I too live in Canada. You most likely do want to see a psychiatrist, rather than a psychologist. The reason for that is that our health care system pays for you to see a psychiatrist, however most psychologists are $180.00 an hour.
I see a psychologist. The reason for this is that the psychiatrist I saw felt there was nothing wrong with me. He said I just needed to lose 30 pounds and I would no longer be depressed.
You can ask your family doctor to refer you to the local hospital. Tell your doctor that you feel it is urgent that you see someone. At the hospital you will first be assessed by a social worker. That appointment should occur fairly quick and about
a week later you should get an appointment with a psychiatrist. I am sorry that the Cdn. Mental Health has not gotten back to you. That is ridiculous.
I hope you find this information helpful.
There are some family doctors who have had training in psycho therapy so if you can find one of those that might also work. Or if you have additional insurance you may have coverage for a psychologist. However all these places have long waiting lists unless you either go to the nearest ER or get your family doctor to make the referral.
I will keep you in my prayers. I wish I could take away all the pain you have been through in your life. The first step to healing is to tell your story and to continue telling it, until one day you do not need to tell it quite so often. Just choose your audience wisely. I have been stung by sharing my pain with some of the wrong people, so choose carefully who you share with. You know you can always count on the HW family to lend an ear. However eventually you must find a professional and get their services. Right now the gold standard of treatment for depression is considered to be cognitive behaviour
al therapy along with medication. You may have to try several different meds till you find the right one for you. However med alone is just putting a bandaid on the problem. Hang in there. I will pray for you. god bless. Judy/Effie