Resources

Hey sis, it's okay to not be okay. We understand how hard finding the right support for Black women and women of colour can be. This is why we've curated a list of professional services and programs you can look to for the support you need. 

CAMH SAPACCY (Substance Use Program for African-Canadian & Caribbean Youth)

 

SAPACCY provides services to African and Caribbean Canadian youth and their families who are dealing with problem substance use and mental health concerns. The SAPACCY team works from a cultural competence lens to help Black youth work through mental health and addiction concerns. 

East Metro Youth Services

 

East Metro Youth Services works to identify and develop solutions to important issues affecting the child and youth mental health sector. We work with a diverse range of partners and funders across the City of Toronto to ensure access to community-based services is timely, barrier-free, and efficient.

Contact Information

Website: www.emys.on.ca/

Phone Number: 416-438-3697

Naseeha 

 

Naseeha provides our community with the tools needed to address mental health. With our confidential helpline, our youth receives immediate, anonymous, and confidential support over the phone from 12 – 9 pm, 7 days a week. With our educational programs, we raise awareness within the community the stigma around mental health.

Contact Information

Website: www.naseeha.org

Helpline: 1-866-627-3342 

RITES for Black and African Canadian Youth 

The RITES program at Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) is a culturally specific, identity development initiative that supports the empowerment of Black and African-Canadian youth between the ages of 13 and 18. 

Contact Information

Website: www.ctys.org

Phone Number: 416-924-2100

Tropicana 

 

Toronto-based multiservice organization, provides all youth, newcomers, people of Black and Caribbean heritage and others in need with opportunities and alternatives that lead to success and positive life choices. Tropicana provides counselling, child care, educational and employment services and youth development programs.

Contact Information

Website: www.tropicanacommunity.org

Phone Number: 416-439-9009 

UNISON 

 

Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) is offered at several weekly drop-in locations in our catchment. The program offers expertise in nutrition, and prenatal and postnatal care for pregnant teens, parenting teens and teens helping teens. 

Website: www.unisonhcs.org

Phone Numbers by location:

Bathurst-Finch - 647-436-0385 

Jane-Trethway - 416-645-7575 

Keele-Rogers - 416-653-5400 

Lawrence-Heights - 416-787-1661

LGBTQ Youth Line 

 

Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through our telephone, text and chat services. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM.

 

Contact Information

Website: https://www.youthline.com

Phone Number: 1-800-268-9688

CTYS

The RITES program at Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) is a culturally specific, identity development initiative that supports the empowerment of Black and African-Canadian youth between the ages of 13 and 18. RITES employs an integrated, full spectrum model of support and care so participants have access to range of coordinated mental health clinical and program supports and resources.Central Toronto Youth Services. 65 Wellesley Street East,Suite 300, Toronto, ON M4Y 1G7 (T: 416-924-2100)

Contact Information

Website: www.ctys.org 

Phone Number: 416-924-2100

Kerr Street Mission - Community Social Services  

Provides relief to those at risk or in risk of poverty through programs, nutritious meals, food bank support and child and youth development.

 

Peel Youth Village

 

Peel Youth Village is a mixed-use development incorporating both a residential program and a community centre. The residential program is for youth in Peel who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. The community centre serves residents, and the surrounding neighbourhood, through interactive recreation activities and programming, including a basketball half-court.

Contact Information

Website: www.peelregion.ca/

Phone Number: 905-791-5576

 

The Cross-Cultural Community Services Association - Peel Centre  

 

Settlement Services Department - assists new immigrants to know more about the social system of Canada and help them to adapt to the Canadian style of living through our counselling services.

 

Youth Without Shelter - Educational Outreach Program  
 

Provides interactive workshops for elementary, middle and high school classes. The program breaks down stereotypes and myths and introduces the students to the realities of youth homelessness.

Contact Information

Phone Number: 416-748-0110 ext. 62

Caribbean African Canadian Social Services (CAFCAN)

 

In partnership with the Toronto District School Board, CAFCAN is providing mental health supports to children, youth and their families.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: 416-740-1056

 

Support for Youth

 

Help Lines

Toronto Public Health 

 

Provides mental health promotion services to nonprofit and community-based health and social service providers, agencies and organizations within Toronto who work with vulnerable or marginalized populations and do not have funding for mental health consultations.

