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Most of us go through life solving our day-to-day problems without needing help to cope with our feelings. But a severe illness, an accident or an emotional crisis can overwhelm us, at least temporarily, and suddenly we need help. In this section, you will find resources and tips on getting help when you need it most.
Are you in crisis?
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs immediate assistance, go to the nearest hospital or call 9-1-1.
Do you need medical advice?
Contact your General Practitioner for a referral to a qualified mental health care professional.
Community support services
For mental health services in your community, contact your local Canadian Mental Health Association branch.

A Guide to College and University for Students with Psychiatric Disabilities

Your Education Your FutureAttending college or university opens up an exciting world of possibilities. It can also be pretty challenging. But if you’re living with a mental illness, you’ve faced challenges before. This resource is designed to make your transition to college or university just a little bit easier. It takes you through all the steps of going to school, providing information and tips for anyone living with a mental illness.

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Action Steps to Real Work

This document is organized according to three different target groups: employers, mental health service providers and consumers of mental health services. It is hoped that the strategies suggested will provide steps for each of these groups to take so that, when working together, they will maximize the possibilities for successful employment.

Being There: When Mental Illness Strikes Someone Near You

A Guide for a Friend, Family Member or Co-Worker

When you first realize that someone you are close to may have a mental illness, it can be a chaotic and frightening time. You fear where this may lead. Suddenly you are called upon to provide special support for which you feel completely unprepared. What can you do? Who can you talk to?

If you’re in this situation, this guide is for you. It gives information and advice from others who have been through your experience.


Diversity Works: Accommodations in the Workplace for People with Mental Illness

If you have hired, or are considering hiring an employee with a mental illness, they may need accommodation to maintain their employment. The aim of this guidebook is to provide employers with information about accommodating people with psychiatric disabilities in the workplace.

Getting Help

You’re strong, right? You don’t need any help. No matter what comes along, you have “what it takes” to handle it yourself. A terrible accident, the death of someone you love, divorce, loss of a job, financial ruin – whatever – you take it all in your stride. Don’t show your feelings. Don’t confide in anyone because they might think you are weak. Keep a “stiff upper lip” and above all, keep going.

Hangin' in There: Strategies for Job Retention by Persons with a Psychiatric Disability

This booklet is written primarily for people with psychiatric disabilities and it reflects their personal view points on the subject of job retention.

Making It Work Guide

This guide highlights and describes various “return-to-work” strategies and provides practical tips for implementing them most effectively. It has been designed as a practical resource tool for mental health providers/ program planners, vocational rehabilitation counselors, occupational therapists or anyone else, whether on a personal or professional level, who is involved in supporting consumers to find and keep meaningful work and overcome their barriers to employment.

Mental Health and High School Curriculum Guide

Mental Health and High School CurriculumSchool-aged youth are a vulnerable population. They are in a period their lives that is crucial in their mental health development. Canadian youth spend more time in school than anywhere else outside the home. Schools are often challenged to deal with youth mental health, but are seriously under equipped and inadequately supported to handle this responsibility.

The curriculum guide provides a complete set of educational tools to increase understanding of mental health and mental disorders among both students and teachers.

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Mental Health Works

Mental Health Works helps organizations to manage their duty to accommodate employees experiencing mental disabilities such as depression or anxiety in the workplace. In many cases, employers are so afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing, that they say nothing. This can lead to decreased productivity, lower morale, and conflict in the work environment. We help employers respond immediately and appropriately when employees experience mental health problems and effectively manage performance and productivity issues. It is founded on the belief that focusing on solutions around mental health issues in the workplace will benefit employers and employees alike.

Mental Illness in the Workplace

For people experiencing a mental illness, a good work/life balance is critical. The relationship between stress and mental illness is complex, but certainly stress can exacerbate mental illness for some people. In fact, according to Statistics Canada, employees who considered most of their days to be quite a bit or extremely stressful were over 3 times more likely to suffer a major depressive episode, compared with those who reported low levels of general stress.