The following are options for mental health counselling:

“Access MHA” (Access Mental Health and Addictions)

This is the single starting point for all Mental Health and Addictions concerns.

This is a free, confidential service to get information, support and referral to all mental health and addictions services.



LOCAL CRISIS PHONE #: 1-888-757-7767

This is self-referral. You need to contact them directly to set up your own appointment.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – Some employers offer counselling services through an “EAP.” This is a program to identify and help employees in resolving personal problems (e.g., marital, financial or emotional problems; family issues; substance/alcohol abuse).

Check with your employer to see if this may be an option for you.

Ontario Structured Psychotherapy (OSP): for patients with mild to moderate depression, anxiety, and related conditions. Patients can Self-Refer.

Take Care 19 – Accessible and inclusive mental health resources for coping through COVID-19. (Online therapy, Mindfulness, Be Active, etc).

CAMH – Offers extensive and variety of Mental Health supports, including related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

CAMH online discussion forum: Online peer-to-peer discussion forum is a space where you can offer support, encouragement, and share your experiences with managing your stress and anxiety related to the COVID-19 virus. You can also get tips and suggestions for how best to cope in this difficult time. Moderators will be available during business hours to provide general information and encourage the use of available resources.

Wellness Together Canada – Free 24/7. They also have a Crisis Tex Support Line: Youths Text “wellness” to 686868. Adults or Frontline Workers text “wellness” to 741741.

Mind Beacon – Free for Ontario residents. CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) guided by a dedicated therapist up to 12 weeks.

Togetherall (Formerly “Big White Wall”) – Peer to peer support. Moderated 24/7 by trained practitioners.

Connex Ontario – provides services and information for people experiencing problems with gambling, drugs, alcohol, or mental health. Helpful supportive system navigation specialists answer calls, emails, or web chats 24/7. Free and Confidential.

BounceBack – for people who are experiencing low mood, depression, or anxiety, BounceBack can help. This FREE service for patients are live in Ontario and are 18 years of age or YOUNGER. They provide counselling (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, aka “CBT”). This requires a referral from your family doctor or primary health provider. Once the referral is submitted, Bounceback contacts patients within five business days.

MoodGYM (online) MoodGYM is a FREE, ONLINE self-help program to help depression. It consists of five modules, an interactive game, anxiety and depression assessments, downloadable relaxation audio, a workbook and feedback assessment. MoodGYM teaches the principles of a form of counselling call “CBT” (“Cognitive Behaviour Therapy”), which is a proven treatment for depression. It also demonstrates the relationship between thoughts and emotions, and works through dealing with stress.
Just go to the website, create a free account, and follow the instructions.

E-COUCH (online) – e-Couch is a FREE, ONLINE self-help program with modules for depression, generalized anxiety & worry, social anxiety, relationship breakdown, and loss & grief. e-Couch provides information about emotional problems – what causes them, how to prevent them and how to treat them. It includes exercises to help you understand yourself and others better. Even better, it provides you with a set of strategies that might help you to improve your life.

Just go to the website, create a free account, and follow the instructions.

CHFHT Mental Health Counselling – If you are a patient at Central Hastings Family Health Team (CHFHT), then you be referred to one of our mental health counsellors. CHFHT provides free and confidential mental health counselling at the clinic. You will need a referral from your doctor or nurse practitioner. You will be contacted and given an appointment date and time. Due to high demand, the wait time for an appointment can be a few weeks at times.

Friends & Neighbours Peer Support Centre – Provides support and services to people who are experiencing addiction and/or mental health issues and seeking Peer Support as a ways of managing and working towards being well.

You can call them at 613-473-4111, or try one of their two websites HERE or HERE.

Al-Anon – If someone else’s alcohol use is affecting you, Al-Anon can help. They can provide help for friends and family members who are troubled by someone else’s drinking. You can call Al-Anon at 1-888-425-2666, or visit their website link provided here.

For local meetings in Hastings County area, they are held at St. Pauls United Church, 104 Church St. in Stirling on Fridays at 8:00pm (use 2nd side door off Station St.)

YoutHab – Age 16 to 24? Need someone to talk to in Belleville, Trenton or Madoc? Call us at 613-969-0830 and we can link you up with a counsellor. A counsellor can help you make sense of things when things don’t seem to make sense. It’s a chance for you to have some time (appointments are usually an hour on average) to figure out what’s happening, make a plan, take a look at how you are reacting to situations, and develop new strategies.