Helpful Links

Distress Centers

If you are in need of immediate assistance, please call:

North Halton 905-877-1211

Oakville & Burlington 905-849-4541

Peel 905-278-7208

ROCK (Reach Out Centre for Kids) Crisis Line 905-878-9785

Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868

Mental Health Crisis

Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST)

Halton 1-877-825-9011

Peel 905-278-9036

Halton Regional Police Mobile Crisis Rapid Response Team (Non-emergency Phone)

Oakville & Burlington 905-825-4777

North Halton 905-878-5511

Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence
Halton Womens Place Crisis Line

Burlington 905-332-7892

Milton 905-878-8555

SAVIS (Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton Crisis Line)


Canadian Mental Health Association

North Halton 519-853-9793

Oakville 905-693-4270

Thrive Counselling

Oakville (905) 845-3811

Burlington (905) 637-5256 or Toll Free 1-866 -457- 0234

Radius Child and Youth Services


North Halton Mental Health Clinic
Acton 519-853-9741

Georgetown  905-693-4240 ext. 8402

Milton 905-693-4240

Bereavement Support
Acclaim Health

Acclaim Health offers One-to-one support through their Bereavement Peer Support program; Spousal Loss Support groups; Lending Library open to the community.

Bereaved Families of Ontario

Bereaved Families of Ontario (BFO) provides bereavement support through self-aid and mutual aid. BFO affiliates may be found throughout Ontario.  To find the affiliate closest to you or to access this organization’s other resources, please visit:

The Coping Centre

The Coping Centre, located in Cambridge, Ontario, offers bereavement support groups for children, teens and adults.  They offer numerous online articles about the experience of grieving and how to help grieving individuals.

Heart House Hospice

HHH offers one-on-one bereavement support and bereavement support groups twice yearly in the Northern Peel region. A lending library is also maintained.

Wellspring Halton/Peel

Wellspring offers programs and services that meet the emotional, social, practical and restorative needs of people living with cancer and those who care for them. Support extends to bereavement support.

The Center for Loss and Life Transition

Dr. Alan Wolfelt is the Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition.  Dr. Wolfelt’s model of “companioning” versus “treating” people in grief is respected the world over.  He offers workshops and trainings for bereavement caregivers.  Dr. Wolfelt’s books and DVDs for bereaved children, teens and adults are available through the online shop.

Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement

The Australian Centre for Grief and Bereavement is the largest provider of grief and bereavement education in Australia.  This centre provides individual grief support and group support.  They have an extensive number of publications and products available for purchase pertaining to grief, loss and bereavement for families and professionals.  Online resources include articles about grief and about supporting children and teens.

Helping Grieving Children
Seasons Centre for Grieving Children

The Seasons Centre in Barrie, Ontario, provides support groups for greving children, teens and their caregivers at no cost to families. They also have books about grieving for children available for purchase.

705-721-5437 or 1-855-721-5437

The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse, in Oakville, Ontario, offers grief support for children, teens and their caregivers who have experienced the death of someone in their everyday life or are coping with the terminal illness of a family member.  They have a community library of books and DVDs about grieving for children, teens and adults that are available to borrow.

The Dougy Centre

The Dougy Center, the national center for grieving children and families in the U.S.A., provides group support for bereaved children, teens, young adults and their families.  This center has many wonderful books for children, teens and parents that are available for purchase through their bookstore.  They also have online resources, including articles about the grief process and helpful activities for children.

Winston’s Wish

Winston’s Wish is the largest provider of supportive services to bereaved children, young people and their families in the U.K. Their website has numerous articles providing information about grieving children and teens, as well as helpful advice for caregivers on how to talk to children and what is helpful to them.


Skylight is a New Zealand organization whose purpose is to support people facing any kind of tough life situation, whatever their age and whatever the cause. They offer online information about the different ways change, loss, trauma and grief can affect children, teens and adults. It also offers information, resources and ideas about ways to deal with tough times and ways to support people of all ages during difficult times. Helpful books are also available for purchase through an online shop.

National Alliance For Grieving Children

The National Alliance for Grieving Children promotes awareness of the needs of children and teens grieving a death and provides education and resources for anyone who wants to support them.


Fernside is a Cincinnati organization that offers peer support for bereaved children, teens and adults.  Online resources include articles about how to help grieving children.  Booklets about how to help grieving children are also available for purchase.

Rainbows Canada

Rainbows is an international organization that offers peer support programs for youth and adults. Their support group program is 12 weeks long.   It is volunteer- driven and offered at no cost to participants.  Their website includes helpful information for parents of grieving children.

Suicide Loss Grief Support
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention

This website has a survivor support section that includes suicide grief information and survivor support services for each province.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

This website includes resources for suicide bereaved individuals.  Of note, there is a downloadable guide called “Surviving a Suicide Loss:  A Resource and Healing Guide”.  Other helpful resources include a reading list, websites, and personal stories.


Heartache2Hope is a Halton-based organization that offers open and closed support groups as well as one-on-one support to individuals after a suicide loss.

Durham Distress Centre Suicide Survivor Support

Durham Distress Centre provides a Suicide Survivor Call Out Program; Suicide and Homicide Survivor Support Groups.

Toronto Distress Centre Survivor Support Program

This program offers individualized grief support for survivors of suicide or homicide loss in safe, one on one formats and group support sessions.It has a Suicide Resource Centre.