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What is mental health?

Mental health is the capacity to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life, realize our own potential, deal with challenges, and contribute to society (Mental Health Commission of Canada). About 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health problem each year, and this is also true for people living in the Windsor and Essex. Our mental health and our physical health are closely linked. It is possible to experience mental illness and to also experience positive mental health, and it is possible to experience poor mental health without mental illness. In other words, mental health and mental illness are related, but they are not the same. Mental health is not simply the absence of mental illness – it is our ability to enjoy and participate in our lives.

What is mental health promotion?

Mental health promotion involves increasing the ability of individuals and communities to exert control over their lives to improve their mental health. Mental health promotion places its focus on enhancing well being, and also focuses on things that protect us from experiencing mental health problems instead of focusing just on risk factors. Mental health promotion works to increase the strengths and competencies that individuals and communities already possess. Mental health promotion is for everyone.

Promoting mental health across the lifespan involves: increasing coping and resiliency; supporting positive parenting and healthy relationships; supporting the development of strong social networks, schools, and workplaces; reducing societal inequalities and decreasing stigma and discrimination.

The Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is involved in developing and delivering programs that support mental health for individuals and communities. We also develop partnerships with other health, social service, community organizations, and share knowledge and resources to build community capacity for mental health promotion and prevention.

Community Resources for Mental Health  

Counseling, Treatment & Support

If you need help call the 24-hour crisis line 519-973-4435

Canadian Mental Health Association – Windsor Essex County
CMHA offers a variety of services in Windsor-Essex County. There are programs and services for serious mental illness, moderate mental illness and addictions, bereavement, workplace health, and more.
519-971-4435 (Coordinated Access)

Family Services Windsor-Essex
Mental health and support services for individuals and families Visit for more information, counseling appointments, and additional programs. .
1770 Langlois Ave
Windsor Ave
N8X 4Ms

Walk-In Counselling is available at the following locations:

Windsor - Main Office
1770 Langlois Ave Windsor
Tuesday 12 to 8 pm
Friday 9 am to 5 pm

Harrow Health Centre
1480 Erie Rd S Harrow
Tuesday 3 to 7:30 pm

Access County Community
Support Services
23 Mill St S Kingsville
Tuesday 4 to 8 pm

Erie Shores Health Care Centre
194 Talbot St W Leamington
Monday 10 am to 4pm
(Closed on Holidays)

The Crisis and Mental Wellness Centre of the Transitional Stability Centre
Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare’s (HDGH) Crisis and Mental Wellness Centre is a one stop shop for mental health services. Serving individuals aged 16 and older, the Crisis and Mental Wellness Centre is a walk in service for those experiencing a mental health crisis.
Phone 519-257-5224
736-744 Ouellette Ave 
Windsor ON
N9A 1E1
8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. 
Open 7 days a week

24/7 Access to addiction, mental health, and problem gambling services.
Phone: 1-866-531-2600

Adult Crisis Services

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare
24-hour Crisis line 519-973-4435
Walk-in Service at Community Crisis Centre
1st Floor Jeanne Mance Building
1030 Ouellette Ave. 
available 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

Windsor Regional Hospital Ouellette Campus
Crisis Walk-in Service
1030 Ouellette Ave
Emergency Department
7 - 11 p.m. 7 days a week

In Leamington:

Erie Shores Healthcare
Emergency Department
194 Talbot St. W
Leamington, ON, N8H 1N9

Youth mental health

Pediatric Mental Health Program
(Youth up to 16)

24-hour walk-in
Emergency Department
Metropolitan Campus
1995 Lens Ave
Windsor, ON N8W 1L9






Teen Health Centre
Offers individual and group therapy for youth aged 12-24 on a wide variety of topics (including depression, anxiety, substance use, grief, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and eating disorders)

In Windsor:
1361 Ouellette
Windsor ON, N8X 1J6

In Leamington:
33 Princess St., Suite 450
Leamington ON, N8H 5C5

Substance use

Treatment services for alcohol and substance use

Please visit the Windsor-Essex Canadian Mental Health Association website for a more comprehensive listing of programs and services available in our community.

Looking for mental health and suicide prevention training?

Visit the Windsor Essex Canadian Mental Health Association Mental Health Promotion and Training webpage ( for more details on their training offerings, including ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training).

Learn Mental Health First Aid ( to recognize changes in behaviour, respond, and guide people to appropriate supports.

Mental Health in Windsor-Essex

The majority (72%) of Windsor-Essex County residents report good or excellent mental health (Mental Health Profile of Windsor and Essex County, 2016). However, about one in five Canadians experiences mental illness each year, and this is also true for people living in Windsor and Essex County. The reports linked below provide an overview of mental health and wellness in our community:

Mental Health Profile of Windsor and Essex County (

Community Needs Assessment (

Depression and Other Mood Disorders in Windsor-Essex County (

Work Stress in Windsor-Essex County (

Opioid Misuse in Windsor-Essex County Report (

Injury Profile of Windsor and Essex County (

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