Mental Health and Mindfulness

Are you struggling at home with your mental health? Or struggling to support a loved one?  Remember that you are not alone. Below is a list of carefully curated resources to help with the next step. Please, reach out, because you are worth it.

For support locally:

The Canadian Mental Health Association provides advocacy, programs, and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive. For mental health or addictions information, support or crisis services contact CMHA Middlesex at 519-433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023 or visit the CMHA Middlesex website.

Vanier Children’s Mental Wellness is a charitable organization that offers assessment and treatment for children aged 0-14 years and their families to support their challenges and to promote wellness. Vanier offers support such as family therapy, live-in treatment, and respite services. If you would like to schedule a virtual session with a therapist or you need immediate help, contact their Crisis and Intake Team at 519-433-0334.  Visit Vanier's website to learn more about their services. 

WAYS Mental Health Support is a not-for-profit, community-based, accredited agency that supports children, youth and families in London-Middlesex and Chatham-Kent who face challenges such as trauma, emotional or behavioural problems, mental health issues, conflict with the law and relationship difficulties. In crisis?  WAYS Mental Health Support, Vanier Children’s Services and Craigwood Youth Services collectively provide crisis support to children and youth ages 0 to 18 and their families. Telephone support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (including holidays). In London-Middlesex call 519-433-0334, in Chatham-Kent call 354-4095. Visit WAYS website to learn more about their services.
Reach Out is a 24/7 bilingual information, support and crisis service for those living with mental health and addictions needs – as well as their families, caregivers and health care providers in London, Middlesex, Oxford and Elgin counties. You can contact Reach Out at 519-433-2023 or 1-866-933-2023, by live chat on the Reach Out website, find them on Twitter or like them on Facebook

Support Online and by Phone: 

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. They offer professional counseling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French. Whether by phone (1-800-668-6868) text (686868), mobile app or through their website, you can connect with them whenever you want, however you want. Their service is completely confidential. 

LGBT Youth Line is a Queer, Trans, Two-Spirit youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (29 and under) across Ontario. You can reach them by text at 647-694-4275, through live chat on their website or by email at askus@youthline.ca 

While online resources and information are not meant to replace the specialized training and professional judgment of a health care or mental health care professional, they can help us better understand and cope with struggles we may be experiencing. If you are currently receiving treatment, you should consult your doctor, therapist, or other healthcare professional if you have any questions about your personal health or psychological needs and before implementing or making changes in any treatment. If you are not in treatment but feel you may need care, or are experiencing a crisis, please contact one the agencies listed above or 911 if you need immediate help.

School Mental Health Ontario is a provincial implementation support team. We help school districts enhance student mental health through the use of evidence-based strategies and services Schools are an ideal place for mental health promotion, prevention, and early intervention. Their website offers information for parents and caregivers about child  mental health and what you can do in your home. 
Jack.org's COVID-19 Hub: With information on mental health and COVID-19 scattered all over the internet, finding accurate information and appropriate resources can be hard. Jack.org, School Mental Health Ontario and Kids Help Phone have partnered to bring you all the information needed in one easy-to-access hub so that youth mental health remains top of mind, and our communities are able to easily access the education, tools, support and reliable information they need. Take care of yourself, and each other.
mindyourmind exists in the space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. They work with young people aged 14 to 29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.
Mindful is a mission-driven non-profit. They are dedicated to inspiring, guiding, and connecting anyone who wants to explore mindfulness—to enjoy better health, more caring relationships, and a compassionate society. Their site offer personal stories, news-you-can-use, practical advice, and insights that speak to anyone and everyone.
Verywell Mind is a trusted and compassionate online resource that provides the guidance you need to improve your mental health and find balance. Their library of more than 4,000 pieces of content, created and refined over the past 20+ years, has been written by more than 100 healthcare professionals and industry experts including experienced doctors, therapists, and social workers, and then vetted by board-certified physicians.