We hope that the resources listed below are helpful to you while you wait for mental health services for eating disorders or are between appointments. These resources are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or mental health advice, diagnosis or treatment. You should always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health care professional with any questions you may have. Never disregard professional advice or delay in seeking it because of a resource you have found on this website, including those listed below. If you are seeking professional mental health services you may find our Accessing Care for Eating Disorders page helpful.
Ontario Shores Resources
Community Services / Groups
- eMentalHealth.ca Resources List
- CMHA Resources List
- Kids Help Phone
Free, anonymous and confidential professional phone counselling and online counselling, available 24/7 for kids and youth 20 years of age and younger.
- National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC)
NEDIC is a program of the University Health Network, Toronto. The website has some very good tips on how friends and parents can help. A toll-free helpline is staffed from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST/EDT: 1-866-633-4220 (or, in Toronto, 416-340-4156). NEDIC takes a non-dieting, client-centred approach and will not refer clients to diet centres. The website offers extensive information and comprehensive help resources, as well as links to other sources. Contact information and program details are provided for provincially funded programs, plus links to private providers with details such as how to access services, range of services, costs (if any), and practitioners’ credentials.
- Ontario Community Outreach Program for Eating Disorders
OCOPED is a partnership between the eating disorder programs at the University Health Network – Toronto General Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children. It is designed to improve specialized services across the province through professional training, consultation and network development. Under “About Us,” you will find a downloadable list of eating disorder treatment programs funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Links are available to the latest research, practice and prevention guidelines, provincial policies, and related resources.
- Bulimia Anorexia Nervosa Association (BANA) (Southwest Ontario)
BANA, a not-for-profit, community-based organization, serves Windsor-Essex, Chatham-Kent and Sarnia-Lambton. BANA provides specialized treatment, education and support, including programs for children, adults and families. Their website provides a range of downloadable educational resources and links to other organizations.
- Hopewell – Eating Disorder Support Centre (Eastern Ontario)
Hopewell is a not-for-profit, charitable organization providing information and support, including a mentoring program, workshops, and expressive art groups. The Helpline (613-241-3428) is available Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm, offering confidential one-on-one, peer support. The site includes a list of individual (private) practitioners (whose services may not be covered by OHIP), as well as hospital-based treatment programs available in Eastern Ontario.
- Maudsley Parents
Aimed first at parents, the Maudsley approach is an established, evidence-based outpatient family-based treatment (FBT) for anorexia that was developed at the Maudsley Hospital in London, UK. It’s now used by eating disorder programs around the world, including several in Ontario. The website has extensive information on the Maudsley approach and contact information for several Ontario providers.