Community Mental Health Resources

 There are a variety of mental health resources in our communities. Please see the tabs below for more information on organizations and resources to help you in your area.

Urgent Services

Urgent Services

  • Simcoe County & Muskoka Mental Health Crisis Line 705-728-5044 or 1-888-893-8333 

  • Mental Health Crisis Line for Children and Youth  (Muskoka, Nipissing, Parry Sound) 1-844-287-9072 www.somewheretoturn.ca

  • Community Crisis Response Service (for South Simcoe) 1-855-310-COPE (2673)

  • Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868

  • Telecare Distress Line for Simcoe County 705-726-7922 

  • Crisis Support for Children and Youth

    •  In Simcoe South: 310-COPE at 1-855-310-COPE (2673) or visit your nearest emergency department. You can also text COPE at 1-855-310-2673 or chat with a crisis worker online via /cope-home/
    •  In Muskoka: Hands TheFamilyNetwork.ca 1-844-287-9072

Shelters for Women and Children 

In case of an emergency: If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health or substance use emergency, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of your local hospital.

Non-urgent Services

Non-urgent Services

  • New Path Youth and Family Services 705-725-7656 or 1-866-566-7656 or [email protected]wpath.ca  to initiate service. A counsellor will call back to book an appointment by telephone.

  • Catholic Family Services Simcoe County (Locations in Barrie, Bracebridge, Bradford, Collingwood, Huntsville, Midland, Orillia) 705-726-2503 or www.cfssc.ca

  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)(Locations in Barrie, Bracebridge, Huntsville, Parry Sound)  www.cmha.ca

  • Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions (Locations in Huntsville and Bracebridge for Child & Youth Mental Health Services) www.familyconnexions.ca/cymh/ or 705-645-4426 ext.6270 (see website for service changes and restrictions during COVID-19) 

  • Kinark 1 888-454-6275

  • Ontario 2-1-1 (Community and Social Services Help Line) dial 2-1-1 on your phone or visit 211ontario.ca

  • Dnaagdawenmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services is a multi-service Indigenous wellbeing agency with local offices throughout Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka. Call (705) 295-7135 or 1-844-523-2237 for intake. 

  • Enaahtig Lodge and Learning Centre provides wholistic services to individuals and families, including healing and residential programs, and community-based mental health support in the North Simcoe area. Call (705) 534-3724 or 1-877-534-3724 for program information.
  • North Simcoe Youth Wellness Hub (Located in Midland) 705-427-5639

Website: [email protected] / https://youthhubs.ca/en/sites/north-simcoe/

Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin Primary Health Team continues to provide Primary Care, Wellness checks and a variety of wholistic services through phone appointments and virtual offerings. Contact clinics in Barrie (705)-721-9554, or Orillia (705) 259-9520, or find Mamaway Wiidokdaadwin on social media on Facebook or Instagram, for more information on services and virtual sessions.

  • Chigamik Community Health Centre continues to provide Primary Care appointments, as well as offer online programs, virtual mental health counseling and virtual Traditional Healing sessions. Call (705) 527-4154 to reach the clinic in Midland.
  • Hope and Wellness Help Line provides immediate toll-free phone and online chat mental health counseling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples in English, French, and Cree, Ojibway or Inuktitut upon request. Call 1-855-242-3310 or visit the link above for online support. 
  • ConnexOntario provides 24/7 health services for people experiencing problems with mental health, addictions and problem gambling. 
  • Women's Support Network of York Region, provides services and supports for anyone who has experienced sexual violence.

Additional Resources

Additional Resources 

The following websites provide additional information on mental health and well-being. These links will take you to external websites that are not maintained by the SMCDSB and are provided for your information only.

Canadian Mental Health Association -  provides resources and information on a range of mental health issues including anxiety, depression, loneliness, eating disorders, anger and more. 

Children's Mental Health Ontario - provides resources and information for parents/caregivers, youth, teachers, and professionals.

Kids Help Phone - children and teens can visit the website, call 1-800-668-6868, or text 686868 for free, 24 hour, anonymous support.

MindYourMind -  is a website resource linking mental health, wellness, engagement and technology. They work with young people aged 14 to 29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience.

School Mental Health Ontario - School Mental Health Ontario is a provincial implementation support team who helps school districts enhance student mental health through the use of evidence-based strategies and services. Resources and information for parents and students is also available on their website. 

Parents For Children's Mental Health (PCMH) - is a provincial, nonprofit, parent-led organization providing family-centered information, support, and empowerment so that families can be effective in their navigation of the mental health system within Ontario.

Anxiety Canada - Anxiety Canada aims to raise awareness about anxiety and to support access to proven resources and treatment. They are the developers of the award-winning free MindShift™ CBT app which helps Canadians manage anxiety using scientifically proven strategies.

Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health  - This website contains Parent Information Sheets and additional resources regarding children's mental health as well access to their "Families First" free parenting education workshops via webinar. 

Youth Mental Health Resource in partnership with SMHO / Jack.Org / Kids Help Phone includes resources to help youth take care of themselves during the Covid-19 pandemic. Some are:

  • Guide for Reaching Out
  •   12 Instant Stress Busters
  • How to Self Isolate
  •   A Guide to COVID-19 for Youth
  • Self-Care Checklists
  •   Be There Poster 

StopBreatheThink- an app where you can find mindfulness and meditation activities to check in with your emotions and feel the calm


First Peoples Wellness Circle provides resources to educate children and young people about COVID-19


Autism Ontario offers a wide variety of resources to help families and students with autism. 

 

The Psychology Foundation offers programs to support families with attachment and stress management. As well various school age booklets are available on their website https://psychologyfoundation.org/Content/Parents/Children__4-13_/School-Age-Booklets.aspx 

 

Yale Child Study Center & Scholastic Collaborative for Child and Family Resilience offers a workbook to help kids cope during the Covid-19 Pandemic. 

 

Child Mind Institute offers multiple articles with tips on how to help children and youth during the Coronavirus. Some are:

Hong Fook Mental Health Foundation has many great brochures available within the “Managing Stress” section of their website. The brochures are available in Korean, Vietnamese, Traditional and Chinese. Note: they are not currently providing telehealth or virtual counseling on their website.