Young Ones is not a 24 hour help line.
We do have a program that can help you access help with a licensed mental health care professional. This, however, is not an immediate solution if you are in crisis.
If you are worried that you or someone you know may be at risk of suicide, please call your local authorities (911), contact a mental health professional or call and talk to someone at
If you need someone to talk to right now
Befrienders Worldwide (find a helpline in your area): www.befrienders.org
Kids Help Phone Canada: +1 (800) 668-6868
Covenant House Nine-Line: +1 (800) 999-9999
Assaulted Women’s Help Phone Toronto: Toll Free +1 (866) 863-0511 Mobile#SAFE (#7233)
Toronto Rape Crisis Center: +1 (416) 597-8808 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Distress Centres of Toronto: +1 (416) 408-HELP (4357), TTY +1 (416) 408-0007
Addiction and Substances
Alcoholics Anonymous: a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. If you think you have a problem with alcohol and want help, find a meeting in your area.
Narcotics Anonymous: an international, community-based association of recovering drug addicts with more than 50,000 weekly meetings in 130 countries. If you think you have a problem with drugs and want help, find a meeting in your area.
Al-Anon/Alateen: offering hope and help to families and friends of alcoholics.
Renascent Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center: Canada’s leading drug and alcohol treatment facility, offering the shortest wait times. Call +1 (866) 232-1212, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
DART Ontario Drug and Alcohol Registry of Treatment: and online registry of treatment programs.
Young Ones Tip: There are no formal or medical requirements to take part in AA or NA programs. In fact, the only requirement is that you want to show up to meetings. You can find people as young as 14 at AA meetings. And the programs are FREE! Renascent also does not close their door on anyone simply because they cannot afford treatment.
Sheena’s Place: a non-profit organization located in downtown Toronto. Sheena’s Place offers a wide range of support programs for people affected by eating disorders and their families. No referral is necessary and they respect the need and desire for confidentiality. All programs are FREE!
Overeaters Anonymous: Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive eating using the twelve steps and twelve traditions of OA. OA is not just about weight loss, weight gain or maintenance, or obesity or diets. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is not a religious organization and does not promote any particular diet.
National Eating Disorders Association: a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.
Young Ones Tip: Many of us at Young Ones have attended programs at Sheena’s Place, and the help they provided us saved our lives. The people there are wonderful.
S.A.F.E. Alternatives: a nationally-recognized treatment approach, professional network and educational resource base, committed to helping you and others achieve an end to self-injurious behavior. For information about self harm, call: +1 (800)-DONTCUT (366-8288)
Planned Parenthood Toronto: If you are between the ages of 13 and 29, Planned Parenthood Toronto is for you. They provide innovative, high-quality care to help you meet all of your health needs. They are a “one-stop shop” for yearly physicals, getting tested for STIs, seeing a therapist, and for finding other services in Toronto.”
Here are some of the services Planned Parenthood Toronto provides:
- Anonymous HIV testing
- Birth control options
- Birth control and prescriptions at a reduced rate
- Emergency contraception
- General and ongoing healthcare
- Free condoms and lube
- Help finding food, housing and employment
- Immunizations and flu shots, mental health services
- Nutritional services
- Pregnancy options, prenatal services, pregnancy testing
- STI treatment and testing
And if you don’t have an OHIP card, Planned Parenthood Toronto will help you get it.
Bay Centre for Birth Control: offers comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care for women in Ontario. Their confidential services include physical examination, counselling, information and referrals.
Young Ones Tip: No matter what your problem is, Planned Parenthood Toronto and the Bay Centre will help you solve it.
Leave a Bad Situation
Redwood Women’s Shelter: +1 (416) 533-8538, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They are here to help women and children to live free from domestic abuse, fear and threat. They provide safe and accessible services from a secure home to counseling to legal support.
North York Women’s Shelter: +1 (416) 635-9630, 24-hour emergency hotline. They are here to help women, with or without children, living with abuse. They provide shelter, safety and support.
Love is Respect: discuss your relationship situation with a trained peer advocate by phoning +1 (866) 331-9474, texting “loveis” to 22522, or using their online chat room 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Shelternet: connecting abused women with shelters
Toronto Rape Crisis Center: +1 (416) 597-8808, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Crisis intervention and culturally sensitive counselling, support and referral for all survivors of rape, sexual assault and incest.
Sexual Assault Care Center, Scarborough Hospital: a specialized team of doctors, nurses and counsellors providing emergency medical treatment and emotional support to youth (12+), women and men who have experienced a recent sexual assault. All services are confidential and free of charge.
Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN): the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN has a free, confidential, 24/7 sexual assault hotline: +1 (800) 656-HOPE (4673). RAINN also has an online hotline.
Slutwalk www.slutwalktoronto.com “…mission to spread the word that those those who experience sexual assault are not the ones at fault, without exception”
Project Unbreakable projectunbreakable.tumblr.com “using photography to help heal sexual abuse survivors by photographing them with posters that hold quotes from their attackers”
Youth Shelters in Toronto
Out of the Cold: +1 (416) 699-OOTC (6682), provides emergency shelter for people who are homeless during winter
Covenant House: +1 (416) 204-7037, shelter for young ones ages 16 to 21
Eva’s Place: +1 (416) 441-4060, shelter for young ones ages 16 to 21
Satellite: +1 (416) 229-1874, shelter for young ones ages 16 to 24
Horizons: +1 (416) 781-9898, shelter for young ones ages 16 to 21
Nellie’s: +1 (416) 461-1084, shelter for abused women with children
Turning Point: +1 (416) 925-9250, shelter for young men ages 16 to 24
Youth Without Shelter: +1 (416) 748-0110, shelter for young ones ages 16 to 21
YMCA: +1 (416) 504-9770, shelter for young men ages 16 to 24
Tumivut: +1 (416) 651-6750, shelter for young ones ages 16 to 21
Women’s Residence: +1 (416) 392-5500, shelter for women ages 16+
Seaton House: +1 (416) 392-5548, shelter for men AGES 16+
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH): Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues. CAMH provides resources for persons with mental illnesses and addictions.
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA): promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): America’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.