The Ontario farm community needs accessible and culturally relevant mental health resources and training to promote wellness and build resilience to withstand the enormous occupational stresses they face.
The below are most of the resources we could find.
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If you are in a crisis or any other person may be in danger please do not use this website, call 9-1-1 or visit your local Emergency services.
If you have questions about your specific symptoms or are looking for medical advice, please contact your family doctor or local health care facility.
Please note if you have questions about OHIP covered programs and health care in Ontario check out https://www.ontario.ca/page/health-care-ontario
Accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, in English and French, farmers can call 1-866-267-6255 to speak to a counsellor.
Developed and launched by the Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario Division in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture, this service is provided by LifeWorks.
519-336-3445 or 1-800-307-4319 (toll-free)
If you or someone is in crisis and feels like they are at risk of harm to self or someone else then please visit the emergency room at on of the Bluewater Health Sites.
- Free confidential service to connect you with local social services.
- Available 24/7
- Free confidential resource to direct you to services, specializing in addiction, mental health and gambling issues.
- Available 24-7
ConnexOntario FAQ – What to Expect
Do I have to give my name?
- No, information and referral is a free and confidential service. We will ask you for non-identifying information (like your postal code). This helps us find services in your community. We will still help you if you don’t want to provide this information. We are funded by the Government of Ontario.
Do you provide counselling?
- We offer listening, support and information about counselling and other services in your community. We do not provide counselling.
What happens when I call the information and referral service?
- An Information and Referral Specialist answers your call 24/7.
- We will ask you for some non-identifying information like the name of your city or town.
- This helps us give you information about services where you live.
- We also listen, provide support, and offer strategies to help you get started.
- We are here to help you with information, not to judge.
Who can call?
- You can call for yourself or for someone you care about.
- Almost 50% of our calls come from family members or concerned friends.
How can you help me?
- provide information about counselling services and supports in your community
- listen, offer support and provide strategies to help you meet your goals
- provide basic education about addictions services
I’m not ready to get help, can I still call you?
- We’re happy to talk to you, even if you’re just looking for general information. No question is too small. We’re here to help.
- National network of existing distress, crisis and suicide prevention line services.
- Available 24/7
Texting support also available:
- Text "Start" to 45645
- Available 4 p.m. to 12 a.m. ET
- Culturally grounded, fully confidential helpline for Indigenous women available in 14 languages all across Ontario.
- Available 24/7
Local Counselling Resources
Services children and youth and their families up to the age of 18.
- Individual therapy as well as group therapy is offered, along with a host of other services.
- They offer a walk-in clinic on Tuesday and Thursdays for families to receive immediate support
Providing family, couple, and individual counselling services (free, subsidized, and fee for service).
Specific programs include:
- Violence Against Women - free counselling for anyone who has experienced physical or sexual abuse in an intimate relationship.
- Starting Point - a program to assist children and families when residential treatment may be required.
- Respite for children with ASD (Autism).
- Special Services at Home (SSAH) - a program to assist families and children who experience disability. -- Relief services, trusteeship, transitional support as a teen prepares for adulthood
- Free supports to family/caregivers of individuals with mental health challenges.
- Peer support group / law and advocacy / family education program.
CMHA has numerous regional sites around Sarnia-Lambton to service those in need.
- RAIT (Rapid Assessment Intervention and Treatment)
- Individual Counselling Services
- Supportive Housing for those experiencing mental illness and homelessness
- Concurrent Disorders Program
Ontario-based Therapist Services
Call: (519) 496-1584
15 Westmount Road South, Waterloo, Ontario N2L, Canada
Email: [email protected]
177 Albert St, Waterloo, ON N2L 3T4
Online General Counselling Resources
- Free, guided self-help program that’s effective in helping people aged 15 and up who are experiencing mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression, or may be feeling low, stressed, worried, irritable or angry.
- BEACON is digital therapy that's personalized and guided by a registered mental health professional.
- Guided digital therapy with BEACON is now available free of charge during COVID-19 through the Ontario government.
