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Mental Health

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.
  • Kingston General Hospital has an inpatient psychiatry unit for adults and teenagers with acute mental health problems.
  • Hotel Dieu Hospital has outpatient psychiatric services for children and adolescents up to 18 years old. 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

Multi-language brochures (Canadian Mental Health Association)
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, Hindi, Greek, Italian, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Punjabi, Somali, Spanish, Serbian, Tamil, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Alone in Canada: 21 Ways to Make it Better – a self-help guide for single newcomers
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, English, French, Hindi, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), Punjabi, Russian, Serbian, Somali, Spanish, Tagalog, Tamil, Twi, Urdu and Vietnamese.

Where can I get help with my mental health?
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. Also available in Amharic, Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Gujarati, Pilipino (Tagalog), Punjabi, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, and Urdu.

A government-funded organization that provides services to residents of Ontario with alcohol, drug, gambling and mental health problems. Includes links to various free, confidential, 24-hour helplines that can be reached by phone, email, and chat; and that have helpline specific Facebook and Twitter accounts; quick facts information; details on what to expect; and other targeted resources. Service is available in other languages, but must be requested. ConnexOntario is also available on Facebook and Twitter.

Mes services en français! Kingston (Ontario)
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.

Frontenac Community Mental Health & Addiction Services (FCMHAS)
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.

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