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Free Telephone Counseling Hotlines in Canada


National Suicide & Crisis Lines

  • Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS)

    1 (833) 456 4566The new Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) enables callers anywhere in Canada to access crisis support using the technology of their choice (phone, text or chat), in French or English
  • Kids Help Phone

    1 (800) 668 6868Kids Help Phone is Canada's only national 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, web counselling and referral service for children and youth. Our service is completely anonymous and confidential.
  • First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness

    1 (855) 242 331024/7 Help Line for those who are thinking about committing suicide.
  • Canadian Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line

    1 (866) 925 4419A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former Residential School students. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling 24-Hour National Crisis Lin
  • Trans LifeLine

    1 (877) 330 6366non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have
  • Ontario Mental Healthline

    1 (866) 531 2600The Mental Health Helpine provides free information about mental health services in Ontario
  • Toronto Distress Centres

    416-408-HELP (4357)Our 408-HELP line has 550+ highly trained Distress Centres’ volunteers that provide telephone support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, with the support of professional staff.Many of our callers are individuals experiencing emotional distress, marginalization, social isolation and those who may require crisis intervention and suicide/family violence intervention services.
  • Gerstein Crisis Centre

    (02) 6311 1If you have concerns about yourself or a relative, you can contact the Orange Community Mental Health Team

Online Counseling

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  • You can get affordable online counseling with a licensed therapist through BetterHelp (a sponsor). Counseling is available from your computer, phone or tablet. Financial aid is available.

Alcohol & Substance Abuse

  • Drug and Alcohol Helpline

    1-800-565-8603The Drug and Alcohol Helpine provides free information about drug and alcohol addiction services in Ontario. 24 hour helpline provided.
  • Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS)

    1 (833) 456 4566The new Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) enables callers anywhere in Canada to access crisis support using the technology of their choice (phone, text or chat), in French or English
  • Boys Town National Hotline

    1 (800) 448 3000Crisis, resource and referral line staffed by counselors to provide information about a variety of issues, including alcohol abuse.
  • Covenant House Teen Hotline (NineLine)

    1 (800) 999-9999General hotline for adolescents, teens and their families. Assistance is offered for alcohol related or any other kind of problem. Additionally, Covenant House pays particular attention to runaway and homeless kids.
  • Canadian Indian Residential Schools Crisis Line

    1 (866) 925 4419A National Indian Residential School Crisis Line has been set up to provide support for former Residential School students. You can access emotional and crisis referral services by calling 24-Hour National Crisis Lin
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD)

    1 (800) NCA-CALL (622-2255)NCADD's HOPE LINE places those struggling with alcohol and other substance abuse issues in touch with helpful local resources.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

    1 (800) 662-HELP (4357)National agency dedicated to prevention of drug and alcohol abuse. Their helpline provides 24 hour assistance.
  • Al-Anon/Alateen

    (888) 425 2666Provides phone and counseling services for both teens and adults which are struggling with alcohol and substance abuse.
  • Crisis Call Centre

    (800) 273 8255 Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
  • The National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center

    (800) 784 6776Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

Domestic & Sexual Violence

  • Toronto Rape Crisis Centre

    (416) 597 8808We understand that sometime it takes years for survivors to talk about their experiences of both childhood and adult sexual assault.One of your option is to meet with one of our peer support counsellor to talk about whatever makes sense to you.
  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline

    1 (866) 863 0511Provides anonymous and confidential crisis counseling, informational and emotional support to women. (Toronto, ON)
  • Talk for Healing

    1-855-554-4325Talk4Healing is a helpline available to all Aboriginal women living in urban, rural and remote communities, both on and off reserve, throughout Northern Ontario.
  • Fem’aide

    1 (877) 336 2433Provincial helpline for francophone women in Ontario dealing with violence
  • Battered Women's Support Service

    (604) 687 1867Provides education, advocacy and support services to assist women. (Vancouver, BC)
  • Domestic Violence Helpline (Victim Link)

    (604) 875-0885Helpline designed to provide information and support to those experiencing domestic violence.
  • Surrey Women’s Center

    (604) 583-1295Offer a range of crisis services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and other forms of family violence. 24/7 helpline services provided. (Surrey, BC)
  • WAVAW

    1 (877) 392 7583 Works to end violence against women through various support programs and services including an emotional and informational support 24-hour crisis line.
  • BC Coalition to Eliminate Abuse of Seniors

    1 (866) 437 1940Helpline providing emotional and legal information and referral for seniors experiencing abuse. (Vancouver, BC)
  • Family Violence Info Line

    (780) 310 181824/7 helpline in over 170 languages to provide support and advice for people experiencing family violence.
  • Edmonton Women’s Shelter Ltd.

