Mental Health Resources
Welcome to the Mental Health Resources page! Here you’ll find a number of external sources providing information on mental illness, stress, and seeking help for what you may be struggling with.
Please note that if you are experiencing a mental health crisis or are in an emergency, you should call 911 or one of the following crisis hotlines:
Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 833-456-4566
Kids Help Phone: CALL 1-800-668-6868 or TEXT 686868
We’ve split this page into three main sections, all of which you can navigate to by clicking the title below.
Prevention, Early Intervention and Support
In Prevention, Early Intervention and Support you’ll find additional support for youth struggling with mental health and tools to intervene before problems become severe.
Assessment and Treatment
In Assessment and Treatment, you’ll find resources and contacts for more direct support for youth struggling with an issue that requires active support, or youth beginning to look for an assessment or diagnosis.
211 is Canada’s primary source of information for government and community-based, non-clinical health and social services. The free and confidential service can be accessed 24 hours a day, in more than 150 languages, by phone, chat, text, and web.
211 helps connect people to the right information and services, making their pathway to care and resources a guided and trusted one.
211 is available by phone, chat, website, and text in different regions – dial 2-1-1 to connect to community services.
Promotion and Education
Find guidance on how to be there for a friend who may be struggling with their mental health.
Youth Mental Health and Addiction Champion (YMHAC)
The YMHAC Toolkit supports educators, adult allies and youth in implementing a youth-led mental health initiative in school and community settings.
Health promotion is the process of implementing a range of social and environmental interventions that enable people and communities to increase control over and to improve their health. Public Health offers expertise and resources on health promotion including promoting healthy behaviours, creating supportive environments and encouraging healthy public policies.
Canadian Mental Health Association
Information about child and youth mental health issues and services in Ontario put together by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). includes information and services for addiction services, anger, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, family and caregiver support, gender-diverse and sexual-minority youth, Indigenous children and youth, justice and youth mental health, legal issues, loss and grief, mental health resources in schools, psychosis, residential treatment, self-harm, stress, substance abuse, suicide, transitioning from youth to adult mental health services.
The Science of Well-Being Course
The Science of Well-Being is a FREE course offered by Yale that will engage in a series of challenges designed to increase your own happiness and build more productive habits. As preparation for these tasks, Professor Laurie Santos reveals misconceptions about happiness, annoying features of the mind that lead us to think the way we do, and the research that can help us change. You will ultimately be prepared to successfully incorporate a specific wellness activity into your life.
Grey Bruce We C.A.R.E Project
We C.A.R.E Project is a website that helps the community agencies and school boards involved connect with youth. They are hoping to support youth and give them a place to go for resources and more.
Has resources for any questions you may have about mental health. It mainly specializes in questions and articles (age appropriate) on body development and relationships.
ConnexOntario maintains a centralized, up-to-date, and accurate database of detailed drug, alcohol, problem gambling, and mental health treatment service information.
This information includes:
where the service is located
how to access the service
how long the wait to access the service may be
Information contained in the ConnexOntario database is used for planning purposes by healthcare professionals, and health system planners, managers, and stewards in the province of Ontario.
Prevention, Early Intervention and Support
Wes for Youth
Wes for Youth Online counselling service allows youth to connect with a professional and qualified counsellor by self referral. They offer two methods of communication within the secure portal:
– Email to email
– Live chat (an appointment to chat with your counsellor is scheduled in the portal)
No issue is too small or unimportant to talk about with their counsellors – if it’s affecting you and you’d like to share it with someone who understands, then online counselling could be for you. If you want more information on how their free and professional service works, please read their Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
In partnership with emergency services, community agencies and the people they serve, Victim Services provide assistance to victims of crime & tragic circumstance, develop partnerships designed to enhance support to victims, and educate & promote awareness regarding victimization.
Call Victim Services – 1-866-376-9852
Big Brothers Big Sisters Grey Bruce
The Big Bothers & Big Sisters mentoring program provides girls, boys, young women and young men with a role model to talk to and share the experiences of growing up with. Through regular outings, a relationship is developed between the mentor and the mentee, which is built on trust and common interests, and is supported by their experienced case-workers. The result is a life-changing experience for both the mentor and the mentee.
The Big Brothers and Big Sisters mentoring program usually requires two regularly scheduled outings a month of several hours each and a minimum of a one year commitment.
Canadian Mental Health Association’s Bounce Back Program
Bounce Back is an evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) skill-building program for adults and youth 15+ across Ontario. Through one on one telephone coaching, workbooks, and online videos to learn CBT skills to help them better manage their symptoms of mild to moderate depression and anxiety.
Mental Health Crisis Line
Mental Health Crisis Line of Grey Bruce at 1-877-470-5200. This line is staffed by trained volunteers and is available to help serve people in distress or crisis. Staff are available to speak with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.
Assessment and Treatment
Keystone Child, Youth and Family Services
Keystone is a family-engaged counselling and coordinating lead mental health agency for children, youth and families in Grey and Bruce.
Keystone accepts referrals or self-referrals from families, physicians, schools or service providers.
Services available through Keystone include but are not limited to quick response clinics, individual or family counselling, workshops for parents, children and youth, birth to 6 years counselling, Live-in Treatment (LIT), youth justice supports, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder program, coordinated service planning, and coordinated access. It should be noted that Keystone is not an emergency service.
Call Keystone Intake at (519) 371-4773 Ext 180
Youth Mental Health programs at the Chippewas of Nawash Health Centre
The program at Chippewas of Nawash Health Centre is planned and coordinated by Marleen Vogl. they provide services to children and families of children aged 7 to 18 years, with referrals, support and programming. The program promotes healthy living to children and families.
CHOICES Drug and Alcohol Counselling for Youth
Serves youth up to age 20 who are concerned about their own or someone else’s substance use. Counsellors work directly with youth and their families in the Owen Sound office as well as high school sites throughout Grey Bruce. Clients can be self-referred or referred by a concerned other. For intake call 519-371-5487.
Grey Bruce Health Services
If someone is is in crisis and experiencing an emergency, there are two options:
– person is transported to hospital by family member or ambulance; and,
– Contact Hospital Crisis Team.
The Grey Bruce Health Mental Health and Addictions department includes a wide range of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services. We have an acute care psychiatric inpatient unit, a psychogeriatic unit, as well as a psychiatric intensive care unit in Owen Sound.
Crisis services are available 24/7 across all Emergency Departments in Grey Bruce. The Mental Health Crisis Line is also available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week at: 1-877-470-5200.
Family Health Team
Many families have access to the services provided by a family health team. Services may include individual or family counselling. In addition, there may be access to various specialists and other supports that may be beneficial.