COVID-19 has impacted people in varying ways and it is understandable that during times like this, people may be feeling worried, anxious and overwhelmed. While you are staying at home practicing social distancing and self-isolation, stay in touch with each other, and reach out if you need support.
If you are in crisis and just need to talk with someone, call COAST Niagara 1-866-550-5205.
For children, youth and families across Niagara Region, counselling and supports are offered 24/7 through the Crisis Line at 1-800-263-4944.
Niagara Health’s Mental Health and Addiction Program remains in operation and available to those needing assistance.
If you or your loved one is experiencing any of the following mental health and addiction emergencies, we encourage you to go to the nearest Emergency Department. If you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or are unable to get to the hospital safely (for example if you have taken an overdose), stay home and call 9-1-1.
- Thinking about hurting others or have hurt someone
- Experiencing voices commanding you to hurt yourself or others
- Making choices that put you in serious danger
- Not being able to care for yourself, which puts you at risk
- Experiencing serious medication side effects such as swollen tongue, difficulty swallowing, unusual eye movements, severe muscle rigidity, etc.
- Thinking about or have taken a drug overdose
- Consuming excessive quantities of alcohol and combining this with prescription or other medications.
Visit our website for more information on Mental Health and Addiction resources.