Mental Health and Addictions

Young woman crouched down with her hands over her faceThe terms "mental illness" and "addiction" refer to a wide range of disorders that affect mood, thinking and behaviour.

It is estimated that 10-20% of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder. By the age of 40, about 50% of the population will have, or have had, a mental illness (source: Mental Health Commission of Canada).

Addiction and mental health are complex issues caused by many contributing factors. Solutions that address the needs of those experiencing mental health and/or addiction challenges are best developed with active, meaningful participation of everyone involved: people with lived experience, families, and health service providers.

Visit the Ontario Health website to learn more about:

Local Services and Resources

  1. List of Mental Health and Addictions – links to local health service provider websites for services overview and contact information
  2. – searchable online directory for various local services
  3. Mental Health at School – resources for youth, parents, educators, providers
  4. One Stop Shop Directory – overview of mental health, addiction, housing, other resources in York Region

More Resources and Information

  1. Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care - information about mental health and addictions
  2. Ontario’s Ministry of Children and Youth Services - information about child and youth mental health
  3. Connex Ontario – database of province-wide mental health, addictions and problem gambling services available across Ontario, or call 1-866-531-2600 to speak to Connex staff
  4. Prescription opioids: Know the risks; learn proper use
  5. BounceBack videos – offers support to Ontarians age 15+ to manage symptoms of depression and anxiety
  6. BounceBack telephone coaching – offers additional support in managing depression and anxiety; requires referral from a primary care provider