexContario 1-866-531-2600 is a 24/7 service that can provide you with mental health treatment information
- If violent, the Mobile Crisis Intervention Team is a MH police response accompanied by a MH nurse (be very clear on what you say on the phone with them)
OHIP Covered Options (No cost therapy)
Not OHIP Covered ($$$)
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