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Mental Health/Support Services for Adults

Ementalhealth – Simcoe County Mental Health Help in Your Area

Self-help, mutual aid and support groups are non-profit, voluntary organizations which provide support to individuals who share a common experience


Now offering free mental health support for Ontario residents dealing with stress, anxiety, depression and more, thanks to funding from the Government of Ontario.


This service is currently available in Ontario and services are free

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)

Due to COVID19, our On-duty service continues only by phone, please leave a message and your call will be returned.

705-726-5033 Ext. 438 Monday to Friday from 9-4pm

If you need help 24/7, contact our Crisis line
(705) 728-5044 (Local) or 1-888-893-8333 (Toll-Free)

The Canadian Mental Health Association, York Region Branch (CMHA)

We help people learn how to maintain their mental health, look for and identify the signs of mental illness, and get help and support when they need it.

1091 Gorham St, Newmarket, ON, L3Y 8X7
Call: 905-853-8477

CMHA – Find Help

Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County

Offers individual, family and marital counselling, as well as family life education. Offers individual counselling for adult male and female survivors.

190 King Street South, Alliston, ON
Call: 705-726-2503 x18887262503

20 Anne Street South, Barrie, ON
Call: 705-726-2503

Catholic Family Services Website

Kinark Child and Family Services – Barrie Branch

Mobile Crisis Response Worker available Mondays – Fridays 8:30am-8:30pm (with the exception of holidays); Mental Health Crisis Line Worker available 24hrs.

34 Simcoe Street, Barrie, ON
Toll Free: 1-888-893-8333

Kinkark Child and Family Services

New Path Youth and Family Services of Simcoe County

Walk-in Clinics are the first step in accessing services at New Path. Walk in Clinics provide free, single-session mental health counselling for children.

165 Ferris Lane, Barrie, ON
Call: 705-725-7656 or 1-866-566-7656

Family Mental Health Initiative of Simcoe County (FMHI)

Supports family members and friends of those living with mental health difficulties, by providing support through education, training and system navigation (i.e. where to find help).

128 Anne Street South, Barrie, ON
Call: 705-725-0363

Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH)

The Mental Health and Addiction Program consists of several coordinated and integrated services which make up their service continuum.

These include:

  • Crisis Services,
  • Inpatient Unit -Acute,
  • Outpatient Services (groups and brief counselling),
  • Medication Clinic,
  • Mental Health Support Services (case management and psycho-educational group programming)
  • Addiction Services
  • Simcoe County Eating Disorder Services and
  • Community Treatment Order Coordination Services.

201 Georgian Drive, Barrie, ON
Call: 705-728-1968

YMCA of Simcoe / Muskoka, Youth Services

We offer counselling services for youth and young adults ages 14-29, in a supportive environment where youth can receive help and guidance about issues that are important to them.

We address issues such as:

  • Emotional, physical and sexual abuse
  • Homelessness
  • Teenage pregnancy and parenting
  • Drug/alcohol abuse by individual or family member(s)
  • Family or peer relationship concerns
  • Youth who are involved in the Criminal Justice System
  • Support is also provided in the areas of life skills and independence preparation.

101-49 High Street, Barrie, ON
Call: 705-726-5572

Youth Mobile Crisis Response Simcoe County

We provide a crisis line in mental health support for youth experiencing emotions of sadness, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, aggressive and threatening behaviour, or who may have concerns about disturbing or unusual behaviours.

Our crisis worker conducts a risk assessment involving the child or youth in the hospital, in the client’s home if the situation is safe, or in an office, to assist with determining the level of risk and what actions in which to proceed.

34 Simcoe St, Barrie, ON
Call: 705-728-5044

Mary McGill Community Mental Health Centre – Stevenson Memorial

We provide a community based mental health service to adults, ages 16 years and up.

The services that are available include:

  • Crisis services (same or next day)
  • Counseling and treatment
  • Case management
  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Group and individual counselling

200 Fletcher Cr, Alliston, ON
Call: 705-434-5140

Parents for Children’s Mental Health, Simcoe County Chapter

We are a  non-profit voice for children and their families who face the challenges of mental health problems in Simcoe County. We support families through direct communication, education and available research.

Our Goals increase awareness of the unique needs of children with emotional/behavioural disorders and provide support to their families.

165 Ferris Lane, Barrie, ON 
Call: 705-728-5488 OR 705-721-8605

The Ontario Self Help Network, Barrie-Simcoe Branch

The Ontario Self Help Network supports the development of new and existing self-help/mutual aid initiatives across Ontario. Educational workshops are offered throughout the year covering a broad range of subjects related to self-help and community building. Many of these are available over the internet. An annual Self-Help Awareness Week is also organized. The Barrie Branch operates through the Barrie offices of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

39 High Street, Barrie, ON
Call: 705-725-5491 OR 800-461-4319

Catulpa Community Support Services

Catulpa Community Support Services is a community-based, multi service agency supporting individuals and families throughout Simcoe County.

