Newcomers have access to programs and services to help them with the stress of adjusting to a new country or more serious mental and emotional illnesses.
Mental health professionals are trained health-care providers who diagnose and treat a range of mental health problems. They also help people recognize the symptoms of mental illness. Psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors and therapists are examples of mental health practitioners.
Most communities have crisis centres that help people in distress. Crisis centres usually have special telephone hotlines or crisis lines that are answered 24 hours a day by trained staff members.
Some of the services in Kingston include:
- Frontenac Community Mental Health Services provides a variety of services to people with serious mental illnesses. The agency also operates a 24-hour crisis line.
- Hotel Dieu Hospital has an inpatient psychiatry unit for adults and teenagers with acute mental health problems. The unit is moving to Kingston General Hospital (KGH) in the fall of 2010. The hospital also runs an eating disorder clinic for people 18 years and older.
- Providence Care provides psychiatric services to adults and seniors with chronic mental health problems, such as schizophrenia.
- Pathways for Children and Youth provides counselling, education and other services to children and youth with mental health problems.
Hospital emergency departments are also equipped with people who can help individuals in crisis.
For More Information
A list of multi-language brochures on a number of mental health disorders, including depression, manic depression, anxiety, stress, and schizophrenia. Brochures are available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, English, French, Greek, Hindi, Greek, Italian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Serbian, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.
Facts sheets on grieving, anger, stress, the link between mental and physical health. Includes online test to measure stress. Resources for family members of individuals with mental illness and online branch locator.
A guide to help single newcomers adjust to living in a new society, with tips on how to overcome culture shock and isolation, cope with stress and discrimination, learn English, establish and manage new relationships and experiences. Available in Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Dari, Farsi, French, Hindi, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Twi, and Urdu.
A list of mental health professionals who diagnose, treat and help prevent mental illness. Includes information on how to find a psychologist who speaks your language.
A government-funded company that provides services to residents of Ontario with alcohol, drug, gambling and mental health problems.
A listing of various social and family services for francophones in Kingston. Services include child development, early childhood centres, education and public health, counseling, homelessness domestic violence, etc. Available in French only.
A non-profit organization providing a variety of services to those with mental health and/or addiction issues. Services include community, mental health, court, addiction, housing and vocational (job and career) support. A Family Resource Centre is available, as is a 24-hour crisis line.