Kids Help Phone. We love this organization. They have great staff and a wonderful website. When we can’t be there because it’s the middle of the night, or there’s a crisis and the last three appointment slots of the day are already booked, kids help phone is there 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Crisis Line. Another help line available 24 hours. This one is dedicated to mental health (which includes suicide, depression and anxiety).
Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Youthline. The Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans Youth Line is a toll-free Ontario-wide peer-support phone line for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, 2-spirited, queer and questioning young people.
SOS Kids Online is the new online version of Kids Safety Magazine. It’s great and has solid articles and advice on teen dating, pregnancy, drugs, alcohol, peer pressure, bullying, violence, suicide, etc.
Toronto District School Board’s safety line. Call line and website to anonymously report personal or school safety concerns. Welcomes submissions by students, parents and TDSB staff.
Jessica Zeyl Psychotherapy. Jessica is the owner and one of the therapists at Toronto Counselling Centre for Teens. She also has a private practice. So if your experience of her as a therapist was positive and you want to refer a non-teenage friend to her, this is a good way to do it.
June Starkey is a learning specialist. She was a teacher and now trains future teachers at teacher’s college. She also has a private practice in the west end of Toronto where she works with students who are struggling to help them active optimal success with their studies. She accepts clients that either have or haven’t been psychologically tested. I refer students to her if I suspect they may have a processing disorder, ADHD/ADD or any sort of learning disorder.
Dr. Kim Callaghan is a Naturopath that specializes in women and children. Jessica and her kids see her and we regularly refer teens with mental health concerns. Seeing her is a great alternative and/or complement to taking meds.
Bernie Golden. Toronto Counselling Centre for Teens shares office space with Bernie Golden. He is an excellent therapist and has a unique specialization helping adult men who have experienced childhood sexual abuse.
Janina Kanonas-Fenton is a lovely therapist who practises in Courtice, ON, just east of Oshawa. Her practice is called Spero Counselling Services. She is passionate about working with teens and families.
The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. A children’s mental health treatment, research and teaching centre.