 

Contact Information

Website: www.toronto.ca/

Phone Number: 416-338-7600

Help Line: 2-1-1

CONNEX 

Connex Ontario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness and/or gambling. Connex is available 24/7, is confidential, and free.

Contact Information

Website: www.connexontario.ca

Phone Number: 1-866-531-2600

Good 2 Talk 

 

Anonymous helpline for post-secondary students Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. We offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.

 

Contact Information

Website: www.good2talk.ca

Phone Number: 1-866-925-5454 (available 24/7)

 

LGBTQ Youth Line 

 

Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through our telephone, text and chat services. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM.

 

Contact Information

Website: https://www.youthline.com

Phone Number: 1-800-268-9688

Community Living Mississauga

 

Community Living Mississauga is a non-profit, charitable organization which provides support to individuals who have an intellectual disability.

 

Contact Information

Phone Number: 905 542 2694 

Toronto Distress Centre 

 

Provides telephone support to individuals in the community who are at risk and their most vulnerable. Highly-trained volunteer responders (with the support of professional staff) connect with callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Contact Information

Website: www.torontodistresscentre.com

Phone Number: 416-408-4357(HELP) Text: 45645 to 408-HELP (4357)

Womens Health In Womens Hands

 

Women's Health In Women's Hands is a Community Health Centre for racialized women living in Toronto and surrounding municipalities. Our primary health care team of highly skilled health care professionals specialize in the health and wellness needs of racialized women and prioritizes those from African, Caribbean, Latin American and South Asian communities.

 

Contact Information

Website: www.whiwh.com/ 

 

Delta Family Resource Centre

Delta Family Resource Centre (DFRC) is a grassroots, non-profit, community-based agency. Providing a wide range of programs, services and activities that enhance individual skills and promotes well-being and healthy communities, Delta is known for strength in effective outreach, collaboration and strong program which meet identified community needs.

Contact Information

Website: www.dfrc.ca/

Phone Number: 416-747-1172

Child Development Resource Connection Peel

 

Contact Information

Website: www.cdrcp.com/contact

Phone Number: 905-507-9360

Early Learning and Child Care or Special Needs Information Peel: 905-890-9432

 

Interim Place

 

Interim Place has been providing shelter, support, counselling and advocacy to help abused women and their children.

 

Contact Information

Website: www.interimplace.com

Phone Number: (905) 403-9691

  

Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre 

 

Dixie Bloor Neighbourhood Centre offers a welcoming and safe place where people of all backgrounds can come together to receive the help they need

 

Contact Information

Website: www.dixiebloor.ca

Phone Number: 905-629-1873

 

Kerr Street Mission - Community Social Services  

 

Provides relief to those at risk or in risk of poverty through programs, nutritious meals, food bank support and child and youth development.

 

Contact Information

Website: www.kerrstreet.com

Phone Number: 905-845-7485

Peel Youth Village

 

Peel Youth Village is a mixed-use development incorporating both a residential program and a community centre.The residential program is for youth in Peel who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness. The community centre serves residents, and the surrounding neighbourhood, through interactive recreation activities and programming, including a basketball half-court.

Contact Information

Website: www.peelregion.ca/

Phone Number: 905-791-5576

Youth Without Shelter - Educational Outreach Program  

 

Provides interactive workshops for elementary, middle and high school classes. The program breaks down stereotypes and myths and introduces the students to the realities of youth homelessness. 

Contact Information

Phone Number: 416-748-0110 ext 62

 

Support for Families

CAMH SAPACCY (Substance Use Program for African-Canadian & Caribbean Youth)

SAPACCY provides services to African and Caribbean Canadian youth and their families who are dealing with problem substance use and mental health concerns. The SAPACCY team works from a cultural competence lens to help Black youth work through mental health and addiction concerns. 

