Mental Health Information

Updated: Monday May 2, 2011

General Resources

The National Institute of Mental Health web site information on a variety of mental health issues.

Articles, fact sheets and links to information on a wide variety of topics, including parenting, workplace issues, marriage and divorce.

Health Canada’s website has information on a variety of topics concerning healthy living, like alcohol, quitting smoking, healthy eating, violence and abuse.

An amazing array of excellent information about mental health, wellness, and alcohol/drug issues. There are toolkits and workbooks. There are also links to other excellent books, websites, and resources.     Here To Help –

Centre for Clinical Interventions

A website with useful worksheets, relatable anecdotes and strategies to help manage a variety of mental health issues including: anxiety, depressions, self-esteem, trauma and panic.

This website offers CBT self-help information on many mental health issues and includes a variety of resources on the  FREE DOWNLOADS PAGES:  worksheets & handouts

Mental Health Services

211’s award-winning telephone helpline (2-1-1) and website provide a gateway to community, social, non-clinical health and related government services. 211 helps to navigate the complex network of human services quickly and easily, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in over 100 languages. To find social services programs in your area

CMHA has branches across Canada and provides a wide range of innovative services and supports to people who are experiencing mental illness and their families. These services are tailored to the needs and resources of the communities where they are based. One of the core goals of these services is to help people with mental illness develop the personal tools to lead meaningful and productive lives. For more information go to

Crisis Outreach and Support Team Niagara: Mobile assessments, telephone support and interventions for Niagara residents experiencing a crisis or mental health concern. If in crisis call Coast Niagara crisis outreach and support team 24 hour crisis line 1-866-550-5205

Mental health and addictions Access Line provides telephone support for adult residents of Niagara facing addiction and mental health concerns. Callers get immediate access to our supportive, trained responders who provide: Information, Support and Connection to Local Services, as well as Follow Up Access Line – 1-866-550-5205

Anxiety and Panic Disorder Group – For people who experience difficulties facing activities of daily living due to anxiety or phobia. Participation in this group is by self-referral only – call 905-688-2854  ( click here for a copy of handout mental health group treatment )

Children, Teens and Adults Workshops and Courses – see attached handout for topics and locations – children, teens and adults workshops

BIG WHITE WALL – How it Works – At the heart of Big White Wall is its community of members, who support, help each other and share what’s troubling them in a safe and anonymous environment. The site is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year – no need to wait until morning, the next business day or for a doctors’ appointment. You can find support simply by logging on.

BOUNCE BACK ONTARIO – BounceBack® is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness. Your well-being shouldn’t have to wait. With the right tools and practice, you can bounce back to reclaim your mental health.


Addiction Resources

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s website has information and resources related to mental health and alcohol/drug use.

Community Addiction Services of Niagara was established to provide access to relevant treatment resources for individuals and their families living in the Niagara Region with alcohol, drug and gambling concerns.     CASON Community Addiction Services of Niagara 905.684.1183

ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness or gambling.


Anxiety and Depression Resources

Men and Depression – For Men. About Men  –

Free self-assessment and self-help programs for a variety of anxiety disorders. The treatment uses a cognitive-behavioural approach, which has been found to be highly effective in managing anxiety

This site contains a wealth of information, tools and worksheets to help people learn about and practice effective strategies to manage anxiety on their own, at their own pace. All content is grounded in scientific research and developed by professionals who specialize in helping people with anxiety.

Excellent cognitive-behavioural self-help treatment for depression. Free workbooks are available in English, French, Punjabi, and Chinese. A manual designed for teens dealing with depression is also available on this site.

Living with anxiety, panic disorders, or phobias can make you feel like you aren’t in control of your life. If you’re ready to tackle the fears that hold you back, this book is your go-to guide.     The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook: 6th Edition  by Edmund Bourne

This workbook uses cognitive-behavioral therapy–one of today’s most effective forms of psychotherapy–to conquer depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, guilt, shame, low self-esteem, eating disorders, substance abuse, and relationship problems.     Mind Over Mood, Second Edition: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger PhD and Christine A. Padesky PhD

This book will help you to discover the root cause of your perfectionism, explore the impact of perfectionism on your life, and find new, proven-effective coping skills to help you overcome your anxiety about making mistakes.     When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough: Strategies for Coping with Perfectionism by Martin Antony and Richard Swinson



The Grief Recovery Handbook offers those experiencing grief the specific actions needed to move beyond loss.     Grief Recovery Handbook, The (Revised): A Program for Moving Beyond Death, Divorce, and Other Devastating Losses by John W James


Parenting, Children and Youth Resources

The site has very useful tips for parents to help them manage without professional intervention.

A resource with suggestions on parenting a child suffering with anxiety     Helping Your Anxious Child: A Step-by-Step Guide for Parents by Ronald Rapee and Ann Wignall

A workbook to help teens understand and manage their anxiety     The Anxiety Workbook For Teens: Activities to Help You Deal With Anxiety & Worry by Schab, Lisa. M. (2008)

A workbook to help teens work through depression     Beyond the Blues: A Workbook to Help Teens Overcome Depression by Lisa M. Schab

A workbook to help children and pre-teens challenge negative thoughts that are associated with anxiety and depression     Think Good – Feel Good: A Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Workbook for Children and Young People by Paul Stallard

Autism Parent Resource Kit –


Relationship Resources

A valuable resource for couples looking to save and enrich their relationship     Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love by Sue Johnson

A therapeutic guide for couples with exercises and research to strengthen, understand and repair your relationship.     The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work: A Practical Guide from the Country’s Foremost Relationship Expert by John Gottman Ph.D. and Nan Silver

Is someone else’s problem your problem? If, like so many others, you’ve lost sight of your own life in the drama of tending to someone else’s, you may be codependent – and you may find yourself in this book:     Codependent No More: How to Stop Controlling Others and Start Caring for Yourself by Melody Beattie



The Courage to Heal is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and a map of the healing journey to every woman who was sexually abused as a child—and to those who care about her.     The Courage to Heal 4e: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse 20th Anniversary Edition by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis

Trauma can turn your world upside down–afterward, nothing may look safe or familiar. This compassionate workbook has already helped tens of thousands of trauma survivors start rebuilding their lives. Full of practical strategies for coping and self-care, the book guides you toward reclaiming a solid sense of safety, self-worth, trust, and control, as well as the capacity to be close to others.     Life After Trauma, Second Edition: A Workbook for Healing– Mar 10 2010 by Dena Rosenbloom PhD, Mary Beth Williams PhD


Useful Apps for Managing Mental Health

Happify has turned a decade’s worth of research into a series of activities and games that train your brain and build skills for lasting happiness.  Happify

Headspace is meditation made simple. Learn online, when you want, wherever you are, in just 10 minutes a day.  Headspace

MindShift is an app designed to help individuals adults cope with anxiety. It can help you change how you think about anxiety. Rather than trying to avoid anxiety, you can make an important shift and face it.  Mindshift

Daily tools for stress and anxiety based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy & Mindfulness. Includes support communities. – See more at:  Pacifica

With Calm for iPhone and Android, you’ll discover how simple meditation really is, and how taking a few moments out of your day can make you happier and healthier.  Calm



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