People who I want support from
No matter who you are or where you are, there are people who can support you. When we think about mental health or substance use treatment, we usually think of psychiatrists and counsellors. However, there are many types of people who can help.
If you already have a service provider (like a family doctor or case worker), you may start by explaining your situation and needs to them. Then you can decide together what type of help will be best for you. Your service provider may be able to help you get in touch with the service you’re interested in. They may contact the service for you or tell you how to contact them yourself.
Tips on finding a family doctor (general practitioners or GP) if you do not have one
- Ask your friends or family members if their doctor practice is taking in new patients.
- Ask your local hospital or community health centre if they have a family doctor’s unit. If not, they may be able to direct you to a local practice.
- Use the internet to search for “doctor practices near me.” Some provinces and territories have services that list doctors or nurse practitioners who are accepting new patients in your community.
- Reach out and ask an agency or medical clinic directly. They may know which doctors are taking new clients.
Examples of people who might be able to help you are case navigators, mental health nurses, psychotherapists and counsellors. Once you connect with a service provider, see whether you feel comfortable with them. Look for a good personal connection, as well as professional training. If one service provider isn’t a good fit, it’s OKAY to let someone know. You can refer to the Feedback and complaints section. They might be able to help you find someone else who is a better fit.