The Thunder Bay District Health Unit supports mental health in a variety of ways across our programs. We do not, however, provide acute crisis or mental health services or counselling. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis:
- Call 911
- Visit your nearest emergency department
- Call Crisis Response
- Thunder Bay: 346-8282
- Thunder Bay District: 1-888-269-3100
To find out where you can access counselling support and treatment for mental health concerns:
The Thunder Bay District Health Unit partners with various community-based, provincial and national organizations to help support and promote mental health in several areas including:
- Youth mental health
- Stigma reduction
- Mental health promotion
- Mental health and addictions
- Mental health challenges as they relate to Indigenous health
- Mental health challenges as they relate to LGBTQ health
- Mental health in the workplace
- Maternal mental health
Our goal is to provide our partners support and input from the public health perspective for the development of evidence-based community programs, and help raise awareness of the issues.
Mental Health and You
Mental Health and COVID-19
Most people would agree that navigating the COVID-19 pandemic has been stressful. Many would say that it has affected their mental health. People with and without pre-existing mental health concerns have been feeling the effects of ongoing COVID-19 worries and protocols and may have found it difficult to cope.
If you feel that you are having concerns with your mental health (COVID-19 related or not), please know that your feelings and experiences are valid. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to improving and supporting our mental health; however, we have collected a series of tips that you may find useful below. There are also local supports available 24/7 - visit the Mental Health Support page for more information. Remember that seeking help is a sign of strength.
Youth Mental Health
Teens face a lot of pressure, yet they don’t always have the tools to deal with that pressure or an environment to support them. We have helped develop a number of strategies to prepare our children and promote positive mental health.
Mental Health and Addictions
Challenges with mental health and addiction are inextricably linked, making this a complex area of health. The TBDHU works with a number of partners to develop program and initiatives to decrease stigma, and provide resources and supports for those who are living with and navigating challenges with their mental health and substance use.
Please visit Mental Health Support for more information.
Related information can be found on Alcohol and Other Drugs.
Mental Health and Indigenous Populations
Indigenous populations in the District of Thunder Bay face different challenges and disproportionately carry the burden of harm related to mental health challenges, specifically, suicide. There are a number of culturally sensitive support systems in place in our community that can help. Visit our Mental Health Support page for more information.
Mental Health and the LGBTQ Community
Members of the LGBTQ community, especially youth, often face additional pressures and challenges that can interrupt and affect mental health and wellness and also disproportionately carry a higher risk for suicide ideation and behaviour than non-identifying (heterosexual) peers
Mental Health at Work
Workplaces play an important role in protecting and promoting the mental health of employees. TBDHU works with many community partners to support employers in creating positive work environments and connecting them to helpful resources and services. Please visit our Superior Mental Wellness @ Work for more information.
Maternal Mental Health
Mood changes after pregnancy are very common. Roughly 1 in 5 women experience mood changes post-partum, affecting 3,500 families in Northern Ontario alone. Supporting your mental health after baby is important and intervening early has many benefits for families.
For Further Information
Call the Injury Prevention Program: (807) 625-5900
or toll-free 1-888-294-6630