Updated Distress and Support Lines


Distress Centres of Greater Toronto

Logo Distress Centre of Greater Toronto with two speech bubbles.Our 408-HELP (4357) line provides telephone support to individuals in the community who are at risk and their most vulnerable. Highly-trained volunteer responders (with the support of professional staff) connect with callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

All of Canada TEXT and Phone

Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS): 1-833-456-4566

Text is available from your mobile phone from 4:00 pm to 12 midnight daily and is accessed by dialing 45645.

Links to resources

We offer a variety of web, phone and address links to social services in Toronto. [Thanks to Mainstay]


Addictions and Mental Health Ontario
In support of building a more comprehensive and responsive system for the treatment of addictions and mental health in Ontario. Our goal is to ensure that all Ontarians can access the services and supports they need to address substance misuse and mental health issues, fostering dignity and accountability to those it serves.

Canadian Housing and Renewal Association
The national voice for the full range of affordable housing and homelessness issues and solutions.

HomeComing Community Choice Coalition
HomeComing promotes the rights of people with mental illness to live where they choose.

Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association
The voice of non-profit housing in Ontario.

Ontario and Toronto TenantsThe Toronto Mental Health and Addiction Supportive Housing Network
A network of supportive housing organizations and affiliated members who share a common desire to improve both the availability and quality of supportive housing options for Torontonians living with serious mental health and addictions challenges.

The Stop Community Food Centre
A community food centre called The Stop is trying to raise awareness of the inadequacy of social assistance in Ontario. They are participating in a campaign to show policy makers how inadequate social assistance hinders access to healthy food. They invite you to visit their website and complete a survey called "Do the Math" - calculate how much money you think a person on social assistance needs to live a decent but basic life. LARC computers available.

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Community Support

Woodgreen Community Centre
835 Queen Street East (at Pape)
416- 469-5211

St. Christopher House
588 Queen Street West (at Bathurst)
Administration: 416-504-3535

St. Stephen's Community House
91 Bellevue Avenue (Bathurst & College)

University Settlement Recreation Centre
23 Grange Road (University & Dundas St. W.)

Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre
1900 Davenport Road (Old Weston Road & Davenport Road)

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Crisis Intervention

Distress Centre
416-408-0007 (TTY)

Gerstein Centre
Crisis Line: 929-5200
TTY: 929-5200
100 Charles Street E.
Toronto, Ontario

Rape Crisis Centre

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A-Way Courier

Fred Victor Centre
145 Queen St. E.
Toronto, Ontario
Low cost meals; Open house programs; Computer Club; Employment Resource Centre.

Fresh Start Cleaning & Maintenance
761 Queen St. W.
2nd floor
Toronto, Ontario

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Hostels for Men

Dixon Hall Men's Hostel
"The Schoolhouse" 349 George Street
Toronto, Ontario

Good Shepherd Centre
412 Queen St. E. (at Parliament)
Toronto, Ontario

Salvation Army Emergency Shelter
167 College St. (at McCaul)
Toronto, Ontario

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Housing Help

The Access Point.
The place for adults 16 and over to apply for supportive housing and mental health supports in the Toronto area.

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Legal Services

Downtown Legal Services

East Toronto Legal Services

Neighbourhood Legal Services

Parkdale Community Legal Services (Dufferin and Queen)
Tel: 416-531-2411

West Toronto Legal Services

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Council Fire Native Cultural Centre
439 Dundas St. E. (at Parliament)
Toronto, Ontario

Friendship Centre
323 Dundas St. E. (at Sherbourne)
Toronto, Ontario

Open Door Drop-in – All Saints Church
315 Dundas St. E. (at Sherbourne)
Toronto, Ontario

Good Shepherd Refuge
412 Queen St. E. (at Parliament)
Toronto, Ontario

The Corner Drop-in
370 College St. (at Spadina)
Toronto, Ontario

Christian Resource Centre
40 Oak Street (Parliament and Gerrard)
Toronto, Ontario

Scott Mission
502 Spadina Avenue (at College)
Toronto, Ontario

Salvation Army - Friendship Room
259 Victoria St. (Yonge and Dundas)
Toronto, Ontario

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Moods Magazine
Moods is the first consumer magazine of its type in Canada. This quarterly magazine is available to help families and friends help their loved ones by providing an awareness and understanding of mood disorders and related illnesses. It is full of pictures and colour, yet clean, easy reading, and inviting.

The Globe and Mail
A series of articles on mental health.

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Street Health Community Nursing Foundation

Friendship Centre
338 Dundas St. East
Toronto, Ontario

Open Door Centre
315 Dundas St. East
Toronto, Ontario

Queen West Community Health Centre
168 Bathurst Street

Regent Park Community Health Centre
465 Dundas Street East (at Parliament)

Parkdale Community Health Centre
1229 Queen Street West

York Community Care Access Centre
1400 Castlefield Avenue

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Mental Health Services

Across Boundaries
Ethnoracial mental health centre for people with mental health problems.

