Information & Resources
Peterborough is home to many non-profit organizations that support the physical, mental and social well being of our community.
- Children & Family Services (local)
- Housing and Finances (local)
- Indigenous Services (local & provincial)
- Medical Websites
- Mental Health Resources (local)
- Nutrition Resources (local)
- Older Adult Resources (local)
- Other Local Resources & Services
- Support Groups
- Technology & Search
Children & Family Services
Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance
This Canadian not-for-profit association has an alliance of medical and healthcare professionals supporting people with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.
- Website: www.caddra.ca
Community Living Peterborough
Providing a wide range of services to people living with a developmental disability and their families so that they may enjoy meaningful lives through connection, contribution, and choice.
- Website: www.communitylivingpeterborough.ca/
Helping children with physical, communication, and developmental problems. This can include adolescents and their families.
- Website: http://www.fivecounties.on.ca/
Partners in Pregnancy Clinic
Providing safe, patient-centered care based on respect and collaboration, building on your confidence at each visit, and supporting you and your community.
- Website: https://www.partnersinpregnancy.ca/
Peterborough Child & Family Centres
A registered, charitable, non-profit organization that provides information and support to expectant parents, families with young children and child care providers living in the County and City of Peterborough.
- Website: http://ptbocfc.ca/
Helping youth and families in Peterborough lead full and positive lives by providing shelter, education and transitional supports
- Website: http://yesshelter.ca/
Consumer Safety Guide
Consumer Safety Guide is here to help inform the general public of the risks some products, devices, and drugs have on consumers.
- Website: https://www.consumersafetyguide.com/
Facilitating empathy and understanding between healthcare providers and they young people they serve.
- Website: http://www.sharedhumanity.ca/
Housing & Financials
Community Counselling & Resource Centre
Providing professional, caring services that make a positive and lasting different in people’s lives within the community.
- Website: https://www.ccrc-ptbo.com/
Low-Income Senior and Low-Income Property Tax Assistance Applications
Applications are available for the City of Peterborough Low-Income Senior and Low-Income Property Tax Assistance Program. Qualifying applicants will receive a $400 tax credit on their tax accounts. View the website for qualifications and the application.
- Website: https://www.peterborough.ca/en/news/low-income-senior-and-low-income-property-tax-assistance-applications.aspx
Dental Care for Low-Income Seniors
Learn how to access free, routine dental care for eligible seniors 65 years or older, through the Ontario Seniors Dental Care Program. The program is designed to support low-income seniors.
Providing life skills for self-care, connection to cultural identity, self-confidence building, stress management, and much more.
- Website: http://www.niijki.com/
Nogojiwanong Friendship Centre
Proving service such as prenatal and family support, youth council, health, healing, cultural resource program, and more.
- Website: https://www.nogofc.ca/
Kagita Mikam: Aboriginal Employment & Training
Extending employment and training services to all eligible Aboriginal peoples within the catchment area.
- Website: http://www.kagitamikam.ca/
Curve Lake First Nation
Supporting the community and sharing information on services, history, culture, history and more.
- Website: www.curvelakefirstnation.ca
Hiawatha First Nation
Located on the north shore of Rice Lake east of the Otanbee River.
- Website: http://www.hiawathafirstnation.com/
Metis Nation of Ontario
The statement also affirms that the MNO was created to represent Métis people and communities in Ontario that are a part of the Métis Nation.
- Website: http://www.metisnation.org/
Proving holistic services to honour and support children, families, communities, and Nations to sustain a strong, healthy, and balanced foundation for life.
- Website: https://www.binnoojiiyag.ca/
Lovesick Lake Native Women’s Association
Founded in 1982 by a group of local women inspired by the overwhelming need for services in their community.
- Website: https://www.llnwa.com/
Living Well with COPD
Providing a series of eight learning videos is the perfect solution for those who want to know how to live better with COPD on a day-to-day basis.
- Website: https://www.livingwellwithcopd.com/
Non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community
- Website: https://www.translifeline.org
- Telephone: 1-877-330-6366
A summary of resources with accompanying summaries of services and/or programs.
Medical Library Association
How do you know the medical information you are searching is completely right? Sometimes it’s hard to tell. The Medical Library Association has pages upon pages of reliable and accurate information.
Mental Health & Addictions
Apps for Mental Health Support
- MindShift – CBT App from Anxiety Canada
- Headspace – Mindfulness and Sleep Support
- Insight Timer – Guided Meditation for Sleep and Anxiety
- Calm – Meditation and Sleep
- iChill- Supports from the Trauma Resource Institute
Big White Wall®
An online peer-to-peer support community for your mental health
BounceBack® is a free skill-building program designed to help youth and adults (15+) manage symptoms of mild to moderate depression and anxiety. Participants learn skills to help combat unhelpful thinking, manage worry and anxiety, and become more active and assertive. Visit BounceBack® Ontario (link) for more information. The BounceBack® program provides you with many self help tools. By watching the videos found in the link below, you will develop strategies to feel better.
- BounceBack® Self-Help Videos (link)
To access the videos, use your personal email and this password: bbtodayon
Canadian Mental Health Association – Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge
Providing services and supports that residents require to maintain and improve mental health and community integration.
- Website: https://cmhahkpr.ca/
Crisis Services Canada
Providing suicide prevention and support to the people of Canada
- Website: https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/
- Telephone: 1-833-456-4566 or 1-416-915-4566
Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 686868 in Canada to connect with a trained responder. Crisis Text Line powered by Kids Help Phone is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis, connecting people in crisis to trained Crisis Responders.
- Website: https://www.crisistextline.ca/
Four Counties Crisis Program
Providing a continuum of comprehensive crisis response services to individuals with a serious mental illness, mental health concerns, and individuals in crisis.
- Website: http://www.mentalhealthhelpline.ca/Directory/Program/6881
- Telephone: 1-866-995-9933 or 705-745-6484
A community addiction treatment agency offering professional counselling services for anyone concerned about substance use or problem gambling, whether it is for them or someone they care about.
- Website: http://www.fourcast.ca/
Mind Your Mind
mindyourmind exists in the space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. We work with young people aged 14 to 29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.
- Website: https://mindyourmind.ca/
Wellness Together Canada
Providing tools and resources to help Canadians get back on track. These include modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.
- Website: https://ca.portal.gs/
Please note: these resources are not meant to replace individual counselling from a dietitian. For more information, please ask your doctor about speaking to a dietitian.
Reliable online nutrition and healthy eating resources.
- 101 Things To Do Besides Eat
- Cravings 101 Hunger and Fullness Scale
- Its Not Just What You Eat But Why
- Mindful Eating – Get Out of Autopilot
- Restrictive Vs Mindful Eating
- Weighty Conversations
- What Are Your Triggers
- Balanced Meal Planning
- Diabetes Food and Blood Sugar Log
- Food and Symptom Journal
- Gluten Free Eating – Celiac Disease
- Living With IBS
- Managing Diarrhea
- Mediterranean Diet
- My Plate Planner
- Weekly Planning Menu Food Record
Older Adult Resources
Age Well Ontario
This website will provide seniors, age 65 and older, with a variety of programs and services that are available to help then lead a healthy, active, and engaged life.
- Website: http://ontario.ca/AgingWell
Community Care Peterborough
A local non-profit organization providing essential services to seniors (65+) and adults with physical challenges.
- Website: http://www.commcareptbo.org/
Age Friendly Peterborough Plan
Our communities are aging. In Peterborough, individuals over the age of 65 account for over 20% of our regional population. The shift towards an older population will have profound implications for individuals, families, and communities. With this shift also comes opportunity for community building and social development.
Elder Abuse Ontario
The Elder Abuse Ontario is a provincial, charitable, non-profit organization focused on supporting the implementation of the Ontario Strategy to Combat Elder Abuse. The following is further information about the Elder Abuse Network:
- Elder Abuse Ontario: Start the Conversation
- Peterborough Elder Abuse Prevention Network
- Peterborough Elder Abuse Prevention Network Community Resource List
- Sexual Abuse of Older Adults
Epilepsy Peterborough and Area
Epilepsy Peterborough & Area has been providing education and support services in the greater Peterborough community for 30 years, operating from a drop-in style office located in the Charlotte Mews in downtown Peterborough.
Ontario Caregiver Coalition
A number of different organizations, groups, and websites exist in Ontario that can provide support and resources for family caregivers. Below is a list of starting points that family caregivers can contact to inquire about local services or to find peer support.
The Change Foundation Report
The second annual Spotlight on Ontario’s Caregivers report builds on the inaugural 2018 report and for the first time demonstrates trends in the caregiver experience in Ontario. We are pleased to release this report in collaboration with the Ontario Caregiver Organization on the state of caregiving in Ontario.
Other Local Resources & Service
Peterborough Athletics Concussion Awareness (PACA)
PACA was formed in April 2019 under the leadership of the Peterborough Family Health Team and Peterborough Public Health to increase awareness to protect athletes from concussion related harms. Members consist of Trent University, Fleming College, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board, Lakefield College, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, Peterborough City, CMHA, Brain Injury Association of Peterborough, Dr. Steph Dallaire, Dr. Joan Himann and is funded by GPHSF, Your Family Health Team Foundation and H.O.P.E.
