Toronto Public Health eChat
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Toronto Public Health offers a free, confidential and anonymous online eChat service for Toronto residents. Chat online with a Public Health Nurse about:
- Child and Family Health (e.g., pregnancy, breastfeeding, parenting)
- Prenatal and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety
- Chronic Disease Prevention (e.g., diabetes, cancer, heart disease)
- Substance Use (e.g., drugs, tobacco and alcohol)
- Mental Health Promotion
- Senior Health
- Healthy Eating
Service Available: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (excludes statutory holidays).
Need more information? If you have questions about this service, call 416-338-7600.
The City of Toronto’s Toronto Public Health eChat Service (“the Service”) allows you to chat online with a public health nurse regarding non emergency health topics. This Service is for information and educational purposes only. It is not appropriate for crisis situations. The information provided to you does not and is not intended to provide medical advice or recommendations re: diagnosis or treatment. It is general information only.Users of the Service should seek the advice of a physician or other health care professional before making medical decisions or if they have questions regarding medical conditions.If you think you may be experiencing a medical emergency call 9-1-1 or TeleHealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000 or visit your doctor or closest hospital emergency room.
- Accuracy of Information
Every effort is made to ensure the information provided by the Service is accurate, current and reliable.
- Residents of Toronto
The Service is for residents of Toronto, Ontario only. If you reside outside of Toronto we cannot provide the Service to you.
- Confidential Information
If you use the Service, you may provide Toronto Public Health with personal health information. Your acceptance of these Terms and Conditions is your consent to such information being collected and used by Toronto Public Health.Toronto Public Health collects this information and uses it in order to respond to your inquiries and to assure quality service. Toronto Public Health is governed by privacy legislation. Our Information Practices statement is available online.We endeavour to protect your privacy at all times, however, communications over the internet require the use of means that are beyond the control of Toronto Public Health and may be subject to interception or loss. Therefore, Toronto Public Health cannot guarantee the security of any transmission of data across the internet.
Reponses to your inquiries may contain links to web pages created by or for organizations outside of Toronto Public Health. Access to these websites is provided solely as a convenience to you. Toronto Public Health has no control over the content of these pages and disclaims all liability associated with any reliance on such content. Access to the linked sites does not imply that Toronto Public Health approves or endorses the view, products or services provided on the linked sites. Direct any questions regarding the linked sites to the particular organization operating the site.
You acknowledge that you do not have and will not obtain any intellectual property right in or to any information that is provided to you in connection with your use of the Service, including information that is accessed through links to third party web pages.
The City of Toronto is not responsible for and will not be liable to you or to anyone else for any damages whatsoever, including any indirect, special, incidental or consequential damages arising out of or in connection with your use or inability to use the Website, even if the City of Toronto has been advised of the possibilities of such damages.
The Toronto Public Health eChat Service is an anonymous service. Copies of transcripts cannot be provided by Toronto Public Health after the counselling session has been terminated. Clients who would like to keep a copy of their eChat session must make a copy themselves, by either downloading the transcript or by printing it themselves. Transcripts will not be printed for, mailed or emailed to clients by Toronto Public Health under any circumstances.