Sinai Health System: Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) 

Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) serves family assisted support to adults experiencing severe, persistent, and complex mental health problems, including: those with marked impairment in social, occupational, and daily functioning; and those with special needs such as high demand for services, substance abuse, homelessness, or involvement with the legal system.

Contact Information

Website: www.mountsinai.on.ca/

Phone Number: 416-586-9900

 

Sherbourne Health 

 

Sherbourne provides family health care, counselling, health education and supportive services to New Canadians (resident for 10 years or less), within Sherbourne’s neighbourhood; a diverse community of South East Toronto. Sherbourne New Canadians drop in clinic strives to promote primary care, counselling, education and skills on nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.

 

Contact Information

Website: www.sherbourne.on.ca

Phone Number: 416-324-4180

Toronto Distress Centre 

 

Provides telephone support to individuals in the community who are at risk and their most vulnerable. Highly-trained volunteer responders (with the support of professional staff) connect with callers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Contact Information

Website: www.torontodistresscentre.com

Phone Number: 416-408-4357(HELP) Text: 45645 to 408-HELP (4357)

Delta Family Resource Centre

Delta Family Resource Centre (DFRC) is a grassroots, non-profit, community-based agency. Providing a wide range of programs, services and activities that enhance individual skills and promotes well-being and healthy communities, Delta is known for strength in effective outreach, collaboration and strong program which meet identified community needs.

Contact Information

Website: www.dfrc.ca/

Phone Number: 416-747-1172

Family Service Toronto  

One-on-one and group counseling, walk-in counseling, information and referral services to people and families. Offering specialized counselling and support for individuals, couples and families. 

 

Contact Information

Service Access Unit: 416-595-9618

Phone Number (office): 416-595-9230

 

Legal Support

UNISON (Legal Services)

UNISON provides free legal advice in the following areas of law: social assistance, housing, basic employment, human rights, CPP and EI. We also provide notarization of documents (document must already be prepared). 

Website: www.unisonhcs.org

Phone Numbers by location:

Bathurst-Finch - 647-436-0385 

Jane-Trethway - 416-645-7575 

Keele-Rogers - 416-653-5400 

Lawrence-Heights - 416-787-1661

COVID-19 GTA Black Community Emergency Support Fund

 

Black Lives Matter-Toronto will be giving out one time stipends of $125 or $250 to Black people through an online application process, depending on need (please self-assess).

 

Contact Information

Website: www.blacklegalactioncentre.ca/

Phone Number: 416-597-5831 

 

Housing Security for Black Tenants

 

Legal, social and financial information specifically for Black tenants to support them during this time. If you require legal advice and you believe you are being discriminated against because you are Black, please contact. 

 

Contact Information

Toll Free Phone Number: 1-877-736-9406 (toll-free)

Phone Number: 416-597-5831

TTY Line: 1 800 855 0511.

 

Mental Health Resources

Access Point 

 

The Toronto Mental Health and Addictions Access Point, referred to as The Access Point, is a centralized point where you can apply for individual mental health and addictions support services and supportive housing.

 

Contact Information

Website: www.theaccesspoint.ca

Phone Number: 416-640-1934

 

Access Alliance 

 

Access Alliance provides services and addresses system inequities to improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable immigrants, refugees, and their communities

 

Contact Information

Website: www.accessalliance.ca

Phone Number: Downtown - 416-324-8677  Danforth - 416-693-8677  Jane - 416-760-8677

 

Black Creek Community Health Centre 

A non-profit community-based organization that provides health care services and programs geared to vulnerable populations living in Toronto’s North West communities.

 

Contact Information

Website: www.bcchc.com

Phone Number: 416-249-8000

 

CAMH SAPACCY (Substance Use Program for African-Canadian Caribbean Youth)

 

SAPACCY provides services to African and Caribbean Canadian youth and their families who are dealing with problem substance use and mental health concerns. The SAPACCY team works from a cultural competence lens to help Black youth work through mental health and addiction concerns. 

 

East Metro Youth Services

 

East Metro Youth Services works to identify and develop solutions to important issues affecting the child and youth mental health sector.

