The challenge

In any given year, 1 in 5 people in Canada will experience a mental health challenge or illness. Mental health issues affect people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds, however, systemic inequalities such as poverty, racism, discrimination and gender-based violence can worsen outcomes and limit access to appropriate care.


Levels of distress and anxiety spiked during the pandemic, as did the demand for mental health services. Research indicates, however, that half of Canadians have to wait up to 1 month to see a professional in their community, while 1 in 10 people wait 4 months or longer. In some parts of the country, children and youth can wait years to access the support they need.

How WoodGreen helps

WoodGreen works to improve access to community mental health services through virtual and in-person counselling programs. With a team of registered psychotherapists and social workers, we provide free walk-in and longer-term counselling, case management and group support services for individuals experiencing mental health and substance use issues. Our practice is grounded in an anti-oppressive, mental health recovery, strengths-based, trauma-informed, and harm-reduction framework.

Many of WoodGreen’s programs are designed to address the mental health and wellness needs of those who face the greatest barriers to care, including seniors, youth, newcomers and people with disabilities.