Our Mission

Providing community supports to youth and adults living with mental health and substance-use health challenges, to lead self-guided and fulfilling lives.

Our Vision



Upstream offers a holistic approach that is responsive and adaptable to the needs and wants of our diverse clients, who define their own goals and measurements of success


Committed to equity

Upstream is improving access and quality of care by offering equitable and inclusive programs and supports to communities that traditionally have been under-served and marginalized


Meaningfully engaged

To successfully build the pathways to support, recovery and wellness, Upstream collaborates with our clients, and their families, in the design and decision-making for programs and services



Upstream is committed to building strong ties with the community, both to find the means to support our work, and to respond to the changing needs of increasingly diverse populations

Our Clients

Giving to Upstream Ottawa means supporting our programs, our services and our ability to serve people in ways that are most meaningful to them.

Your generosity makes all the difference.

Hear Kelton's story

A safe space for Youth, online. 

For Grace*, a 20-year-old international student from Nigeria, moving halfway around the world to study in Ottawa became a harrowing experience. She felt isolated, profoundly anxious, lacked social supports and had suicidal thoughts.

Executive Director's Report:

A year in perspective

Read the full report here


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Our Vision

Upstream is committed to providing meaningful community-based, client-focused and equitable mental health, substance-use health and addiction support services to adult and youth populations

We go above and beyond the expectations of our clients by offering a variety of ‘Value Added Services’ such as our Housing Program and other popular social/recreational group events.

Put your donation to work by sponsoring one of these amazing Value Added Services! 


I learned so much from the case workers at Upstream and I am forever grateful to the organization for helping me recover from my issues and get my life on track. Thank you so, so much.

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    Latest News

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    Upstream Ottawa on CFRA

    Listen as Upstream Ottawa’s Executive Director Bo Turpin explains our new SAPACCY program on CFRA’s News Talk Radio with host Patricia Boal. A big thank you to 580 CFRA and Patricia Boal for this timely interview.

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    Upstream Ottawa hosts BGC at Sens game

    Upstream Ottawa Mental Health Community Support was thrilled to host a group of youth from the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa (BGCO) at the Ottawa Senators-New York Islanders game at the Canadian Tire Centre on Bell Let’s Talk Day, Jan. 25. Joining the group were two Algonquin College public relations students involved in a class fundraising campaign for Upstream that starts in March.

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    Trillium grant builds stronger mental health services for Ottawa

    Upstream Ottawa Mental Health Community Support, a leader in frontline community mental health since 1985, today hosted a Zoom event to celebrate the $59,100 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF). This grant is helping Upstream in its recovery from COVID-19 by building fundraising capacity in the organization

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    Golfers drive record success for Upstream

    OTTAWA – Upstream Ottawa supporters came through in a big way on September 8, raising a record $47,000 for the charitable organization.
    It was the largest amount of funds raised at a single event in the history of Upstream Ottawa Mental Health Community Support, which was founded in 1985.

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    Afri-Day by the Bay

    OTTAWA — Afri-Day by the Bay, to be held August 19, will be a celebration of diverse African culture in Bay Ward.

    This free event, presented by Upstream Ottawa, held at the Ron Kolbus Clubhouse at 2825 Dumaurier Ave. in the Foster Farm community, between 4 and 8 p.m., is for youth and their families in the neighborhood. The event is being held in partnership with BGC Ottawa.