Being physically and mentally well is integral to everyone’s success. In Canada we are fortunate to have free health care for everyone – don’t hesitate to make use of the system that was designed to help you!
OACAS and Shepell fgi Crown Ward Aftercare Benefits Program
The Shepell fgi Aftercare Benefits Program can help with issues from personal and emotional difficulties, to developing life goals, money management and nutrition planning. The Program provides FREE short-term counselling and support, for youth who are transitioning to adulthood. (En français)
Applying for a Health Card
Ontario residents must have a Health Card to show that they are entitled to health care services paid for by the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP). If you never had an Ontario Health Card, you must apply through ServiceOntario to get a photo Health Card. If you’ve lost your Health Card, call the Ministry of Health Infoline at 1-800-664-8988.
Diabetes Hope Foundation
The Diabetes Hope Foundation offers financial assistance, support and programs to help youth with diabetes successfully transition to adulthood.
Red Cross – First Aid & Emergency Kits
The Red Cross is a global leader in emergency readiness and response. They have prepared a list of items every person should have in a first aid kit, and also a list of items for an emergency preparedness kit for your home and your car. Many of these items can be found in dollar stores. (En français)
Toronto Sexual Health Clinics
These confidential sexual health clinics provide low-cost birth control options, including the emergency contraceptive pill (Plan B), testing for sexually transmitted infections and treatment. Some clinics offer drop-in hours, however most require an appointment.
York University – Community Services
York University has assembled a number of community services located in Toronto and beyond. The website includes links to services for alcohol and drugs, body image, mental health, nutrition, rape crisis, sexual health, smoking and other general health services.
This website provides informational videos, quizzes and games about health and nutrition, organized by grade level. Just pick your level and start to learn about nutrition, mental health and fitness.
For general information about everything from appendicitis to wrist fractures, trust the Hospital for Sick Children’s About Kids Health page. You’ll find helpful pictures, information about how things are diagnosed, and possible treatment options for each condition. A special section on administering First Aid is also located on the site. You’ll also find helpful, animated explanations about how the human body works (En français). Finally, check out this information about health issues (En français) that can be helpful just for teens (En français).
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network
If you’ve got a food allergy, this US-based website will be helpful for you if you want to learn about the allergen, and find tips on how to manage the allergy. The site also contains helpful recipes that are milk, soy, egg, wheat, tree nut and/or peanut free.
This site was designed by US doctors to be a safe, private place for teens who need honest, accurate information and advice about health, emotions, and life. TeensHealth is accessible 24 hours a day so you can get the doctor-approved information you need about your body, mind, school, jobs and how to stay healthy. Also included are recipes, food and fitness choices, including vegetarianism.
Telehealth Ontario: 1-866-797-0000
Telehealth is a free, confidential, 24/7 telephone health advice service answered by Registered Nurses (RNs). When you give your symptoms over the phone, they can help you decide whether to care for yourself, make an appointment with your doctor, go to a clinic, contact a community service or go to a hospital emergency room. You don’t need a Health Card to access Telehealth. (En français)
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario – Doctors Search
Need to find a family doctor who is accepting new patients? This site will allow you to search by gender, language of service and/or town.
Health Care Connect
If you need help to find a doctor or a nurse, this program from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care can help to connect you with a health care professional in your community. This quick reference sheet explains how to access the program. (En français)
York Region Community Health Services
This site lists a number of contacts for free immunizations and health services, including Sexual Health Clinics offering counselling and education on birth control, STIs, HIV, sexuality and relationships.
Thehealthline.ca has assembled a list of walk-in medical clinics by region: South West, London/Middlesex, Oxford/Norfolk, Elgin, Huron/Perth or Grey/Bruce. Walk-in clinics will provide medical care if you are sick and you don’t have or can’t get to see your family doctor. Appointments are not needed, but it’s a good idea to call first to check their hours of operation and waiting times. Sometimes clinics get busy and will stop accepting new patients up to two hours before the listed closing times.
Rainbow Health Ontario
LGBTQ people have the same health concerns as anyone else, but these health concerns might be treated differently depending on individual phobias and prejudice. This organization aims to support health care professionals and LGBTQ people to ensure that health care is equally accessible to everyone. They also have a directory of LGBT-Friendly health services and programs in Ontario. (En français)
London InterCommunity Health Centre
Community health centres bring together a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, dietitians, and community health workers to help manage all the factors that impact on your health and well-being. These can be anything from your income, education, employment, housing, nuitrition, and social supports.
Association of Ontario Health Centres
As the voice of community health care providers in Ontario, this organization supports health teams to achieve their vision of personal wellness from a holistic perspective. You can search for a centre near you. (En français)
The Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health
My Meds Rights: Information for youth about legal rights and psychotropic medications.
Addiction and Substance Misuse
If you find that you struggle to maintain control of your drinking, or have feelings of despair and helplessness, AA can help you. The programs are free, and known world-wide for their effectiveness and support. The link above lists numerous groups in Ontario.
Alcoholics Anonymous for Young People
About 10% of AA’s members are under the age of 30. The organization helps people to become, and stay, sober. If you think your drinking might be beyond your control, AA can help you.
Ontario Drug and Alcohol Addiction Treatment Programs
This website is a free online directory listing of alcohol and drug rehab programs and other addiction-related services located in Ontario. Services range from medical programs, to residential treatment providers, to support programs for family members of people struggling with addition.
