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Where can I get help with my mental health?
You can get help with your mental health, even if you are not mentally ill. Many professionals and services can help you improve or maintain your mental health.
Mental Health Professionals
If you have a family doctor, she or he can diagnose and treat some mental health problems. Depending on your situation, a family doctor may refer you to a mental health professional.
Mental health professionals can diagnose, treat, and help prevent mental illness with therapy, counselling, medication or a combination of these. They can help you to understand, explain and change your thoughts and behaviour. 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. But, private health insurance may cover all or 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. You have to pay for these 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.
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.
- Where can I get mental health help? - Where to find youth-friendly mental health services. It is from NewYouth.ca, a website for young newcomers to Ontario.
- Children's Mental Health Centres - 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.
September 22, 2015