24/7 Crisis Lines

Mental Health Crisis Line
Phone: Within Ottawa (613) 722-6914 – Outside Ottawa 1-866-996-0991
This is a link to services if your family member is not already under care, there will be follow up and referral to services. As well as for crisis situations.

Who they service:

  • Suicidal persons
  • Persons who suffer from serious mental illness and can no longer function/cope to ensure their self-care is maintained.
  • Families attempting to cope with a relative in their environment who is in crisis due to a mental health problem.

Ottawa Distress Centre
Phone: (613) 238-3311
For individuals who are depressed, in distress or in crisis.

Local Services

University of Ottawa Centre for Psychological Services
Phone: (613) 562-5289
Training unit that provides psychological services, in both English and French, to people from the Ottawa-Gatineau area.

Family Service Centre of Ottawa
Phone: (613) 725-3601
Their Mental Health Program offers a range of counselling services to adults who are living with mental health problems. Counselling services are offered through individual counselling, couple and/or family counselling, workshops and group programs.

Causeway Work Centre
Phone: (613) 725-3494
A community economic development organization that provides a range of employment and educational programs and other supports to persons with mental health issues and/or disabilities, and those who are homeless or at risk of becoming so.

Ottawa Institute of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (OICBT)
Phone: (613) 820-9931
Focuses on providing cognitive behavioural therapy for a wide range of clinical problems.

Psychiatric Survivors of Ottawa
Phone: (613) 567-4379
A non-profit member-driven organization founded in 1991 by a handful of consumer/survivors of the mental health system.PSO members are welcome to gather in our comfortable drop-in centre, where we exchange ideas and information, and enjoy each others company over a cup of tea or coffee

The Oasis in Kanata
Phone: (613) 435-1100
A community outreach initiative making information more readily available to caregivers of those with Mental Health challenges. Monthly meetings are held at Glen Cairn United Church, Kanata. Professional speakers are included.

Mental Health Organizations

The Canadian OCD Network
Canadian OCD resource site liaising with OC Foundation.

The Canadian Institute for Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
Canadian OCD resource site.

International OCD Foundation
The main organization for OCD, located in Boston, Mass. Many links to resources and information. They hold an annual conference in August.

Listing of all mental health resources in Ottawa.

Peace of Mind Foundation
OCD resource site by Elizabeth McIngvale.

OCD Ontario
Links to services and professionals within Ontario.

Anxiety Disorders Association of Ontario
Ottawa based, non profit organization, dedicated to assisting individuals and families coping with anxiety disorders.

Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre
Made up of clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other professionals, as well as students and trainees. Provides clinical services for anxiety related disorders.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
This link will take you to the Ottawa branch. They offer a 12 week course to educate and assist families dealing with mental illness.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

The National Organization for Mental Health

Mental Health Information and Referral Service (within CMHA)

The MHCSS Intake Workers, along with the staff at CMHA and partner agencies staff, offer information on mental health services, referrals to needed/wanted services, needs assessments, education, advocacy, and consultation to any Ottawa resident.

To access this service, contact the CMHA at (613) 737-7791, 9 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday, and ask for the Information and Referral staff.

Centre For Addiction And Mental Health (CAMH)
CAMH is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, and is located in Toronto. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.

Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa

Phone: (613) 260-2360
Located in Ottawa, they provide support and a range services for youth 12yrs and older.
YSB of Ottawa Mobile Crisis Team
For Children & Youth 0-18 and Their Families
Monday to Friday 4:30 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Saturday & Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Phone: (613) 562-3004

American Psychiatric Association Healthy Minds

Anxiety Disorders Association of Canada (ADAC)

Doctor Search



College of Psychologists
Record of any complaints registered against someone.

Drug Search

A comprehensive resource featuring information on various medications, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

About Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s) – Wikipedia
A description of common drugs used to treat OCD, anxiety and depression from Wikipedia.org.

Online Support Groups

OCD and Parenting
Affiliated with the OCFoundation. Advice and support from parents. Also has a panel of experts (psychiatrist/psychologist) that you can post a question to. The files section on this website has research papers on treatments and medication, as well as links to many related resources.

For individuals affected by OCD. Family members can also join, and just read posts, this can really help to gain understanding of what a person with OCD goes through. Wonderful psychiatrist and psychologists who answer posts regularly.

OCD Online
A treasure trove of information by Dr. Steven Phillipson, Phd. Video conferencing, telephone consultations, a video, many articles on coping strategies, question and answers, explanation of CBT for OCD.

OCAA (Obsessive Compulsive Addicts Anonymous) Mens meeting
A 12-step program to treat OCD. Holds a free weekly mens phone meeting on Sunday nights at 7 p.m. Eastern time.


ABC News/Nightline – OCD Recovery Program
The Dirty Work of Keeping Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Check


Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre
This site provides information about various anxiety disorders and is staffed by clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other professionals, as well as students and trainees from these disciplines. Clinical staff are affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster University.

OCD Types
A comprehensive site describing types of obsessions and compulsions.

Bipolar Disorder Learning Center
This site provides information on Bipolar Disorder including a description of the disorder, types and FAQs.

Resource Guide for Bipolar Disorder
This site also provides various information on Bipolar Disorder including a description of the disorder, facts, categories and statistics.