Our services include:

  • Supports for children and adults who have developmental disabilities, and their families
  • Wraparound services for families and individuals
  • Early Intervention services
  • CAP-C programs to promote the healthy development of children
  • Supports for children with physical disabilities and their families
  • Crisis Response for individuals with dual diagnosis
  • Regional supports and Case Coordination for children with Complex Special Needs
  • Inclusive Recreation Services

165 Ferris Lane, Barrie, ON
Call: 705-733-322

Mental Health and Addiction Services of Simcoe County

We provide assessment, referral and counseling to individuals in Simcoe County whose primary concern is related to either their own or someone else’s use of alcohol, drugs or gambling.

Programs include:

  • Gambling
  • Youth
  • Adult
  • Court diversion
  • Methadone
  • Community withdrawal management
  • significant others and the umbrellas program for pregnant women and new mothers.

39 Victoria Street East, Alliston, ON
Call: 905-853-8477

Mental Health / Support Services for Youth


Kids Help Phone

Available to children and youth 24/7. Provides professional counselling/ information and referrals for mental health, addictions, and well-being.

Confidential, free, anonymous.

Call: 1-800-668-6868 to speak with a Professional Counsellor
Text: CONNECT TO 686868 to connect with a trained, volunteer Crisis Responder


For post-secondary students in Ontario between the ages of 17-25. Available 24/7: free, confidential, and anonymous. Provides professional counselling/ information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being.

Call: 1-866-925-5454 to speak with a professional counsellor
Text: GOOD2TALKON to 686868 to connect with a trained, volunteer Crisis Responder

Ontario Distress Centre – Durham

Available to individuals of all ages. Free telephone helpline for people experiencing emotional distress (including suicidal thoughts). Provides listening and referral services primarily through highly trained volunteers listening and referral services primarily through highly trained volunteers.

Call: 905-430-2522

Teen Line

Teen Line is a non-profit, community based organization that provides emotional support to youth. It is their mission to provide peer-based education and support before problems become a crisis, using a national hotline, community outreach and online support.

Call: 1-800-852-8336
Text: TEEN to 839863

LGBT Youth Line

Confidential and non-judgmental peer support through telephone, text and chat services for youth members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4:00 pm – 9:30 pm.

Call: 1-800-268-9688
Text: 647-694-4275


Available to individuals of all ages. Provides information about counselling services and supports in your community – including basic education about mental illness. Listens, offers support and provides strategies to help you meet your goals.

Call: 1-866-531-2600

Hope for Wellness

Offers immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all indigenous peoples across Canada. Phone and chat counselling is available in English, French, Cree, Ojibway and Inuktitut.

Call: 1-855-242-3310

Access an online chat feature via their website

Counselling / Support Services


(Mobile Youth Walk-in Clinic)

Free and confidential counselling and medical services for youth ages 12-25 years & who line in York Region or South Simcoe. NO health cards required. Staffed with a nurse PR actioner, youth mental health worker, and peer support specialist

Phone: 289-879-2376

CMHA – Youth & Teen Mental Health Services

CMHA offers a variety of programs to help give you the tools to cope with mental illness and mental health issues. There is no doctor’s referral necessary; so you can refer yourself, a friend, or family member at any time.

Example of some youth programs:

  • Bounce Back Ontario (15+),
  • Choices (12-17),
  • Community Connections (16+),
  • Mental Health & Justice

Call 1-866-345-0183

John Howard Society of York Region  

York Region: HYPE (Healthy Youth Preventative Education Program) – offers small group session that promote healthy relationships and target a wide range of risk behaviors, and addictions among adolescents.

Simcoe Muskoka – Barrie Office
Call: 905-471-0003 ext. 209

York Region Website

John Howard Society of Simcoe and Muskoka

Simcoe Muskoka: Attendance Centre – helps youth 12-17 to be accountable for their actions, and to address the risk factors that may have led to their involvement in the Criminal Justice System.

Call: 705-733-0683
80 Bradford St, Unit 228 Barrie, ON

Simcoe Muskoka Website

New Path Youth and Family Services

New Path offers a range of free child and youth mental health services. Counselling services are now available in person, by phone, and online.

Call: 705-725-7656

Youth Haven

More than just a place to stay. They offer support services such as counselling, life skills and planning, as well as referral services. Don’t need to be staying in their emergency care housing to access their services. Programs and services: Transitional Housing, Emergency Care Housing, Health Care Clinic, Referral Services, Counselling, Life Skills, Case Management, Continuing Care.

Call: 705-739-7616
Address: 20-22 Wellington St. E, Barrie ON