Client and Peer Support Line

If you have celiac disease or a gluten disorder and in need of someone to talk to, our Client and Peer Support Desk will be monitored mornings, afternoons and evenings until December 31 by our CCA staff dietitians and trained peer support volunteers. When leaving a message, please leave your first name, phone and time zone. Thank you to our generous donors for helping us to make this service available.

Phone: 905.507.6208 ext. 224
Toll Free: 1.800.363.7296


Mental Health and Wellness

A recent poll has reported that 25% of Canadians are facing increased mental health challenges as a result of COVID-19. For people with celiac disease, they can be at increased risk for depression and other mental health disorders, especially prior to diagnosis. We’ve collected some of our recent resources in one location to help support you.


A Wholistic Approach to Celiac Disease – presented  September 2020 by Justine Dowd, Ph.D.

Strategies for coping during COVID-19 – presented May 2020 CCA National Virtual Conference by Justine Dowd, Ph.D.

Empowering your body through nutrition – presented by Adrianna Smallwood, March 2020 Nutrition Month


Love Yourself – Mood Boosting Tips – Book of Awesome’s Neil Pasricha – Canadian Celiac magazine, February 2019

Mental Health Matters part 1 and 2 – Excerpts from Canadian Celiac magazine Spring and Fall 2020 editions

You Got This – By Justine Dowd and Selena DeVries, first published in Canadian Celiac Fall 2020 edition


Download our Self – Care infographic here.

Additional Links to Mental Health Services and Supports

Kids Help Line
Call 1-800-668-6868 (toll-free) or text CONNECT to 686868.
Available 24 hours a day to Canadians aged 5 to 29 who want confidential and anonymous care from professional counsellors.

Hope for Wellness Help Line
Call 1-855-242-3310 (toll-free) or connect to the online Hope for Wellness chat.
Available to all Indigenous peoples across Canada who need immediate crisis intervention. Experienced and culturally sensitive helpline counsellors can help if you want to talk or are distressed. Available 24hrs a day, 7 days a week in English or French.

Crisis Services Canada – Canada Suicide Prevention Helpline
For any suicide-related concerns, call 1-833-456-4566 (24/7) or text 45645 (4 PM – 12 AM ET) or visit

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Call 416-646-5557, Toll-free at 1-800-463-2338, or visit for resources on mental health.

Canada Drug Rehab Addiction Services
For anyone dealing with drug/addition. Call: 1-866-462-6362 or visit

National Eating Disorder Centre
For anyone struggling with Eating Disorders. Call: 1-866-633-4220


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