IF YOU ARE FEELING DISTRESS NOW: Please call 911. Report to a nearby emergency department. Or call the CAMH Emergency Clinic (416 535 8501 x.6885) or Toronto Distress Centre (416 408 4357). They can help you, now. They can help you with whatever thoughts you can’t stop, or pain that you can’t control. You can try it, and it is OK to try and talk to them. If you feel that you can’t talk to someone, do this: take 15 minutes. For 15 minutes, just breathe. Splash your face with cold water, hold an ice pack, or have a sip of cold water. Do these two things. See how you feel after the 15.
If you’re feeling like you’re going through rough times, or like what I’m writing really hits home, it’s a good idea to talk to someone you trust. It’s really great to get support from your family and friends – just having them know can be a relief. People who can be resources, who know how to help, can be your doctor, a counsellor or nurse at school or work, or social work connections.
I understand the desire to find things out for yourself, especially when so much information is at your fingertips, but as we are all aware, finding trustworthy internet sites can be hard. And NO website can diagnose you, treat you, or solve your problems.
I cannot stress enough: talk to a medical or social work professional that you know and trust.
Here are some helpline options for Toronto:
Toronto Distress Centre 416 408 4357 (HELP)
CAMH Emergency Clinic – 416 535 8501 x. 6885.
Kids Help Phone 1 800 668 6868
Telehealth Ontario 1 866 797 0007
Here are some website options, that I trust, and have helped me:
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health I receive treatment here. The website is certainly expansive in what it covers, and there are links to how you can get help there too. It’s one of the leading, and largest, research organizations for mental health in Canada, so it’s about as solid in accurate information as a website can be.
Mind Your Mind Another fabulous resource. It is not only full of information, but also stories of others going through the same.
For information pages:
MAC Anxiety Research Centre With a screening test (not a substitute for a doctor, as they note)
FAME (Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere)
DBT Self Help An information site for dialectical behavioural therapy, a form of therapy for borderline personality disorder. It is not a substitute for the therapy itself in a group, but definitely a good resource.