It’s not always easy to find low-cost mental health services in Toronto. Even as someone who has worked in the health sector for some time now, it can be challenging to find a reliable, affordable and up-to-date list of available mental health services in the city, unless I get it from a service provider directly. After all, providers tend to stay most on top of these things (service changes, fees, availability, etc.) as this is a central part of their job.
I’ve had a few people ask me about affordable, Toronto-based counseling services over the last few weeks, so I wanted to share a list of resources that I feel not enough people know about. I got this list of organizations from a trusted provider I know. I have not personally vetted nor do I necessarily endorse these resources, but I share them here as they may be great starting points for people who are exploring their options. It would be devastating to think that someone would not pursue mental health help for reasons of cost, and I hope that this helps bring some level of awareness to services that are making help more accessible.
Please feel free to download and print the list of resources as a Word file here: Mental Health Resources
I find that not enough of these resources/lists are available digitally (especially from providers) so they can be shared easily and enable people to make notes, changes, and additions. I restructured and digitized the above file from a paper copy of resources I received and hope it’s usable and helpful in this format.
There are many, many great resources out there and some hidden gems among them. A trusted physician is one of the best starting points for seeking support as she/he can help a person create a personal health plan and refer an individual out to community programs (e.g., CAMH), other organizations, or specialists (e.g., psychiatrist) based on their own assessment of a patient. Either way, seeking support is a big and important first step.