No one is untouched by mental health issues. Whether it is personally or someone we know or care about, we all struggle with our complex, beautiful and sometimes difficult-to-live-with minds. As a bipolar writer, I know first hand about living with and trying to get help for mental health issues. It’s hard, it can be frustrating, but it can also really help.
If you feel something is wrong, you need help, or you just need someone to talk to, the following resources might assist you in finding the help you need (please note these are Toronto/Ontario/Canada based resources). If you are at immediate risk of suicide or have a mental health emergency, please call 911 or your local emergency line.
Mental health is the same as physical health, although there is so much more stigma around it that it often keeps people from reaching out. Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t be afraid to talk to someone you care about who might need help too. Everyone deserves love, support and mental well being. ❤
Kids Help Phone – 1 (800) 668-6868 – Kids Mental Health Help Hotline
408 Helpline – 416-408-4357 – Mental Health Crisis Line
Gerstein Crisis Centre – 416-929-5200 – Mental Health Crisis Line
LGBT Youth Line – 1 (800) 268-9688 – LGBT Youth Mental Health
CAMH – 1 (800) 463-2338 – Mental Health Services
Stella’s Place – 416-461-2345 – Young Adult Mental Health
CMHA – Canadian Mental Health Association
MDAO – Mood Disorder Association of Ontario
SSO – Schizophrenia Society of Ontario