Workshop: Mental Health & Community Resources
Alongside Amanda’s workshop at Fairview Library, here are a list of mental health and community resources for the Scarborough area and GTA.
The Assaulted Women’s Helpline https://www.awhl.org/ | Crisis Line GTA 416.863.0511 | TOLL-FREE 1.866.863.0511 | #SAFE (#7233) on your Bell, Rogers, Fido or Telus mobile phone | Seniors Safety Line 1-866-299-1011. Provides a safe space, free of judgment anytime, day or night, to support, listen and guide women who have experienced any type of abuse anywhere in Ontario.
Distress Centre of Greater Toronto Area https://www.dcogt.com/ | 416-408-4357 or text 45645. Our crisis and emotional distress services are available via hotline, online chat, and text. We also offer face-to-face individual as well as group support and counselling to those who have lost a loved one to suicide or homicide and are navigating the aftermath.
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre / Multicultural Women Against Rape (TRCC/MWAR) https://trccmwar.ca/ 24h crisis line: 416-597-8808 | 416-597-1171 | [email protected]. A grassroots, women and non-binary people run collective. We work towards a violence-free world by providing anti-oppressive, feminist peer support to survivors of gender-based or sexualized violence. We engage in public education, activism, and provide direct individual and group support to survivors and their supporters.
Peer Support/Non Crisis Lines
2 Spirit People of the First Nations https://2spirits.org/ | We provide prevention education and support for 2-Spirit, including First Nations, metis and Inuit people living with or at risk for HIV and related co-infections in the Greater Toronto Area. We base our work on indigenous philosophies of wholistic health and wellness.
The 519 https://www.the519.org | The 519 is committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the LGBTQ2S communities. They provide a number of trans-specific support groups and initiatives. You can call their front desk at 416-392-6874 or email [email protected].
Across Boundaries www.acrossboundaries.ca | Provides a dynamic range of dignified, inclusive and compassionate mental health and addiction services for racialized communities. Across Boundaries provides equitable and holistic mental health and addictions services and supports for racialized communities within frameworks of anti-racism, combating anti-blackness and anti-oppression. We recognize the urgent need for mental health support services and services for those who are 2SLGBTQ+ and who identify as QTBIPOC (Queer & Trans Black, Indigenous, and Person of Colour).
Afghan Women’s Organization https://afghanwomen.org | The AWO provides settlement services to all newcomers, with a special focus on women, their families, refugees and people who have experienced war and persecution. The Make the First Move! Program aims to enable newcomer and refugee women and their children to get physically active through women-only fitness classes, such as free yoga classes, offered in a safe and inclusive space. The program also promotes the benefit of physical activities to both physical and mental health through exercise awareness workshops and mother & child workshops.
Baycrest Centre https://www.baycrest.org/ | The Centre for Mental Health is a multi-component treatment program for people dealing with late-life mental health problems. We understand the complexity of aging. While research and education are integrated into all that we do, our focus and commitment is to provide excellent clinical care for all of our clients.
Canadian Mental Health Association (Toronto) https://toronto.cmha.ca/ | As a leading community-based mental health agency, CMHA Toronto is committed to providing services and supports for individuals experiencing mental health issues in the city of Toronto. CMHA Toronto supports individuals’ mental health recovery through a broad range of services in the community as well as a variety of social, educational, specialized and internal programs.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) https://www.camh.ca/ | As Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital, CAMH sets the standards for care, research, education and leading social change.
- Access CAMH
- Metro Addiction Assessment Referral Service (MAARS)
- Rainbow Services LGBT
- Adult Neurodevelopmental Services
The Colour Project https://www.thecolourproject.ca/ | One-on-one anonymous text-based, stigmatization-free, peer-based support for individuals struggling with mental illness.
Connex Ontario https://www.connexontario.ca/en-ca/ | Mental Health Helpline 1-866-531-2600 | Drug and Alcohol Helpline 1-800-565-8603 | Problem Gambling Helpline 1-888-230-3505. Health Services Information for Ontarians Connex Ontario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness or gambling. We are funded by the Government of Ontario. Our information and referral service is live answer 24/7, confidential and free.
First Nations & Inuit Hope for Wellness https://www.sac-isc.gc.ca/eng/1576089519527/1576089566478 Call 1-855-242-3310 or the online chat is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. | If you’re experiencing emotional distress and want to talk, Hope for Wellness offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.
Hong Fook Mental Health Association www.hongfook.ca | Leading ethno-cultural community mental health agency with a consolidated culturally competent team serving Asian and other communities in the Greater Toronto Area. Hong Fook provides a continuum of mental health services covering the spectrum from “promoting wellness” to “managing illness” in Cambodian, Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Korean, Vietnamese and English.
LOFT Community Services https://www.loftcs.org/ | Short-term support and assistance to older adults, their families and caregivers, who live and cope with responsive behaviours associated with dementia, mental illness, addictions and/or other neurological conditions * Behavioural Support Plan available to manage behaviours for both the older adult and the caregiver * education, mentoring and coaching around responsive behaviours and referrals to other appropriate services * transitional support available to people move from one place to another
Progress Place Warm Line https://warmline.ca/ | Text 647-557-5882 | Call 416-960-WARM (9276) | Warm Line is a confidential & anonymous service for adults (18+). The Warm Line is not a crisis line. Chat online, text or call a Warm Line peer support worker. Every night 8 p.m. to midnight EST.
Salaam Canada https://www.salaamcanada.info/ | A national volunteer-run organization dedicated to creating and cultivating safe and supportive spaces for LGBTQ Muslims. We celebrate the diverse experiences of our community and support LGBTQ people who identify with Islam ritually, culturally, spiritually, or religiously. Salaam Canada advocates for social justice and addresses the intersecting issues around homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, and racism.
Scarborough Health Network https://www.shn.ca/mental-health/ |Provides mental health care services to meet the unique needs of individuals experiencing mental illness. These include in patient and crisis services, as well as outpatient programs that help patients transition with greater ease from hospital to the community and to reduce the stigma often associated with mental illness.
The Storefront thestorefront.org | The Storefront’s Service Hub is a platform that hosts 35 organizations from across the City to deliver their programs and services free of charge to residents of Kingston Galloway/Orton Park (KGO). The Hub offers local residents support in their search for employment while at the same time, connecting them with programs or services to help them with any issues they face. The hub also provides residents access to a range of space and equipment including a sports court, a commercial grade kitchen, a garden, computers, fax, phone. They also have mental health programs.
Talk4Healing www.talk4healing.com 1.888.200.9997 | Culturally grounded helpline for Indigenous women.
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Let us know if there are any Scarbourgh or by Fairvew Library Community mental health and community resources that focus on 29+ years olds, 2SLGBT+, BIPOC and disability focused organizations.