For Crisis Services call:
1-800-742-1890 Long Distance
Durham Mental Health Services offers a range of crisis supports to assist individuals who are experiencing a personal or situational crisis. Our crisis services are free, confidential and offered to anyone over 16 years of age.
Telephone support is available toll free, 24 hours per day, to support the individual in crisis and/or their supports. A community visit by our mobile crisis team can be arranged to support the individual in their preferred environment. Follow-up support and short-term case management, including linkage and referral to other community supports, are also available.
Short-term stays in our Crisis Beds are available for individuals who are experiencing a crisis and are in need of individualized support in a safe, supportive setting away from their present situation.
Mental Health Safe Beds
This program provides short-term residential crisis beds for individuals living with mental health problems, who are in contact with the justice system. The program offers a safe alternative (where appropriate) to incarceration or hospitalization.
Mental Health Support Unit
In partnership with Durham Regional Police and Ontario Shore for Mental Health Sciences, the MHSU provides an enhanced mobile crisis team consisting of a police officer and a mental health nurse. Outreach and follow-up services are provided by Crisis Services. This program is accessed through Durham Regional Police.