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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

What if I can't afford counselling?

We believe that mental health support is a basic human right; it should be accessible to everyone.

We've put together a list of community mental health resources serving Kitchener Waterloo, London, Oakville, Milton and the Halton regions that are either free and sliding scale.

Click on one of the locations below to explore community services in that area.

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- COMMUNITY RESOURCES - KITCHENER/WATERLOO

Kitchener Waterloo

GENERAL COUNSELLING & SUPPORT

In Kitchener Waterloo, there are several agencies that offer mental health support on a sliding scale for those in financial need.

 

Camino Counselling.

KW Counselling and Carizon have recently amalgamated to become Camino.

They offer walk in counselling on Thursdays from 2pm to 6pm as well as sliding scale sessions from registered social workers and psychotherapists. Typically this is service is offered as short term counselling - about 3 sessions per person.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Waterloo Region:

Free mental health support including counselling and group programs for adults, children, parents and caregivers and seniors.

 

Front Door - Lutherwood:

A variety of services to help children and their parents cope with mental health challenges. Offering family crisis support and live in treatment programs.

Good 2 Talk:

A free, confidential mental health support service providing professional counselling and referrals for mental health to postsecondary students in Ontario. Options include text, online messaging, phone and peer-to-peer community support.

One Roof Youth Services

Housing and employment supports as well as mental health and addicition support for at risk youth.

Suicide Prevention

Here 24/7 Crisis Services Waterloo Region

Talk Suicide Canada: 

A Free, 24/7 crisis line that can be accessed through calls or text, in English or French. All calls are confidential unless there is a concern of safety. Call 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645

Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

SUBSTANCE USE & ADDICTIONS SUPPORT

There are several resources for addictions counselling and support in the Kitchener Waterloo region. 

House of Friendship

Offers individual and group counselling services for those dealing with addiction and substance use, problem gambling, gaming and internet overuse and their loved ones. Their addictions support program offers free counselling sessions, with the option of continued free group therapy. You can reach them at 519-742-8327.

Grand River Hospital

Offers both in patient and outpatient mental health support for addictions.

SHELTERS & SUPPORT FOR WOMEN

YWCA Emergency Shelter: emergency housing for cis and trans women and non-binary individuals.

Safe Haven Youth Shelter - Lutherwood

Assaulted Women's Helpline

Assaulted Women’s Helpline provides a free, anonymous and confidential 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis telephone line to all women in the province of Ontario who have experienced any form of abuse.
AWHL provides crisis counselling, safety planning, emotional support, information and referrals accessible 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
 Toll-free:1-866-863-0511 

 

 

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT

 

Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo in Kitchener or Cambridge.

 

SHORE Centre: sexual health options, resources and education

PERINATAL & POSTNATAL SUPPORT

Grand River Hospital:

Postpartum mood disorder clinic. Individual counselling and weekly support group meetings. Call Irene Triegs: 519-749-4300 ext. 2267

SHORE Centre:

Siding scale counselling support for pre and post pregnancy concerns.

The Pregnancy Centre:

Free counselling and crisis support 

Monica Place for pregnant and parenting youth:

Individual counselling and group counselling programs and supportive housing program.

 

2SLGBTQIA+ SUPPORT

OK2BEME

Free walk in counselling and group counselling for queer individuals 

Spectrum support groups 

A variety of support groups for queer individuals including BIR group, Trans group, PFLAG, Newcomers, Indigiqueer, Prime group (50+), Spectrum on the Spectrum 

LGBT Youthline:

Connect with other LGBQTIA2+ youths for support. Call 1-800-268-9688 or text 647-694-4275 or live chat on their website.

NEWCOMERS & BIPOC

KW Multicultural Centre:

Offers a variety of services to Newcomers including refugee services and settlement services and language services

Camino - Refugees and Newcomers workshops and support groups

Compass Refugee Centre

Assists refugees with the entire refugee and immigration progress including adapting to life in a new country.

Kind Minds Family Wellness 

BIPOC and culturally informed counselling, educational programs and groups

PARENTING & CAREGIVERS: DISABILITIES & NEURODIVERGENCE

KidsAbility:

Autism assessments and behaviour support resources, caregiver supports

Ontario Autism Program (OAP)

Connects you with Autism services and supports for your family.

