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Mental Health Support for Families

March 20, 2020

This is a stressful time, but you don’t have to go through it alone. You can find local services at The following resources are also available to support families in Peel Region.

Crisis Support for Parents and Caregivers

24.7 Crisis Support Peel Dufferin

The Crisis Support line provides 24/7 support to anyone experiencing a mental health crisis. For emergency support at any time, visit their website or call 905-278-9036.

Spectra Help Line

This multilingual crisis help line offers support to people living in Peel Region and surrounding areas. The English line is open 24/7, with multilingual support open Monday to Friday from 10am to 10pm. Languages available include Cantonese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, Hindi, Punjabi, and Urdu. Visit their website or call 905-459-7777.

Non-Emergency Support for Parents and Caregivers

Postpartum Mood Disorder Support

While in-person peer support groups are suspended during COVID-19, email support is available to mothers with infants (0 to 12 months old) who are feeling overwhelmed or isolated. Contact for support and resources.


For non-emergency mental health support, call 1-866-531-2600 or start a live chat.

Peel Public Health

A Public Health nurse can provide counselling and information about parenting and mental health concerns, including Postpartum Mood Disorder. Call 905-799-7700 for support Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Due to the Region’s response to COVID-19, wait times for telephone support may be longer than usual.

Peel Aboriginal Network

Peel Aboriginal Network has virtual resources available through their Facebook to support mental health and well-being.

Employment Assistance Program (EAP)

Some employers offer mental health coverage as part of their benefits package. Check with your employer to see if this is an option for you.

Children’s Mental Health provides mental health supportive counselling and crisis support to children, youth (under 18) and families who reside in the Region of Peel. When families call, the intake specialist will connect them with the most appropriate service for their concerns. Visit their website or call their intake line at 905-451-4655 Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. or Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Peel Children’s Centre Crisis Response

A 24/7 crisis response line is available 416-410-8615 to children and youth under 18 years old and their parents/caregivers.

Psychology Foundation of Canada

Access parenting and mental health resources for infants, children, youth, and parents.

School Mental Health Ontario

School Mental Health Ontario offers advice on supporting your child’s mental health and well-being, as well as activities for children that help them understand and control their thoughts and feelings.