Mental Health

When mental health help is needed, who will be there to listen? You can help local people find the support they need, when they need it.

Mental Health

When mental health help is needed, who will be there to listen?

You can help local people find the support they need, when they need it.  

Depression. Anxiety. Grief. PTSD.

In Canada, one in five people struggle with their mental health. It could be a neighbour struggling with anxiety, a sibling coping with bipolar disorder, a friend processing past abuse, or a parent dealing with depression after the loss of a loved one. Without timely, appropriate support, people facing mental health issues are at greater risk of harm.

Mental health challenges affect all aspects of life

When someone’s mental health becomes compromised, it can impact their ability to work, live independently, or just get through the day.


Counselling is reported as the greatest local need, but it is also the least likely to be met.

finding help

Understanding where to go and how to get help can add another layer of stress.

health risks

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Canadians between 10 and 24 years.

Why should someone always be #HeretoHear?

Asking for help isn’t easy, but getting help should be

Mental health stigma often keeps people from seeking help. When a person is ready to take that step, it’s important that someone is there to listen and provide effective, professional guidance.

United Way East Ontario believes that we should all be here to hear. Every person throughout Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark County and Renfrew County deserves access to the help they need, when they need it.

With your support, we:

  • Enable 24/7 crisis lines and that offer immediate emotional support and coping strategies
  • Support accessible, affordable counselling and peer support groups
  • Participate in initiatives like the Community Suicide Prevention Network

Our Impact

A photo of Roxanne sitting on a couch in her living room.

“It wasn’t safe at home.”

While her son struggled with his mental health, Roxanne felt alone. A United Way partner gave her family the help they needed.

No one should suffer in silence

People of all ages, genders, and ethnicities can struggle with their mental health, through all stages of life. People who face these challenges may have trouble focusing at school, parenting and managing family life, or finding and keeping a good job.

Thanks to our donors, United Way invests funds where they are needed most and will have the greatest impact. Together with your support, we can ensure more people in our communities have access to the local mental health and crisis supports they need, when they need it.

Need help?

2-1-1 Ontario

Community, social, government and health services
Dial 2-1-1

Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region

24/7 mental health support
Call 613-238-3311

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