Sunbeam Developmental Resource Centre:

Workshops, clinics, trainings and other resources and supports for individuals with developmental disability and those on the spectrum, as well as their caregivers

Ontario Caregiver's Helpline

Connect with local resources for support including: respite care in your area, a support group, information about financial supports available to caregivers, as well as help navigating the health and social service systems.

Waterloo Region Family Network

For individuals, families and caregivers- resources and supports for those living with disabilities, including resources, activities, group programs and coaching.

Low cost therapy with student therapists offering therapy in London and Waterloo Ontario

COMMUNITY RESOURCES -
OAKVILLE & MILTON

Community Resorces - Oakvile

GENERAL COUNSELLING & SUPPORT

In the Oakville and Milton areas, there are several agencies that offer mental health support on a sliding scale for those in financial need.

 

Thrive Counselling

A non-profit counselling agency serving the Halton Region. Offering individual, couples and family counselling, group programs and supporting those who have experienced or are experiencing abuse.

Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST):

A program under the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) that provides accessible and subsidized care at zero cost to the client. Also a 24/7 crisis line.

 

ACHeV Wellness Response & Assistance Program:

For those on employment insurance Ontario Works (OW) or disability (ODSP): short term counselling and support from a culturally informed lens

Suicide Prevention

Distress Centre Halton: support for those in crisis. The Distress Line in Oakville: 905-849-4541

TeleCheck: call line for seniors needing support, caregivers and those with dementia.

Talk Suicide Canada: 

Free, 24/7 crisis line that can be accessed through calls or text, in English or French. All calls are confidential unless there is a concern of safety for yourself or others. Call 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645

Kids Help Phone: 1800 668 6868

SUBSTANCE USE & ADDICTIONS SUPPORT

There are several resources for addictions counselling and support in the Oakville and Halton surrounding areas.

Halton Adapt: 

A non-profit, outpatient addiction, assessment and treatment facility for a variety of addictions including drugs, gambling and alcohol.

Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital:

Rapid access to addiction care including emergency and inpatient units.

SHELTERS & SUPPORT FOR WOMEN

The Women's Centre of Halton: offers free mental health, abuse and trauma counselling.

Sakeenah Canada 

Provides transitional housing for those fleeing from domestic violence. Homes in Brampton, Toronto and London, ON. To access care: 1-888-671-3446

Assaulted Women's Helpline

Assaulted Women’s Helpline provides a free, anonymous and confidential 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis telephone line to all women in the province of Ontario who have experienced any form of abuse.
AWHL provides crisis counselling, safety planning, emotional support, information and referrals accessible 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
 Toll-free:1-866-863-0511 

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT & VIOLENCE

 

SAVIS:

Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton: free and confidential 1:1 crisis counselling and support groups

Assaulted Women's Helpline: 1-866-863-0511 (Toll-free), 416-863-9511 (GTA)

Thrive Counselling Violence Against Women program:

Free individual and group counselling for women who have experienced or are experiencing any kind of abuse or violence.

 

PERINATAL & POSTNATAL

Healthy Babies, Healthy Children:  

A free program home visits for support for parents-to-be and families with younger children

Women's Health Concerns Clinic (WHCC) St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton:

assessment, consultation and treatment including individual and group counselling for women experiencing emotional concerns related to reproductive milestones (PMS, PMDD, menopause)

2SLGBTQIA+ SUPPORT

PFLAG Peel Region:

Support, education and resources for family and friends of 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals

Positive Space Network (Halton Region): 

For more information, contact them by email: psnyouth@rockonline.ca or call or text: 289-208-0886

The 519:

An organization that is committed to the health, happiness and full participation of the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities. They provide support services by responding to the evolving needs of the 2SLGBTQIA+communities, from counselling services and queer parenting resources to coming out groups, trans programming, and seniors support.

