Addictions and Mental Health Ontario Addictions Ontario (AO) and the Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs united to create this association with the goal to ensure all Ontarians can access the services and supports they need to address substance misuse and mental health issues.
Bell Let’s Talk is a multi-year charitable program dedicated to help break the stigma around mental health.
Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) is an independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for providing health care decision-makers with objective evidence to help make informed decisions about the optimal use of health technologies, including drugs, diagnostic tests, medical, dental, and surgical devices and procedures. CADTH also provides advice, recommendations, and tools.
Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is a volunteer-run organization composed of health care providers and organizations representing individuals with lived experience of mental illness which provides mental health education to the public.
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) provides information and resources to reduce the suicide rate and minimize the harmful consequences of suicidal behaviour.
Canadian Mental Health Association A nation-wide, voluntary organization, the CMHA promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The Association accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research, and service.
The Caregiver Exchange has a wealth of information for caregivers including articles, tips, and popular resources. CaregiverExchange is a mini-site of thehealthline.ca, a partnership between thehealthline.ca Information Network (a non-profit organization) and the Community Care Access Centres of Ontario.
The Caregiver Network The TCN is Canada’s largest online learning network supporting family caregivers, their loved ones, and the health care professionals who work on their behalf. It hosts free educational events in partnership with associations across the country. Its Webinars and learning events are recorded and archived on its Web site.
The Change Foundation An independent health policy think tank committed to changing the debate, practice, and experience in health care to prompt system-wide improvements for patients and caregivers.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health The CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development, and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.
Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) is an Ontario mental health and addictions knowledge exchange network connecting researchers, clinicians, decision-makers, service providers, system planners, policymakers, persons with lived experience, and families. It promotes the use of research evidence in decision-making, develops targeted knowledge translation products and tools, and supports interactive exchanges. (See also: Ontario Family Caregiver Advisory Network, below)
LEAP (Listen, Empathize, Agree, Partner) Institute LEAP is for any relationship, but it also gives you the tools you need to persuade someone in denial about mental illness to accept treatment and services. The Institute offers on-line articles and videos.
Let’s Talk Employment: A Guide to Employment for Family Members is a resource for family members who wish to support their family member in getting and keeping employment. Rapp, J. (2017), Boston, MA, USA: Boston University, Centre for Psychiatric Rehabilitation. Link
Living with a Disability: The Government of Canada offers a variety of services and financial benefits to assist people with disabilities and their families. Service Canada has compiled a list to help you find benefits that may be right for you, and a site for those caring for someone who is ill.
McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate founded in 1811, is dedicated to improving the lives of people and families affected by psychiatric illness by providing public education to facilitate enlightened policy and eliminate stigmas. To view upcoming as well as archived Webinars, click here.
Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council (MHALAC) is a three-year advisory body created by the Government of Ontario in 2014. The Council will advise the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care on the implementation of Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy. (2016 Annual Report – Moving Forward)
Mental Health Caregiver Guide Ottawa Public Health (OPH) has partnered with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), Military Family Services (MFS), and the Mental Illness Caregivers Association (MICA) to develop a national resource for Canadian caregivers of children, youth, adults, and older adults facing mental illness or experiencing mental health challenges.
Mental Health Commission of Canada The MHCC is a catalyst for improving the mental health system and changing the attitudes and behaviours of Canadians around mental health issues. Through its unique mandate from Health Canada, the MHCC brings together leaders and organizations from across the country to accelerate these changes.
Mental Health News You Can Use Dr. Laura Nichols, C. Psych., a Clinical Psychologist with an office in Bells Corners, maintains this site for caregivers of people with a mental illness.
Mental Illness Foundation The Foundation has three main objectives: to inform the public about mental illness through outreach programs, to reduce people’s suffering, and to mobilize them and the society around them to fight the consequences of mental illness.
National Network for Mental Health The NNMH‘s purpose, which is run by and for mental health consumer/survivors, is to advocate, educate, and provide expertise and resources that benefit the Canadian consumer/survivor community.
