The list provided here suggests a few resources, depending on the mental health topic or issue for which you are looking for help, but you can also use the eMentalHealth.ca database search tool (see below) to help in your search. It is an excellent tool to find a great variety of services near you (including walk-in counselling clinics, helplines, and mental health professionals).
Counselling resources in the community
provides free access to a same-day or next-day phone or video counselling session. This service is for children, youth, adults and families in Ottawa and the surrounding area. There is no waiting list.
The Walk-in Counselling Clinic
Centretown Community Health Centre
Finding a psychologist or a psychotherapist (private practice)
Step 1: Check your insurance coverage
We highly recommend that you check any personal insurance plans you have and plans through family members or employers to see if you have coverage.
The also offers free, short-term counselling to all regular employees. The extended health plans for many employee groups also cover a portion of psychologist consultation fees, up to the maximum amount if you have a medical referral (check your to see if you are eligible).
Step 2: Find a registered professional near you
Elsewhere in Canada:
Look for your province or territory's College of Psychologists or College of Registered Psychotherapists. Most of the time, they will offer tools to find a professional that is suited to your needs and location.
Suicide prevention and awareness
If you wish to learn more about suicide prevention and awareness to help others, take a look at the resources below:
Wellness Together Canada
was funded by the Government of Canada in response to the unprecedented rise in mental distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. People are being challenged like never before due to isolation, physical health concerns, substance use concerns, financial and employment uncertainty, and the emotional dialogue around racial equality. We’re all going through this together, and we believe that mental health is a journey, not a destination. Each day, we can take a step for our own wellbeing. Wellness Together Canada is here to support everybody on that journey.
Skill-building: BounceBack – Reclaim Your Health
The program gives you access to workbooks and telephone coaching, as well as a series of informative videos. Topics addressed include: being assertive, better sleep and changing negative thought patterns.
To participate in the program, you must get referred by your primary care provider, since he or she can make sure you get support that matches your needs.
Support for LGBTQ+ community
Mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder, etc.)
Substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) and addiction
- University of Ottawa:
- is a secure text and online chat service for women and members of LGBTQ2S+ communities in Ottawa and Lanark County who may be living through increased violence and abuse at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.Text @ (613) 704-5535or chat online@
- (bilingual): 613-238-2762
- (Centre d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel d'Ottawa) (français) : 613-789-8096
- (Centre d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel d'Ottawa) (bilingual) : 1-888-933-9007
- (bilingual): 613-233-4443
- (bilingual) : 819-778-3555 or 1-800-331-2311
Daily mental health tool
Life as a student can be stressful - assignments, part-time jobs, sports, clubs, relationships, family responsibilities. In fact, during your years as a student, you will face some of the most intense pressures of any point in your life. Stress can take a toll on your mind, weighing you down and even making you ill, so it’s important to take action to stay healthy. That’s what HealthyMinds is all about.
HealthyMinds is a problem-solving tool to help deal with emotions and cope with the stresses you encounter both on and off campus. The goal: Keeping your mind healthy.