Mental Health and Well-Being Resources
Young Caregivers Support Group is for young people between the ages of 15 and 25. It’s a safe place to share your feelings and hear from others going through similar experiences. Online discussions are held each Wednesday at 7:30 pm. Register today.
1:1 Peer Support Program is offered by the Ontario Caregiver Organization for individuals 18 years or older. Register today to get matched with a trained Peer Mentor who will connect with you over the phone to listen and provide support.
Kid’s Help Phone is a 24/7 national support service, offering professional counselling, information and referrals, and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French. Tel: 1-800-668-6868/Text: 686868/Live Chat
ConnexOntario is an information and referral service, focusing on mental health, addiction and problem gambling services in the province. They support Ontarians via phone(1-866-531-2600), web-chat and email 24/7.
Bounceback is a free skill-building program designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage symptoms of depression and anxiety.
Emily’s House at Philip Aziz Centre is a children’s hospice that extends their support services to young caregivers who are siblings to a child or youth with a life-limiting or terminal illness and healthy children who have a parent or guardian living with a life-limiting or terminal illness.
Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) is a registered charity brought together by families with a mission to facilitate the development of resilience for families living with mental illness. The charity provides support, education, coping skills and self-care strategies for families and caregivers.
Gilda’s Club Greater Toronto (GCGT) is a registered charity that provides support, education, and social interaction for cancer patients and their families. The inclusive program adopts a “whole family” approach so that friends and family of all ages can receive the support they need free of charge.
Heart House Hospice provides grief and bereavement support to dying patients and families, including caregivers and children, so that people can receive end-of-life care at home. Their Children and Youth Grief Network and Helping Us Understand Grief programs help young caregivers understand their caregiving role and learn to cope with the emotions of caregiving.
Alzheimer Society of Toronto created the Young Carers Meetup program, a series of in-person and online meetings for young caregivers to discuss self-care, responding in difficult situations, and maintaining relationships with their other family members and friends.
Huntington Society of Canada is a non-profit organization that supports people and families living with Huntington Disease through counselling services and medical research. The Youth Mentorship Program allows young caregivers caring for someone with Huntington Disease to meet a mentor with similar experience.
Roger Neilson House is a pediatric palliative care hospice on the campus of the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. The Spectacular Incredible Braving Siblings (SIBS) Program supports siblings of children with life-limiting illnesses. Young caregivers learn about self-care and coping strategies for their emotions, as well as information relevant to their sibling’s illness.
The Teresa Group is a community-based charitable organization that provides support to children and families affected by HIV and AIDS. Various support groups and a summer camp program offer young caregivers an opportunity to learn about coping with the stigma of HIV and AIDS and the stresses of their caregiving experience.
The Young Caregivers Association (Powerhouse Project) was created in 2003 as a special project of the Alzheimer Society of the Niagara Region. Since then, its mission has grown to promote the well-being of any young caregivers through social, recreational and educational programs in the Niagara and Haldimand-Norfolk Regions.
The Young Carers Program was developed by Hospice Toronto to meet needs of Young Carers and their families by facilitating supportive programs, with a focus on recreational, social, educational, and skill development activities.