NEWCOMERS

HMC Connections:

Offers transitional services including transitional housing, counselling and crisis intervention

AHEV Wellness Response & Assistance Program:

For those on Ontario Works (OW) or ODSP: short term counselling and support from a culturally informed lens

LEARNING SUPPORT & NEURODIVERGENCE

ROCK Autism Services:

Affordable support and services for children, youth and their families 

Ontario Autism Program (OAP):

A Government funded program that offers services and support to children and youth on the Autism spectrum

Sunbeam Developmental Resource Centre:

Workshops, clinics, trainings and other resources and supports for individuals with developmental disability and those on the spectrum, as well as their caregivers

CAREGIVERS

Ontario Caregiver's Helpline

Connect with local resources for support including: respite care in your area, a support group, information about financial supports available to caregivers, as well as help navigating the health and social service systems.

Community Resources- London
Low cost therapy with student therapists offering therapy in London and Waterloo Ontario

- COMMUNITY RESOURCES -
LONDON

GENERAL COUNSELLING

In the London area, there are several agencies that offer mental health support on a sliding scale for those in financial need.

 

Craigwood: free walk-in children, youth & family services 

 

Tandem:

24/7 crisis support service for child and youth urgent mental health support: intake and referrals to community mental health resources. Call 519-433-0334 

CMHA Community Mental Health Clinic:

Free consultation with a psychiatrist (must be registered in a CMHA program)

Vanier Children's Mental Wellness:

Offers a range of services for infants, children, youth and their families including counselling and in-home family services, parent groups and workshops.

Suicide Prevention

Reach Out Crisis Response Line: call 519-433-2023 or 1-866-963-2023 or web chat is available 24/7

Talk Suicide Canada: 

Free, 24/7 crisis line that can be accessed through calls or text, in English or French. All calls are confidential unless there is a concern of safety. Call 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645

Kids Help Phone: 1 800 668 6868

SUBSTANCE USE & ADDICTIONS SUPPORT

There are several resources for addictions counselling and support in the London area.

CMHA Thames Valley Addiction and Mental Health Services:

Supportive housing, recovery oriented addiction and mental health services.

 

Mental Health & Addictions Crisis Walk In Centre:

24/7 walk in support, assessment, counselling and referrals to other resources. Call  519-434-9191.

Breaking Free From Substance Abuse:

A digital program to support people in recognizing and address the factors that are driving their use of drugs or other substances.

 

SHELTERS & SUPPORT FOR WOMEN

Sakeenah Canada 

Provides transitional housing for those fleeing from domestic violence. Homes in Brampton, Toronto and London, ON.

To access care: 1-888-671-3446

Assaulted Women's Helpline

Assaulted Women’s Helpline provides a free, anonymous and confidential 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis telephone line to all women in the province of Ontario who have experienced any form of abuse.

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT & VIOLENCE

London Abused Women's Centre: free trauma informed counselling, support groups, training and education

ANOVA

Sexual violence counselling, support groups and emergency shelter. If you're in crisis, call: 519-642-3000

PERINATAL & POSTNATAL

Middlesex-London Mental Health Unit: perinatal mental health counselling and Mother Reach support group, and Healthy Babies, Healthy Children

Women's Health Concerns Clinic (WHCC) St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton:

Assessment, consultation and treatment including individual and group counselling for women experiencing emotional concerns related to reproductive milestones (PMS, PMDD, menopause).

2SLGBTQIA+ SUPPORT

London InterCommunity Health Centre:

List of community support groups for 2SLGBTQIA+ individuals

Trans Support Helpline:

Fully anonymous phone hotline for trans and questioning people in crisis. Call 1-877-330-6366

 

NEWCOMERS

London Cross Cultural Learner Centre (CCLC):

Helps newcomers integrate into the community through various programs and services including support groups

AHEV Wellness Response & Assistance Program:

For those on Ontario Works (OW) or ODSP: short term counselling and support from a culturally informed lens

LEARNING SUPPORT & NEURODIVERGENCE

Ontario Autism Program (OAP):

Government funded program that offers services and support to children and youth on the Autism spectrum.

CAREGIVERS

Ontario Caregiver's Helpline

Connect with local resources for support including: respite care in your area, a support group, information about financial supports available to caregivers, as well as help navigating the health and social service systems.

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