Mental Health Supports
The safety and mental wellness of players, families, teams, and organizations is the GTHL’s top priority. If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out and consider one of the many provincial mental health supports below.
The GTHL also encourages players, families, teams, and organizations to remain active while safely supporting the community as everyone eagerly awaits to be back on the ice together next season. Regular physical activity, volunteering, and acts of kindness are proven to improve mental health in people of all ages.
General Mental Health Tips:
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868
Youth mental health support available 24/7.
Children’s Mental Health Ontario Centres: cmho.org/findhelp/
100 member organizations operating in every region in Ontario, providing treatment and support to children, youth, and families. Free. No referral required.
WES for Youth Online: http://www.wesforyouthonline.ca/
WES for Youth Online provides Ontario youth with an ongoing online counselling service, giving youth an opportunity to develop a long lasting relationship with their counsellor.
Find your local Canadian Mental Health Association: https://cmha.ca/find-your-cmha
A free, guided self-help program that’s effective in helping people aged 15 and up who are experiencing mild-to-moderate anxiety or depression, or may be feeling low, stressed, worried, irritable or angry.
Crisis Services Canada: 1-833-456-4566
Suicide prevention and support.
Hope for Wellness Help Line: https://www.hopeforwellness.ca/ or call 1-855-242-3310
Offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada. Phone and chat counselling is available in English, French, Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.
LGBT Youthline Ontario: 647-694-4275 + https://www.youthline.ca/ (chat, text and email available)
Ontario-wide peer-support for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, queer and questioning young people.
Distress and Crisis Ontario: http://www.dcontario.org/
Distress Centres (DC’s) across Ontario offer support and a variety of services to their communities. At a DC you can find a listening ear for lonely, depressed, and/or suicidal people, usually 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The website also offers a chat function.
Government of Ontario: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/
COVID-19 self-assessment tool: https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/#q0