Community Resources

Emotional Well-being

CMHA Simcoe County – Youth Services

CMHA’s programs for youth vary depending on age and needs. Please visit the website for more information.
Mental Health Crisis Line: 705-728-5044

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BounceBack

BounceBack® is a free skill-building program managed by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is designed to help adults and youth 15+ manage low mood, mild to moderate depression and anxiety, stress or worry. Delivered over the phone with a coach and through online videos, you will get access to tools that will support you on your path to mental wellness.
1-866-345-0224

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MindYourMind

MindYourMind exists in the space where mental health, wellness, engagement and technology meet. This program works with community partners and young people ages 14-29 to co-create interactive tools and innovative resources to build capacity and resilience

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New Path Youth & Family Services

New Path offers a range of free child and youth mental health services for families across Simcoe County.
705-725-7656

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Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7, national support service. We offer professional counselling, information and referrals and volunteer-led, text-based support to young people in both English and French. Whether by phone, text, mobile app or through our website, you can connect with us whenever you want, however you want.
Phone: 1-800-668-6868
Text: 686868

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Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County

Youth Counselling is for any young person, aged 12 or older who is experiencing challenges whether it’s a mental health challenge such as depression or anxiety, or issues with parents, peers, or people at school. Talking to a clinician can be beneficial in providing support to understand challenging situations and/or identifying next steps towards change.
705-726-2503

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Sex & Relationships

PREVNet

As Canada’s Healthy Relationships Hub, PREVNet is now bringing together researchers and national organizations to build research capacity, assess youth dating violence problems and promote evidence-based programs and effective policies across Canada to address and reduce youth dating violence.

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LoveIsRespect

LoveIsRespect is the ultimate resource to empower youth to prevent and end dating abuse. This U.S. based resource page offers downloadable information and handouts to support youth in becoming better able to identify dating violence.

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Simcoe County Sexual Health Clinics

Sex and sexuality are important aspects of our health at all ages and stages of our lives. This includes being comfortable with individual sexuality, making decisions such as whether or not to have sex, how to protect ourselves against sexually transmitted and blood borne infections, and planning for pregnancy at a time that is right for us.
705-721-7520

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Sexandu.ca

Takes a real-life approach to the questions and issues around sex and sexuality that matter most to Canadians. From talking about sex, to lifestyle choices, to contraception awareness and sexually transmitted infections, SexandU.ca provides accurate, credible, and up-to-date information and education on topics related to sexual and reproductive health.

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Envisage Pregnancy Services

Provides support to anyone facing unplanned pregnancy or pregnancy related difficulty. All services are completely free and confidential. Our support is peer based and not intended to substitute for professional counselling.
705-739-7280

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MotherCare Prenatal Program

Provides programs and supports for young parents and eligible families who are pregnant and live in Simcoe County.
705-733-3227 ext. 2160

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Bullying & Abuse

Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie

The Women & Children’s Shelter of Barrie provides a safe refuge and emergency support services for abused women and their children in its commitment to end the cycle of violence.
Crisis Line: 705-728-2544

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Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling & Advocacy Centre

Support for women identified individuals 16 years of age and older who have experienced sexual abuse as children and/or as adults.
705-737-2008

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Sexual Assault Treatment Centre (Orillia Soldier’s Memorial Hospital)

This regional treatment centre provides confidential sex¬ual assault care and treatment options in a car¬ing, supportive environment. Treatment is pro¬vided within 72 hours of a sexual assault for adults and teens, and within 24 hours of an assault for children. Specially trained nurses and doctors, sensitive to the needs of sexual assault survivors, work at the Cen¬tre. Care and treatment is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
705-327-9155

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BullyingCanada

BullyingCanada is only national anti-bullying charity solely dedicated to creating a brighter future for bullied youth. What began as a youth-created website to bring together bullied kids and provide information on bullying and how to stop it is now a full 24/7 support service. On any day of the year, at any time, youth, parents, coaches and teachers contact us by phone, texting, online chat and email for help on how to make their bullying stop. Our Support Team has more than 350 highly-trained volunteers.
Support Line: 1-877- 352-4495

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Child Advocacy Centre of Simcoe Muskoka

The Child Advocacy Centre of Simcoe/Muskoka is a child-friendly centre in which multidisciplinary professionals provide services to children and youth who have experienced abuse – all under one roof. In this neutral space, police officers and child protection workers conduct forensic interviews, pediatricians provide well child examinations, and child advocates support and assist children/youth and families throughout the entire process.
249-888-9998

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Diversity & Discrimination

Gilbert Centre

The Gilbert Centre is a community-based, not-for-profit, charitable organization that has been providing programs and services in Simcoe Muskoka for over 25 years. We are proud to celebrate the lives of people living with and affected by HIV and the individuals and families from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) communities.
705-722-6778

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LGBT Youth Line

Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through our telephone, text and chat services. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM.
Text Line: 647-694-4275

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Barrie Native Friendship Centre

Barrie Native Friendship Centre works to improve the quality of life for all Indigenous / Métis people in the area, regardless of legal definition by providing a gathering place which promotes unity and wholistic healing within the community at large. This is accomplished through a network of culturally based programs, services and teachings.
705-721-7689

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UPLift Black

UPLift Black is a Black-led not-for-profit organization that enhances the visibility and socio-economic development of Black communities based in Simcoe/Muskoka, Ontario, Canada. Our work is anchored in 2SLGBTQ+ inclusivity and anti-racist principles.

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General Resources

Season’s Centre for Grieving Children

Seasons Centre for Grieving Children provides peer to peer support groups in a non-judgmental, non-discriminatory, safe, home like atmosphere for children, teens, young adults and caregivers grieving the terminal illness or death of a loved one; supporting them as they adjust emotionally to regenerate a sense of self and reconstruct their world.
705-721-5437

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Youth Haven Shelter

Youth Haven is staffed 24 hours, 365 days a year for any youth who needs assistance.
705-739-7616

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YMCA Youth Services

Our YMCA Youth Services team is here to help you succeed!
705-726-5572

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Contact Us

Violence Prevention Program
705-728-6300 ext. 236
vp@barrieshelter.com