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Women's Mental Health - Resources and Support

We hope that the resources listed below are helpful to you while you wait for mental health services for a women's mental health concern 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 Women page helpful.

Ontario Shores Resources

LOVE. YOU.  by Shoppers Drug mart Women’s Clinic 905-430-4055
Outpatient Women’s Clinic provides service to women who have symptoms of mental illness related to the perinatal period (pregnancy and postpartum), pre-menstrual mood symptoms, and menopause

Community Resources/Groups

Postpartum Support International (PSI) 
Call the PSI Helpline at 1-800-944-4773(4PPD) to get basic information, support and resources
The Helpline messages are returned every day of the week by a volunteer

Regional Municipality of Durham Health Department – Durham Health Connection Line 905-666-6241

  • Durham Health Connection Line (telephone access to a Public Health Nurse, Mon-Fri, 9:00am to 6:00pm)
  • Post Partum Mood Disorder Support Group facilitated by a Public Health Nurses located in Whitby
  • Breastfeeding Clinic/groups
  • Online prenatal classes
  • Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program: free home visits by a Public Health Nurse & Family Visitors (support during pregnancy and after baby is born up until the age of 4 years)

Violence, Abuse, Rape

The Assaulted Women’s 24-7 Help Line 1-866-863-0511

Durham Rape Crisis Centre - 905-668-9200 - Whitby
Offers groups and individual counselling for sexual assault and child sexual abuse
Art & parenting related groups
24-7 crisis and support line; support during the legal process, including advocacy and accompaniment Self referral.

Luke’s Place - 905-728-0978 
Supports for abused women and their children
Court support workers, workshops, peer support/networking group, pro bono information from  a lawyer

DRIVEN - Oshawa- 1-905-432-SAFE [7233] 
Meet with various services in one location to get information, safety planning, help finding housing/counselling

YWCA Durham -  (905) 576-2997 or 1-(888) 576-2997
For women in, leaving, or recovering from abusive relationships
Y’s wish Emergency shelter, crisis line, supportive and transitional housing, housing outreach worker, APPLE counselling program, recreation programs, store of previously enjoyed items

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Care Centre - 905-721-6128, ext 2787 
24hr Emergency Medical Services at Lakeridge Health Oshawa for sexual assault and domestic violence victims whose assault has occurred within the past 72 hours
Counselling for victims of sexual assault who have been sexually assaulted within the past year
For women, documentation and photographs of injuries from domestic violence, safety planning, referrals

Victim Services of Durham Region - 905-579-1520, ext 1846 
24-7 on-scene and telephone support to victims of crime and their families (police requested)
Assistance with finding counselling and emergency expenses
Supportlink program, where clients at risk are supported with wireless cell phones and safety planning 

Family Law Information Centre - 905-743-2800- Oshawa courthouse
Information and forms, regarding family law (divorce, custody and access, child support, and child protection/CAS proceedings)
Access to very brief legal advice

Other emergency shelters/outreach services:    
Assaulted Women’s HelpLine - 1.866.863.0511

Bethesda House - Bowmanville- 1.800.338.3397 
Denise House- Oshawa

Muslim Welfare Home - Whitby -905.665.0424      
Horizon House - Ajax/Pickering - 1.866.437.4066

Denise House, Herizon House, and Bethesda House (24/7)   (905) 728-7311; 1-800-263-3725
Provides crisis/counselling, residential support for women in abusive relationships, as well as children’s programs. 

Me Too:  “The ‘me too’ movement supports survivors of sexual violence and their allies by connecting survivors to resources, offering community organizing resources, pursuing a ‘me too’ policy platform, and working with researchers to add to the field and chart our way forward. We believe that the movement begins with connecting survivors to resources for healing, justice, action and leadership.”
Me Too: Explore Healing

Me Too: Survivor Healing Series


Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre - 1-877-454-4035 (Pickering)
For women who have experienced violence or those dealing with settlement and integration issues.
Individual counseling, support group, mentor program, case aides for elderly immigrant/newcomer women , healthy lifestyles workshops, referrals, crisis support, WEALS program

Women’s Multicultural Resource & Counselling Centre of Durham (905) 427-7849
Our counselling model is based on integrated anti-racist, anti-oppression and feminist analysis, a holistic approach in which a person’s experience and realities of life are not fragmented and divided. In this counselling model we do not only deal with issues of violence in someone’s life, there are other factors that need consideration such as race, gender, nationality, age, sexual preference, disability, class, income status, geographical region, immigration status, language, educational level, cultural practices and religion.

WMRCC of Durham provides one on one counselling and crisis intervention services by qualified counsellors and social workers.

Other Services offered:

  • Crisis Intervention: Referrals, Counsellng, Accompaniment, Mentorship
  • Newcomer Support: Workshops, Youth Programs, Diversity Training, Outreach Programs, Workshops, Youth Programs, Diversity Training, Outreach Program
  • Worker Cooperative: Development Program


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