Mental Health Resources

**NEW** List of hundreds of verified discounts persons with disabilities in Canada:

**NEW** AbilitiCBT is suitable for anyone age 16 or older. AbilitiCBT programs include anxiety, depression, anxiety related to a pandemic, pain management and insomnia.

**NEW** Peer support groups – pay what you can. Accessibility, affordability, creating a sense of community, and knowing that you are not alone. 25 different groups.

**NEW** Schedule a free same-day or next-day phone or
video counselling session:

Wellness Together Canada provides free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals when needed.

Meditation App called “Ten Percent Happier” 3 month free trial:

Better Help online therapy – Making professional counseling accessible, affordable, convenient – so anyone who struggles with life’s challenges can get help, anytime, anywhere.

Mindshift App – to help relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking & identify active ways to take charge of anxiety

Healthy Mind App– Royal Ottawa Hospital problem solving tool to deal with emotions

Online self-help peer support forum – any Ontario patient can access for free. Anonymous peer support for depression, anxiety, etc & access to self-help resources and tools.  The forum is moderated by a trained therapist.

Meditation & Mindfulness

Mightier– Online anxiety program for children, teaching calming skills through play, developed by Harvard & Boston Children’s Hospital

Online self-help for Depression & Anxiety

Recommended books:

“Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy” by David Burns

“The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You” by Robert Leahy

“Sink into Sleep” by Judith Davidson – workbook for insomnia

There are new resources available to help patients with anxiety and depression, that are now funded by Ministry of Health. See links below or talk to your doctor about options:

BounceBack: coaching program as a first step towards cognitive behaviour therapy, available by referral or patient self-referral

CBT through Royal Ottawa Hospital:free, short-term, face-to-face Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for adults experiencing depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Anxiety resources

Anxiety resources for youth –

Searchable Database of Community Resources and Supports

Mental Health Crisis Line

Distress Centre – Ottawa and Region

Ottawa psychologists

Health strategies for men, for managing and preventing depression

Ottawa Addiction Resources