- For resources, courses, and subscribe to the newsletter, visit the PACA website.
Cannabis Information (provided by Peterborough Public Health)
If you are looking for information on cannabis and your health, Peterborough Public Health has created a resource to answer your questions
Cardiac Rehab Alumni
The Cardiac Rehab Alumni Group is a local peer support group made up of people who have participated in a cardiac rehabilitation program. Spouses and life partners who are critical to supporting heart patients are also active members of our group .
- Website: https://cardiorehabgrads.com/
From Patients Who Know: A Hospital Handbook
This handbook acts as a travel guide for patients in the hospital. The Hospital Handbook
From People Who Know: An Insider’s Guide to Ontario Works
A handbook to humanize the experience of being on social assistance and filled with practical tips, tools and strategies. The Ontario Works Handbook
Health Link – Peterborough
Health care providers in Ontario are working together to advance the planning of healthcare services for high-need patients. These ‘high-need’ patients may have many health conditions and see many health care providers; this can be overwhelming. Learn more by visiting the Health Links Peterborough page.
Guided by a philosophy of compassion, respect and autonomy, the organization’s team of specially trained staff and volunteers work together to care for the whole person, improve quality of life and enhance comfort.
- Website: http://www.hospicepeterborough.org/
Focusing on raising awareness of the caregiving role, connecting caregivers to inform and supports and helping to bridge the services available to all caregivers.
Palliative Care Community Team (PCCT)
Hospice Peterborough is a local organization offering companionship, respite care and emotional support to people and their family/caregivers dealing with a life-threatening illness. At Hospice Peterborough, the Palliative Care Community Team (PCCT) funding has allowed an enhancement of existing client services.
Providing compassionate and confidential support to people who are living with and affected by HIV and/or AIDS in the City of Peterborough.
- Website: http://parn.ca/
Peterborough 360 Degree Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic
Offering a wide variety of client focused, high quality health and community support services providing accessible primary health care to families and individuals of all ages within Peterborough city and county who are not attached to a family doctor.
Peterborough Public Health
Providing residents with efficient community health programs.
Peterborough Regional Health Centre
The local hospital of Peterborough and region.
- Website: https://www.prhc.on.ca/
Smokers’ Helpline provides you with a Quit Coach who will work one-on-one with you to help create a quit plan that works for you.
The survivor toolkit is a video series and website developed for survivors of sexual violence and for the people who are supporting them. The project of the Peterborough Police Service was funded through the Ontario government and designed through a multi-sector partnership of community services, health, and criminal justice organizations to build an evidence-based, trauma-informed and empathetic response for victims and survivors of sexual violence and harassment.
- Website: survivortoolkit.ca
Telecare Distress Centre of Peterborough
This is a free, anonymous and strictly confidential 24-hour call line for people in need of a friendly person who will listen. They give callers the renewed courage they need to cope with life’s many hardships.
- Call today: 705-745-2273
- Website: www.telecarepeterborough.org/
YWCAs START program
START helps women quickly gather reliable information from as many as 12 local agencies at one central location (YWCA at 216 Simcoe Street) every Monday. Once equipped with the right resources and support, women can make better-informed decisions based on their personal situations.
Cardiac Rehab Alumni
The Cardiac Rehab Alumni Group is a peer support group made up of people who have participated in a cardiac rehabilitation program.
- Website: https://cardiorehabgrads.com/
Technology & Search Engines
Central East Healthline
The Central East Healthline provides patients with a wealth of knowledge related to health care and social services. With different ways to search, you’re sure to find the provider or organization you are looking for.
- Website: http://centraleasthealthline.ca/
Choosing Wisely Mobile Application
This mobile app aims to promote conversations between health care provider and patient by helping patients choose care that is supported by by evidence, free from harm, and truly necessary.
Health Quality Ontario
A Patient Guide for going home from the hospital: questions for you and your caregivers to ask your care team as you get ready to leave the hospital. Ontario 211 Connect with the right information and services by visiting Ontario 211. This website is connect to a great amount of organization to provide residents with the information they are looking for.
- Website: https://211ontario.ca/
The College of Family Physicians of Canada provide patients with reliable resources on health related topics.
Do you ever ask yourself which phone app is the best to download? Did you ever wonder what experts think? The Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) has been working with clinicians to review the phone apps that are out there. These reviews will answer question you have, and will direct you to the best app for your healthcare need.
- Visit Practical Apps (link) for more information.
System at a Glance
The Patient Advisors Network provides you with information on the Canadian and Ontario health care systems.