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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.

*Needle Exchange Program

The Needle Exchange Program is a harm-reduction program run in partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU). All exchange supplies are provided free of charge and no identifying information is requested.

Services Provided
– Injection kits including, new needles, spoons (cookers), alcohol swabs, sterile water, tourniquets, and when requested vitamin C
– Safe smoking kits including, glass stems or bowl pipes, screens, and mouth pieces
– Sharps containers for the safe disposal of used needles, stems, pipes and other substance use equipment
– Information about safer substance use and about community supports

To Access Services
We welcome anyone in need of these services to drop-in the South Georgian Bay CHC. We are a stigma-free office and a trained staff will be on-site during office hours to offer any guidance or assistance, if needed. Our hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 9am-12, and 1pm-4:30pm, Tuesdays from 9am-12pm, 1pm-5pm, and 5:30pm-7pm, and Fridays from 9am-1pm.

*Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program

This mental health program, delivered in partnership with Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, is for people living with depression and/or anxiety and provides free access to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) sessions in both English and French. This program is offered by telephone, video or through online learning to anyone 15 years of age or older living in the South Georgian Bay area.

Location: Online and phone appointments
Contact: Referral to the program must be made by your family practitioner

*Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Clinic at the SGBCHC

The RAAM Clinic is run by the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) and offers walk-in based services for individuals 16 years of age and older, who are seeking support for their use of substances. The clinic is held at the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre, and provides short term individual counselling and group support for those in early recovery. A multidisciplinary team will also provide medication support to better manage cravings and symptoms of withdrawal.

For more information, see https://www.rvh.on.ca/mhad/SitePages/raam.aspx.

To Access Services

The RVH RAAM clinic is seeing clients in-person and by telephone. If you would prefer to schedule an appointment call 705-422-0900 ext 145. Walk-ins are available Monday-Friday 8:30am-3:30pm at the following location:

South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre
14 Ramblewood Dr, Unit #202
Wasaga Beach, ON L9Z 0C4

Finding Balance Through a Pandemic

This 8-week mindfulness-based program will explore how the coronavirus pandemic has affected our stress, anxiety and mood – and how these can influence our eating patterns and overall wellbeing. Participants will learn how mindfulness practice can be used to cultivate wellness, self-compassion, and a balanced approach to eating during these challenging times. This program is appropriate for anyone who has felt losses related to the pandemic and would like support with their mental and emotional wellbeing from a social worker and registered dietitian.

Dates: This program runs for 8-weeks, once a week for 1.5 hours

Call reception at 705.422.1888 to register

Free Community Mental Health Programs

We have paused our mental health programs temporarily as our mental health staff work to meet the needs of our clients through 1:1 appointments. We have compiled a list of free community mental health programs and resources for you to explore below.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Programs:

  • MindBeacon and AbilitiCBT are Internet-based cognitive behavioural therapy (iCBT) programs. They are practical, short-term programs that are delivered online. iCBT helps people develop skills and strategies to address symptoms of mild to moderate anxiety and/or depression. It can also help people cope with situations related to COVID-19, such as isolation, pressure caring for family and community members, information overload and stress.
  • Bounceback is a free skill-building program that adults and youth 15+ can access over the phone. With the guidance of a coach, you’ll work through a series of workbooks at your own schedule, to gain practical skills to better manage low mood, anxiety, worry or stress. You’ll learn things like how to improve your mood by changing the way you think or respond to things.

Online Videos:

Post-Partum Mental Health Supports:

  • MotherCare and Next Step in Collingwood and Wasaga Beach – Call 705-445-9770 x 5230 to inquire about programs and register
  • Collingwood – Call Theresa Machin at the Georgian Bay Family Health Team to inquire @ 705-444-5885 x 223
  • Midland – Call Kelly Morris at the North Simcoe Family Health Team to inquire @ 705-526-7804 x 220 OR contact Melissa Maidment at Chigamik Community Health Centre https://www.chigamik.ca/blog/event/after-baby-group/

Services:

  • We continue to offer services through the Ontario Structured Psychotherapy Program – for more information see https://www.southgeorgianbaychc.ca/about-us/news/mindability-program-at-the-sgbchc/
  • Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) Clinic at the SGBCHC – The RVH RAAM clinic is seeing clients in-person and by telephone. Walk-ins are available Monday-Friday 8:30am-3:30pm. If you would prefer to schedule an appointment call 705-422-0900 ext 145.
  • Social Work & Mental Health and Addiction Counselling – All one-on-one social work and mental health and addiction counselling appointments for SGBCHC clients continue to be offered via phone or video conferencing. Same-day appointments are also being provided. To access services, ask your family physician or nurse practitioner to send a counselling referral on your behalf or call reception at 705-422-1888.

Telephone Support/System Navigation

ConnexOntario – 1-866-531-2600 – 24/7 mental health and addictions system navigation and information including local crisis and service supports

2-1-1 – CommunityConnection.ca or call 2-1-1 – System navigators will answer any inquiries about services & programs in your region

First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line – 1-855-242-3310 – 24/7 counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada

Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868 – 24/7 phone counselling service for children and youth

Telehealth – 1-866-797-0000 – 24/7 service you can call to get health advice or information

Woebot – Download the Woebot app or sign up at www.woebot.page.link/ontario – An online automated conversational agent who helps you monitor mood and learn about yourself via Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Social Support Group

This 6-week program is an online and phone-in group for social connectedness. The workshops are developed for graduates of the Living a Healthy Life programs, but anyone living with a chronic health condition or chronic pain is welcome to join.
The leaders will integrate structured activities into the sessions, including brief check-ins, relaxation activities, breathing exercises, action planning, decision-making and problem-solving. Additional activities will be based on participant interests.

Date: Call for specific dates and times.
Location: Online using Zoom for Healthcare
To register: Anyone in North Simcoe Muskoka can register for this program by calling 705.717.4744 or email [email protected]

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