- Provides wellness and emotional support for youth online in a safe, secure, and confidential manner.
- They also ensure youth have access to free, online, professional counselling.
- They value support, community, trustworthiness, innovation, and co-creation in their charity.
- Access to licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited psychologists (PhD / PsyD), marriage and family therapists (LMFT), clinical social workers (LCSW / LMSW), and board licensed professional counsellors.
- Counselling is available online and through an app.
- Canadian based company that offers completely digital personalized mental health services.
- Inkblot also offers mental health services for businesses, through creating a mental health strategy and offering resources
Peer Support Groups
Free phone based program, which provides a way for older adults to stay connected to each other.
Phone: 519-882-1470 ext. 5007 or 1-800-565-3890 ext. 5007
Email: [email protected]
- Confidential peer support for first responders
- Available 24/7
Toll free number 1-833-677-2668
Free service that provides regular phone calls to seniors, people with disabilities and people living alone or with their families/caregivers.
To make a referral, call Donna Martin at 519-336-0120 ext. 251 (call and leave a message)
- There are three CAMH sites in Toronto, to access a majority of these services, patients require a referral form completed by a physician or nurse practitioner
- Free downloadable crisis support contact info for a wide variety of topics and geographic locations
- A searchable database for “mental health resources, help and support” in Ontario
The province has also established a Mental Health and Addictions COVID-19 Response Table, led by the Mental Health and Addictions Centre of Excellence at Ontario Health, to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on access to public mental health and addictions services.
- Internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT): Clients can self-refer to programs through the various service providers listed and be guided through their client journey to find the appropriate supports they need. Online iCBT is supported by therapists and available in English and French.
- Supports for frontline health care workers: Online iCBT is available to frontline health care workers experiencing anxiety, burnout or post-traumatic stress disorder. Those requiring intensive levels of care could be referred to virtual face-to-face care, as well as weekly online peer discussion groups and access to confidential support from a clinician.
- Virtual mental health support services: These include BounceBack telephone coaching and workbooks, and Kids Help Phone for children and youth.
At Ontario.ca/coronavirus, people can find information about the different virtual mental health and wellness options that meet their unique needs, including online therapy.
- The Hotline accepts calls from Monday to Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., and between 1:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
- Service provided by Pro Bono Ontario
- Government-provided access to legal aid.
- Accessible online or by phone.
- Help in over 300 languages
- Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Based out of Guelph Ontario, Life Voice offers training in:
- Mental Health First Aid
- Compassion Fatigue
- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
- The “ASK” Workshop (Assessing for Suicide in Kids trainings)
- Not-for-profit organization committed to protecting Ontario workers and businesses.
- The website has information about workplace safety training, products, consultations and resources
Difficult Times: Stress on the Farm
This resource enables farm families to understand stress, its impact, and learn skills to help balance stress when farming in difficult times.
Author/Organization: Agricultural Health and Safety Network
- App designed to help you combat depression and alleviate your negative moods, aiding you on your road to recovery.
- Non-profit, charitable organization committed to making mental health possible for all.
- Provides information, resources and programs relating to mental health and addiction.
- Provides comparable and actionable data and information that are used to accelerate improvements in health care.
- Mission to advance research, knowledge and the application of psychology in the service of society through advocacy, support and collaboration.
- Professional association for psychiatrists, and provides information about how to find and access help from psychiatrists
- A person with a co-occurring disorder has been diagnosed with a substance abuse disorder and another mental health disorder.
- Co-occurring disorders, sometimes called dual disorders, are best treated through integrated treatment that addresses both issues at the same time.
- Part of several initiatives, undertaken with other health-care organzations across Canada, that seek to increase access to high-quality mental health services.
- Resource with an online magazine, articles and information pertaining to seeking help.
- The information on this website is provided for information purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical, legal or professional advice.
- The website and the content are provided "as is".
- Please note the inclusion of an organization and information does not imply endorsement, nor does exclusion indicate lack of endorsement.
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