    (780) 479 0058A non-profit agency with three shelters for women with or without children leaving domestic violence situations. A 24 hour support and information line is provided. (Edmonton, AB)
  • St. Paul’s Crisis Center

    (02) 6311 1If you have concerns about yourself or a relative, you can contact the Orange Community Mental Health Team
  • Camrose Women’s Shelter Society

    1 (877) 672 1010Women’s shelter proving safe environments for women and children needing protection from family violence. 24 hour crisis line for additional assistance. (Camrose, AB)
  • Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter

    1 (866) 606 7233Offers support to individuals and families fleeing family violence and abuse. The 24-hour helpline provides support, information and access to programs at the shelter. (Calgary, AB)
  • Sucker Creek Women’s Emergency Shelter

    1 (866) 523 2929Provides range of services for women and children experiencing abuse and assault including a 24-hour crisis line.(Edmonton, AB)
  • La Ronge 24-Hour Crisis Line

    (306) 425 4090General crisis line for men and women in crisis in La Ronge, Saskatchewan. (La Ronge, SK)
  • Moose Jaw Domestic Violence Crisis Line

    (306) 693 6511Moose Jaw offers a transition house for women and children affected by family violence and abuse. The crisis line offers 24-hour emotional, informational and referral support to women. (Moose Jaw, SK)
  • Prince Albert Domestic Violence Crisis Intervention

    (306) 764 1011General crisis line for those experiencing domestic violence. (Prince Albert, SK)
  • Yorkton Domestic Violence Crisis Line

    1 (888) 783 3111General crisis line for those experiencing domestic violence in Yorkton. (Yorkton, SK)
  • Toll-Free Province Wide Domestic Abuse Crisis Line (24 hours)

    1 (877) 977 0007General crisis line for people experiencing domestic violence and abuse in the province of Manitoba.
  • Domestic Violence Hotline (Quebec)

    1 (800) 363-9010Provides anonymous and confidential domestic violence services via telephone or email. (Montreal, QC)

Eating Disorders

Online Counseling

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Gay & Lesbian (GLBTQ)

  • Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youth Line

    1-800-268-9688124/7/ helpline for the youth who are coming out or experiencing
  • Trans Lifeline Canada

    (877) 330 6366Trans Lifeline is primarily for transgender people in a crisis, from struggling with gender identity to thoughts of self-harm. Provides 24/7 hotline
  • LGBT National Help Center

    1 (888) 843 4564LGBT National Hotline, the LGBT National Youth Talkline, and the SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline as well as private, volunteer one-to-one online chat, that helps both youth and adults with coming-out issues, safer-sex information, school bullying, family concerns, relationship problems and a lot more.
  • LGBT National Youth Talkline

    1 (800) 246 PRIDE (7743)We speak with teens and young adults up to age 25 about coming-out issues, gender identity, relationship concerns, parent issues, school problems, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information, and lots more!
  • SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline

    1 (888) 234 SAGE (7243)Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the world’s largest organization devoted to improving the lives of LGBT older people.
  • PFLAG - Toronto

    (416) 406 6378Toronto Pflag promotes the health and well-being of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirit, intersex, queer and questioning persons, their families and friends through:Support, to cope with an adverse society, and Education, to enlighten an ill-informed public in order to end discrimination and secure equal rights.

Specific Disorders / Other

Sexual Health / Pregnancy

  • Exercise and Pregnancy Helpline

    1 (866) 937-7678The Exercise & Pregnancy Helpline is a free service offering information to any pregnant or pre-pregnant woman who has questions related to exercise during pregnancy. This includes athletes, active women and those who want to begin an exercise routine during pregnancy.It is serviced by Sport CARE physicians, physiotherapists and athletic therapists and affiliated with Motherisk at the Hospital for Sick Children.
  • La Leche League Canada

    1 (800) 665 4324La Leche League Canada encourages, promotes and provides mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and educational opportunities as an important contribution to the health of children, families and society. They run local information and support groups in many communities throughout Canada.
  • MOTHERRISK

    1 (877) 439 2744This program and website, run through Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, is an excellent resource for information on what is safe when you are pregnant and breastfeeding.
  • CAPPS Canadian Association of Pregnancy Support Services

    1 (866) 845 2151As CAPSS partners with local centres, we provide leadership development, operational standards, staff and volunteer training, and ongoing encouragement and support.
  • Emergency Contraception Hotline

    888 NOT 2 LATE (668 2 5283)Emergency Contraception Hotline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Youth & Parenting

  • Parentline

    (778) 782 3548The Parent Helpline is a free telephone service to parents and others experiencing family life or parenting challenges. This nonjudgmental service provides a listening ear, support and guidance to parents and caregivers who are upset or troubled about a family issue, have parenting-related questions or just need someone to speak to.
  • APSGO Association of Parents Support Groups in Ontario

    1 (800) 488 5666APSGO is an organization of parents of disruptive youth.We have joined together to provide support and empower parents to deal with their situation.The organization provides weekly meetings, workshops and other resources to assist parents in acquiring the skills to help themselves and their children.
  • Manitoba Parent Zone

    1 (877) 945 4777The Manitoba Parent Line (formerly known as the Triple P Parent Line) connects callers to trained parent counsellors who provide confidential assistance, information & support for child development issues and many common parenting concerns (tantrums, bedtime problems etc.). The parent counsellors also provide Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) consultation which is based on a set of easy, proven solutions and strategies to manage parenting challenges in a positive way.
  • Breakaway Youth & Family Services

    (416) 234 1942(It is a counselling agency that helps youth 13 to 25 and their families who are concerned about the use of drugs or alcohol.
  • Families In Transition

    (416) 585 9151Counselling services for families coping with separation, divorce and remarriage; primary focus is on child adjustment
  • Parents for Youth

    (416) 921 8092 Parents for Youth has acquired and developed an effective method for dealing with children with severe behaviour problems. It will help you regain lost authority in your home