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Programs & Services


Every Child Belongs

Every Child Belongs provides individual support, program consultation and training to licensed child care programs or licensed home child care agencies for to in Toronto

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The New Mentality

A youth-led project with young advocates raising awareness to reduce the stigma associated with mental health



Shortly after you move into a home with 10 or more youth the RPAC Coordinator will contact you to see how you are settling in. RPAC is also available to you if you live in either a foster care home or a group home when you or anyone acting on your behalf believe that it is not the right fit for you


Kindergarten Readiness

Kindergarten Readiness supports newcomer families and their children who are entering full-day kindergarten.

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Autism Services

The Ontario Autism Program (OAP) offers support to all eligible families of children and youth on the autism spectrum. Children and youth who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are eligible for the program. Children receive services and supports until the age of 18.

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Griffin Community Support Network

GCSN provides time-limited crisis and transitional support, to individuals 16 yrs of age and older with a developmental disability or dual diagnosis.

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Youth Mental Health Court Services

Youth mental health court program supports youth between the ages of 12 -18 yrs who have been charged or are at risk of being charged with an offence and are diagnosed or are suspected of having mental health challenges, traumatic brain injury, substance use or /and developmental disability.

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School Focused Mental Health Counselling

Responsive short term individual and family counselling provided to youth 12-18 years of age and their family, through referrals from the partnering school boards.

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Provincial Youth Outreach Worker

Early intervention program for youth aged 12-24 who are at risk of engaging in anti-social and/or violent behaviour, have a developmental disability and/or identify as 2SLGBTQ+.


Hospital Transition Support Services

Provides short term transitional supports to children and youth who are involved in the inpatient child and youth mental health unit at North York General Hospital and Humber River Regional Hospital.

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Drug Education & Harm Reduction

The drug education program provides curriculum and workshops for youth aged 13-24 and their parents and caregivers.

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Respite Services

Respite Services provides respite to parents/guardians/caregivers, and socialization and learning opportunities for youth and adults with a developmental disability.

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Better Beginnings Now

Supports parenting competency and skills building for children prenatal to 6 years of age and their caregivers, who are or may be at risk of experiencing barriers to healthy development.



An inclusive program of support for 2SLGBTQ+ youth in the GTA who may experience multiple oppressions.

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Individual & Family Counselling

Tailored individual and family counselling and support for children, youth, young adults and their families who live in Toronto.

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Whatever It Takes

A specialized program designed to support children and youth in complex situations whose needs cross sectors and surpass the ability and capacity of single services.

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Central Toronto Youth Wellness Hub Ontario

Central Toronto Youth Wellness Hub Ontario offers integrated youth, mental health and substance use services for young people aged 12–26. These services are free; no health card is required.

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The Studio

Drop-in centre for all youth ages 12-26, that celebrates 2SLGBTQ+ youth and youth of colour offering activities, workshops and one-on-one support. This program is part of the Central Toronto Youth Wellness Hub.


What’s Up Walk-In

A barrier free counselling service for individuals and families aged 0-29. No health card or appointment required.


Early Abilities Speech & Language

A speech and language intervention for children aged 0-4 and their families to ensure optimal communication development.

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Day Program Education & Community Partnership

A series of therapeutic programs with academic components for children and youth with mental health concerns, a developmental disability, autism, social/behavioural challenges or complex special needs.

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Partners in Autism

Short term individual and family support services for youth 12-18 with autism and their caregivers.


Residential Support Services for Youth & Adults

A variety of licenced residential support services to, youth and adults who require supervised living in structured, supported environments.

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Doorways for Transitional Age Youth

Doorways offers mental health and/or substance use counselling and case management for clients 15-25 and their caregivers in the north and west Toronto areas.


Keeping Families Together

Short term counselling for youth and their family/caregivers who are in child welfare care, at risk of entering child welfare care or are transitioning out of child welfare care.


MLSE Launchpad

Mental health counselling for youth and their families offered at the hub of Launchpad - a barrier-free, drop-in recreational facility.


EarlyON Child & Family Centres

Drop-in centre for children from 0-6 and their parents/caregivers, providing opportunities to participate in play and inquiry-based learning to build social, emotional and communication skills.


