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Upcoming Events

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2019 ACTRA Awards in Toronto

February 23 @ 7:30 pm - February 24 @ 1:00 am

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Members and Family Assistance Program (MFAP)

Telephone 24/7:


Operators will connect you to counselling and other support services. Tell the operator you have access to the MFAP through AFBS. You will need to provide your ACTRA membership number and date of birth.


Mental Illness and Relationships

This microsite features resources that explore how to build and maintain healthy relationships, the benefits of support systems and relationships, how to create a support system, and the role of self-care.


To access site, enter “AFBS (Actra Fraternal Benefits Society)” when prompted.


Gerstein Crisis Centre

The Gerstein Crisis Centre can help callers who are experiencing a mental health crisis to work out some effective ways of addressing their immediate problems and connect them to services that can offer ongoing support.

Telephone 24/7:



Mobile Crisis Team:

Staff can meet people in the community through a mobile team visit, which is arranged through a discussion with a Crisis Worker through the telephone crisis line.


Toronto Distress Centres

Canada’s oldest volunteer delivered crisis, emotional support and suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention service agency. Services are available via hotline, online chat, and text. They also offer face-to-face individual and group support, as well as counselling to survivors who have lost someone to suicide or homicide.

Telephone 24/7:

416 408-4357 or 408-HELP


Canada Suicide Prevention Service

Telephone 24/7:

(toll free) 1 833-456-4566.


4:00 pm to 12 midnight daily, text 45645



Kids Help Phone

National support service which offers professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French.

Telephone 24/7:


Text 24/7:

Text CONNECT to 686868 (to chat with a Crisis Responder)

Chat 24/7:

Go to website and click the “Chat” button at the bottom of the screen




Confidential helpline providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario, with a primary focus on students aged 17 to 25.

Telephone 24/7:




Trans Life Line (for trans and gender non-conforming persons)

Peer support hotline run by and for trans people. Hotline is US based but services Canada and the US.




7am-1am PST / 9am-3am CST / 10am-4am EST



519 Community Centre

Downtown Toronto community agency providing a range of programs and services to LGBTQ2S communities in Toronto and beyond.


519 Church Street, Toronto ON M4Y 2C9

Drop-in counselling:

Sundays, 11am – 2pm

Open to individuals over the age of 16 on a first-come, first-served basis

List of LGBTQ2S counselling and support services:




Telephone 24/7:



Province-wide information and referral services for persons experiencing mental health issues, drug or alcohol addiction, or problem gambling. Calls answered in English or French with interpretation available in 170 languages.


211 Ontario

Telephone 24/7:

211 (Call 2-1-1)


A telephone helpline and website that provides information on and referrals to Ontario’s community, social, health-related and government services. Interpretation available in over 150 languages.


Calltime: Mental Health (BC)

The Calltime: Mental Health campaign was been created by the five BC Film Sector Unions – IATSE 891, ICG 669, Teamsters 155, UBCP/ACTRA and DGC BC and their associated Health Benefit plans and coordinated by the British Columbia Council of Film Unions. The campaign was developed to support BC motion picture workers and their families, reduce the stigma related to mental health and substance use concerns, and to ensure that BC motion picture workers are aware of the services and benefits available through their Union Health Benefit Plans and broader resources that are available to the public.


Distress lines available in Toronto:

Canadian Mental Health Association


Distress lines available across Ontario:

Distress and Crisis Ontario


List of crisis services by Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH):

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