How can I get mental health help in a crisis?

A crisis is an emergency. In a crisis, you might feel overwhelmed or out of control. You can get help from a crisis centre or distress centre.

A crisis might be the result of losing your housing, money problems or a difficult situation that gets worse over time. Each person reacts differently in these situations. For some people, it might be a difficult situation, for other people, the same situation might be a crisis.

You are the best person to decide when you are in crisis. You might have problems eating, sleeping or concentrating. You don't have to wait until you have a crisis to ask for help.

Crisis centres or distress centres are free and confidential. You can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Call a crisis centre if:

  • You are considering suicide (killing yourself).
  • You think someone else might be considering suicide.
  • You just need to talk.

Find a Crisis Centre

For More Information

  • Mental Health Helpline - This free, confidential phone line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They provide information about mental health services in Ontario. Information is available in over 170 languages. Information by email or web chat is also available.
  • How can I get help in an emergency? -  This article describes how to make a 9-1-1 call.  911 operators can get an interpreter for you if you need one. From Settlement.Org.
  • Good2Talk - A free and anonymous mental health helpline for postsecondary students in Ontario.  A translation service is available in 170 languages for individuals who do not speak English or French.
  • 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.
Last updated: August 18, 2016 4001312