*This video was produced prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some images may not depict current social distancing measures.*
Mental health – how we think, feel and behave – is an important part of overall health. As a newcomer to Canada, you can get tips on how you can improve your own mental health, such as eating well and being active. You can also ask for help and support from family, friends, community groups and settlement service providers.
To find a settlement service provider organization near you, visit https://www.canada.ca/newcomer-services.
If you think you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, please
• contact your doctor
• go to your nearest hospital
• call a local crisis line
• find resources at your local service provider organization
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911 or go to your nearest hospital.
Children aged 5 or more and young adults up to 29 years of age can call the Kids Help Phone and get confidential care from professional counsellors any time, day or night, for free at 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868.
Newcomer youth can also access resources here: https://kidshelpphone.ca/topic/identity/newcomers.
If you are thinking of suicide, or think someone else may be, there is help. Call the Canada Suicide Prevention Service any time, day or night, for free at 1-833-456-4566 (in Quebec: 1-866-277-3553) or visit https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca.
Get connected to mental health and substance use support, resources, and counselling with a mental health professional by visiting Wellness Together Canada – https://ca.portal.gs/?lang=en-ca.