Find a safe space to talk about mental health and substance use, with people who know where you’re coming from.
On this page, you can find communities of support for mental health and substance use, made up of people who understand what you’re going through and are ready to help. Get connected online, by phone, or via Zoom.
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On participating in CAPSA's support group
The Peer Support Warmline is a free and confidential phone service provided by trained Peer Supporters. Peer Supporters have direct lived and living experience of mental health and/or substance use challenges, and can offer supportive helping conversations from the perspective of someone who has been there. The Warmline is a great choice if you are feeling lonely, isolated, anxious, or are in need of a friendly ear.
When you call the number above, you’ll be connected with a trained Peer Supporter. If none of the trained Peer Supporters are available when you call, you will be put on hold until somebody is free, or you can try calling again a bit later.
Once you’re connected with a Peer Supporter, they’ll listen to what’s on your mind, provide information about mental health and substance use, and point you towards other helpful resources.
CAPSA: All People, All Pathways
CAPSA’s All People All Pathway groups provide a safe and inclusive community of support for those who are questioning their relationship with substances. Meetings are currently held regularly over Zoom.
The purpose of the groups is to provide a safe and aware environment for those seeking help to question their relationship with substances, free from stigma or discrimination. Meetings are facilitated by trained peers, and is inclusive of all individuals seeking increased health in their relationship with substances. Their families, allies, and professionals are all welcome to attend as well.
Togetherall’s peer-to-peer platform is a safe space to connect with others who are experiencing something similar, or who have been there before. Their boards are a place to anonymously chat about whatever’s on your mind, from mental health and substance use to everyday concerns.
You can also message with the Wall Guides, trained counsellors who are available 24/7.
Peer Support is about having a supportive relationship with somebody who shares part of your lived experience. In other words, it means getting support from somebody who’s been through similar things as you.
Connecting with somebody who shares your experiences can help you feel understood and encouraged. It can also help you feel less alone in whatever you’re going through, as a reminder that other people have been there too, and that there’s hope that things will get better.
Counsellors usually have graduate-level training in counselling or psychotherapy. They typically work in more formal environments, with specific therapeutic skills and goals.
Peer Supporters can be trained in a wide range of skills, including active listening and helping skills. They often work in less formal, more community-based settings. Peer Supporters often focus more on sharing their own lived experiences to facilitate mutually helpful conversations with the people who go to them for support.
Togetherall’s online platform and CAPSA’s online support groups are open to everybody in Canada and Canadians abroad. Youth and adults from any background can access these services.
CAPSA’s online support groups do not register an account to join. To access Togetherall’s online platform, please sign up for a Wellness Together Canada account in order to log on for free.