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Where can I get help with my mental health?
It is important that you take care of your mental health, just like you take care of your physical health. There are different mental health and wellness professionals & programs that can help you improve and maintain your mental health.
Mental Health Professionals
If you have a family doctor, they can help you diagnose and manage some mental health problems. Depending on your situation, your family doctor may refer you to a specialist.
Mental health professionals can diagnose, treat, and help your mental health. These professionals do this with therapy, counselling, medication; often using a combination of these. They can help you to understand, explain and shift your mindset and manage problematic behaviours. In therapy, you have the opportunity to express your feelings openly and confidentially.
Mental health professionals are:
- Psychiatrists - Medical doctors who can prescribe medication. Their services are covered by OHIP. To go to a psychiatrist, you need a referral from a family doctor.
- Psychologists - Cannot prescribe medication. Their services are not covered by OHIP. If you have private health insurance, your benefits may cover some psychologist services. Psychologists are registered with the College of Psychologists of Ontario.
- Counsellors and therapists - Provide psychological counselling, but cannot prescribe medication. They often have a background in social work. Their services are not covered by OHIP. If you have private health insurance, your benefits may cover some counselling services. Counsellors and therapists may be members of a voluntary professional association, such as the Canadian Counselling Association.
Mental health professionals often work with a team of other professionals, including social workers, occupational therapists and community nurses, to help you with your mental health or illness.
Find a Mental Health Professional
Many community services and programs can help you with your mental health. To search for community services in your area, go to Services Near Me or 211 Ontario.
If you are in crisis, go to your nearest emergency room or call 911 for an ambulance.
For More Information
- What is a Psychologist? - Explains what psychologists do, where they work and what training is required to become a psychologist. From the Canadian Psychological Association.
- Mental Health for Newcomer Youth - You can find youth mental health information and referral from NewYouth.ca, a website for young newcomers to Ontario.
- Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) - This portal can help you find the nearest treatment centre for children's mental health problems. From Children's Mental Health Ontario.
- Human Rights and Mental Health - Information about your rights, if you have a mental health disability or an addiction. It looks at your rights in the workplace, housing and accessing services. From the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
- Navigating Mental Health Services in Toronto - A Guide for Newcomer Communities - This guide has information about mental health issues that newcomers face as a result of moving to a new country. It also explains your rights as a patient. You can get it in many languages.
June 14, 2021