Text-messaging support: text CONNECT to 686868
Confidential service offering professional counselling, information, referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support for youth across Canada.
Hours: Available 24/7
The Toronto Mental Health and Addictions Access Point. The Access Point is a centralized point to apply for mental health and addictions case management services, ACTT (assertive community treatment teams), early psychosis intervention support, and supportive housing.
SCOPE Mental Health Complete Guide_Aug 2022
This guide can help you navigate options for mental health support in Toronto and the GTA, and it can also help you consider what might be the best form of support to fit your needs
In this program, you work through 10 structured modules, at your own pace, while a dedicated therapist monitors your progress: each module contains activities, videos, and assignments to help you learn, develop and practice new skills.
There are scheduled check-ins along the way: you connect with your therapist by phone/video/chat.
Cost: As of August 12/22, the cost of the program is no longer covered by Ontario government. $500 for the full program (billed in 4 installments of $125)
ADAA provides a broad range of free resources to the public including webinars, podcasts, blog posts, two online peer-to-peer support communities, a “find a therapist” directory and a monthly e-newsletter.
This is a therapist-assisted, digital CBT service. It includes unlimited online messaging with a dedicated therapist and access to CBT therapy for 12 weeks, as well as unlimited access to materials for one year.
Cost: As of August 12/22, the cost of the program is no longer covered by Ontario government. $50 one-time time assessment; followed by 2 payments of $150, and a final payment of $175 for the full program; you don’t have to participate in the full program.
Online skill-building program (with mental health coach support). Program based on CBT and interpersonal therapy, to support clients to manage symptoms of anxiety and depression. Includes telephone coaching (3-6 sessions) with trained mental health professionals, while working through a variety of workbooks relevant to your needs (including sleep problems, postpartum depression, panic, and phobias).
Two ways to be referred:
Print referral form and fill out with your family doctor at your next visit
Wait time: 5 business days following referral. Population: For individuals with mild or moderate depression (PHQ-9 = 5 to 21), low mood, stress, and/or anxiety; Ages 15+; Available in multiple languages.
Online CBT program, with clinician support. The client works through 6 modules of CBT at their own pace, with the support of email communication with a mental health clinician at Scarborough Hospital.
Physician referral required – Referral Form.
Population: No catchment. All welcome. Cost: OHIP-covered. Wait time: Minimal.
This platform matches individuals with private therapists in Ontario based on fit. It is free to register for matching, but the cost for therapy is between $80-$225/session. Once matched with a therapist, this program also has the option for you and your therapist to track your progress over time, using validated tools.
Process: Create an account online, fill out a questionnaire, and a case manager will be in touch (by phone or email, depending on what you prefer) within 48 hours to provide therapist recommendations. Therapists are covered by most insurance plans.
This platform matches individuals with private therapists based on fit in Toronto, Durham, York, Peel, Halton and Hamilton. It is free to register for matching and all therapists charge $130/session.
Process: Fill out a brief questionnaire online and book a 20-minute phone call with a Layla service manager to discuss your situation. The service manager will then make specific therapist recommendations based on your preferences. Therapists are covered by most insurance plans.
This website provides a directory of private therapists.
You can narrow down your search by typing in your address, and on the left-hand side of the website, can select criteria such as the concern you would like to address, the name of your insurance company, the type of therapy you are interested in, etc. Each therapist has a biography and contact information, and you can contact each therapist directly to book an initial consultation.
This is a network of private therapists with access to psychiatric support. An individual gets connected to a private therapist by searching the online directory. Once connected with a therapist, there is the option of being seen for a virtual psychiatric assessment (with the possibility of follow-up if needed). All therapy services are fee-for-service, but psychiatric consultations are OHIP-covered.
The Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) is a specialist clinical psychology service in Australia. They provide free, self-guided workbooks for a range of mental health concerns, including: Anxiety, Panic, Perfectionism, Procrastination, Self-Compassion, Social Anxiety, & Worry and Rumination.
Most apps offer skills and tools for managing symptoms, as well as diaries/trackers/record-keeping for moods/feelings/thoughts. Most of these apps are supported by both Android and iOS. Some may have in-app costs.
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health (700 Gordon Street, Whitby, ON; phone: 905-430-4055): Through a pilot project, Ontario Shores is now offering 20 minute psychiatry consultations for family doctors and nurse practitioners anywhere in Ontario to connect directly with a psychiatrist over the phone for treatment and medication recommendations. It takes approximately 1 week to set up the phone consult, and family doctors can register here: https://www.ontarioshores.ca/finding_help/for_primary_care_providers (click the green “book now” button on the right hand side). The service provides doctor-to-doctor consultation. Questions about the service can be directed to 905-668-5881 x 6484.
General, solution-focused, single session phone counselling (available 24/7, for 18 years and older). Following this initial call, you may be referred to multi-session counselling (up to 3 additional sessions) with a dedicated therapist. You can call for single-session counselling as often as needed.
This is temporarily being offered over the phone. Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning at 4:15 p.m., clients can call to speak with a counsellor for a one-hour session. Service offered on a first-come, first-served basis.