Not Myself Today is a workplace mental health initiative proven to generate a strong, positive impact in companies of all sizes and industries. It is an evidence-informed, practical solution focused on three outcomes: building greater awareness and understanding of mental health among the workforce, reducing stigma, and fostering safe and supportive work cultures.
Online Chronic Disease Self-management Program Funded by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), this program is for individuals across Ontario who are living with one or more chronic or long-term physical or mental health conditions. Family, friends, and caregivers of someone who has a chronic condition are also welcome.
Ontario Caregiver Coalition The Coalition’s focus is to advance the interests of caregivers in the province. It is a group of diverse organizations that work to raise the profile of caregivers and to promote public policy to support caregivers. Membership includes those from health charities, unions, academia, home health and community support agencies, and informal caregivers.
Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) For individuals suffering from a mental illness who fear going back to work as they think they will lose their ODSP benefits, or fear not having a backup plan if work doesn’t work out, ODSP has created some resources to help breakdown that fear and provide reassurance that they CAN indeed work and stay on ODSP at the same time. Click here to learn more.
Ontario Family Caregivers’ Advisory Network (OFCAN). People with mental health and addictions issues have been underserved in Canada and the caregivers who support them have received little attention. In response to the lack of services, family caregiver groups and organizations continue to grow in communities across Ontario to provide support, information, education, and advocacy. Although these groups share many common goals and interests, many remain relatively isolated and have not benefited from the lessons learned by those who are doing similar work. OFCAN provides an opportunity to connect and function as a united voice to empower these family groups.
Ontario Mental Health Helpline Part of ConnexOntario Health Services, the Helpline provides information about mental health services in Ontario. They are funded by the Government of Ontario. Service is live answer 24/7, confidential and free. They can provide information about counselling services and supports in your community; listen, offer support, and provide strategies to help you meet your goals; and provide basic education about mental illness.
Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic The OSI Connect Website, developed at The Royal in partnership with Veterans Affairs Canada, provides information about OSIs and how to seek help from one of the 10 OSI Clinics across Canada, including the clinic at The Royal. These clinics care for members of the Canadian Forces, veterans, and RCMP members. The network of clinics also offers telehealth services for those who don’t live near a clinic.
Pathways to Wellness – Example of a Wellness Wheel
Portico A network of addiction and mental health sites built and run by other groups and networks from across Canada offering clinical tools and evidence-based materials for health care providers, social service workers, and others. While the resources on the core Portico pages are designed for professional use, they can be of equal interest to those with lived experience and their families.
Rise Asset Development For those with a history of mental health and addiction challenges who would like to start or grow a small business, and who cannot access traditional financing, Rise Asset Development, a registered charity, will provide low-interest small business loans and free training and mentorship. For information, Email firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone 613-725-3494, ext. 118, or visit the Web site.
The Special Needs Planning Group Based in Stouffville, Ontario, this is an organization composed of parents of people with disabilities with the goal of assisting families in the provision of a secure financial future for loved ones. The group employs a team approach, using professional planners, lawyers, and accountants, all of whom are specialists in planning for people with disabilities, to provide solutions which include much more than just a will and a trust account.
Steps to Justice, a program of Ontario Works, equips people to work through their legal problems through easy-to-understand steps. The service offers practical tools, such as checklists, fillable forms, and self-help guides; referral information for legal and social services across Ontario; and live chat and Email-based support. The site also provides caregivers with legal information specifically related to the Ontario Disability Support Program.
Transitional Aged Youth Service (TAY) An outpatient, community-based clinic offered by The Royal, and located at the Carlingwood Mall, which provides multidisciplinary, recovery-focused care to youth, aged 16 to 25, with concurrent substance use and mental health disorders. Services may include diagnostic assessment, case management, individual or group therapy, and access to psychological, medical, and psychiatric care. Physician referrals are not required. For details, see the flyer; phone 613-722-6521, ext. 7225; or Email TAYservice@theroyal.ca.