Hi everyone! 

Registration is now open for a new program Oxygen for Caregivers: Guarding Against Burnout & Sustaining Compassion. Space is limited, please register early. Contact Tara Maxwell at to reserve your spot in the program.

Canadian Mental Health Association of Simcoe County has partnered with Fresh-A-Fare to offer a "Feel Good Soup." Join them this Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Bayfield St., in Barrie location. Information is posted in this issue.

If you would like ongoing support here are places you can contact. To have 24/7 support, Crisis Services at 705-728-5044 will get you to speak with a live mental health professional. You may also see them in-person by calling the same number and ask for a mobile service.

To inquire about services at Canadian Mental Health Association of Simcoe County, you may call and speak with the On-Duty Worker Monday-Friday (9am-4pm) at 705-726-5033, anyone can also walk-in, without an appointment, and speak with the On-Duty Worker at 88 Mulcaster St., second floor.

Family members interested in speaking with an addiction counselor may contact the On-Duty Worker for this service at 705-726-5033.

911 is always available for immediate, emergency service.

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Take care,

Tara Maxwell, Coordinator



Guarding Against Burnout & Sustaining Compassion

 Registration Now Open

A new program is now available for family caregivers. What you will learn when you attend the Oxygen for Caregivers program are the principles of resilience to reduce the risk of compassion fatigue, rebuild wellness and sustain compassion. Recognize early warning signs of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma and burnout. Practice a five-step self-evaluation process that builds good self-care habits and a commitment to lifelong wellness. Learn a step-by-step method for communicating with people who are ill, injured, isolated, or in distress. Learn how to turn a difficult conversation into a discovery conversation. Identify the three layers of a difficult conversation. Recognize the pivotal moments when conversations can turn around and build strong caregiving partnerships despite the difficulties. View video's about the program below:

Oxygen for Caregivers

Communicating with Compassion

Compassion in Action

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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.



Canadian Mental Health Association of Simcoe County offers a peer self-help group for persons who live with a mood disorder. The group meets in the boardroom at 21 Bradford St., in Barrie. For more information, please feel free to contact the group facilitator Tina Irvine at 705-726-5033 ext 221



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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

128 Anne St., South 

Barrie ON L4N 6A2

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