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Mental Health


Mental health is our ability to feel, think and act in ways that help us to enjoy life and deal with challenges. This page lists supports available across Halton that you and your loved ones may find helpful.

About mental health

We all have mental health, just like we all have physical health. Mental health is our ability to feel, think and act in ways that help us to enjoy life and deal with challenges.

Life involves constant ups and downs. We can never completely get rid of problems or avoid crises. However, by learning how to cope with everyday life events and make positive health choices, you can improve your chances of avoiding emotional and physical illness.

Halton Region Public Health provides information and resources on mental health issues and concerns, including:

Tips to take care of your mental health

  • Structure your daily routine: Be specific about when you will go to bed, get up, exercise, eat, shower, dress, work and clean. Keep your mind focused and busy by controlling what you can.
  • Take care of yourself: Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, practice meditation and get plenty of sleep.
  • Exercise regularly: Exercise helps the body cope with stress. Visit ParticipACTION’s online Physical Activity Resource Guide (external link) for tips on how to stay active at home.
  • Keep a daily journal: Write out thoughts and feelings—it’s an excellent way to process them.
  • Stay positive: Look for opportunities that can help you laugh and have a bit of fun. Focus your energy on positive thinking, and practice being grateful for what you have.
  • Make daily social connections: Set times for when you will phone, text, email or video chat with people you care about.
  • Seek support when you need it: Regularly reach out to loved ones or call a mental health professional in the community if you need support.

Mental health resources

If you are currently receiving mental health and addictions services and supports, please contact your service provider to learn about potential virtual care options.

If you (or someone you know) are experiencing thoughts of suicide or harming yourself, please call 911.

  • BounceBack (external link)
    A guided self-help program for adults and youth aged 15 and over, BounceBack uses workbooks with online videos and phone coaching to provide mental health supports and services.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Region Branch (CMHA) (external link)
    Supports clients and the community by phone. Call 289-291-5396 and you will be contacted by a counsellor within 24 business hours, Monday to Friday.
  • The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) (external link)
    The CAMH website has compiled list of helpful FAQs about how to take care of yourself and others during COVID-19.
  • ConnexOntario (external link)
    A mental health, addictions and problem gambling help line, ConnexOntario can connect you to local mental health and addictions services and supports. Call 1-866-531-2600.
  • COVID-19 Canada App (external link)
    The app includes accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19 stats, Government of Canada updates, as well as resources and self-check tools.
  • Distress Centre Halton (external link)
    Phone and online support for people in our community to better cope with crisis, loneliness and emotional stress. Oakville: 905-849-4541; Burlington : 905-681-1488; Halton Hills: 905-877-1211.
  • Internet-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (iCBT)
    Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) is a practical, short-term program delivered online. It helps people develop skills and strategies to address symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression. It can also help people cope with situations related to COVID-19, such as isolation, caring for family and community members, information overload and stress. To learn more or get services, visit:
  • Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support
    Online portal includes free tools, apps and connections to trained volunteers and mental health professionals, educational resources and immediate support crisis lines.
  • STRIDE Employment Services (external link)
    A specialized mental health and addiction agency serving Halton and Peel regions and surrounding areas. Services include assisting individuals in gaining and maintaining meaningful employment through individualized programs, resources, and connections to supportive employers in our community.


  • Good2Talk (external link)
    Free, confidential support service for post-secondary students that provides counselling, information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being.
  • HaltonParents
    Whether you are pregnant or already a parent, you can connect with HaltonParents team of public health nurses by phone, email or social media. .

Tip sheets

If you are a health care worker impacted by stress related to COVID-19, support is available to help you cope. This support includes resources you can access on your own, with a group of peers or with a clinician.

Self-led support

Find resources, tips and ideas (external link) to help you maintain your mental wellness and cope with stress.

Get support with peers

Participate in an online session with peers to learn about building resilience and maintaining wellness through lectures and case-based discussions.

These resources are available in English only.

Talk to a clinician

If you are a frontline health care worker and would like confidential support from a clinician, including iCBT supports, contact: