Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to popular questions about Thought Spot. If you have a question that is not answered below, feel free to contact us.


What is Thought Spot's definition of mental health and wellbeing?

The World Health Organization defines mental health as: "A state of well-being in which every individual realizes his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community." (source)

Thought Spot uses a broad definition of mental health. We believe that mental health exists on a continuum and includes how you feel and think about your life.

What and who is this map for?

Thought is for any post-secondary student searching for resources within the Greater Toronto Area. Thought Spot is designed to help you cope with life stressors and to meet personal mental health needs.

Who is this map not for?

Thought Spot is not meant to be a resource for someone in crisis. If you believe that you or a friend is in crisis, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

I am not a post-secondary student. Can I still use this map?

Thought Spot is designed for post-secondary students who are currently enrolled in a university or college in the Greater Toronto Area, but many of the Spots are open to non-students.

What is a crisis?

A crisis is a crucial, decisive moment or situation where an emotionally stressful event or traumatic change is taking place. Someone in crisis cannot wait for an appointment, and needs an immediate connection with some sort of service (e.g., 9-1-1 or a hotline).

I think I am in a crisis. I would like to talk to someone.

If you believe that you are in crisis, please call 9-1-1 immediately.

I'm not in a crisis but I would still like to talk to someone right away.

    Please use the following resources:
  • Good2Talk (for ages 17 to 25): 1-866-925-5454 or 2-1-1
  • Kids Help Phone (for ages 20 and under): 1-800-668-6868
  • ConnexOntario Drug and Alcohol Helpline: 1-800-565-8603
  • ConnexOntario Mental Health Helpline: 1-866-531-2600
  • ConnexOntario Ontario Problem Gambling Helpline: 1-888-531-3505

What can I use this map for?

Resources on the map are divided into seven different categories that are described in the next section. Whether you are searching for an invigorating fitness program, beneficial health service, useful legal or financial advice, or even a place to de-stress and relax, this map can direct you to various locations that correspond to your needs and preferences.

Where is the information on the map from?

The map is a continuously developing product. Although the map is based on mental health resource databases from Kids Help Phone and ConnexOntario, it continues to evolve from information provided by post-secondary students who are users themselves.

Are any of these sources sponsored by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health or University of Toronto?

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and University of Toronto do not sponsor nor endorse any one particular resource.

Is this map available for other cities?

At the moment, Thought Spot only displays resources in the Greater Toronto Area.

I am a representative from a mental health resource in the Greater Toronto Area. How can I add the location to the map?

Contact us. Thanks!

Map Content

How do I know which resources are right for me?

Use the filter system on the spot page to help you navigate the resources listed in the map.

What do the different categories on the map mean?

  • Work and School
    Services made available by universities, colleges and workplaces in the Greater Toronto Area that provide advice, support, or programming related to education and employment.
  • Family and Friends
    Places of support for the family unit (e.g., parents and child) or places to meet and bond with new friends.
  • Sex and Relationships
    Places that provide information and services for promoting safe and healthy relationships and offer resources and services related to sexual and reproductive health.
  • Recreation and Culture
    Places that offer activities and services which cater to various artistic, musical, cultural, ethnic, or physical activity programming.
  • Health and Social Services
    Sites that offer medical clinics, housing services, social support systems, and connections to fulfill mental, physical or emotional needs.
  • Spirituality and Wellbeing
    Places that offer services to promote a healthy and spiritually-aware lifestyle including, gyms, yoga studios, fitness groups or classes, spiritual or religious services, and much more.

I found a mistake on the map. How do I report it?

On individual spot pages you can upvote or downvote the veracity of each spot, or contact us. Thanks!

How do I add a spot to the map?

Join or lead a crowdsourcing workshop. Workshops are designed to help identify useful resources and moderate additions to the map.

If I add a spot, will this be tracked back to me?

No; all entries are completely anonymous.

Which resources can be added to the map?

The Thought Spot project uses crowdsourcing to allow students themselves to identify helpful local resources for mental health and wellbeing. As long as you believe a resource has helped you in this capacity, it can be added to the map. Moderators will screen all data for spam and other irrelevant information.

What does "crowdsourcing" mean?

Crowdsourcing is an exercise involving the public in gathering accurate and up-to-date information. Crowdsourcing is a way for students who may use Thought Spot to locate and add mental health resources to the map. In addition to supplying new resources, students can review existing resources and add comments. Crowdsourcing takes place in workshops.

Is there a mobile app for Thought Spot?

Yes, there is! As a result of a hackathon event in November 2014, where groups of post-secondary students and recent graduates came together to collaboratively build mobile solutions for the Thought Spot community, the Thought Spot app is now available for iOS and Android.


What are the workshops?

Workshops are a way for post-secondary students to contribute to and use the Thought Spot map! There are two kinds of workshops: Crowdsourcing and Do-It-Yourself (DIY). In Crowdsourcing Workshops, Thought Spot volunteers guide participants through a series of activities that help us check existing map data for accuracy and add new Thought Spots to the map. These workshops ensure that map users find up-to-date information.

Just want to learn how to use Thought Spot or show other students how to find local mental health resources? Then the DIY Workshop is for you! Print out our workshop guide (coming soon!), choose a route, and set out on your Thought Spot walking tour. DIY Workshops can be hosted by anyone servicing post-secondary students (e.g., university registrar, residence dons, student organizations or clubs) andare great team building activities. For more information on the workshops click here.

Who is the workshop for?

Students from any of the colleges or universities in the Greater Toronto Area are eligible to participate in the workshops. Students studying part-time, international students, mature students, and students in undergraduate, professional, or graduate programs are all welcome.

How long is each workshop?

Workshops take approximately 90 minutes.

How can I join a workshop?

Crowdsourcing Workshops are hosted by the Thought Spot volunteers. For a schedule of upcoming workshops and events, please access the Get Involved page. DIY Workshops can be run by anyone – just download the workshop guide (coming soon!).

How can I host a Crowdsourcing Workshop?

Please contact us.

What if I need help or have questions about running a DIY workshop?

No problem! Please contact us.