Mental Healthcare & Counselling

The Mental Health Team at CCRIHC provides free private and confidential counselling for issues related to the unique experiences of refugees and newcomers in their lives prior to arrival, during their journey to Canada and upon settling into the Greater Toronto Area.

The Mental Health Care & Counselling Program at the Canadian Center for Refugee and Immigrant Healthcare (CCRIHC) is committed to delivering trauma-informed counselling by providing a safe, non-judgmental, and trusting space for vulnerable refugees and displaced migrant populations who have experienced significant losses and traumatic events.. 

All refugee journeys are treacherous where torture, persecution, war and poverty have become the norms. CCRIHC places a priority on providing support for those who may be experiencing precarious mental health issues, such as alienation, loneliness, frustration, exclusion, and racism, and as a result, face particular challenges in adaptation to their host country.

In addition to culturally appropriate and individual-centred mental health counselling, the understanding of sociopolitical and historical forces that lead to exile are pivotal in helping individuals to overcome struggles associated with displacement. We believe mental healthcare and counselling promote integration and resilience-building

If you have any questions regarding our Mental Health Care & Counselling or wish to make an appointment, please contact the centre’s main line at (647) 267-2176 or email us at  


  • Toronto Distress Centres: 416 408-4357 or 408-HELP
  • Suicide Prevention Hotline: 988
  • Gerstein Crisis Centre: 416 929-5200
  • Spectra Helpline: 905 459-7777 for Brampton and Mississauga 
  • Multilingual Distress Lines: TTY: 905 278-4890; (Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin, Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Assaulted Women’s Helpline: 416 863-0511; Toll-free: 1 866 863-0511
  • Kids Help Phone: 1 800 668-6868
  • Community Crisis Line Scarborough and Rouge Hospital: 416 495-2891  
  • Durham Crisis and Mental Health Line: 905 666-0483
  • Distress Centre Halton: For Residents of the Halton Region (Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, and Oakville)
    • Oakville: 905-849-4541; 
    • Burlington: 905-681-1488; 
    • Milton/Halton Hills: 905-877-1211

Let’s come together to provide a lifeline to refugees & asylum seekers inside our borders. If you want to join us and become part of the humanitarian solution, consider donating to the Canadian Centre for Refugee & Immigrant Healthcare.