Free Mental Health Info? Try Ontario’s Mental Health Hotline
Access to reliable support and resources regarding mental health in Toronto, particularly government funded services, can often be difficult to find.
While private practice therapists and counsellors, like myself, offer services for long term and ongoing emotional health work, finding information for more immediate questions or concerns of a more urgent nature can be challenging to locate.
For such a purpose, the Ontario provincial government operates the Mental Health Hotline.
Professionally trained Information and Referral specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to offer details regarding counselling and other services that are available for you locally.
According the Mental Health Hotline’s FAQs, the specialists are there to listen and support, but do not provide direct counselling.
The service is provided free of charge and is confidential. The majority of the services that are suggested by the Information and Referral Specialists are apparently funded by the Ontario Government as well.
If you are looking for information or referrals for:
• Mental health services
• Crisis hotlines
• Support groups
• Family services
• Distress services
• General information
Services are available in English and French, but they can also access a third-party translator if required.
The Ontario Mental Health Hotline number is 1-866-531-2600.
Chat via their website is also available here.
Support can also be accessed by email and their website also has a search function for mental health services in Ontario which are all listed on the Mental Health Hotline website.