IN CASE OF AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL 911 or YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY SERVICE
Canada has a range of other resources and supports for mental health and substance use crises. Many of these are available 24 hours.
Most of these services are by phone. Some have a chat service available online or by text.
You can see a list of emergency services across Canada Here: Get Help With Substance Use
Types of Services and Treatment Centers
There are different types of services that have different purposes:
Emergency services: for physical, mental health, or substance use emergencies. This can include 911/hospitals, crisis phone/chat/text lines, or shelters.
Non-emergency support: can be short or long-term.
Naloxone kits: you can obtain a naloxone kit for free from a local pharmacy without any stigma. All you need to do is tell them that you or somebody you know uses drugs. You can ask how to use it, carefully read the instructions, and/or find instructions online, such as a video.
Some services and treatment centers are designed to serve specific populations of people:
- Gender-specific: male-identifying only or female-identifying only (including transgender)
- People with families
Some treatment centers are in-patient while some are out-patient. Treatment centers are considered non-emergency
In-patient treatment centres: you live at the treatment centre for several weeks or months
Out-patient treatment centres and services: you visit the centre for regularly scheduled sessions (e.g., weekly) but do not stay overnight
Some services may also be online or by phone
Some services are individual (e.g., 1 to 1 therapy) while others are conducted in groups (e.g., group therapy)
Some treatment centers are covered through your provincial/territorial or federal government-provided health insurance and you will not need to pay.
Some treatments do have a fee. If you have extended health insurance, they may pay for part or all of it but you should contact them to ask if you are not sure. Otherwise, you will need to secure your own way to pay for it.
Some services require a referral from a doctor, social worker, or therapist. If you are not sure how to get help, you can:
Services for Indigenous People
Some services are run by and/or meant to serve Indigenous Peoples through culturally-responsive and supportive programs.
Services in BC can be found through the BC First Nations Health Authority
A list of services specifically run by and designed for Indigenous People
National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program by the Government of Canada
National Youth Solvent Abuse Program by the Government of Canada
Services by Province/Territory
Each province/territory has resources and services available. Click on the links below to view services in each region: