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Mental Health and Addictions (MHA) Hopeline
MHA Hopeline provides contact information for mental health and addiction agencies and distress lines, which provide support to students experiencing mental health problems. Call to ask for more information or help if you have problems with depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse issues, or other mental health problems.
Some signs and symptoms of common mental health and addiction concerns to be alert to include:
  • Feelings of sadness that last longer than 2 weeks
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities
  • Changes in sleep patterns – either sleeping more or less than one’s normal
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Frequent worrying
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Difficulty sleeping
Eating Disorders:
  • Refusal to eat and denial of hunger (anorexia nervosa)
  • Intense fear of gaining weight (anorexia nervosa)
  • Wearing baggy clothing (anorexia nervosa)
  • Swollen salivary glands in the cheeks (bulimia nervosa)
  • Sores in mouth or on knuckles from purging (bulimia nervosa)
  • Eating quickly and in secret (binge eating disorder)
Substance Abuse:
  • Impaired coordination
  • Bloodshot eyes, pupils larger or smaller than usual
  • Unexplained need for money
  • Sudden change in peer group affiliations
  • Withdrawal symptoms such as moodiness, cravings, shakiness, sweating and nausea
Mental Health and Addictions Support Agencies
Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth (Carleton Place) 613-257-8260
Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth (Perth) 613-264-1415
Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth (Smiths Falls) 613-283-8260
Tri County Addiction Services 1-800-361-6948
Lanark County Mental Health (ages 16+ Smiths Falls) 613-283-2170
Lanark County Mental Health (ages 16+ Carleton Place) 613-257-5919
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868
Distress Line 1-800-465-4442
Mental Health Crisis Line 1-866-996-0991
Parent’s Lifeline of Eastern Ontario (PLEO) 1-855-775-7005
Child, Youth and Family Crisis Line 1-877-377-7775
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Ottawa 613-737-7791