Welcome 2016!

Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had a wonderful and joyous holiday season and rang in the new year in your own style and enjoyed every minute of it! :)

This is the first #FamilyMatters E-Notice for 2016 and it is filled with exciting events. My goal is to share all kinds of information on events, programs and services that may be of interest to folks in every issue. I typically post once per month, with exception when there are family programs to register for and I send out additional notices. In this issue, Honeymoon Suite is coming to Barrie, the Start Talking Cup is happening at the Barrie Molson Centre, there's a Family Summit and a location change to the Barrie Family Support Group.

As of March 1, 2016 the Family Mental Health Initiative of Simcoe County will have re-located to another office location. The new location is 128 Anne St., South in Barrie. The Family Educational Programs will be offered again, after I have moved offices. In case you haven't already, please subscribe to the #FamilyMatters E-Notice to stay informed or if you prefer social media, you can like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, Pinterest and now Instagram.

I look forward to another wonderful year at Family Mental Health Initiative of Simcoe County. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at tmaxwell@cmhastarttalking.ca

Take care, 

Tara Maxwell, Coordinator


Jammin' For Jamie presents


Jammin for Jamie featuring Honeymoon Suite is on Jan 28th at the Roxy nightclub in Barrie. Tickets are available online at admirallive.ca at $29.95 plus service charges per ticket. Tickets are going fast!  


Family Summit

Saturday, February 27, 2016

    The Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) Partnership of Simcoe Muskoka has received a trillium grant of $2000.00 to hold a family engagement summit in February 2016.  The TAY Partnership is comprised of over 20 agencies that are committed to the engagement of youth, their families, and marginalized populations in the development of a cohesive system of support for youth aged 14-29.  The TAY Partnership is an on-going, community lead initiative designed to give youth in Simcoe Muskoka the best possible transition to a successful adulthood. 

   The Family Summit will be held on Saturday February 27th 2016 from 10am to 4pm at Geneva Park, just outside of Orillia.  The day will begin with a smudge, followed by the youth and the parents being led to separate rooms.  The parents/guardians will experience a “Morning of Hope” with Karen Baker (Mental Health Project Lead at Georgian College).  The morning will also include activities and guest speakers sharing their experience supporting a young family member with mental illness.

      The youth will be able to take advantage of the beautiful venue with a brief outdoor activity, followed by a workshop led by Nicole Lindros (Mental Health and Addictions Transition Worker at Georgian College).  There will be a free buffet lunch provided by Geneva Park.  During the lunch break there will be booths set up from various service providers in Simcoe Muskoka for parents and youth to become acquainted with.

     The afternoon will bring the parents/guardians and youth back together with a wellness activity.   John Rice (Zahgausgai/Mukwa, 3rd Degree Midewiwin, Early Psychosis Intervention Program worker at CMHA) will close the day with a talk on the importance of family.  The overall goal for this summit is to create a community by bringing families together.   They can gain support from one another while also learning about the services that exist in Simcoe Muskoka.

For questions or to register for the family summit, please contact:

Ashley Morgan

Youth Wellness Educator- Youth Wellness Program

T: 705.726.5033 Ext. 530



Start Talking Cup

Monday, Janurary 18, 2016    

Barrie Molson Centre

Puck Drops at 6:30pm

The 2nd Annual Start Talking Cup in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Simcoe County and the STACD Project has expanded this year to include two games!  The event will now feature a Pee Wee game prior to the Start Talking Cup showdown between local rivals, the AAA Minor Midget Barrie Colts and the North Central Predators.

The event will shine a spotlight on the importance of mental health for the youth of our community, and take aim at breaking the stigma surrounding mental health and substance use. The winning team will receive the coveted Start Talking Cup and will earn bragging rights until next year! 

Tickets are only $2.00 and will be made available at CMHA locations or by contacting Liz Grummet or Catherine Johnson.   This is a great opportunity to get out with the family, friends or with your children’s team to watch some great hockey.


Please feel free to visit the website for more information here


If someone you know is thinking and/or interested in going to talk with Canadian Mental Health Association of Simcoe County about their services. Their On-Duty location has moved to 128 Anne St., South in Barrie

To talk with the On-Duty Worker (Monday-Friday 9am-4pm) please call 705-726-5033.

Walk-In, without an appointment, Monday-Friday 9am-4pm.


Barrie Family Support Group

New Location: 128 Anne Street, South in Barrie

Canadian Mental Health Association of Simcoe County offers a support group designed for family members and friends of persons with a mental illness and/or substance issue. Barrie Family Support Group Date: Second Tuesday of every month (except July & August) Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm New Location: 128 Anne St., S., Barrie (Boardroom at Canadian Mental Health Association of Simcoe County). For more information, please contact Elizabeth Marshall, Family Support Counsellor.


Thank you to everyone who has supported Family Mental Health Initiative of Simcoe County when you dined at Boston Pizza Barrie and submitted your receipt. Check out what's on the menu, click here


Did you know? You can easily support Canadian Mental Health Association of Simcoe County's local mental health & addiction awareness campaign "Start Talking." The image below walks you through the process. You can start to make a difference by clicking here



Number of FMHI's E-Notice Subscribers: *Some organizations/companies have firewalls that are preventing the e-notice from being received to emails. You may find your personal email will allow the e-notices to open. Older E-Notices:

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If you are interested in receiving one of the kits available, please print and complete the order form and mail or fax to FMHI attention Tara Maxwell fax: 705-719-0908 

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Are you looking for other organizations and resources? Here is a list of organizations within Simcoe County, Muskoka Region, Ontario and across Canada. If you have questions regarding services from another organization, please contact them directly, thank you. 

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Crisis Service

The Simcoe County and Muskoka Addiction & Mental Health Crisis Line is for youth and adults. Crisis Services offers individualized support to assist the person in the resolution of the emotional and personal crisis. Telephone, mobile and residential crisis services are available. 705-728-5044 / 1-888-893-8333 

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Family Mental Health Initiative of Simcoe County

4 Checkley St., Barrie ON L4N 1W1

705-725-0363 / 1-800-324-3252