Good2Talk: Ontario’s Post-Secondary Student Helpline

Good2Talk is a new, toll-free post-secondary student mental health helpline created as part of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ (MTCU) Mental Health Innovation Fund. Free, bilingual and confidential, Good2Talk offers professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to post-secondary students in Ontario 24/7/365.

A partnership between four organizations – ConnexOntario, Kids Help Phone, Ontario 211 and the Ontario Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health – Good2Talk was created in response to the need for increased mental health services and supports for Ontario’s growing post-secondary student population. Good2Talk is funded by MTCU as a 3-year pilot, and is designed to complement the existing range of on- and off-campus services available to college and university students in the province. Students can reach Good2Talk by calling 1-866-925-5454, or by dialing 2-1-1, from anywhere in Ontario.

The purpose of the helpline is to meet four key goals:

  • To provide post-secondary students with immediate access to professional counselling on any issue
  • To provide on- and off-campus referrals to appropriate services and supports
  • To provide accurate, accessible and timely mental health and addictions information
  • To provide service that is 100% confidential

Good2Talk serves students at Ontario’s publicly-funded colleges and universities, with a primary focus on those aged 17 to 25. Students can call Good2Talk for support on a wide range of issues, from mental health problems such anxiety, depression, substance abuse and addictions and suicidal ideation to other factors that can impact post-secondary student success and well-being, such as academic stress, personal or family relationships, residence life, financial concerns and feelings of loneliness.

By calling one number, students can speak with one of Good2Talk’s professional counsellors or Information and Referral Specialists about any issue, big or small, at any time of the day or night.

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