Mental health can be at risk during stressful times such as dealing with a reduction in income. Below are resources to help you cope with stress, depression, drug/alcohol addiction, gambling addiction, and domestic violence.

If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide – call 911, go to your nearest hospital, contact your doctor or call Telehealth Ontario at (866) 797-0000.

Overall strategies for mental health during the crisis:

The Government of Ontario website recently updated its section on Mental Health to include the following services:

If you are in distress or experiencing a mental health crisis, you can get support over the phone by calling:

  • Gerstein Crisis Centre: 416-929-5200
  • Toronto Distress Centre (24/7): 416-408-4357 or text 741741 (2am-2pm daily)

The Assaulted Women’s Helpline (AWHL) and the Senior Safety Line (SSL) deliver 24/7 crisis counselling for women and seniors in the province of Ontario.

  • GTA: 416-863-0511
  • GTA TTY: 416-364-8762
  • TOLL-FREE: 1-866-863-0511
  • TOLL FREE TTY: 1-8666-863-7868
  • #SAFE (#7233) on your Bell, Rogers, Fido or Telus Mobile

Senior Safety Line

TOLL-FREE:  1-866-299-1011


A database on community mental health programs and resources can be found at:

If you are in need of emergency shelter, please contact Central Intake:


For People 65+ Years Old Crisis Outreach Service for Seniors (9:00am-5:00pm daily): 416-217-2077

Toronto Public Health’s website is updated regularly as new information becomes available to help keep residents informed about COVID-19. Visit or call 416-338-7600.

Overall strategies for mental health during the crisis: