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Congenital heart disease affects over 257,000 Canadians. Many experience mental health issues living with their CHD.

CCHA conducted a Mental Health survey* in October of 2020. We received 66 responses from across Canada.

88% of adults living with #CHD have experienced mental health challenges at some point.

75% of those living with CHD have discussed mental health concerns with a healthcare professional. Only 41% have been referred for mental health services by those same providers or another healthcare provider?

46% of those living with CHD don’t feel like their mental health has been addressed as a priority by their health care providers.

Currently there are no programs to address CHD-related anxiety and depression and only 1 dedicated CHD psychologist in Canada.

CCHA continues to advocate for mental health resources and support for those living with CHD. The resources provided below are to provide support and assistance with mental health issues.

Studies show that psychological health impacts brain health and heart health**.  It's important to seek support when mental health issues arise and discuss with your healthcare team.  Also important is to take steps to promote wellness and resilience such as

  • physical exercise
  • quality sleep
  • learning and education
  • social activities
  • healthy eating

This includes proactive strategies for your mental health


Ressources en santé mentale

Les cardiopathies congénitales touchent plus de 257 000 Canadiens. Beaucoup ont des problèmes de santé mentale en vivant avec leurs malformations cardiaques.

L'ACCC a mené une enquête sur la santé mentale * en octobre 2020. Nous avons reçu 66 réponses de partout au Canada.

88% des adultes vivant avec #CHD ont connu des problèmes de santé mentale à un moment donné.

75% des personnes atteintes de cardiopathies congénitales ont discuté de problèmes de santé mentale avec un professionnel de la santé. Seulement 41% ont été référés pour des services de santé mentale par ces mêmes prestataires ou un autre professionnel de la santé?

46% des personnes atteintes de cardiopathies congénitales n’ont pas le sentiment que leur santé mentale a été traitée en priorité par leurs fournisseurs de soins de santé.

À l'heure actuelle, il n'existe aucun programme pour traiter l'anxiété et la dépression liée aux cardiopathies congénitales et seulement 1 psychologue spécialisé dans les cardiopathies congénitales au Canada.

CCHA continue de plaider en faveur des ressources et du soutien en santé mentale pour les personnes atteintes de cardiopathie congénitale. Les ressources fournies ci-dessous visent à fournir un soutien et une assistance pour les problèmes de santé mentale.

Des études montrent que la santé psychologique a un impact sur la santé cérébrale et cardiaque**.  Il est important de demander de l'aide lorsque des problèmes de santé mentale surviennent et d'en discuter avec votre équipe soignante.  Il est également important de prendre des mesures pour promouvoir le bien-être et la résilience, comme

  • exercice physique
  • un sommeil de qualité
  • apprentissage et éducation
  • activités sociales
  • alimentation saine

Cela comprend des stratégies proactives pour votre santé mentale


To see a list of resource by province, click here / Pour voir une liste de ressources par province, cliquez sur ici

Anxiety Canada

The association’s mission is to promote awareness of anxiety disorders and support access to proven resources and treatment. Resources for all ages.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Mental health for all.  Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada.

Certified Listeners

We’re here to listen to you, support you, and guide you in the right direction.

Crisis Services Canada

1-833-456-4566 or text 45645

A national network of suicide and distress centre hotlinesIf you’re thinking about suicide or in distress, or are worried about a friend or loved one, the Canada Suicide Prevention Service is available 24/7 for voice and 4pm to 12am ET for text.

Mental Health Commission of Canada

We are part of several initiatives, undertaken with other health-care organizations across Canada, that seek to increase access to high-quality mental health services.

Mind Beacon

Mind Beacon offers a variety of virtual mental health supports with the goal of making mental health care more accessible. Note: some resources offered may require fees or are offered through a paywall.

Mood Disorders Society or Canada

The Mood Disorders Society of Canada (MDSC) has evolved to become one of Canada’s best-connected mental health NGOs with a demonstrated track record for forging and maintaining meaningful and sustained partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors throughout Canada.

The Blue Dot Project

Aims to reduce stigma around maternal mental health and post-partum depression. Learn more about the program and resources they offer

Workplace Strategies for Mental Health

At Workplace Strategies for Mental Health, you'll find tools and resources for workplace mental health and psychological safety available for all Canadians at no cost, compliments of Canada Life.

Your Life Counts

Our online lifeline and extensive web resource at runs in parallel with our offline community outreach and support services.  Find support numbers to crisis lines and distress centers in your Country and state/Province.



Kids Help Phone

Call 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868            Phone | Text | Chat | Messenger.

Available 24 hours a day to Canadians aged 5 to 29 who want confidential and anonymous care from professional counsellors. 


Good2Talk provides confidential support services for post-secondary students in Ontario and Nova Scotia.

Wellness & Emotional Support for youth online:

To provide wellness and emotional support for youth through online professional counselling in a safe, secure, and confidential manner.

YMHC: Youth Mental Health Canada

To provide youth mental health and wellness education through our tool kit of resources and aids. To support students, parents/families and educators in promoting mental wellness. To increase students’ sources of strength, awareness, resilience and support.


Developed by the BC Children's Kelty Mental Health Resource Centre and BC Children's Centre for Mindfulness, along with young people, this free app provides ways to get started with mindfulness.


Free service provides immediate access to mental health services, when they’re needed, wherever they’re needed for children and youth age 0-17 or parents/caregivers are welcome to connect to the service with their child to ensure access. They provide culturally safe and appropriate support to every corner of Ontario. Available in multiple languages and certified therapists’ experiences and backgrounds are as diverse as the communities they support

The Mindful Adventures of Unicorn Island

A family-friendly animated series of 10-minute episodes with a diverse cast, that introduces and teaches children mindfulness skills to help kids learn how to regulate their emotions in day-to-day life. Children will learn mindfulness tools and mental health principles, like meditation and breathing exercises to help navigate stressful situations



Hope for Wellness Help Line

Call 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or online chat. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.  Experienced and culturally sensitive help line counsellors can help if you want to talk or are distressed.


COVID-19 Resources


Mental Health Commission


Apps and Resources

Calm Together

Free mindfulness based resources

Free University ofToronto course on managing anxiety:


Community and Peer Support

Anxiety Panic Support

Online chat group for people struggling with anxiety

Canadian Caregiver Network

A community dedicated to your well-being where you can exchange with our network of professionals and others like you.

TogetherAll  (formerly Big White Wall)

An online peer-to-peer support community for your mental health



Conquering CHD

Through social media we offer open and closed forums to learn, chat, grow, and ask questions in a safe environment.

Mended Hearts and Mended Little Hearts

Joining Mended Hearts connects you instantly to patients and caregivers just like you who understand the needs of cardiovascular disease patients. The Mended Hearts program provide counselling and emotional support at the hospital bedside, one-to-one support after discharge, plus a variety of helpful support group meetings, educational materials, online events and social activities.

Support Network

Social support from people with similar diseases or experiences from CHD to Emotional Wellbeing and others.






Distress Centre


Better Choices, Better Health

Alberta Health Services also offers free programming for Albertans struggling with a chronic health condition.

Canadian Mental Health Association - Alberta Division


The Outreach Centre

Suicide Information and Education Services


Psychologists Association of Alberta - Find a Psychologist



British Columbia

Bounceback BC

Guided workbook to manage anxiety – requires referral on website (see attached, can be GP or self)

Canadian Mental Health Association - British Columbia Division




Youth in BC

Greater Vancouver Area:


Howe Sunshine & Sunshine Coast:


Aboriginal Wellness Program

604-675-2551 or 1-866-884-0888

B.C. Psychological Association - Find a Psychologist




Manitoba Suicide Prevention Line "Reason to Live"


Klinic Crisis Line


Canadian Mental Health Association - Manitoba Division


Klinic Community Health


Mental Health Education Resource Centre of Manitoba


Manitoba Psychological Society - Find a Psychologist



New Brunswick

Chimo Helpline


Canadian Mental Health Association - New Brunswick Division


College of Psychologists of N.B. - Find a Psychologist



Newfoundland and Labrador

Mental Health Crisis Line


Canadian Mental Health Association - Newfoundland and Labrador Division


Mental Health and Addictions Services triage line


Association of Psychology in Newfoundland and Labrador - Find a Psychologist



Northwest Territories

Northwest Territories Help Line


Department of Health and Social Services



Nova Scotia

Mental Health Mobile Crisis Line


Canadian Mental Health Association - Nova Scotia Division


Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia  - Find a Psychologist



Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut Help Line




Bounceback Ontario

Guided workbook to manage anxiety – requires referral on website (can be GP or self)


1-866-925-5454 or text GOOD2TALKON to 686868

Gerstein Crisis Centre


Mental Health Crisis Line

In Ottawa: 613-722-6914

In the larger Ottawa area: 1-866-996-0991

ONTX Ontario Online & Text Crisis Service

Text 258258

District and Crisis Ontario Helplines


Connex Ontario

ConnexOntario provides free and confidential health services information for people experiencing problems with alcohol and drugs, mental illness or gambling by connecting them with services in their area.


Ontario Psychological Association - Find a Psychologist


Canadian Mental Health Association - Ontario Division

Counseling and Crisis Resources




Ontario Victim Support Line


Toronto Distress Centre

416-408-4357 or text 45645


Prince Edward Island

The Island Helpline


Canadian Mental Health Association - Prince Edward Island Division


Psychological Association of Prince Edward Island - Find a Psychologist



Centre de Prevention du Suicide de Quebec


AMI-Quebec – FR 


AMI-Quebec – EN

514-486-1448   1-877-303-0264 outside Montreal


Association Québécoise pour les Parents et Amis de la Personne Atteinte de Maladie Mentale – Montréal  


Centre de Prevention du Suicide du Haut-Richelieu


Movement SanteMentale Quebec




Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service


Mobile Crisis Services


Canadian Mental Health Association - Saskatchewan Division


Psychology Association of Saskatchewan - Find a Psychologist



Yukon Crisis Line


Yukon Health and Social Services

1-866-456-3838 (area code 867)

Mood Disorders Society of Canada - Yukon Division


Canadian Mental Health Association - Yukon

1-867-668-6429 – to book appointment

Reach Out Support Line



*The mental health survey was conducted in partnership with MacEwan Univeristy NURS 424 students in October 2020. / L'enquête sur la santé mentale a été menée en partenariat avec les étudiants NURS 424 de l'Université MacEwan en octobre 2020.

** Taken from the Optimizing brain health across the lifespan presentation by Dr. Thalia Fields at the 2024 Fontan Education Day / Tiré de la présentation Optimiser la santé cérébrale tout au long de la vie par la Dre Thalia Fields lors de la Journée d'éducation Fontan 2024

Thanks to Barb Bailey NP and Peter Munk Cardiac Centre for assistance with resources. Thanks to Reina Arnold of Centennial College for researching mental health resources across Canada. Students from MacEwan and Centennial were through virtual internships with Riipen available through an RBC Future Launch program grant.


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