Mental Health, Substance Use and Stigma

Local supports and phone lines

Guelph and Wellington County

Dufferin County 


  • *NewMental health, wellness, and addiction support: Find information about programs that may be right for you based on your mental health and addictions needs, and the type of support that you prefer
  • Woebot: An artificially intelligent chatbot: Free app that uses cognitive behaviour therapy to help individuals develop skills and build healthy habits
    • *Supported by Family Counselling and Support Services for Guelph-Wellington & Waterloo-Wellington LHIN


Support for healthcare workers and first responders

CMHA Waterloo-Wellington: Access immediate virtual care including professional counselling, a 24/7 Crisis Line, and other mental health updates.

CMHA Dufferin-Peel: Immediate access to assessment, virtual care, and in-person response (if required)

  • For services call: 905-451-2123 or 1-877-451-2123 (Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm)
  • For crisis call: 905-278-9036 or 1-888-811-2222 (24/7)

Boots on the Ground: Peer support for first responders

Coping with stress and anxiety during COVID-19

CMHA Waterloo-Wellington 

CMHA Dufferin-Peel

CMHA National

Guelph Community Health Centre

At this time, online support groups are not running. However, individual counselling support is available either online or via telephone. Parents can call directly to make a self-referral, or a health professional can send in a referral form. To make an appointment please call (519) 821-6638 ext. 320. 

World Health Organization

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction

Wellington Guelph Drug Strategy

Wellington Waterloo Eating Disorders Coalition

National Eating Disorder Information Centre

Stigma and discrimination

Stigma and discrimination often occur out of fear and uncertainty. As COVID-19 is new and there are many unknowns about this virus, it can lead to misconceptions. Do not let fear of COVID-19 turn into stigma. Here are some resources to learn more about stigma and COVID-19:

WDGPH Social Media Infographics on Stigma and COVID-19

Grief During COVID-19

Bereaved Families of Ontario Midwestern Region