Taking Care of Your Mental Health

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If you need immediate help call 9-1-1.

If you or someone you know are in crisis call:

  • COAST at 905-972-8338
  • KIDS HELP PHONE at 1-800-668-6868

Non-crisis mental health supports:

  • Canadian Mental Health Association Hamilton (over 18): 905-521-0090
  • Contact Hamilton (under 18): 905-570-8888
  • Indigenous Call Centre (Hamilton): (905) 549-4884


In these uncertain times feelings of concern, stress, and anxiety are normal. Take one step at a time and try these positive coping tips. Reach out if you need help.

Take it one step at a time

It is okay to take breaks from what you are doing. Allow yourself to slow down.

  • Take a deep breath
  • Imagine yourself in a peaceful place
  • Think about something that makes you happy
  • Laugh
  • Enjoy fresh air, get outside, go for a walk

Check-in with yourself

Allow yourself to stop and think about how you are feeling. Some questions to ask yourself are:

  • How am I feeling?
  • Do I feel like myself?
  • Am I taking care of myself?
  • Am I feeling easily frustrated?
  • Am I staying connected with others?

If you feel you may need some extra help, scroll down this page for a list of free mental health resources and supports. Positive coping strategies can also help you take care of your mental health. Try these tips below.

Take care of yourself

Take one step at a time. Small steps can make a difference. Breaking things down into smaller pieces can help.

  • Think about the small things you have done and take pride
  • Journal your thoughts and feelings
  • Unplug from social media
  • Protect yourself by following Public Health advice
  • Ask for help if needed

Support your mental, emotional, and physical health

  • Be kind to yourself
  • Create a routine
  • Move your body
  • Get outside
  • Get rest and sleep
  • Avoid using alcohol or other substances to relieve stress

Mental Health Resources and Supports

The challenges you face are often experienced differently depending on our social identities such as race, Indigenous identity, age, work status, gender identity, sexual orientation and disability.

Resources to support you and your loved ones to cope during COVID-19:

  • BounceBack: 1-866-345-0224. Free program that provides guided mental health self-help supports for those above age 15 using workbooks, online videos and phone coaching.
  • ConnexOntario: 1-866-531-2600. Mental health, addictions and problem gambling support for adults and frontline workers.
  • COAST: 905-972-8338. Mental health support for those in crisis.
  • Barrett Centre for Crisis Support: 905-529-7878 or toll-free 1-844-777-3571. 24 hour mental health crisis line.
  • Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT) available through MindBeacon or Morneau Shepell: free online cognitive behavioural therapy to develop skills and strategies to address symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression, and help cope with situations related to COVID-19, such as isolation, pressure caring for family and community members, information overload and stress. Online support by a therapist.
  • Big White Wall: an anonymous online community where members can support each other 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Wellness Together Canada portal: free online resources, tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and qualified mental health professionals
  • Mental Health Services in Hamilton: listing of mental health services and supports in Hamilton.

If you have concerns about the safety or well-being of a child or youth under 18 years old or if your family is in need of support contact:

  • Catholic Children’s Aid Society Of Hamilton: Phone 905-525-2012
  • Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton :Phone 905-522-1121
  • Emergency After-Hours: Phone 905-522-8053
  • For services in French (8:30 am to 4:30 pm): Phone 1-855-550-3571

View more information and resources for children and youth mental health during COVID-19

  • Indigenous Call Centre:  905-549-4884, ext 416. Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg culturally safe call centre that connects Indigenous residents in Hamilton to resources such as food supports and mental health supports.
  • De Dwa Da Dehs Nye>S / Aboriginal Health Centre: 905-544-4320 ext. 215. Mental wellness services by phone that are culturally appropriate and culturally safe for members of the urban Indigenous community.  
  • Hope for Wellness Helpline: 1-855-242-3310. Immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention for Indigenous peoples by calling or using live web chat.
  • Talk 4 Healing: 1-855-554-4325. 24/7 support and resources for Indigenous women in 14 languages by calling or texting.
  • Mental Health & Wellness Tips: The Assembly of First Nations resources and tips for mental health and wellness during COVID-19.
  • LGBT Youth Line: peer support to LGBT youth, age 29 and under. Text and online chat.
  • Mental Health Support Services: free confidential support for healthcare workers including online Cognitive Behavioural Therapy provided by St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton by phone, virtual face-to-face care or online discussion groups.
  • Supports For Long-Term Care Workers: resources on health and well-being.
  • CAMH:  tips and ideas to maintain your mental wellness and cope with stress.
  • ECHO Coping with COVID: online peer sessions for health care providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, presentations and resources.
  • ECHO Care of the Elderly for LTC: online peer sessions for those working in long-term care settings, presentations and resources.

Call 9-1-1 if you need help right away and are in danger.

  • Hamilton Interval House - Crisis Line: 905-387-8881. 24/7 crisis line for women experiencing domestic violence.
  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline: 1-866-863-0511. 24/7 crisis counselling, support and referrals via phone for women in up to 200 languages. Anonymous and confidential.
  • Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton Area: 905-525-4162. 24/7 support line for those 16 years of age or older of all genders who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lives.
  • Woman Abuse Working Group Hamilton: safety planning and support services for women experiencing violence.  
  • Seniors Safety Line: 1-866-299-1011. 24/7 confidential referrals for seniors suffering abuse.
  • Canadian Women's Foundation: learn how to safely check on a person if you suspect they are experiencing violence.  This video shows "the signal for help" hand movement for those who suffer from domestic or family violence to let others know they need help during video chats/calls.

  • ConnexOntario: 1-866-531-2600. Mental health, addictions and problem gambling support for adults.
  • COVID-19 and Opioid Overdose Response: precautions for responding to an opioid overdose in the community during COVID-19.
  • Alternatives for Youth: 905-527-4469. Substance use and addiction treatment services for youth and their families by phone.
  • Alcohol, Drugs, and Gambling Services Hamilton: 905-546-3606 for information, counselling and programs on alcohol, drugs and gambling. Alcohol and drug programs are for people age 23 + and gambling program for those age 12+. Family and friends can also call for information and support.

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