Mental Health Services

Refugees arriving in Canada may have experienced war, violence, harsh living conditions, separation from family, or other forms of trauma. Settling into a new and foreign country is very difficult to begin with, and living with traumatic past experiences can make that even more challenging. Newcomers may experience a variety of mental health challenges during their resettlement such as:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Settlement agencies and PSR groups can help connect refugees to mental health services in their area. In the Kingston area, the following mental health and counselling services may be accessed by refugees:

K3C offers counselling services on a sliding scale pay rate (price of session depends on client need and financial capacity) in 11 different programs:

  • Adult Protective Services
  • Credit Counselling
  • Child & Youth Counselling
  • Family Counselling
  • Family Services Employee Assistance Program
  • Family Court Support
  • Male Survivors Group
  • Partner Assault Response
  • Residential Placement Advisory Committee (RPAC)
  • Trusteeship Programs
  • Women’s Counselling
  • Youth in Transition

K3C holds a Women's Drop-In group on Tuesdays from 1:30pm to 3pm at the 417 Bagot Street location in Kingston

For more information about groups held at K3C click here.

For any questions, please call (613) 549-7850

Ask for the Intake Counsellor to make an appointment

*if you require an Arabic-speaking counsellor, K3C does have one available so please indicate


For more information about K3C Counselling Centres, please visit:


Pathways for Children & Youth provides services to children from birth to 18 years of age in Frontenac, Lennox & Addington counties. Pathways for Children & Youth provides services to children and youth clients who have difficulties with behavior or emotions; mental health problems such as depression, withdrawal, or aggression; or who have experienced family violence, abuse, family distress, trauma, substance abuse, or parent-child conflict.


Community Site services include assessment and consultations; individual, family and group counselling; as well as parenting programs. Intensive services include Intensive Child and Family, Early Years, and Nexus (Day Treatment) services. Resource Services include behavioural pediatric, psychiatric, and psychological assessment and consultation services. All of the services can be accessed through Community Site counsellors.


Contact person for refugee referrals


How to access services?

Pathways for Children & Youth has a centralized intake service. Anyone may enquire about our agency services or make a referral by calling intake. Referrals directly from parents and guardians, and from youth over the age of 12, are encouraged. Other family members, service providers (e.g. physicians, school personnel, lawyers or community agency staff) or any concerned person may refer on a family’s behalf provided the family or youth is aware of and agrees to the request for services. You do not necessarily need to have a ‘problem’ to use our services; you may just need some parenting support or guidance.


What does it cost?

Pathways for Children & Youth is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services and there is no cost; some specialized counselling/services may require OHIP coverage.



Providence Care is the leading regional provider of aging, mental health and rehabilitative care in southeastern Ontario. Providence Care Mental Health Services provides three types of treatment programs:

  • Adult Treatment and Rehabilitation
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry

Each program offers inpatient, outpatient and community services with the emphasis on reintegrating clients back into the community.

For additional information about programs and services, please see the Providence Care website.

Front desk phone: (613) 546-1101

Auto-attendant: (613) 548-556


AMHS-KFLA provides addiction, mental health and housing services to cover residents of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington regions.

Services include:

  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Teams
  • Supported Independent Living
  • Family Resource Centre
  • Addiction/Youth Addiction Services
  • Housing/Residential Services
  • Vocational Program
  • Counselling & Treatment
  • Problem Gambling Program
  • CBT Lite
  • Concurrent Disorders
  • Case Management Services
  • Criminal Justice/Court Support Services

For more information about AMHS-KFLA, please visit: