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Pathways to specialized mental health care

uOttawa Counselling Services provides specialized referrals to a range of community-based mental health services that complement counselling-based supports. Community-based mental health services allow people to receive specialized services outside of a hospital setting. Specialized referrals can:

  • Help students access the appropriate specialized service to support their mental health concerns
  • Help students reach their optimum level of independent functioning

If you would like to know more about our specialized referrals please contact us at

Important: Counselling Services does not provide emergency service. If you think that you or someone you know is in immediate danger, or is too ill to wait for an assessment, you should access a psychiatric crisis service or hospital emergency room OR contact the Mental Health Helpline at +1 (866) 531-2600.:

Below is a list of community-based mental health services that are part of Counselling Services specialized referral program:

Virtual Psychiatric Consultation Clinics: In order to access this service you must have a family doctor, as they receive the psychiatric consultation report and complete follow-up treatments. Psychiatrists are physicians specialized in mental health care. Their role is to support you, your primary care provider, and counsellor. This service is in partnership between The Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and uOttawa. It is an opportunity to have a 1hour consultation with a psychiatrist via video-conference.

Ontario Structure Psychotherapy (OSP): OSP program provides free, short-term, face-to-face Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for adults experiencing depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and/or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). (link referral form)

On Track-First Episode Psychosis Program: On Track provides care for people aged 16 to 35 years, who are experiencing symptoms of psychosis or possible early symptoms of a psychotic illness. They work with both patients and their families, they provide mental health assessment and treatment, case management, family and patient education, and support. The goals of treatment are remission of symptoms, community re-integration, and relapse prevention. 

Mobile Crisis Team: MCT is an outreach team that is designed to provide rapid assessment of and stabilization for individuals in the community who are in crisis. This is not an emergency service.

Upstream (case management): Community support workers and students work together to develop goals and a plan to help support students’ mental health needs. 

Montfort Renaissance: Ottawa Addictions Access and Referral Services

Hours of operation

September 3 to May 15

Closed from noon to 1 p.m.

Monday 8:45am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:45am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:45am - 4:30pm
Thursday 8:45am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:45am - 4:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed


May 16 to August 15

Closed from noon to 1 p.m.

Monday 8:45am - 3:30pm
Tuesday 8:45am - 3:30pm
Wednesday 8:45am - 3:30pm
Thursday 8:45am - 3:30pm
Friday 8:45am - 3:30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed




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