Understanding Autism

Learn more and access helpful materials about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Autism.


Understanding Mental Health


If you are in crisis and this is an emergency, dial 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room.

Lumenus is not a crisis or emergency centre. If you need urgent help but don’t need to go to a Hospital Emergency Room, the list of 24 Hour Crisis Centres and resources below can help.

Distress Lines

Service ProviderPhone NumberAvailability
Toronto Distress Centres416-408-4357
24 hours
Gerstein Centre416-929-520024 hours
Telecare (Mandarin & Cantonese)416-920-049724 hours
Assaulted Women’s Helpline415-863-0511 or 1-866-863-051124 hours
Warm Line, Progress Place416-863-0511 or 416-960-WARM8 p.m. – midnight
Kids Help Phone1-800-668-686824 hours
Youthdale Psychiatric Crisis Service416-363-999024 hours
Anishnawbe Mental Health Crisis Management Services416-891-860624 hours
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre416-597-880824 hours
Dr. Roz’s Healing Place416-264-435724 hours
Etobicoke/North York York Support Services 1-855-310-2673
Children’s Aid Society of Toronto416-924-4646
Catholic Children’s Aid Society416-395-1500

On The Street Shelters

Service ProviderPhone Number
Hostel Intake 416-397-5637
Street Helpline1-866-392-3777
Shelter Access for Youth & Family1-877-338-3398

Mobile Crisis Response


Service ProviderPhone NumberService Details
Gerstein Crisis Line416-929-5200Service borders: south to the lake, north to Eglinton, east to Bayview to Danforth and then to Victoria Park, west to Jane St.
St. Mike’s Hospital Mobile Crisis Team911Accessible via the Police Department (no direct number)

North York / Etobicoke

Service ProviderPhone NumberService Details
St. Elizabeth Healthcare416-498-0043Service borders: South to the lake to Jane, to Eglinton, Eglinton east to Victoria Park, north to Steeles, and west to Hwy 427
St. Joe’s Hospital Mobile Crisis Team 911Accessible via the Police Department (no direct number)

Scarborough / East York

Service ProviderPhone NumberService Details
Scarbourough & East York Region Mobile Crisis Unit416-495-2891
Scarborough Hospital Regional Mobile Crisis Team416-495-2891Service borders: south to the lake, north to Steeles Ave., east to Port Union Rd., and west to Victoria Park

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When you give to Lumenus, you invest in a brighter future for the children, young people, and families of Toronto who need our support. Find out more about giving below.

What Lumenus Does

If you need support, or you’re a caregiver to a person of any age in need of help, you just found it. We know your path hasn’t been easy. We know the system has been challenging to navigate. That ends here.



As Lumenus is a provincially funded organization that received public funds of $10 million dollars or more in the previous fiscal year of the Government of Ontario, Lumenus complies with the mandatory accountability and transparency requirements of the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010.


Donate Now

Thank you for choosing Lumenus! When you give to Lumenus, you turn the light on for individuals and families so that they don’t fall through the cracks.


Empowering Change With My Holiday Gift

When you make a gift to the Holiday Appeal you help build capacity in Toronto by reducing barriers to system access and creating seamless care where there are gaps today. Help Torontonians get the support they need.


James Journey

Created by Mary, Kit and Jennie Muir to honour their husband and father James, who lost his life to suicide. Supported by family and a large network of friends, James’ Journey aims to raise awareness, combat stigma and spotlight the crucial importance of early intervention.




Ways To Give

When you give to Lumenus, you turn the light on for one more family so that they don’t fall through the cracks.


Gogo and Martin

Because every day is a dress-up day, Gogo and Martin has created some fun animal face masks which can be worn on their own or paired with any of their dress-up animal ears. When purchasing a mask through Gogo and Martin, you are also donating 25% to support the many programs and services provided at Lumenus throughout the pandemic.


Mental Health May Matching Campaign

Because every day is a dress-up day, Gogo and Martin has created some fun animal face masks which can be worn on their own or paired with any of their dress-up animal ears. When purchasing a mask through Gogo and Martin, you are also donating 25% to support the many programs and services provided at Lumenus throughout the pandemic.


Resiliency Fund - Making a Difference

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