Mental Health

Your mental health is vitally important to your overall sense of wellbeing. Being mentally healthy means you will have better coping skills in times of difficulty. You will have improved self esteem and feel more confident in your abilities. You will bounce back more quickly after a negative event, and regain control of your life.

Particularly during times of stress, it is important to do simple things to care for your mental health. This can include taking part in an activity that you love, walking in nature, doing something that makes you laugh, or just putting away the screens and taking a few deep breaths with your eyes closed.

At times, it may become apparent that your mental health has reached a critical point. Do not be afraid to ask for help. There are many solutions out there and you do not need to suffer on your own.

The Government of Canada and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health announced the launch of the 9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline across the country.
This easy-to-remember number will connect anyone in Canada to free 24/7 suicide prevention support by phone calls and text.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, please call or text 9-8-8 for judgement-free suicide prevention support. You are not alone. Learn more: https://ow.ly/uchE50QcRIa

Find mental health and addiction support throughout Brantford-Brant. Access the free supports and resources listed below: 

 

Canped – Understanding Eating Disorders in Youth An Ontario regional eating disorder program.  The program provides free online multi-module video based learning program: “Understanding Eating Disorders in Youth for parents and care providers.”

 

www.canped.ca

 

National Eating Disorder Information Center (NEDIC) NEDIC is a Canadian organization providing free online information, referrals, and supports to people in Canada affected by eating disorders.

 

www.nedic.ca
National Initiative for Eating Disorders (NIED) NIED is a Canadian organization providing support to individuals with an eating disorder and their caregivers, by developing and sharing educational resources.

 

www.nied.ca
Ontario Dieticians in

Public Health (ODPH)

 

The ODPH is the independent and official voice of Registered Dieticians working in public health. It provides free resources. www.odph.ca

 

Ellyn Satter Institute Ellyn Satter is an internationally recognized authority on eating and feeding. She created the Satter Feeding Dynamics Model and the Satter Eating Competence Model. Satter  is active in research and testing the models, as well as helping professional and parents apply them. Eat and feed with joy (ellynsatterinstitute.org)
Ontario Community Outreach Program for Eating Disorders A new layer of service provision is being added to Ontario’s existing system of eating disorder care. With funding from the Ministry of Health, Eating Disorders: Promotion, Prevention and Early Intervention (ED: PPEI) will build local capacity for the delivery of evidence-based promotion, prevention, and early intervention for eating disorders. ED-PPEI (ocoped.ca)

 

Ministry of Health Ontario

–       Guide Booklet

Eating Disorders: A guide for people with an eating disorder (hqontario.ca)

 

PDF resources – print for FREE

A guide for people living with an eating disorder.

Ministry of Health Ontario

–       Guide Booklet

Eating Disorders: A guide for caregivers of people with an eating disorder (hqontario.ca)

 

PDF resource– print for FREE

A guide for caregivers of people living with an eating disorder

Ministry of Health Ontario

–       Directory of Services

Jan 2023 Eating Disorders Ontario – List of Treatment Programs (ocoped.ca) PDF eesource – printfor free

To find and access providers and services for eating disorders in Ontario.

NEDIC

National Eating Disorder Institute of Canada

NEDIC | find a provider

 

Provides a comprehensive listing of health care providers and services for eating disorders in Canada.
NEDIC

National Eating Disorder Institute of Canada

 

NEDIC | Community Groups A directory of all provincial programs available to access supports and services.
NIED

National Information for Eating Disorders

 

NIED-Safety-Crisis-Readiness-Caregivers-Tool_FINAL.pdf

 

PDF free resource for care providers and parents in an emergent or urgent health care situations.

– What to do tool kit and fact sheets.

 

Sheena’s Place www.sheenasplace.ca

 

Sheena’s Place is located in Toronto, Ont., offers group-based support to people aged 17and over affected by an eating disorder or disordered eating.
Organization
Description
Contact Information 
A Friendly Voice A program for seniors who may be feeling lonely or isolated.  Note: the program is not a counselling service, crisis line or referral service. PH: 1-855-892-9992
Contact Brant 

643 Park Road North,
Brantford, ON, N3T 5L8
​Contact Brant is the first place to contact to get services for children and youth

with emotional, behavioural or developmental concerns. We help you navigate
and connect to community services, understand available resources and receive
coordinated supports.

PH: 519-758-8228
Toll Free:1-877-613-3422
Alzheimer Society of Brant
25 Bell Lane, Suite 100
Brantford, ON
N3T 1E1
A local agency that delivers health promotion, advocacy and support services to people with dementia, those at greatest risk of developing dementia, and their caregivers. PH: (519) 759-7692
Email: info@alzbrant.ca
Website: www.alzhn.ca 
BGC Brantford
Boys & Girls Club Brantford
2 Edge St. Brantford, ON L3T 6H1
A local organization providing a wide variety of programs for children 16 months – 18 yrs. PH: (519) 752-2964
Website:  www.bgcbrant.ca
Canadian Mental Health Association
44 King Street, Suite 203
Brantford, ON
N3T 3C7
A local agency targeted at adults with mental illness and their families.  Provides case management, supported housing, court support & diversion, social/recreational programs, family education and support, mental health promotion and prevention PH: (519) 752-2998
Email:  mail@cmhabrant.on.ca
Website:  www.brant.cmha.ca
 
