In this time of stress and uncertainty, please check in with those you think might be at risk.
If you are experiencing or at risk of domestic violence, speak to supportive family and friends, seek support from a hotline, or seek out local services for survivors. Make a plan to protect yourself and your children any way you can. This could include having a neighbour, friend, relative, or shelter identified to go to should you need to leave the house immediately.
There are community supports that remain in place for those who need them:
24 Hour Crisis and Support Line: Dial 519-752-HELP (519-752-4357) to receive immediate support and safety planning. This service is available to all members of our community.
Assaulted Womens’ Helpline 1-866-863-0511
Emergency Shelter: is open to provide safe shelter and essential support to women and children impacted by domestic violence and homelessness.
The government has announced increased funding for mental health supports: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2020/04/ontario-increasing-mental-health-support-during-covid-19.html.
Covid19: Mental Health and Well-Being: A resource page from CAMH https://cmha.ca/news/covid-19-and-mental-health
Kids Help Phone: 24/7 virtual support service offering professional counselling, information and referrals as well as volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French at 1-800-668-6868 or text connect to 686868
IN CRISIS? Call Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000, the Mental Health Helpline at 1-866-531-2600 or crisisservicescanada.ca at 1-833-456-4566
Other Support Lines
Post Secondary Student Support Line: call GOOD2TALK at 1-866-925-5454
Frontline Workers Support: Connect Connexontario at 1-866-531-2600
Senior Safety Line 1-866-299-1011
Support for Indigenous Women: 1-855-554-4325
Indigenous Peoples Hope for Wellness Helpline 1-855-242-3310