Lifelong Learning for a Brighter World

two women seated parallel, one is taking notes and the other is talking two women seated parallel, one is taking notes and the other is talking

Mental Health Resources

Available community services

Find organizations that offer mental health support and resources

During this time of uncertainty many of us need a little help when it comes to our mental health.

Some of these resources will be applicable only to full-time students, others are specific to the Hamilton region. Many resources, however, can be accessed from anywhere in Canada and include toll free numbers and/or emails to make connections with a service or support. Please find below a list of available resources:

  • Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office - for all students, staff, & faculty
    Provides services including sexual violence and support (online / phone services available)
    Visit to learn more.​

    Employee and Family Assistance Program - McMaster employees
    24 hour counselling services through Homewood Health provided by Human Resources Services
    Call 1-800-663-1142 or click here.​​
  • Black Youth Helpline
    Serves all youth and specifically responds to the need for a Black youth specific service - offers multicultural youth helpline & services.
    Call 1-833-294-8650 or visit

    De dwa da dehs nye>s (Aboriginal Health Centre)

    Provides programming in 7 areas, Health Care (Doctors, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals), Health
    Promotion, Our Health Counts, Advocacy Services, Children’s Programs, Mental Health Programming and Traditional Healing to the Indigenous community of Hamilton, Brantford & Niagara.
    Visit to learn more.

    Healing in Colour
    A directory of BIPOC therapists who are committed to supporting BIPOC in all our intersections. By helping to connect the community in this way, we aim to revitalize a legacy of healing, liberation work and resiliency practices that have been lost/taken.
    Visit to learn more.

    Hope for Wellness (Indigenous Hotline)
    Offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.
    Call 1-855-242-3310 or visit

    Talk 4 Healing
    Indigenous women can get help, support and resources seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with services in 14 languages.
    Call 1-855-554-4325.​
  • Trans Lifeline
    A trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.
    Visit to learn more.

    Rainbow Health Ontario Service Provider Directory
    Designed to help you find health and social service providers who have expressed a commitment to providing competent and welcoming care to LGBT2SQ people in Ontario.
    Visit to learn more.

    Speqtrum Hamilton
    This site is intended for members of Hamilton’s LGBTQ+ community, families and friends. It showcases important resources for community support with information about faith, health, law, and parenting for queer youth and families.
    Visit to learn more.

    LGBT Youth
    Offers confidential and non-judgemental & informed LGBTTQQSI peer support through text, chat and email services. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
    Text 647-694-4275, visit or email​

  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline
    Free, anonymous and confidential telephone and TTY crisis telephone line to all women in the province of Ontario who have experienced any form of abuse - crisis counselling, safety planning, emotional support, information and referrals accessible 24/7/365.
    Call 1-866-863-0511.

    Flamborough Women’s Resource Centre
    Provides emergency shelter, safety planning and support services for women with or without children that have experienced abuse or violence in Hamilton.
    Email or call 289-895-8580.

    Hamilton Interval House
    Provides a safe place, support for abused women with or without children, community outreach services and practice-based research in our shared quest for freedom from violence.
    Call their 24-hour crisis line at 905-387-8881.

    Martha House
    A secure and accessible, 40-bed emergency shelter for women and their children who are homeless and fleeing violence and abuse.
    Call their 24-hour crisis line at 905-523-6277 or visit

    Women’s Centre of Hamilton
    Offers individual counselling, employment counselling and peer support programming.
    Email them at or call 905-522-0127.

    Talk 4 Healing
    Indigenous women can get help, support and resources seven days a week, 24 hours a day, with services in 14 languages.
    Call 1-855-554-4325​.

  • Barrett Centre for Crisis Support
    Provides a safe environment in the community and responds to the needs of individuals, 16 years of age or older, who experience a mental health crisis and do not require a hospital stay - confidential and free services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
    Call 1-844-777-3571.

    Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST)
    A program of St. Joseph’s Healthcare and serves the residents of the City of Hamilton who have serious mental health issues or in crisis. A mental health worker will respond to a call on the COAST crisis line and they will determine whether to respond with phone support or a mobile team visit.
    Call 905-972-8338 or visit

    Hope for Wellness (Indigenous Hotline)
    Offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.
    Call 1-855-242-3310 or visit​​

  • Alcohol, Drug & Gambling Services (ADGS)
    Provides information, counselling and programs (telephone counselling available)
    Call 905-546-3606 or click here.

    Neighbour to Neighbour
    Access to emergency food back, educational and family supports in the Hamilton area
    Visit to learn more.

    Good Shepherd Family Centre
    Offers temporary emergency accommodation and residential support to families who are experiencing homelessness.
    Call 905-528-9442 or visit

    Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton and Area (SACHA)
    Provides free, non-judgmental services based on the belief that survivors are the experts of their own experiences. They have a 24 hour support line, counselling and advocacy services, outreach, and public education programs.
    Call 905-525-4162 or visit

    Youth Wellness Centre - operated by St. Joseph's Healthcare
    This is a safe, accessible environment for young people age 17 to 25 to receive expert care for mental health and addictions issues.
    Call 905-522-1155 ext. 31725 or click here.

    Bounceback Ontario
    A free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental  wellness.
    Call 1-866-345-0224 or visit

    Provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness and/or gambling - 24/7 confidential and free.
    Call 1-866-531-2600 or visit

    Provides confidential, over the phone support services for post-secondary students in Ontario.
    Call 1-866-925-5454 or visit

    Mind Your Mind
    Exists in the space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. They work with community partners and young people aged 14 to 29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.
    Visit to learn more.

Are you in crisis?

If you are:

  • Feeling desperate and hopeless
  • Worried you might hurt yourself or someone else, or are having
    suicidal thoughts
  • Alone with no one to talk to

If you have:

  • Made a plan
  • The means to hurt yourself or someone else (e.g., pills or a weapon)
  • Attempted suicide or hurt yourself before

Please get help immediately, either:

  • Call 911
  • Go to the nearest Emergency Hospital
  • Call the local Emergency Response Service