Mental Health

Mental Health Policies

We all encounter mental health issues at some point in our lives, whether our own experience or those close to us.

MAYK's Mental Health Policy is a statement of attitude and a way of ensuring that the artists, freelancers and staff they work with are respected, understood and provided for, and through encouraging a work environment with all of their partners that reflects an understanding and compassionate attitude to mental health issues. Find it here.

Crisis Resources

If you find yourself in crisis and need someone to talk to, please take a look at our emergency resources for:

These pages list emergency services, 24-Hour help lines, resource centres, programs, and legal support for folks in crisis and survivors of trauma.


Due to the precarity of our sector, many artists are left with negative impact on their mental health. On July 10, 2018, Generator and Toronto Fringe held an #UrgentExchange on Precarity + Mental Health where members from Artist Health Alliance, Artist Health Centre, Dancer Transition Resource Centre, Workman Arts, and AFC met with artists at POSTSCRIPT (Fringe Tent) to talk about what’s happening, how can we make things better, and what resources are out there for us?

Below is a chart of resources available, as well as links and contact information for all organizations to relieve some of the stress artists may be experiencing.

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Al and Malka Green Artist Health CentreDancer Transition Resource CentreWorkman ArtsAFCGeneratorThe Living InstituteHard FeelingsToronto Institute of Relational PsychotherapyOISE Counselling ClinicThe 519The Affordable Therapy Network of Toronto
Professional Training XX X
Presentation Opportunities X
Studio Space X
Health ServicesX
Career Planning X
Affordable/Free Counselling & PsychotherapyX X XXXXXX
Resource Centre XX
Grants X
Financial Literacy XX
Financial Assistance X
Classes and Workshops X


Al and Malka Green Artist Health Centre

Toronto Western Hospital
399 Bathurst Street
3rd fl, West Wing
Toronto, ON M5T 2S8
(416) 603-5263

The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre is a facility in the Family and Community Medicine Program at Toronto Western Hospital. The Centre is the only clinic of its kind in Canada that specializes in serving the entire artistic community.
The Centre is an integrative outpatient clinic offering both medical and complementary care. Clinic services that can be seen here. There is also a Nurse Practitioner to care for all patients and access to a family physician.
Services are subsidized for artists in financial need for up to up to $760 annually through the Joysanne Sidimus Fund.

Dancer Transition Resource Centre

The Lynda Hamilton Centre
1000 Yonge Street, Suite 303
Toronto, ON M4W 2K2
nationaloffice at dtrc.ca

Dancer Transition Resource Centre (DTRC) is a national, charitable organization dedicated to helping dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers. They also operate as a resource centre for the artistic community and general public and support activities that improve the socioeconomic conditions of artists across the country. Their goal is to ensure that dancers and artists from all backgrounds have the tools they need to reach their potential throughout their artistic career and after retirement from performance.

Workman Arts

651 Dufferin St,
Toronto, ON M6K 2B2

Workman Arts is an arts and mental health organization known internationally for its artistic collaborations, presentations, knowledge exchange, best practices and research on the impact of the arts on the quality of life of people living with mental illness and addiction.
Workman Arts supports the creative goals of emerging and established artists with mental health and addiction issues by providing a safe, nurturing environment where artistic projects, professional opportunities and personal and professional networks are developed and fostered. Through participation in creative and collaborative projects that encourage the exchange of ideas between artist and observer, and the shared collective experience of audiences engaging in performances or presentation of works of art, connections are made between Workman Arts artists and the public at large and the discrimination and prejudice associated with mental illness and addiction is eroded.


The Lynda Hamilton Centre
1000 Yonge Street, Suite 301
Toronto Ontario
M4W 2K2
1.877.399.8392 (toll free)
contact at AFChelps.ca

The AFC is the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry. Through compassionate and confidential support, we help Canadian entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity and ability to work. The AFC is an expression of the community’s good will, helping entertainment professionals when they are at their most vulnerable due to injury, illness or other personal hardship.
The AFC believes by supporting the health and well-being of arts and entertainment professionals, the industry as a whole will benefit. In a sector in which employment can be unpredictable, it’s good to know that a caring community has your back.


Centre for Social Innovation Annex
720 Bathurst St Suite 501
Toronto Ontario M5S 2R4
info at generatorTO.com
Generator is a mentoring, teaching, and innovation incubator that expands the skills, tools, and competencies of independent artists, producers and leaders. From intensive programs to workshops, Generator is transforming the role of the artist producer one artist at a time.

The Living Institute Student Clinic (PWYC Therapy)

The Living Institute
208 Carlton St.
Toronto ON M5A 2L1
(416) 515-0404

The Living Institute Student Clinic provides affordable assessment, counselling and psychotherapy services to adults. The initial consultation is provided by a senior psychotherapist at no charge. Psychotherapy and counselling services are provided by experienced interns in the psychotherapy training program under the supervision of a senior psychotherapist. The initial session with your intern is free. The range of services offered by the clinic covers a broad spectrum of personal, social and psychological concerns. To book an appointment, call 416 515 0404 or check the website for the email address of the current clinical director.

Hard Feelings

Hard Feelings
848 Bloor St W
Toronto ON M6G 1M2
(416) 792-4393

Hard Feelings is an innovative, welcoming community of professional counsellors who provide low-cost services and support. They will work with you to determine a sliding scale rate based on what you can afford, ranging from $50-$80 per session for a maximum of 12 sessions.

Toronto Institute of Relational Psychotherapy

(Contact information for therapists is hosted directly on the website - link above)

TIRP student therapists offer therapy to adult individuals (18 or older) for a cost of $25 per session as they train to become professional therapists.
TIRP senior student therapists and graduate therapists offer therapy to adult individuals (18 or older) and/or couples for a cost of between $40 and $80 per session, on a sliding scale. There is no prescribed time limit on the sliding scale fee - clients and therapists negotiate this together.

OISE Counselling Clinic

The OISE Psychology Clinic
252 Bloor Street West
Suite 7-296
Toronto ON M5S 1V2

The OISE Psychology Clinic provides comprehensive assessment and intervention services to children and adolescents, and assessment and counselling services to adults. These services are typically provided by students doing their clinical training under the supervision of faculty and staff psychologists. A sliding scale fee is available for a limited number of clients.

The 519

THE 519
519 Church St
Toronto ON M4Y 2C9
(416) 392-6874

LGBTQ+ folks seeking cheap or free one-on-one therapy can request to be connected to a volunteer therapist via The 519’s Trauma-Informed Counselling Services. They also have free single-session drop-in counselling sessions that open to any individual over the age of 16 on a first-come, first-served basis during drop-in hours. Sessions are up to one hour in length. They have group sessions as well. Check out the full list of their counselling services here.

The Affordable Therapy Network of Toronto

(check the website for contact information for each listed practitioner and message them directly)
A listing of private therapists who offer sliding scale rates in their practice. Practitioners listed offer limited openings at the rate of $65/hour or less and ongoing openings at their sliding scale rate.

This page was last updated on: November 26 2018