During stressful events our reactions can affect us physically or emotionally. It can affect our thinking. You might have trouble sleeping, eating, or paying attention. Many people have short tempers and get angry easily. You may have strong feelings right away. Or you may not notice a change until much later, after the crisis is over. Stress can change how you act with your friends and family. The Ottaw Public Health (OPH) Responding to Stressful Events webpage offers some coping strategies and services that residents may find useful. Residents can also call OPH at 613-580-6744 to speak with a public health nurse who can inform you of the various community resources available to help you.
Here are just a few:
- Counselling Connect – Emergency mental health and addiction counselling referral service in Eng and Fre for Ottawa residents
- Distress Centre – Ottawa & Region (English) (Ottawa Region)
- MentalHealth Crisis Line (English)(French) (24/7)
- 211(24/7) connects callers to community, social, government and health service information in Ottawa
- The Ottawa Hospital – Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team: 24/7 (English/French)
- Referral form
- Call to discuss referral – 613-722-6914 (1-866-996-0991)
- If accepted send by fax: 613-241-7710
- Clients can also self-refer
- Walk-In Counselling Clinic: no appointment necessary, no fee, no referral and services offered in 7 languages (English, French, Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Somali and Spanish)
- eMentalHealth.ca (English), eSantéMental.ca (French): Local mental health support and services for the general public, medical students and primary care providers.