Early ON
30 Bell Lane,
Brantford, ON N3T 0CT
A provincial agency and community center that provides free early childhood educational programs to parents and caregivers from birth up to 6 years. PH: (519) 759-3833
Email: See website for e-mail access
Website: www.brantford.ca
Hope for Wellness Helpline Mental health counselling and crisis support for indigenous peoples across Canada. PH: 1-855-242-3310
Lansdowne Children Center
39 Mt. Pleasant
Brantford, ON
N3T 1S7
A local agency that provides families and caregivers with direct services and programs to families with children who have developmental delays and or other health challenges up to 18 years of age PH: (519) 753-3155
Email:info@lansdownecc.ca
Website:www.lansdownecentre.ca
Nova Vita Women’s Shelter
59 North Park
Brantford, ON N3R 4J8
A local agency that provides homeless and/or abused women and their children with a safe space. Clients can access programs and counselling services. PH: (519) 752-1005
Email:info@novavita.org
Website:www.novavita.org
Rosewood House
42 Nelson St.
Brantford, ON N3T 2M8
 
Rosewood is dedicated to providing quality shelter services to the homeless as well as developing programs to assist people in overcoming the root causes of their homelessness. PH: (519) 750-1547
Website: www.rosewoodhouse.on.ca
St. Leonard’s Addictions and Mental Health
P.O. Box 638
133 Elgin Street,
Brantford, ON N3T 5P9
A local agency that provides 24//7 Crises response and free counselling to clients with addictions and related mental health concerns. Crises 24/7    PH: 519-759-8830
Email: info@st-leonards.com
Website: www.st-leonards.com
St. Joseph’s Healthcare
99 Wayne Gretzky Parkway
Brantford, ON
L8N 3K7
 
Regional service to assist family, community, and long-term care providers in the continuing care of older adults with complex cognitive, emotional, and behavioural disorders. PH: (519) 752-3636
905-522-1155 ext. 36396
Website: www.stjosham.on.ca
The Grand River Council on Aging (GRCOA)
363 Colborne Street
Brantford, ON
N3S 3N2
 
 
A registered charitable non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging an “age-friendly community” for all residents.  The GRCOA supports the social participation and inclusion of seniors through education and activities for successful and healthy aging. PH: 519-754-0777 ext. 438
Email: info@grcoa.ca
Website: www.grcoa.ca
 
Woodview Mental Health & Autism Services
643 Park Road North,
Brantford, ON N3T 5L8
A local agency that provides mental health direct services and programs to families of children up to age 18 years. PH: (519) 751-0671
Email:general@woodview.ca
Website: www.woodview.ca
WHYNOT Youth Center
368 Coulbourne St.
Brantford, ON N3S 3N3
A local non-government youth center providing mental health supports, meals, food and a safe non-judgmental environment. PH: (519) 759-2221
Email:info@whynotyouthcenters.com
Website: www.whynotyouthcenters.com

 

