FREE & LOW COST RESOURCES

  • Distress Centres of Greater Toronto (416) 408-HELP (4357) - 24-hour telephone emotional support and crisis intervention for folks who are socially isolated, marginalized, struggling with chronic mental health problems, in distress, attempting to navigate family violence or in need of emergency response or suicide prevention + intervention + postvention.

  • Indigenous Crisis Support - 1-855-242-3310 - support for Indigenous people across Canada. Experienced and culturally competent counsellors reachable by phone and online ‘chat’ 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Telephone support is also available upon request in Cree, Ojibway (Anishinaabemowin) and Inuktitut

  • Assaulted Women's Helpline (AWH) - a 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis line to all woman who have experienced abuse. Provide counselling, emotional support, information and referrals

  • The Redwood - provides programs and services to support women and children to live and thrive without abuse, homelessness, and poverty. We work for social change through learning, collaboration, and advocacy

  • Hassle Free Clinic - community-based clinic providing medical and counselling services in all areas of sexual health in a non-judgmental, supportive attitude to the treatment of sexual health concerns

  • The Fife House - providing secure and affordable supportive housing and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS

  • Disordered Eating Support - Canada's only national toll-free helpline and live chat providing resources, referrals and support to folks either directly or indirectly affected by disordered eating and related concerns

  • Sistering - Multi-service agency for at-risk, socially isolated women and trans people in Toronto who are unsheltered or precariously housed

  • Problem Gambling Support - 1-866-531-2600 (Connex Ontario) - 24/7 free and confidential Ontario service in 170 languages

  • Good2Talk - confidential support services for post-secondary students in Ontario and Nova Scotia

  • The Lifeline - guides, tools and resources for mental health and suicide prevention (not a crisis hotline)

  • Across Boundaries - offer a range of dignified, inclusive and compassionate mental health and addiction services for racialized communities and anchored in an anti-racist, anti-Black racism and anti-oppression framework

  • Kids Help Phone - 24-hour, bilingual, anonymous and confidential phone counselling, online counselling and referral service for youth & young adults in Canada

  • LGBT Youth Line - peer support through phone, text and chat services available Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM

  • The Trevor Project - crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25

  • Shelter Safe - resource for women and their children seeking safety from violence and abuse, allowing folks to quickly identify a shelter in a specific geographic area along with its 24-hour emergency phone number

  • Sex & U - accurate, credible, and up-to-date information and education on topics related to sex, sexuality and reproductive health

  • 7Cups website for FREE online support from volunteers called "Listeners"

  • ​Low cost therapy ($50-80 per session) at TIRP (Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy) from senior students and graduates of the institute's training program. Individual and couples therapy offered. For Ontario residents only

  • ​Low cost therapy ($40 per session) at GIT (Gestalt Institute of Toronto) - therapy from senior students and graduates of the institute's training program. For Ontario residents only​​

  • "10 Lies Depression Tells You" article - Part 1 and Part 2.

  • Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYHSN) provides youth leadership, empowerment, and intergenerational organizing for future generations. #OurBodiesOurStories #IndigenousYouthJustice #TransformativeResurgence

  • Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto (NWRCT), a safe and welcoming environment for all Aboriginal women and their children in the Greater Toronto Area. Programs fall under six broad categories: Housing, Families, Advocacy, Employment, Education, and Youth.

  • Gail Dines' website for valuable, mind un-mining information on the harms of porn/porn culture and the inequality and violence against women that mainstream porn promotes, encourages and legitimizes.

  • This video about what sex-positivity and healthy sex/sexuality/sex exploration looks like - good for all ages.

  • Jackson Katz' work and this TED Talk about how violence against women is a men's issue​

  • Netflix show called Nanette by Hannah Gadsby (see trailer)

  • This article about Emilia Fart - a YouTube icon & an excellent and free therapeutic experience - check out Emilia's YouTube channel here.

  • This video for and about families with teenagers

  • For parents of teens, this article to better understand & get through the rough times

  • Lisa Olivera's Instagram for bite-size mental / emotional / spiritual heart whisperings to keep you going & better get through what you're going through.

The purpose of this page is to provide free and low cost mental health resources and support services. I do not list organizations or people looking to sell products or services or whose motivation is profit. If you know of some helpful resources that you think should go on this list, please email me at NatashaSandyRP@gmail.com.