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Mental Health and Addictions

All of our programs are free of charge and open to everyone in the community. If you have issues accessing these programs such as transportation, physical or language barriers, please let our program staff know and we will work with you to eliminate this barrier. For more information and to register for our programs, please call the clinic at 705-422-1888.

*Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program

The South Georgian Bay CHC’s Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) is a continuation of the North Simcoe Muskoka’s Increasing Access to Structured Psychotherapy Program (IASP), in partnership with Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, and funded by the Government of Ontario. The program provides free access to CBT sessions in both English and French for adults and youth 15+ throughout Simcoe and Muskoka counties. *Referral to the program must be made by your primary care provider.

Location: Online and phone appointments
Contact: SGBCHC at 705-422-1888

Acudetox Group

The Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinic is offering a support group called Acudetox. This group is based on the NADA protocol – an ear acupuncture protocol for recovery – which helps to reduce cravings for drugs and alcohol, minimizes withdrawal symptoms, reduces stress and agitation, encourages better sleep, increases calmness and relieves emotional trauma.

Date: Postponed until further notice.
Location: RAAM clinic located at the SGBCHC
Contact: Wasaga Beach RAAM clinic at 705-422-1888 ext. 144.

Befriending Your Emotions

Emotions are a part of life and essential to survival. This 4-part workshop will help individuals identify the way they respond to difficult and uncomfortable emotions and learn how to “befriend” them to improve overall mental health and wellbeing.

Date: Postponed until further notice. Sign up for our newsletter to receive updates on upcoming workshops.
Location: SGBCHC
Contact: SGBCHC at 705-422-1888

Mindfulness Meditation

Mindfulness is a meditative practice that helps individuals learn how to live in the present moment. In this six-week program, participants will learn how to respond, rather than react to life’s challenges, come to terms with things as they are, and engage in self compassion during times of suffering.

To learn more about Mindfulness Meditation and for additional free workshops online, please visit:

Date: Varies
Location: SGBCHC
Contact: SGBCHC at 705-422-1888

SafeTALK Suicide Alertness Workshop

SafeTALK is a three-hour certificate training program that prepares individuals to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. Most people with thoughts of suicide, either directly or indirectly, invite help to stay safe. Alert helpers know how to identify and work with these opportunities to help protect life. Powerful videos illustrate both non-alert and alert responses. Discussion and practice are shared throughout the workshop.

Date: Please call for a list of available dates and times
Location: SGBCHC
Contact: SGBCHC at 705-422-1888

Same-Day Counselling

The SGBCHC offers same-day, one-hour, single session counselling every Tuesday from 1:00pm to 4:00pm to help with issues such as family conflict, stress, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, addictions, or abuse.

Date: Every Tuesday
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location: SGBCHC
Contact: Call reception at 705-422-1888 on Tuesday morning to book an appointment for the afternoon

Note: Appointments are free and booked on a first come first served basis for SGBCHC clients only.

The Hidden Cost of Caring

Building Resilience to Prevent Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma

Compassion fatigue has been described as the “hidden cost of caring” for others in emotional pain. The helping profession has gradually begun to recognize that workers are profoundly affected by the work they do, whether it is by direct exposure to traumatic events (i.e. working as a first responder, in a hospital ER or child welfare investigation); secondary exposure (hearing clients talk about trauma they have experienced, helping people who have just been victimized, working in the field of child abuse) and the full gamut in between. This workshop will review signs and symptoms of Compassion Fatigue and Vicarious Trauma along with prevention and self-care strategies. Participants will learn, how stress impacts the mind and body, how to identify the warning signs symptoms of compassion fatigue, burnout and vicarious trauma, how to engage in preventative care and wellness to promote overall health, how to evaluate and balance your experiences as a helper and as a person

Date: Please call for a list of available dates and times
Location: SGBCHC
Contact: SGBCHC at 705-422-188

The New Science of Stress

Understanding the Role of Stress and Ways to Build Stress Resiliency

How do you respond to life-changing situations and stressful conditions? We all encounter stressful situations and events: loss of relationship, death of a loved one, pressure at work or at school, serious illness or accidents, assaults, or any number of other traumatic events. While we may not be able to control stressful situations, we do have the ability to change our response to them. This workshop will help you learn simple skills to recognize and transform the way you respond to stress and build your resiliency.

Date: Please call for a list of available dates and times
Location: SGBCHC
Contact: SGBCHC at 705-422-1888

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