 

Contact Information

Website: www.emys.on.ca/

Phone Number: 416-438-3697

 

Flemingdon Heights Centre

 

Flemingdon Health Centre (FHC) is a registered charity and an incorporated not-for-profit Community Health Centre (CHC). We provide a range of health-related services based on the social determinants of health and community engagement models

 

Contact Information

Website: www.fhc-chc.com

Phone Number: 416-640-5298

 

Naseeha 

 

Naseeha provides our community with the tools needed to address mental health. With our confidential helpline, our youth receives immediate, anonymous, and confidential support over the phone from 12 – 9 pm, 7 days a week.

 

Contact Information

Website: www.naseeha.org

Helpline: 1-866-627-3342 

 

RITES for Black and African Canadian Youth 

 

The RITES program at Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) is a culturally specific, identity development initiative that supports the empowerment of Black and African-Canadian youth between the ages of 13 and 18. 

 

Contact Information

Website: www.ctys.org

Phone Number: 416-924-2100

 

Regent Park CHC 

 

RPCHC works with the people who live and work in the area to improve the health and wellbeing of the people who live here and the community as a whole. 

 

Contact Information

Website: www.regentparkchc.org

Phone Number: 416-364-2261

 

Sinai Health System: Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) 

 

Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACTT) serves adults experiencing severe, persistent, and complex mental health problems, including: those with marked impairment in social, occupational, and daily functioning; and those with special needs such as high demand for services, substance abuse, homelessness, or involvement with the legal system.

 

Contact Information

Website: www.mountsinai.on.ca

Phone Number: 416-586-9900

 

Sinai Health System: Mental Health Court Support Program 

 

The Mental Health Court Support Program is committed to providing culturally sensitive rehabilitative services to mentally challenged individuals of ethno-specific backgrounds who are in conflict with the criminal justice system for minor offences. 

 

Contact Information

Website: www.mountsinai.on.ca

Phone Number: 416-586-9900

 

Sherbourne Health 

 

Sherbourne provides family health care, counselling, health education and supportive services to New Canadians (resident for 10 years or less). Sherbourne New Canadians drop in clinic strives to promote primary care, counselling, education and skills on nutrition and healthy lifestyle choices.

 

Contact Information

Website: www.sherbourne.on.ca

Phone Number: 416-324-4180

 

Scarborough Centre for Healthy Communities 

 

SCHC provides inclusive health and wellness services to treat illness, support people who are managing chronic disease, enduring crisis, or facing end of life.

 

Contact Information

Website: www.schcontario.ca 

Phone Number: 416-642-9445

 

Stella's Place 

 

We are THE place for young adults in Toronto, aged 16 to 29, who are experiencing mental health challenges to get the support they need. The Stella’s Place ‘menu’ includes peer supports, clinical, online, employment, wellness, and recovery services as well as opportunities to explore your creative self through studio programs.

 

Contact Information

Website: www.stellasplace.ca

Phone Number: 416-461-2345 

 

TAIBU 

 

Serves the Black community across the GTA as its priority population. We also serve all residents of the Malvern neighbourhood.

 

Contact Information

Website: www.taibuchc.ca/

 

Tropicana 

 

Toronto-based multiservice organization, provides all youth, newcomers, people of Black and Caribbean heritage and others in need with opportunities and alternatives that lead to success and positive life choices.

 

Contact Information

Website: www.tropicanacommunity.org

Phone Number: 416-439-9009 

 

UNISON 

 

Unison Health and Community Services offers a range of FREE counselling and support services for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two-spirited, intersex, queer or questioning individuals.

www.unisonhcs.org

 

Bathurst-Finch: 647-436-0385 

Jane-Trethway: 416-645-7575 

Keele-Rogers: 416-653-5400 

Lawrence-Heights: 416-787-1661

 

 

Women's Health in Women's Hands 

 

Counselling services employs a feminist, woman-centred approach to provide short-term counselling, group sessions and workshops to women from our priority populations. 

 

Contact Information

Website: www.whiwh.com

Phone Number: 416-593-7655