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Hastings and Prince Edward Public Health

Mental Health

Mental health is an important part of our overall health and well-being. Throughout life most people experience times of good mental health. At other times, mental health may suffer due to loss, negative events or other stress in their life. People can develop symptoms of a mental illness, such as depression, anxiety or schizophrenia – for a number of reasons. Some people who are experiencing poor mental health or symptoms of a mental illness may have thoughts of suicide. 

If you, or someone you know, are having thoughts of suicide or causing self-harm, call 9-1-1 or visit your nearest Emergency Department.

Getting Help

It is important to reach out if you are struggling with poor mental health. You are not alone, and there are resources available in our community to help you. Visit our Getting Help page for more information.

There are also online resources available to support you:

  • Big White Wall – A free, online mental health support service where individuals 16+ can access peer support, information, and tailored self-help programs.
  • Bounce Back – 1-800-345-0224. If you’re experiencing low mood, depression, and anxiety, BounceBack can help. Through BounceBack, adults and youth 15+ learn skills to help manage worry and anxiety, combat unhelpful thinking, and become more active and assertive. Please note that a referral from a health care provider is needed in order to access this service.

Video Resources

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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.