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Resources

Ontario Crisis Hotlines:

Gerstein Centre Crisis Line 416-929-0149The Gerstein Centre provides crisis intervention to adults, living in the City of Toronto, who experience mental health problems. The Centre provides supportive counselling for immediate, crisis issues and referrals to other services for on-going, non-crisis issues. Our service is a community mental health service and is non-medical. Crisis calls of a medical nature (psychiatric assessment, severe self-harm or suicide attempts) are referred to a hospital.

Distress Centres of Toronto can be reached at (416) 408-4357

Assaulted Women’s Helpline, (416) 863-0511 in Toronto or toll-free at 1-866-863-0511 or TTY 1-866-863-7868

Kids Help Phone, 1-800-668-6868

Lesbian, Gay, Bi Youth Hotline, 1-800-268-9688.

Parent Help Line, 1-888-603-9100

Victim Support Line, 1-888-579-2888

Organizations:

CMHA Toronto – Canadian Mental Health Association

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) – Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world’s leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. 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.  http://www.camh.net/Care_Treatment/index.html

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Talk to someone who’s been there: 416-486-8046 (main line)

Bring Change 2 Mind – A national anti-stigma campaign.  BringChange2Mind.org is a not-for-profit organization created by Glenn Close, the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation (CABF), Fountain House, and Garen and Shari Staglin of IMHRO (International Mental Health Research Organization).

No Kidding?!! Me. too! –  Created by actor/producer Joe Pantoliano, No Kidding, Me Too! is an organization whose purpose is to remove the stigma attached to brain dis-ease through education and the breaking down of societal barriers.  Their goal is to empower those with brain dis-ease to admit their illness, seek treatment, and become even greater members of society.

NAMI National Alliance on Mental Illness
www.nami.org
NAMI is dedicated to the eradication of mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases.

Mental Health America
www.nmha.org
Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives.

National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare
www.TheNationalCouncil.org
The National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare represents 1,400 organizations providing treatment and rehabilitation to help people recover from mental illnesses and addiction disorders.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration SAMHSA
www.SAMHSA.gov
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA’s)vision is based on the
premise that people of all ages, with or at risk for mental or substance use disorders, should have the opportunity for a fulfilling life that includes a job/education, a home, and meaningful personal relationships with friends and family.

Screening for Mental Health Screening for Mental Health
www.mentalhealthscreening.org
Screening for Mental Health, Inc., (SMH) first introduced the concept of large-scale mental health screenings with National Depression Screening Day® in 1991. SMH programs now include both in-person and online programs for depression, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, alcohol problems, and suicide prevention. Programs are implemented by local clinicians at mental health facilities, hospitals, primary care offices, social service agencies, colleges/ universities, workplaces, schools and the military.

Sharing Miracles
www.sharingmiracles.com
Sharing Miracles is a forum for people to relate their own personal stories of hope and survival.

Angela Shelton – Official Webpage

E-mail: comments@angelashelton.com
As a Hollywood screenwriter, model and actress, Angela Shelton lives much of her life on film. After receiving accolades for the film based on her life with her mother, Tumbleweeds, Angela set out to create a documentary called Searching for Angela Shelton. Her goal was to survey women in America by interviewing women who shared her name. As Angela started interviewing other Angela Sheltons she found that 70% had been victims of rape, childhood sexual assault and/or domestic violence. Angela has quickly become recognized as a hero among survivors of trauma. Due to the overwhelming audience response to her and her film, the Angela Shelton Foundation was created with the mission of inspiring and empowering all survivors of abuse to heal and lead joyful lives.
www.angelashelton.com

The Broken Spirits Network

E-mail: info@brokenspirits.com
Broken Spirits Network is an online community and support group that focuses on aiding both current and past victims of child abuse, sexual abuse, and domestic violence. The Broken Spirits Network provides a comprehensive state by state list of shelters, hotlines and organizations that can provide help for potential victims. In addition to the national abuse resource listing is a comprehensive discussion forum where users can create their own virtual identity within complete confidentiality. This allows people to discuss the happenings of their life without letting others know who they really are. Another point of interest is the information section of the site where you can find a reference of common symptoms of abuse and also find methods to prevent becoming a victim.
www.brokenspirits.com
The Joyful Heart Foundation
Founded in 2002 by Law and Order: Special Victims Unit actress, Mariska Hargitay, as a resource to help survivors of sexual assault to heal their mind, body and spirit and reclaim their lives. They provide an extensive network of resources for women and their own groundbreaking retreats that include art therapy, surf camps, swimming with dolphins in the wild, yoga and writing workshops that complement traditional counseling and therapy. The goal of Joyful Heart is to let the light, and the life, back in–to banish the darkness and let the healing begin.
www.joyfulheartfoundation.org

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