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Resources & Support 

This page includes resources to distress and crisis lines, free community services, and books to read. 

Resources and Crisis Support for
Hamilton and Ontario

*If you are experiencing an emergency, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital. If you are crisis or distress, the following resources may offer some support.

Suicide Crisis Line - 988

Canada - wide 24/7 crisis line that connects you with support in navigating whatever you're going through. 

Crisis Outreach and Support Team - 

If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis in Hamilton,  COAST can offer support. 

Black Youth Helpline: 1-833-294-8650

Black Youth Helpline serves all youth and specifically responds to the need for a Black youth specific service, positioned and resourced to promote access to professional, culturally appropriate support for youth, families and schools. Canada-wide resource. 

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868, text 686868

Kids Help Phone’s e-mental health services are available 24/7 across Canada. They offer support to kids, teens and young adults from coast to coast to coast.

Hamilton Child and Family Supports (HCFS): 905-522-1121 or 905-522-8053 if after hours

If you know or suspect a child is in need of protection, HCFS may offer support. You may call for a confidential consultation if you are unsure.  

Indigenous Hope for Wellness Hotline: 1-855-242-3310, online chat available

Hope for Wellness Helpline is available 24/7 to all Indigenous people across Canada.

LGBTQ+Youth Line: text 647-694-4275, live chat option

LGBT YouthLine is a *2SLGBTQ+ youth-led organization that affirms and supports the experiences of youth (29 and under) across Ontario. They provide:

  • Anonymous peer support and referrals through text and online chat;

  • Training youth to provide support to other youth; and

  • Providing resources so youth can make informed decisions.

Trans Line -Trans peer support line: 1-877-330-6366 

Trans Lifeline provides trans peer support for our community that’s been divested from police since day one. Run by and for trans people. Phone line operates Mon-Friday 1pm-9pm. 

Barrett Centre for mental health and crisis support- Hamilton: 905-529-7878

Barrett Centre for Crisis Support provides a safe environment in the community for individuals who are experiencing a mental health and/or substance use crisis and who do not require a hospital stay. They serve all genders, 16 years of age or older. Confidential and free services are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Naseeha Helpline Muslim Support: call 1-866-627-3342

Naseeha provides a safe zone for youths and individuals to talk and get the help they need. They provide workshops to youth across North America, web therapy sessions, and offer texting mental health support 7 days a week. Services are open to everyone, regardless of age, gender, or background. Committed to providing a safe and non-judgmental environment where individuals can discuss their concerns without fear of stigma or discrimination.

Assaulted Women's Helpline Text #SAFE (#7233) or Call 1-866-863-0511

The Assaulted Women’s Helpline provides crisis counselling, safety planning, emotional support, information, and referrals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year on our telephone and TTY crisis line. Their free, confidential, and anonymous support is available in 200+ languages.

Ontario Caregiver Helpline: 1-833-416-2273 + live chat

Helps to provide caregivers with information and support.

Affordable Mental Health Resources in Hamilton and Surrounding Areas

Contact Hamilton - 905-570-8888

Offers free and affordable services to children, youth and their families. This includes youth counselling,  parenting support, developmental services, and much more. 

Anxiety Canada

offers free and affordable resources to youth, adults and families navigating anxiety.

Connex Ontario - 1-866-531-2600

24/7 access to information for mental health & addictions services. 

211 Ontario 

211 is a helpline that easily connects people to the social services, programs and community supports they need. 

Wellness Together Canada 

Offers free mental health and substance use support to those across Canada and Canadians living abroad. Offers text support, information on common mental health issues, mental wellness programs to be done on your own or with coaching, monitored communities of support, and counselling.

Bounce Back Ontario

BounceBack® is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, depression, anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.


*This book list was assembled with the help of my colleagues and is still growing. I have not read every single book and I encourage you to read the book descriptions and decide if any of these books are right for your therapeutic journey. 

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