Mental health is an important part of our health. Positive mental health is the core for a person's well-being. Good mental health allows a person to reach their potential and deal with normal stresses of life.

No matter our age, we all get stressed. Stress affects our mental health. Positive coping skills can help improve our mental health. Through positive coping skills a person can build resilience. Resilience allows a person to better handle the normal stresses of life and overcome challenging situations.

Do not feel ashamed of speaking to someone about mental health concerns and seeking help. It is important to seek help early.

It is important to speak to one another about mental health - this can help us increase dialogue, knowledge, and help-seeking, while reducing stigma. To learn more about how to talk about mental health, check out have THAT talk from Ottawa Public Health.

If you are concerned about your mental health or someone else, speak to your health care provider or connect with available supports (listed below).

If you (or your child) are experiencing thoughts of suicide or harming yourself, call 9-1-1.

Mental Health Supports 

Telephone Supports:

Connex Ontario (Bilingual) - 1-866-531-2600

Kids Help Phone | Jeunesse, J'écoute (Bilingual) - 1-800-668-6868

Good 2 Talk (Bilingual) - 1-866-925-5454

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line 24/7 (Bilingual, Other) - 1-855-242-3310 

Assaulted Women’s Helpline – Ontario (English, Other) – Text 24/7 to #7233 

Ontario Online & Text Crisis Services (English) – Chat 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. | Text 2:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. to #258258

Canada Suicide Prevention Service (Bilingual) – 1-833-456-4566 | Text 4:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. to #45645


Online Mental Health Resources

For information on how to cope with and reduce stress and anxiety, how to talk to our children about COVID-19, and how to support yourself as well as your loved ones' mental health, please visit:

Canadian Mental Health Association - Cochrane Timiskaming 

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health | (CAMH)  

BounceBack Mental Health phone line support with a coach and online videos   


For an online peer to peer support community for your mental health, please visit:   

Big White Wall