Mental Health Resources
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Congenital heart disease affects over 257,000 Canadians. Many experience mental health issues living with their CHD.
CCHA conducted a Mental Health survey* in October of 2020. We received 66 responses from across Canada.
88% of adults living with #CHD have experienced mental health challenges at some point.
75% of those living with CHD have discussed mental health concerns with a healthcare professional. Only 41% have been referred for mental health services by those same providers or another healthcare provider?
46% of those living with CHD don’t feel like their mental health has been addressed as a priority by their health care providers.
Currently there are no programs to address CHD-related anxiety and depression and only 1 dedicated CHD psychologist in Canada.
CCHA continues to advocate for mental health resources and support for those living with CHD. The resources provided below are to provide support and assistance with mental health issues.
Ressources en santé mentale
Les cardiopathies congénitales touchent plus de 257 000 Canadiens. Beaucoup ont des problèmes de santé mentale en vivant avec leurs malformations cardiaques.
L'ACCC a mené une enquête sur la santé mentale * en octobre 2020. Nous avons reçu 66 réponses de partout au Canada.
88% des adultes vivant avec #CHD ont connu des problèmes de santé mentale à un moment donné.
75% des personnes atteintes de cardiopathies congénitales ont discuté de problèmes de santé mentale avec un professionnel de la santé. Seulement 41% ont été référés pour des services de santé mentale par ces mêmes prestataires ou un autre professionnel de la santé?
46% des personnes atteintes de cardiopathies congénitales n’ont pas le sentiment que leur santé mentale a été traitée en priorité par leurs fournisseurs de soins de santé.
À l'heure actuelle, il n'existe aucun programme pour traiter l'anxiété et la dépression liée aux cardiopathies congénitales et seulement 1 psychologue spécialisé dans les cardiopathies congénitales au Canada.
CCHA continue de plaider en faveur des ressources et du soutien en santé mentale pour les personnes atteintes de cardiopathie congénitale. Les ressources fournies ci-dessous visent à fournir un soutien et une assistance pour les problèmes de santé mentale.
The association’s mission is to promote awareness of anxiety disorders and support access to proven resources and treatment. Resources for all ages.
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Mental health for all. Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada.
We’re here to listen to you, support you, and guide you in the right direction.
1-833-456-4566 or text 45645
Connecting local distress centre professionals together as a virtual national suicide helpline. If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, the Canada Suicide Prevention Service is available 24/7 for voice and 4pm to 12am ET for text.
Mental Health Commission of Canada
We are part of several initiatives, undertaken with other health-care organizations across Canada, that seek to increase access to high-quality mental health services.
Mood Disorders Society or Canada
The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) has evolved to become one of Canada’s best-connected mental health NGOs with a demonstrated track record for forging and maintaining meaningful and sustained partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors throughout Canada.
Our online lifeline and extensive web resource at www.yourlifecounts.org runs in parallel with our offline community outreach and support services. Find support numbers to crisis lines and distress centers in your Country and state/Province.
Call 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868 Phone | Text | Chat | Messenger.
Available 24 hours a day to Canadians aged 5 to 29 who want confidential and anonymous care from professional counsellors.
Good2Talk provides confidential support services for post-secondary students in Ontario and Nova Scotia.
Wellness & Emotional Support for youth online:
To provide wellness and emotional support for youth through online professional counselling in a safe, secure, and confidential manner.
YMHC: Youth Mental Health Canada
To provide youth mental health and wellness education through our tool kit of resources and aids. To support students, parents/families and educators in promoting mental wellness. To increase students’ sources of strength, awareness, resilience and support.
Developed by the BC Children's Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre and BC Children's Centre for Mindfulness, along with young people, this free app provides ways to get started with mindfulness.
Call 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or online chat. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. Experienced and culturally sensitive help line counsellors can help if you want to talk or are distressed.
Apps and Resources
Free mindfulness based resources
Free University ofToronto course on managing anxiety: https://www.coursera.org/learn/manage-health-covid-19
Community and Peer Support
Online chat group for people struggling with anxiety
A community dedicated to your well-being where you can exchange with our network of professionals and others like you.
TogetherAll (formerly Big White Wall)
An online peer-to-peer support community for your mental health
Through social media we offer open and closed forums to learn, chat, grow, and ask questions in a safe environment.
Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts
Joining Mended Hearts connects you instantly to patients and caregivers just like you who understand the needs of cardiovascular disease patients. The Mended Hearts program provide counselling and emotional support at the hospital bedside, one-to-one support after discharge, plus a variety of helpful support group meetings, educational materials, online events and social activities.
Social support from people with similar diseases or experiences from CHD to Emotional Wellbeing and others.
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT BY PROVINCE
Canadian Mental Health Association - Alberta Division
Suicide Information and Education Services
Psychologists Association of Alberta - Find a Psychologist
Guided workbook to manage anxiety – requires referral on website (see attached, can be GP or self)
Canadian Mental Health Association - British Columbia Division
Greater Vancouver Area:
Howe Sunshine & Sunshine Coast:
604-675-2551 or 1-866-884-0888
B.C. Psychological Association - Find a Psychologist
Manitoba Suicide Prevention Line "Reason to Live"
Canadian Mental Health Association - Manitoba Division
Mental Health Education Resource Centre of Manitoba
Manitoba Psychological Society - Find a Psychologist
Canadian Mental Health Association - New Brunswick Division
College of Psychologists of N.B. - Find a Psychologist
Newfoundland and Labrador
Canadian Mental Health Association - Newfoundland and Labrador Division
Mental Health and Addictions Services triage line
Association of Psychology in Newfoundland and Labrador - Find a Psychologist
Northwest Territories Help Line
Department of Health and Social Services
Mental Health Mobile Crisis Line
Canadian Mental Health Association - Nova Scotia Division
Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia - Find a Psychologist
Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line
Guided workbook to manage anxiety – requires referral on website (can be GP or self)
1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868
In Ottawa: 613-722-6914
In the larger Ottawa area: 1-866-996-0991
ONTX Ontario Online & Text Crisis Service
District and Crisis Ontario Helplines
ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness or gambling by connecting them with services in their area.
Ontario Psychological Association - Find a Psychologist
Canadian Mental Health Association - Ontario Division
Counseling and Crisis Resources
416-408-4357 or text 45645
Prince Edward Island
Canadian Mental Health Association - Prince Edward Island Division
Psychological Association of Prince Edward Island - Find a Psychologist
Centre de Prevention du Suicide de Quebec
AMI-Quebec – FR
AMI-Quebec – EN
514-486-1448 1-877-303-0264 outside Montreal
Association Québécoise pour les Parents et Amis de la Personne Atteinte de Maladie Mentale – Montréal
Centre de Prevention du Suicide du Haut-Richelieu
Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service
Canadian Mental Health Association - Saskatchewan Division
Psychology Association of Saskatchewan - Find a Psychologist
Yukon Crisis Line
Yukon Health and Social Services
1-866-456-3838 (area code 867)
Mood Disorders Society of Canada - Yukon Division
Canadian Mental Health Association - Yukon
1-867-668-6429 – to book appointment
Reach Out Support Line
*The mental health survey was conducted in partnership with MacEwan Univeristy NURS 424 students in October 2020.
Thanks to Barb Bailey NP and Peter Munk Cardiac Centre for assistance with resources. Thanks to Reina Arnold of Centennial College for researching mental health resources across Canada. Students from MacEwan and Centennial were through virtual internships with Riipen available through an RBC Future Launch program grant.
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