We've curated some resources that we've found immensely helpful. Please share with anyone & everyone. This list of resources is a work-in-progress so if you have any feedback please email us.
Free download of online resources for addiction and mental health, including a list of 12-step online meetings, recovery tools, support groups, cognitive behavioural therapy apps and more.
For Toronto residents, this is a list of local phone-based counselling for those that prefer telephone support. For phone numbers available to all Canadians, review the Crisis Support section below.
The first-ever 24/7 FREE nationwide texting service providing support in Canada. Text HOME to 686868 in Canada to text with a Crisis Responder. Every text connects you to a real-life human trained to move from a hot moment to a cool calm one through active listening and collaborative problem-solving.
Crisis Line 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645
Crisis Services Canada is a national network of existing distress, crisis and suicide prevention line services
If you are In distress or need emotional support call 416.408.4357 or text 45645. Canada’s oldest volunteer delivered crisis, emotional support and suicide prevention + intervention + postvention service agency provides 24-hour support, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to individuals at risk and at their most vulnerable.
Connex Ontario & Mental Health Helpline 1-866-531-2600
Connex Ontario offers province-wide information and referral services for those experiencing mental health issues, drug or alcohol addiction
LOCAL THERAPY RESOURCES
For anyone in Toronto looking for low-cost talk therapy, we've put together a FREE NOT9TO5 PDF on how to get started and a list of options.
For anyone in Toronto looking for help with substance/alcohol abuse and addiction, we've put together a FREE NOT9TO5 PDF with a list of resources and options for seeking help.
A thorough FREE download of Canadian resources by CMHA Quick Guide to Mental Health Resources serving Toronto. It includes options for abuse, addictions, anger management, bereavement, crisis and more.
A Canadian online therapy platform offering video mental health counselling from the comfort of home.
A Canadian online healthcare option with a mission to provide timely and convenient access to doctors and other healthcare providers – so that you can feel better, faster.
The Lifeline Canada Foundation is dedicated to Positive Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. The LifeLine App is the National free Suicide Prevention and Awareness App that offers access and guidance to support for those suffering in crisis and those who have suffered the devastating loss of a loved one from suicide.
WORKPLACE MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Dear Manager by Made of Millions offers a FREE PDF called "Beautiful Brains: A Mental Health Manual for the Modern Workforce." Beautiful Brains is a six-step program that helps modern businesses implement progressive mental health policies. It covers everything from stigmatizing language and employee accommodations to confidentiality plans and cultural initiatives.
Have a situation that you want to speak to your manager about but don't know where to start? This a great asset by local modern therapy company Shift Collab to guide you on "Asking For What You Need."
Google lead a case study years ago to determine what is crucial to create an effective and productive team. The research showed the most important factor is Psychological Safety, which means team members feel safe to take risks and be vulnerable in front of each other. Click here to learn how to cultivate and foster psychological safety in a work environment.
If you’re a business owner looking to increase employee wellness:
League, an online benefits provider that offers a Mental Health Concierge available via live chat. Depending on your needs, you can have access to personalized recommendations for counselling and online resources for exercises from a medical professional.
Another online mental healthcare is Dialogue. The company offers stress management and wellness services through their app or online. The Dialogue platform works on three core values: confidentiality, cost-effectiveness and convenience.
Deloitte Insights released a Canadian study called "The ROI in workplace mental health programs: Good for people, good for business." It is a HUGE asset for employers navigating workplace mental health.
RESEARCH AND SUPPORT
Canada's largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world's leading research centres in its field. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.
CMHA is a nation-wide, charitable organization that promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
Centre for Mindfulness Studies is committed to making mindfulness-based mental health services available to everyone. It is the leading professional development and service delivery organization for mindfulness-based interventions in Canada.
Improved cognition, stronger attention spans and stress reduction are just a few of the proven benefits of practicing mindfulness. Two apps that provide guided mindfulness and meditation exercises that vary in length and focus areas we recommend are Headspace and Calm.
Hard Feelings is an innovative, welcoming community of professional counsellors who provide low-cost services and support. Our storefront sells carefully curated books and resources to help build and sustain stronger mental health.
Lost and Found offers first aid for the modern soul. The Toronto retail store is a social hub dedicated to the pursuit of mental wellness.
Right in the heart of Toronto's Annex neighbourhood is North America's largest mental health bookstore.
OTHER FREE TOOLS
This free e-book called "Fuck Depression" is full of great tips and tools on how to battle depression but also your overall mental health. It includes a number of scientifically proven ways to help you to get through the shit times, with a sprinkling of ‘honest’ language.