BELL LET’S TALK

The 2023 Bell Let’s Talk awareness campaign – Let’s change this – highlights the mental health crisis Canadians are facing in very real and personal ways and issues a collective call to action and change.

 

We encourage everyone to be a part of the change by taking one or more of the following actions:

  • Choose a mental health organization to learn about or support
  • Help a friend struggling with their mental health by learning how to support them
  • Ask about how your school, workplace, or community is creating change for mental health
  • Nurture your own well-being by practicing and learning mental health strategies
  • Get involved in a mental health initiative or organize an event to support mental health
  • Engage in conversations about mental health to fight stigma

 

As the core provider of child and youth mental health services in Muskoka, we are working collaboratively to deliver  critically needed services to enhance the mental health of children, their families and the communities they are a part of. In 2021-2022 we served 280 clients at our virtual/in-person walk in clinic, provided 119 crisis assessment interventions, provided child & family therapy to 225 individuals and 76 clients/families received intensive services. This data represents a slight increase from the previous year.

In Simcoe and Muskoka we are experiencing an ever increasing need for mental health and wellbeing supports for the youth and families we serve in all programs. This increased need is evident across our sectors, provincially and in our own family and community. We are committed to enhancing our services to equity-seeking and Indigenous children, youth and their families through trauma informed and healing centered approaches and address the ways in which these families are disproportionately impacted by mental health challenges.   

More information about the campaign at https://letstalk.bell.ca/

SIMCOE MUSKOKA FAMILY CONNEXIONS CYMH SERVICES

As an integrated child and family services agency, we offer Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) services to families with children (under the age of 18) living in the District of Muskoka. Our services are available in both English and French.

How to access our CYMH services

The way to access our services is by scheduling a session through our Counselling Walk-in Clinic (CWIC).

The clinic provides an option for quick access to therapy services for families with children and youth between the ages of 0-17 years of age. It enables the participation of all family members to see trained therapists at their chosen moments of need and is intended to create opportunities for immediate problem solving and therapeutic conversation.

Sessions with therapists are currently being scheduled by appointment and offered virtually (by phone or video) on Tuesdays and Thursdays or in-person on Tuesdays in the Huntsville office and Thursdays in the Bracebridge office.” Scheduled appointments can also be arranged in our Gravenhurst location. September to June, sessions are available between 11 am and 7 pm, with the last session starting at 5:30 pm. During the summer months, sessions are scheduled between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM.

Call (705) 645-4426 x 6270 to schedule an appointment

**If these days of the week or times do not work for you, please speak with our Intake Clinician about making alternate arrangements**

Child & Youth Mental Health Crisis Line:

Our confidential 24/7 crisis line can be accessed by calling 1.844.287.9072. Trained Crisis Clinicians are here to help children, youth, their parents/caregivers who are experiencing a mental health crisis. When connecting with our crisis line you will speak to a trained respondent 24/7 who will listen and connect you to the right help.

Living in Simcoe County, or The Districts of Nipissing or Parry Sound?

The following is a guide to Mental Health Resources for Children and Youth in Simcoe and Muskoka: Feelings Pathways

In the County of Simcoe, Family Connexions works with community partners for referrals to support specific child and youth mental health concerns. For more information visit NewPath and Kinark, La Clé.

For families in the Nipissing and Parry Sound District, please visit Hands The Family Help Network Child and Youth Mental Health services.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS TO REACH OUT TO IN SIMCOE COUNTY

BANAC

Barrie Area Native Advisory Circle serves as a regional health and social planning organization based upon the concepts of: lifelong learning, self determination, community participation.

They are dedicated to promoting a wholistic approach to address common concerns of all member communities.

Chigamic

Offers Indigenous, English and French services for ages 12 and up, for North Simcoe only.

Single-Session Mental Health Counselling | CSC CHIGAMIK CHC

La Clé (Francophone services)

Offers mental health services to children and youth up to 18 years old in Simcoe County. With specific workshops and programs, they help them and their family face difficult situations in their lives. 

Service d’aide pour les jeunes – Santé mentale jeunesse – La Clé (lacle.ca)

Enaahtig

The Enaahtig Healing Lodge and Learning Centre is established to provide opportunities for holistic healing and learning based on the principles of Indigenous culture, to individuals and families in a safe environment in order to foster healthy, balanced communities and nations.

Enaahtig | Programs & Services

Kinark

Offers community-Based Child and Youth Mental Health

Kinark Child and Family Services : Kinark Child and Family Services