Counselling/Mental Health

Counselling & Related Resources

CONTACT Hamilton – 905-570-8888/
This is a central referral agency for all youth (up to age 18) requiring counselling services. Students must self-refer.

Catholic Family Services – 905-527-3823, ext. 279/ ages)
This agency operates a Walk-in Counselling Clinic for individuals, couples and families. The clinic is held every Tuesday from noon until 6:30 p.m. at 447 Main Street East, Unit 201. No appointment required. Fee is geared to income (so students need not be concerned). Note: this agency serves the general public; counselling is not Catholic faith-based.

COAST – 905-972-8338/
This is a 24 hour crisis line. If you require immediate assistance due to emotional distress, you may phone COAST. Note: if you are experiencing a medical emergency, phone 911!

Youth Wellness Centre Provides a safe environment for young people age 17 to 25 to receive expert care for mental health and addiction issues.

Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868/
Professionally-trained counsellors are available by phone 24 hours/day. If your issue is less urgent, you may post questions and read responses on their web site.

Bereaved Families of Ontario (Hamilton/Burlington) – 905-318-0070
Offers support for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

Family Physician/Walk-In Clinic
Remember that your family doctor is your primary healthcare provider. S/he may have a counsellor attached to the medical practice whom you may be able to access; also, your doctor needs to know what’s going on with you to assess you for serious medical conditions (such as depression or anxiety).

To Find a Family

Sexual Health Information Line – 905-528-5894
Offers confidential phone counselling and clinic information. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sexual Assault Centre Crisis Line – 905-525-4162/

Suicide Prevention Hotline & Supportive Counselling – 905-522-1477/

Alternatives for Youth – 905-527-4469/

Al-Anon/Alateen – 905-522-1733/
This agency offers confidential counselling for young al-anon members, usually 10 – 19 years of age, who are experiencing difficulties related to someone else’s alcohol use. Service is free of charge. Visit the web site for meeting times and locations.

The Well – 905-525-0300/
The Well facilitates various peer support groups and social groups for members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans community. Visit the web site for further information.

Ontario Works – 905-546-4800