Ontario Regional Service Committee of Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous is a support group for people who use drugs, supporting them through the addiction recovery process and providing a peer support network to help encourage success. Meetings in areas around the province are listed on this site.
Drug & Alcohol Helpline 1-800-565-8603
This helpline is available 24/7 to answer your questions about treatment services in your community, to listen and support you to support your goals, and provide some education about drugs and alcohol. If you’re concerned about your drinking, or your use of pot, try taking either of these quizzes to help you assess your readiness to quit.
This organization represents many addiction service providers in Ontario. They have assembled a list of links to addiction service providers that can help you.
Addiction Services of Thames Valley
This community service in the London-Middlesex area helps people to work through substance use and problem gambling issues. They have a variety of youth-focused information that can help you to understand your addiction and get the help you need.
This community care program in Halton region helps people struggling with addiction to turn their lives around with proper assessment and treatment. A special program for young people under the age of 25 is available to think about the impact of addiction on your relationships, education, and health.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
The US government’s website about drug abuse has developed a bunch of interactive games to test your knowledge about drugs and their effects on the brain and body. Try some of the fun tests to see how much you know!
The Canadian Harm Reduction Network is the virtual meeting place for individuals and organizations dedicated to reducing the social, health and economic harms associated with drugs and drug policies. Site contains resources, events, support groups, and jobs.
The Y offers a variety of fitness programs, lessons, and programs for children, youth and adults. The fees for membership vary by location and facility. Find your local YMCA through their searchable website, and find out how you can get involved and get moving.
Goodlife Fitness – Teen Fitness free summer program
For the months of July and August, Goodlife offers a free membership to teens aged 12-17. Teens are admitted to most areas of the clubs, 7 days a week, between 8-4. Registration begins in May, check their website for more details.
EatRight Ontario is a service designed to help improve quality of life by encouraging healthy eating habits. The service provides easy-to-use nutrition information to help you make wise food choices. Registered Dietitians share articles about food and nutrition, meal planning advice, healthy eating tips and recipes. You can even speak to a registered dietician for free, and ask questions. (En français)
“Why do I smoke?” Quiz
If you’re a smoker, you’ve probably thought about quitting. Not only is it physically addictive, it’s also a habit that’s hard to break. If you’d like to stop smoking, this handy quiz can help you identify what you get out of smoking, and think of some ways to replace those “benefits” with healthier activities.
Smokers’ Helpline: 1 877 513-5333
The Smokers’ Helpline is a free, confidential service operated by the Canadian Cancer Society offering support and information about quitting smoking and tobacco use. There are online forums to get help from others who are trying to quit, and also some self-help guides to help build up your confidence to quit for good. (En français)
KidSport™ Canada – Ontario Chapter
KidSport™ Canada is a national not-for-profit organization that provides financial assistance for registration fees and equipment to kids aged 18 and under. You can apply for a grant to help you pay to participate in a season of sport, either in a local sport club or through your high school. There are 23 community chapters in Ontario.
Spectrum: City of London Recreation Directory
There are lots of activities, sports and recreation opportunities in London. This online catalogue allows you to browse through the many offerings, and some have an online option to get registered right away! Check out the programs for teens starting on page 23.
Canadian Mental Health Association
The CMHA’s website has a lot of information about stress, balance, wellness and taking care of yourself. In addition, you’ll find a lot of helpful information to help you understand mental illness, and where to turn for support. Some information about addictions and mental health for youth is also available. Click here for a listing of local CMHA branches and links to their websites for further information. (En français)
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario
The MDAO offers free support and recovery programs for people living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. Their services include peer support groups, recovery programs, family and youth clinical support, early intervention for mood disorders and psychosis and online tools focused on wellness and recovery. Check out their fact sheet on teen depression.
Distress Centres Ontario
If you are feeling lonely, overwhelmed and thinking of giving up, please don’t. The Distress Centres of Ontario are there to answer your call 24 hours a day and can help talk you through, brainstorm ideas and support you.
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Kids Help Phone is available 24/7 to help you through whatever is troubling you. If you are stressed out about school or parents; or grieving; or feeling otherwise crummy, give them a call or check out the website. You can participate in online forums, chat with a counselor online, or just get some quick tips from their info booth topics. The site also has some great links about sexual orientation and gender identity. (En français)
Nipissing Mental Health Housing & Support Services
This bilingual organization provides shelter, treatment and care programs for individuals with serious mental health issues. Applications are available for people who are over the age of 16 and able to live independently. (En français)
Ontario Association of Food Banks
The OAFB lists 120 food banks across the province, which are searchable by the town that’s closest to you. To access a food bank, they will likely need some information from you: ID to show that you live locally; proof of income (e.g., pay cheque, Child Tax Credit, EI statement, bank statement); documentation of your monthly expenses (e.g., rent receipt, utilities bills, day care costs or disability costs). Many local churches offer food bank services – check with your local place of worship. Click here for a list of North Bay area food banks.
CCYC is a National Centres of Excellence-Knowledge Mobilization initiative (http://www.cyccnetwork.org), whose goal is to facilitate the sharing of best practices among agencies that work with children and youth, to improve mental health and well-being.