Ottawa and Area

Ancoura    This is a not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization and a registered charity providing a nurturing and fulfilling environment for adults living with a mental illness through stable, affordable housing, and a supportive community.

A Post Psychiatric Leisure Experience (A.P.P.L.E.) Drop-in Centre offers peer support, employment, low cost recreational programs, referral information, mental health education, volunteer opportunities, computer training, and a meal program to members to help prevent them from being re-hospitalized and to assist with their reintegration into the community.

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.

Community Suicide Prevention Network     The CSPN coordinates the activities of over 55 organizations working together to make Ottawa a suicide safer community for children and youth, focussing on advocacy and policy development, research and evaluation, education and community awareness, and improving pathways to care.

eMentalHealth.ca     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.

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.

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 Resource Guide – Greater Ottawa Area reflects mental health resources and supports located throughout the Ottawa area (Champlain LHIN).  This 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.  Click here to subscribe to their newsletter to keep you informed of MICA events in the future.

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 Salus Corporation     This organization offers rehabilitation services, community support services, recreology, and housing to men and women, 16 years of age or older, with mental health problems.  Salus services are available in English, French, and ASL.

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.

Reach Canada     A non-profit lawyer referral service dedicated to educating and informing persons with disabilities of all types, lawyers, caregivers, and the general public about the rights and interests of persons with disabilities, and to ensuring people with disabilities are provided with quality legal and social representation.

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.

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.

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 compassionate_group@rogers.com 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.

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.