Alternatives – The East York Mental Health Counselling Services Agency
Community mental health program for persons 16 years and over with serious, longstanding mental health problems. Self-referral or agency referral. Advocacy; education; supportive counselling

Among Friends
2970 Lakeshore Blvd. W Toronto, Ontario Community mental health centre for adults 18 years and over. Education workshops promoting mental, physical and social health, healthy lifestyle activities and planning, connecting with the community, information and referral.

Consumer Survivor Information Resource Centre

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Toronto Community Care Access Centre
Homecare support; nursing; physiotherapy; occupational therapy; speech therapy; house cleaning

Toronto East General Hospital - Mental Health Services
Outpatient and community based support. Recreation; family support; withdrawal management; psychogeriatric support.

Compass Resource Centre
Intensive group support.

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Mental Health Services for Children

Children's Mental Health Ontario
40 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 309
Toronto, Ontario Canada M4T 1M9
phone (416) 921-2109

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Partner Agencies

Across Boundaries

Bayview Community Services
Bayview Community Services offers two affordable group housing programs with various levels of staff support and Case Management services with either a Metropolitan Toronto Housing Authority apartment unit or independent of a housing component.

Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf (BRCD)
The Supportive Independent Living Program at the Bob Rumball Centre for the Deaf offers a large variety of services to our tenants. Services vary for every tenant that we offer support to. Services include basic lifeskills, communication, socialization and counselling.

Canadian Mental Health AssociationLawrence Avenue West site
700 Lawrence Avenue West, Suite 480
Toronto ON M6A 3B4
Tel: 416-789-7957 Fax: 416-789-9079

Markham Road site
1200 Markham Road, Suite 500
Scarborough ON M1H 3C3
Tel: 416-289-6285 Fax: 416-289-6843

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
(Queen Street Division - Community Support and Research Unit)
416- 535-8501 ext. 2068
Central Toronto Youth Services
(CTYS) 924-2100

Cota supports individuals with mental health and cognitive challenges to live well within their communities.

Community Resource Connections of Toronto
Provides a range of services for adults (16+) consumer/survivors of the mental health system. We can also talk with you or give you written information about all types of adult mental health services throughout Toronto, like community support, housing, social support, employment and training.

Connect Counselling ServicesVoice: 416-928-2512 ext 512
TTY: 416-928-2511

Dixon Hall

George Herman House

Habitat Services

Hong Fook Mental Health Association

Jean Tweed Centre
Responding to the needs of women with substance abuse and gambling problems

Loft Community Services
Provides supportive housing, community support and outreach services to youth, adults and seniors in Toronto and York Region. Operates 11 different programs and has 37 housing sites.

Madison Community Services

Mount Sinai Hospital ACT Team

Native Men's Residence

North York General Hospital ACT Team

Pape Adolescent Resource Centre (PARC)

Progress Place
The Progress Place Clubhouse offers a community of support 365 a year. Clubhouse members have opportunities to gain confidence by taking part in the running of the clubhouse. Members also have access to: peer support through a circle of friends; a range of employment opportunities; affordable meals; social recreation.

Reconnect Mental Health Services
Reconnect is a community mental health agency that provides a range of recovery-based programs for adults experiencing serious mental illness. Inspired by hope in the individual’s potential to recover, Reconnect works collaboratively with adults experiencing serious mental illness to reach their goals and improve their quality of life.

Regeneration House
Serves adults (16+) with a history of long term mental health problems. Residential and non-residential programs.

St. Michael's Hospital (Assertive Community Treatment Team)Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Spectrum Community Mental Health Clinic
416-535-8501 ext 7450
Offers: psychiatric assessment and treatment planning; individual and group counselling; crises intervention; case management; home visits; ongoing medication monitoring; advocacy; life skills training; monthly social outings.

Toronto East General Hospital - Community Outreach Services
Provides community support over the long-term; Access to housing in 2 group homes and a few apartments. Assertive Community Treatment; recreational and social groups at Eastminster Church; family support and education for relatives and/or significant others.

Toronto Western Hospital (University Health Network)

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Shelters for Men and Women

60 Richmond Street East - Emergency Facility

Heyworth House
2714 Danforth Avenue

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519 Church Street Community Centre

Friends and Advocates
3107 Bloor St. W, #201
Toronto, Ontario
Member run support for adults who are psychiatric survivors. Recreation activities daytime, evenings and weekends.

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Native Canadian Centre of Toronto
16 Spadina Road Toronto, Ontario
Social and recreational activities with an emphasis on Native culture. Languages: Cree, English, Micmac, Mohawk, Ojibway.

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Toronto Transit Commission
TTY: 416-481-2523

TTY: 416-393-4555

Get Started. Get Help. Get Supported.

Sound Times can provide different types of support for anyone with mental health, addiction, substance abuse, and justice issues that needs support in downtown Toronto. We work to build community and your ability to reach your goals from health to housing.