Mental Health Awareness Week is upon us. This is the perfect opportunity to talk about a subject that is often stigmatized. With those who are suffering through mental health issues having a difficult time reaching out to those close to them because of the fear of being judged.
Don’t be afraid to speak out, and in the spirit of ensuring that you are aware of the resources in your area. We have compiled a list of a few resources in Mississauga where you can reach out and get the help you need.
This is a free of charge youth and family services walk-in counseling service for those in the Peel region. The clinic, which caters to children and youth (aged 12-17), along with families of the children/youth. The service seeks to help work through issues relating to family dynamic problems (such as frustrated parents, new changes impacting the household, relationship issues with family members, etc.), youth mental health concerns, transitioning/LGBTQ youth acceptance issues, troubled youths, along with many other concerns.
The service is confidential with the exception of a child under 16 who is deemed at risk of harm or any person over 16 where there is concern they might hurt themselves or someone else. The counsellors are well trained in a wide array of different scenarios, ensuring that regardless of the problem you may be coming in with, you will have the opportunity to work through it.
This is a referral service for those who are struggling to find the ideal resources to fit your needs. Given that finding the right mental health resources unique to your situation can be challenging, it is important to have experienced individuals who can guide you to the right avenues. Especially, as this organization has partnerships with 10 different mental health organizations across the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network.
Finding the right therapist can be difficult, as the searching process can be taxing. Luckily, this platform allows you to simplify your search for the ideal therapist. All it takes from your end is just going onto the website and filling out a few questions to better drill down the perfect therapist in your area. Once that is done you can book an appointment and be on your way to a better situation.
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This is one of Peel’s largest and most well resourced establishments. Having been around for the past 50 years, you are able to get the exact resources you need regardless of your situation. The CMHA – Dufferin Peel branch has a wide array of programs and services to help those within the community, with everything from addiction counselling to vocational training for those transitioning into the workforce.
There is also a 24/7 crisis support line, where those who may struggling to cope are able to call in and receive help from registered health professionals. Along with this, there are also options to have these health professionals come to you as an additional means of support. Please know that reaching out to get help is not a bad thing, if anything it will ensure you have the tools to better both yourself and your situation.