​Organization
​Description
​Website
9-8-8 National Suicide Crisis Helpline
The Government of Canada and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health announced the launch of the 9-8-8: Suicide Crisis Helpline across the country.
This easy-to-remember number will connect anyone in Canada to free 24/7 suicide prevention support by phone calls and text.
www.988.ca
​Best Start ​Best Start is a provincial agency that provides free maternal newborn and early child development education, resources, programs and supports for parents, caregivers and educators about child health care, and mental health. www.beststart.org
​British Columbia Center for Disease Control ​The BCCDC provides provincial and national leadership in disease surveillance, detection, treatment, prevention and consultation. The Center also provides mental health and substance use educational resources. www.bccdc.ca
​Canadian Center for Child Protection ​CCCP is a national organization that provides free evidenced based information, programs and resources focused on legal child protection, prevention of child exploitation, physical and mental mal-treatment issues to protect and support children 0- 18 years.  Provides mental health supports and information for children of trauma. www.protectchildren.ca
​Center for Addictions and Mental Health ​CAMH is a national organization dedicated to providing educational resources and services for treatment of addictions and related mental health issues. www.camh.ca
​Canadian Mental Health Association ​CMHA is a national organization that promotes mental health and supports people recovering from mental illness. It provides direct client services, and on-line education and support services at the local, provincial and national level. www.cmha.ca
​Canadian Center on Substance Use ​CCSA is a national organization providing resources on the spectrum of substances. It provides up to date evidenced based research and information to professionals and families. www.ccsa.ca
​Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange (CATIE) ​CATIE provides up-to-date information about HIV and hepatitis C. It offers people living with HIV or hepatitis C, at-risk communities, healthcare providers and community organizations the knowledge, resources, and expertise to reduce transmission and improve quality of life. www.catie.ca
​Crises Service Canada ​Crisis Services Canada (CSC) is a national network of existing distress, crisis, and suicide prevention line services. The network provides support and resources to any person living in Canada who is affected by suicide, in the most caring and least intrusive manner possible. www.crisisservicescanada.ca
​Connex Ontario ​Connex Ontario is a provincial government 24/7 call center for confidential one point access to all provincial mental health and addictions services and supports. www.connexontario.ca
​Drug Free Kids Canada ​DFK Canada is a National Program providing best practice drug use prevention resources and tools to engage, empower and educate parents to prevent problematic substance use disorders. www.drugfreekidscanada.org
​eMentalHealth.ca ​eMentalHealth.ca is a non-profit initiative of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario dedicated to improving the mental health of children, youth, and families. It provides a directory of over 1,200 mental health organizations and services containing relevant focused populations information and across the life span., over 130 topic specific info sheets, 45 Screening tools, information about mental health events and other free available resources for public and health care professionals in both official languages. www.ementalhealth.ca
​Health Canada Mental Health ​Health Canada is a federal government institution responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health. Its website provides access to free education resources, research, statistics, and directory of crises contact information in Canada. www.canada.ca/en/health-canada
​Knowledge Institute on Child Youth Mental Health and Addictions ​The Knowledge Institute on Child Youth Mental Health and Addictions is a provincial organization that provides free evidenced based resources, educational materials and programs for youth and young adults from 10 to 25 years old. www.cymh.ca
​Mental Health Ontario Prenatal Education ​A provincial government organization that provides pre- and post-natal mental health education, strategies, and links to supports for clients. ontarioprenataleducation.ca
​Mental Health Commission of Canada ​The MHCC is a national organization that offers mental health programs, trainings, and tools to support the mental health and wellness of Canadians in both personal life and in workplaces. www.mentalhealthcommission.ca
​Ontario Harm Reduction Network ​The OHRN is funded by Ontario Ministry of Health and provides training, networking opportunities and consultations to harm reduction service providers and agencies from across Ontario. Its website contains information and research regarding substance use harm reduction strategies. www.ohrn.org
​Ontario Physical Health and Education Association ​OPHEA is a provincial agency providing educators, parents and caregivers with free mental health resources and tools. www.ophea.net
​Physical Health and Education Canada ​PHE Canada is a national organization focusing on healthy growth and development of children ages JK – 12. It provides free activities and resources to foster positive mental health and well-being. www.phecanada.ca
​Substance Use and Resource Exchange ​SURE provides evidenced based tools and resources to help communities develop and implement initiatives to address substance use as well as to protect and promote the health and safety of people who use substances. www.substanceuse.ca
​The Mothers Program ​A website providing medical, education and other information and resources to women who are contemplating pregnancy, are pregnant or are new mothers. www.themothersprogram.ca
​The Psychology Foundation of Canada ​PFC is a national mental health organization that provides free evidenced based resources, programs and information for families and workplaces. www.psychologyfoundation.org
​Organization 
​Description 
Contact Information
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration SAMHSA is an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that provides evidence-based resources, programs and information on substance use and mental health. www.samhsa.gov
World Health Organization WHO is a global organization that offers free resources and publications on mental health. www.who.int/health-topics/mental-health
World Federation of Mental Health WFMH is a worldwide organization that aims to promote mental health, prevent mental health disorders, and improve treatment and recover of people with mental health disorders. It offers virtual courses, publications and other resources pertaining to mental health. www.wfmh.global

January

​Bell Let’s Talk Day ​January 24, 2024
​Alzheimer Awareness Month ​January



February

Psychology Month ​February
Pink Shirt Day ​February 28, 2024
Random Acts of Kindness Week ​February 14-20, 2024

March

​Brain Awareness Week ​March 11-17, 2024

April

​World Health Day ​April 7, 2024
International Day of Pink​ ​April 10, 2024
​National Caregivers Day ​April 5, 2024
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May

​National Child and Youth Mental Health Day ​May 7, 2024
International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia ​May 17, 2024
​Mental Health Week ​May 6-10, 2024
​World Schizophrenia and Psychosis Day ​May 24, 2024
World No Tobacco Day ​May 31, 2024

June​ ​ ​ ​
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​World Elder Abuse Awareness Day ​June 15, 2024
​Seniors Month in Ontario ​June
​Brain Injury Awareness Month ​June
​National Indigenous History Month ​June
​Action Anxiety Day ​June 10, 2024
​International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking ​June 26, 2024
​PTSD Awareness Day ​June 27, 2024

July

​International Self-Care Day ​July 24, 2024


August

International Youth Day​ ​August 12, 2024
International Overdose Awareness Day ​August 31, 2024

September
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​World First Aid Day ​​September 9, 2024
​World Suicide Prevention Day ​​September 10, 2024
​National Day for Truth and Reconciliation ​September 30, 2024

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October

Mental Illness Awareness Week​ ​October 6-12, 2024
​National Seniors Day ​October 1, 2024
​World Mental Health Day ​October 10, 2024
​Dress Purple Day for Child Abuse Prevention Awareness ​October 19, 2024
​Child Abuse Prevention Month ​October

November

​National Child Day ​November 20, 2024
​Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week ​November 18-22, 2024
​National Addiction Awareness Week ​November 17-23, 2024

December

​​International Day of Persons with Disabilities ​December 2, 2024
​Anti-Bullying Day December 17, 2024