Ottawa and Area, a component of The Kids Come First Health Team, helps children, youth (to age 21), and families in Eastern Ontario connect with the right mental health and addiction services and care when they need it.  It also offers a case-coordination service for children and youth with complex needs.

Artswell – Arts and Health Care     A weekly creative arts drop-in called “Create-A-Space” for all women in the Ottawa-Gatineau area who have experienced homelessness, are at-risk of becoming homeless, and to women who have experienced mental health issues.

Canadian Mental Health Association – Ottawa     The CMHA, Ottawa Branch, is a community-based, registered charity dedicated to promoting good mental health, developing and implementing support systems and services, and encouraging public action to strengthen community mental health services and related policies and legislation.

Champlain Region Services    For information about health and social services across the Champlain Region.   The LHIN also offers a program called Adult Mental Health Family Support Services.  Click here for the latest calendar of offerings.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)     As part of Ontario’s Increasing Access to Structured Psychotherapy (IASP) program, led in the Champlain region by The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre, adults can access free CBT therapy sessions.  CBT is a goal-oriented, time-limited therapy that helps clients by teaching practical skills and strategies to manage their mental health and improve their quality of life.  See the flyer for more details.

Counselling Connect     Through the participation of 13 different local organizations, and financially supported by the Ottawa Community Foundation, Counselling Connect provides free access to a same-day or next-day phone or video counselling session for children, youth, adults, and families in Ottawa and the surrounding area.  There is no waiting list.

Distress Centre of Ottawa provides suicide prevention, crisis intervention, psychological stabilization, emotional support, information, referral and education services, without judgement, to individuals in need.  Telephone: 613-238-1089.

Embrace Caregivers is designed to meet the unique needs of family caregivers in the addiction and mental health system across Cornwall, Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry and Akwesasne, Ontario.     A non-profit initiative of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) dedicated to providing information about mental health services, help, and support in our community.

Family Advisory Committee for Addictions and Mental Health Network     The FAC provides the family perspective to members of the Addictions & Mental Health Network of Champlain (AMHN) to ensure that families will be considered as partner in treatment, care, and the recovery process.  Download a free electronic copy of “From Rollercoaster to Recovery.”

Family Services Ottawa Mental Health Programs     The Mental Health Program offers a range of counselling services to adults who are living with a mental health illness.  Counselling services include workshops series and group programs that are focused on a variety of issues that are related to mental health and well-being.

Family-to-Family Program Ontario     Formerly known as NAMI Ontario (National Alliance on Mental Illness Ontario), this program‘s mandate is to educate and provide support to caregivers of people with a serious mental illness through the Family-to-Family Education course and support groups.

Health Links, offered by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (Champlain LHIN), coordinates the services and supports that a person with multiple health conditions requires.   The primary care provider, home and community care organizations, specialists and other community partners – as well as the patient and caregivers – work with a Health Links care coordinator.  Together, they develop one coordinated care plan that focuses on the patient’s goals and what is important to them.  See the video [2:06] for an example of how it works.

Hôpital Montfort Hospital     Offering specialized care based on an inter-disciplinary approach centring on the patient’s objectives, the Montfort’s mental health program operates in three areas: in-patient services, out-patient services, and community services.

Living Healthy Chmplain    Offers free sessions to help support caregivers.  Examples include: Powerful Tools for Caregivers (six weekly classes), Living a Healthy Life Workshops, and Help with Your Health (90-minute session).   Funded by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network, Living Healthy Champlain provides a centralized program in the region to improve coordination of and access to self-management supports, programs, and resources for people with chronic conditions.

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.  The Mental Health Resource Guide reflects mental health resources and supports located throughout the Ottawa area (Champlain LHIN).  The guide is not an exhaustive list of all supportive services, but rather a starting point for finding resources of potential benefit to caregivers.

Mental Health Support Project   The MHSP‘s “The Link Wellness & Activity Centre” provides resources, activities, and social opportunities for people with mental health challenges.

Mental Illness Caregivers Association of Canada     A non-profit organization, MICA assists caregivers in managing the effects of serious and persistent mental illness or addictions through education and facilitated peer support group meetings, and provides guidance on navigating the mental health and addiction systems.

