Resources

GETTING HELP – IN NEED OF SUPPORT

Everyone deals with mental health challenges from time to time. You may want to consider getting professional help if the difficulties:

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Have been lasting for more than a couple of weeks

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OR have been causing you significant distress

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OR impair your ability to function or grow as a person

There are many professionals you can seek out for support:

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Family doctor or GPs in walk-ins:

Can make initial diagnoses, prescribe medication, refer to resources (e.g. psychiatrist, counselor)

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Psychiatrist:

Can make diagnoses, specialize in medications, some offer therapy

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Psychologist:

Can make diagnoses, offer therapy, often work with more complex cases

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Social workers and counsellors:

Offer support, therapy.

To find mental health professionals and useful information: www.ementalhealth.ca

Reduced fee services (by students in training):

  • Centre for Psychological Services and Research (CPSR):
    (613) 562-5289
  • La Clinique de services psychologiques de l’UQO :
    (819) 773-1679
  • Counselling Centre (St-Paul University) :
    (613) 782-3022
  • Ottawa Institute for Cognivitive Behavioural Therapy:
    (613) 820-9931
  • Centre for Interpersonal Relationships

Many workplaces have support programs

For addictions, there are free groups such as SMART groups, Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous

Self-help books, apps, workbooks and websites:

Specific resources for diverse communities:

The black community:

The indigenous community:

  • Minwasshin Lodge: An indigenous Women’s Support Centre with various programs, services (e.g., counselling), and events
  • WabanoA centre with mental wellness services that merge Indigenous practices with contemporary therapeutic methods for children, youth, adults, and families
  • First Nation and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line 24/7: Telephone counselling services available in English, and French  and Cree, Ojibway, Inuktitut upon request
  • Native Youth Crisis Hotline 24/7 (1-877-209-1266)

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  • TransLifeline (1-877-330-6366): Crisis hotline that offers resources and support to the transgender community
  •  LGBTTQQ2SI Youth Line (647-694-4275): Confidential and non-judgemental peer support through telephone, text and chat services

Newcomers to Ottawa

GETTING HELP – ON CAMPUS

Health Services: www.uottawa.ca/health

  • Physical and mental health services
  • Place to go to get a family doctor!

SASS: sass.uottawa.ca/en/personal

  • Counselling, coaching, workshops, etc.
  • Counselling and Coaching Service (613-562-5200)

Peer Help Centre: seuo-uosu.com/peer-help

  • Tutoring; Active listening;
  • Peer support phone line

Mental Health and Wellness: www.uottawa.ca/wellness/

  • Numerous wellness services for students and staff
  • Resources on well-being during the COVID-19 pandemic

Similar support from other  groups:

  • Women’s Resource Centre/Pride Centre/etc

GSAED Services: gsaed.ca/en/home/

  • For graduate students

Protection Service: www.uottawa.ca/protection/en

  • For safety and legal concerns

GETTING HELP – URGENT IN NEED OF IMMEDIATE HELP/SUPPORT

Call a distress helpline:

Crisis Line (Ottawa): 613-722-6914 / 1-866-996-0991

Youth Services Bureau Crisis Line: 613-260-2360

Centre d’aide 24/7 (Gatineau): 819-595-9999

Good2Talk (for post-secondary students) : 1-866-925-5454

Go to a walk-in counselling clinic: walkincounselling.com

Emergency Services on Campus:
sass.uottawa.ca/en/personal/emergency

If immediate threat of harm to self or others:

  • Call 911 or go to a Hospital Emergency Department