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Online Community Resources
In the community, you may find support from your family doctor or medical health team as well as:
- Aboriginal Health Centre (De Dwa Da Dehs Ney>s) – Provides mental health outreach services, counselling, case management, wellness plans, service coordination and referrals, community education and resource co-ordination and networking.
- Alcohol, Drug, and Gambling Clinics and Programs – ADGS provides counselling for people with concerns about alcohol, drugs (over age 23) or gambling (over age 12) and information and support for family and friends. This website provides further details about their services, and information and resource links.
- Alternatives for Youth – Provides drug and alcohol related services for 12 to 22 year olds and their families. This website provides a summary of programs and services offered, the approach they take, contact information and resource web links.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Hamilton – Provides safe, supportive places where children and youth can experience new opportunities, overcome barriers, build positive relationships and develop confidence and skills for life (ie. drop-in programs, childcare, camp, employment, etc.).
- COAST (Crisis Outreach and Support Team) – A program of St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton. The website offers crisis information including the 24 hour crisis line and information for youth, adults and seniors. Under COAST for Youth, learn about their service, frequently asked questions, quick facts, topic information and resources.
- Contact Hamilton – An entry point to services for children and youth with emotional, behavioural or developmental concerns and adults with developmental disabilities in Hamilton-Wentworth. This website offers information about their service, an outline of Hamilton Children’s Services, a resource database and links to other websites.
- Good Shepherd – Housing, food, women’s services, youth services, health clinics, crisis, employment, and mental health programs.
- Hamilton Police Services – Learn about the services of HPS, news and media releases and related information.
- Hamilton Regional Indian Centre – A variety of programs, including: health and wellness, nutrition, family support, alternative education, healthy babies/healthy children, employment, cultural activities for children and youth, alcohol/drug services, etc.
- John Howard Society – Provides a range of prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation programs that alleviate issues related to crime and its root causes. This website outlines their local services, resources, and provides news and events, links to JHS Ontario, policy publications, etc.
- Sexual Health Clinics – Provide many services including testing for sexually transmitted infections and birth control. Testing for sexually transmitted infections is available for males and females of any age. Birth control is available based on medical eligibility. Obtain clinic hours and locations, contact information and relevant links.
- The AIDS Network – Offers education as well as services and support to men, women, children and families who have been affected by HIV/AIDS.
- Thrive Child and Youth Trauma Services – This program offers specialized mental health services to immigrant and refugee children, youth, and their families who have experienced trauma in another country, while on their journey to Canada, or while in Canada.
- Wesley Urban Ministries – Children, Youth & Family Services, Neighborhood & Newcomer Services, and Housing & Homelessness Services.
- YMCA – Provides health and fitness, child care, immigrant services, employment services, camp opportunities and community initiatives.
- Youth Wellness Centre – Provides expert mental health care by appointment including counselling, support and navigation services for young people aged 17-25.
- YWCA – Provides multiple programs and services for women and girls, including: transitional housing, childcare, employment programs, health and wellness programs, developmental services, and seniors active living centre.
***For a more thorough list of youth services in Hamilton, check out The Youth Services Guide produced by Hamilton Public Health Services.***
Phone and Tablet Applications
There are many excellent smart phone and tablet applications for students. Below are a variety of resources that you may find helpful. This website is regularly updated. If you find an outdated link or would like to suggest one, please email Tracey Hall at email@example.com
TipOff is a service at HWDSB that strives to make schools safer through an anonymous reporting service. Report bullying, crime, or violence by texting or calling 905-963-0066 or via the FREE Android or iOS app. TipOff brochure
Be Safe Helps youth connect with local mental health & addiction resources. Provides a list of local and province-wide resources, safety plan, information on what to expect when accessing services, rights as a patient, options for getting help and a script, a decision making tool and empowers youth to reach out safely.
Mindshift Mindshift was designed by BC Anxiety to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift & face it. Helps you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking & identifying active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety. Strategies for everyday anxiety & specific tools for test anxiety, perfectionism, social anxiety, performance anxiety, worry, panic and conflict.
Mindyourmood Track moods on your phone, measure moods (positive and negative), and add notes to your mood log.
Saying When (iTunes, free) Help quit drinking or cut down (for 17 years and older). Provides step by step directions to help you take care of how much you drink or when you drink. A self-help approach with education, self-assessments, personalized goals, monitoring, tips for success and links to resources.
Online Self Help and Information Resources
AnxietyBC Information and resources from the Anxiety Disorders Association of British Columbia about understanding, recognizing and managing different types of anxiety. Self-help tools are provided. Articles and resource links in English and several other languages.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Information about the Centre and its services. Under “Health Information” tab, find ‘Mental Health & Addiction A-Z’, ‘Information for Children & Youth, ‘Information in Languages other than English’, and ‘Finding Help’.
Children’s Mental Health Ontario Mental health resources, mental health events, news, and reports.
Collaborative Mental Health Care in Canada User-friendly child and youth mental health toolkits with an overview of topic, assessment/screens, handouts, treatment and self-help resources, workbooks, videos, websites, phone apps and interactive games.
Kids Help Phone Information about the help line and popular teen topics and a kids section (i.e. bullying, dating, emotional health, family, friendship, sexual orientation and more).
mindcheck.ca B.C.-based website that can help young people through education, self-care tools, and downloads of promotional materials. Also includes information on how to support someone with mental health concerns and promoting mental wellness.
Mindyourmind Youth information, resources, tips and tools to help manage stress, crisis and mental health problems. Includes interactive games, apps, interviews, shared stories, art, writing and videos.
Self-Injury Outreach and Support A collaborative project between McGill University and Guelph University – a non-profit outreach initiative providing information and resources about self-injury to those who self-injure, those who have recovered, and those who want to help. Includes personal stories, downloadable guidelines for friends, partners, and families, coping tips guide printout, and resource links.
Youth Line Founded in 1993, Youth Line offers peer-based support through a toll-free phone line, text or online chat to assist lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and questioning young people across Ontario. The website has helpful information including guidelines for creating positive spaces, coping tools, phone apps, web links and referrals.