Ottawa Bullying Prevention Coalition (OBPC) brings together community stakeholders to create and implement an Ottawa Safe City Plan of Action designed to increase the capacity of community members to effectively and consistently support, report and respond to bullying in an evidence informed approach.

The Ottawa Hospital (TOH)     Focussing on the early identification and treatment of severe mental illness, services are geared to provide acute care; patients requiring longer inpatient care are transferred to The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.  Its multidisciplinary program involves nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, recreational therapists, and a clinical dietician.

Ottawa Public Health (OPH) provides a wide variety of health programs and services to individuals and communities while advocating for public policies that make Ottawa and its residents healthier.  OPH is a teaching health unit and works with all post secondary educational institutions in the area.  Tel: 613-580-6744.

The Ottawa Hospital (TOH)     Focussing on the early identification and treatment of severe mental illness, services are geared to provide acute care; patients requiring longer inpatient care are transferred to The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre.  Its multidisciplinary program involves nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, psychologists, recreational therapists, and a clinical dietician.

Promoting Mental Health in Ottawa – Summary Report 2018    This 20-page report reviews key local data from the 120-page Status of Mental Health in Ottawa – Report 2018, highlighting four evidence-informed factors that have a significant impact on Ottawa residents’ mental health, including: resilience, family relationships, social connectedness, and health equity and stigma.

Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa (PSO) is a community of peers and their families using individuals’ lived experiences with the mental health system to support one another in moving towards their full potential.  PSO offers peer and family peer support, public education, volunteer opportunities, connections to other community services  –  and much more  –  to people experiencing mental health challenges and their families.

The Dementia Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County provides a Web site rich with pertinent information for caregivers of people diagnosed on the Dementia Spectrum of mental illnesses.

Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM)     The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre (The Royal) offers a virtual service for individuals seeking support for substance use.  Services include assessment and triage to appropriate level of care, substance use and mental health treatment, withdrawal management, harm reduction, connection to primary care, and navigation to community services.

The Recovery Academy     The Academy delivers courses designed to help individuals suffering from mental health and addictions become experts in their own self care.  Family members are encouraged to attend.

Respite Care for Caregivers    The Champlain Local Health Integration Network offers a program which allows caregivers to recharge their batteries while their loved one continues to receive care at home or in another safe environment.  For information, call 613-310-2222.

Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre     The ROMHC (The Royal) is one of Canada’s foremost mental health care and academic health science centres.  The Royal combines the delivery of specialized mental health care, advocacy, research, and education to transform the lives of people with complex and treatment-resistant mental illness.

Suicide Prevention Ottawa (SPO) is a group of organizations working together in Ottawa to make services more effective at preventing suicide among children, youth, and young adults.  It focusses on research, responding after a suicide (or suicide postvention), and building capacity.  It does not provide crisis support; for 24/7 bilingual crisis support, call the Child Youth and Family Crisis Line at 613-260-2360, or 1-877-377-7775 (outside Ottawa), or the Crisis Line at 1-866-996-09.

The Trauma Support Group meets each Monday from 6 to 8 pm at The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre to provide compassionate support for adults who have experienced trauma, childhood abuse, or neglect.  Email for information.

Upstream Ottawa’s mission is to offer adults, youth, and their families the community-based supports and services they need to rebuild lives affected by persistent mental illness.  Created in 1985, it offers a variety of services, such as a psychiatric assessment clinic and social and recreational group events.  Funding is provided by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Champlain Local Health Integration Network.

Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health    Established in the National Capital Region in 1998, and funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services; the Champlain Local Health Integrated Networks; and the United Way, the Centre offers programs to prevent ill health, treat illness, and provide support and aftercare programming.  Services are offered in a culturally sensitive way that welcomes, accepts, and represents all Aboriginal peoples, incorporating their teachings, culture, and traditions.  Telephone: 613-748-0657.  Click here for the Wabano 2017 AGM Booklet.

The Walk-In Counselling Clinic provides counselling services to individuals, couples, and families.  Sessions are free and open to all Ontario residents within the greater Champlain Region, without appointment.  Professional counsellors assist with issues such as anxiety, relationships, mental health concerns, alcohol and drug use, anger management, trauma, family conflict, personal or job-related stress, and parenting.

Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre     The WOCRC offers community, health, and social services and programs to benefit individuals of all ages in the Goulbourn, Kanata, and West Carleton area.