Who is the guide for?
This guide is for people looking for mental health services in Ontario. You could be looking for services for yourself, a family member, partner or friend. Or you could be a health care provider who wants to help clients and families find out about different services and how to use them.
The range of services you are seeking will vary, depending on your situation. You could be trying to find a therapist to help you deal with the challenges of a small or minor difficulty, or you could be coping with a severe and ongoing mental health problem.
This guide is really about choices. It provides information about mental health services available in Ontario to help you choose what's best for you. It also offers a brief description of some of the most common types of mental health problems. And it gives tips that will help you find the services you need. It provides phone numbers and Web site addresses, so you can research a specific problem or treatment in more detail. And it includes questions you can ask health care providers. These questions can help you make sure that you're getting the kind of care you want.
If you are a health care provider, you may want to use Challenges & Choices as a reference book for clients. Feel free to photocopy sections that you think might be helpful for your clients. The size and format of the book were especially designed for this purpose. If you have a copy of the book in your waiting room, clients will be able to browse through the sections, and let you know which parts they would like copied.
Larger chapters have been sub-divided into sections to limit page length. If a chapter name is not highlighted, click on the section you want; if the section name is not highlighted as a link, click on the chapter name. You may need to scroll down the page to get to the relevant information.