If you are in crisis and need help, you can call the Canada Suicide Prevention Service at 1-833-456-4566 or you can send a text to 45-645
For youth – you can contact Kids Help Phone at 1-800-668-6868 or text 686868
Canadian Mental Health Association-Middlesex [CMHA]: 24/7 Support. Offers single session, crisis counselling available for anyone experiencing a mental health or substance use crisis. If you would like to connect with a Crisis Counsellor to discuss your concerns/crisis in person, please attend the Crisis Centre which is temporarily located at 534 Queens Avenue, London, Ontario. You are welcome to come anytime that is convenient for you, no appointment required. Website: https://cmhamiddlesex.ca/ | Phone: 519-434-9191 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Support Line: a resource available for supportive listening. You can reach trained volunteers by calling 519-601-8055 or 1-844-360-8055.
- Community Wellness Programs: https://cmhamiddlesex.ca/events/
- Reach Out: a free, 24/7, confidential, bilingual mental health and addictions support and services line for people living in Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford and London. Website: https://reachout247.ca/ | Phone: 519-433-2023 or toll-free 1-866-933-2023
Wellness Together Canada: a new, free, on-line/phone mental health service set up by the Federal government. Offers 50-minute counselling sessions with a professional counsellor, by phone. You have one free session a week. This is not a crisis line. There is also a Meet & Motivate Group which meets on Zoom Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3pm for 50 minutes.
Website: https://www.wellnesstogether.ca | Tel: 1-866-585-5445, accessible 24/7 | Peer Support Line: 1-888-768-2488, 3-7pm, 7 days/week
Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/ca/therapists?search=London, Ontario
DIALECTICAL BEHAVIOUR THERAPY [DBT]:
Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive cognitive-behavioral treatment for complex, difficult-to-treat mental conditions, such as borderline personality disorder (BPD). DBT combines elements of cognitive behaviour therapy along with Eastern mindfulness practices.
In DBT, people how to handle intense emotions through various skills such as:
- Interpersonal effectiveness;
- Distress tolerance;
- Emotional regulation.
Counselling Centre of London https://www.communitycounsellinglondon.com/
PRIVATE COUNSELLING – GEARED TO INCOME:
Daya Counselling: http://dayacounselling.on.ca/
Family Service Thames Valley: https://www.familyservicethamesvalley.com/service/community-counselling/
The Counselling House http://www.thecounsellinghouse.ca/
DEALING WITH GRIEF/BEREAVEMENT:
- Ask family doctor/GP/local community health for referral to a Social Worker/Therapist/Grief Group.
- Hospices often have resources or connections because they refer or support families who have lost loved ones.
- The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) in Elgin and Middlesex have wonderful grief support groups, and I do see mention here of other branches with this service Bereavement Services | VON
- The Bereaved Families of Ontario runs programs and has a lot of connections Home | Bereaved Families of Ontario this is their main site and then if one clicks on “affiliates” there are different locations
- There is a woman named Barb Saunders here who is supposed to be wonderful. She does online sessions too from the looks of it. Grief & Loss Counselling – Healing a Hearts Loss
- The Center for Loss and Life Transition in the U.S. has great resources for reading etc. Home – Center for Loss & Life Transition I think Dr. Wolfelt is brilliant in his approach to bereavement and grief.
- I was on the “Street Team” in 2020 letting people know about the release of the book The AfterGrief by Hope Edelman. I assisted with the resources page on the website and there may be things here of interest. The book is also one I highly recommend for anyone to gain insight into grief and its effects throughout your life. Resources | The AfterGrief There is also a very supportive community on Facebook if you search for The AfterGrief Community.
- For some people, a member of the clergy to speak to is a very important part of the healing of grief.
- If someone or a member of the family has the support of an Employee and Family Assistance Program, they often have access to grief and bereavement supports.
LOSS OF A PET: