The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have noticed a recent increase in mental health-related calls. In response, they are urging people to reach out and ask for help if they are facing difficulties or considering harming themselves. The OPP have released the following list of community partners that are always available to help.
Prescott-Russell Victim Services is available to help anyone trapped in dangerous or distressing domestic situations and can be contacted at 613-632-5282.
The Canadian Mental Health Association is available to help anyone dealing with negative mental health disorders and can be contacted at 613-938-0435.
Centraide/United Way collects donations and employs volunteers to help those in financial distress. The Prescott-Russell chapter can be contacted at 613-632-4699.
Prescott-Russell Community Services organizes a number of services for residents age 55 and over, including senior social groups, grocery deliveries, safety and wellness check-ins, transportation for errands and medical appointments, personal and home support services, and matching volunteers to non-profits. They can be contacted at 1-800-267-0853.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a support group for people who find themselves overly reliant on alcohol and want a structured environment to help them quit. They can be contacted at 613-938-1984.
Nicole Taylor and Paul Taylor Sr, a local family, run a help group for those on the autism spectrum or caregivers for autistic children. They can be contacted at 613-371-4440 or 450-566-6111.
The VALORIS organization is a multi-service agency for children, teenagers, adults, and their families living in Prescott-Russell. They offer a range of developmental services and aid programs, including mental health programs, community participation, and help for those in abusive or neglectful environments.
The Hawkesbury General Hospital (HGH) is available for general health emergencies and more specified situations, including mental health crises and addiction treatment. The crisis line is available at 1-866-996-0991 or 24 hours a day 613-722-6914. For more information, please go to https://hgh.ca/programs-services/mental-health-addiction/