If you are in a crisis situation, call 1-888-893-8333.
Physical distancing and isolation are hard on people, making mental health support during the COVID-19 pandemic more important than ever.
Below you’ll find options for mental health services in Muskoka. Please reach out if you need help.
With thanks to a local social worker for sharing this list.
If you are aware of others that should be added, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA):
Phone and online services for people in need of mental health and addictions support.
Crisis support continues to be available by phone.
People in crisis are encouraged to continue to call for support. Individual and group supports are available. Referrals can still be made and intakes will still happen.
In Muskoka, please call 705-645-2262.
In East Parry Sound, please call 705-384-5392.
If you are in crisis, please call 1-888-893-8333.
District of Muskoka:
Supports for mental health, addictions, housing, child and family supports, supports for seniors, financial aid. Most services are provided by phone and / or video conferencing.
Laura McIlravey, Mental Health / Addictions counselling – 705-645-2412
Kasia Oxley, Children’s Services Community Facilitator – 705-645-2412 ext. 4415
Maureen Callaghan (Housing) – 705-644-4308
Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions – Child & Youth Mental Health Services (CYMH):
Providing counselling walk-In sessions on Tuesday and Thursday by telephone and/or video.
General CYMH support, service inquiries and walk in counseling – 705-645-4426 ext. 6270.
Child & youth mental health crisis line telephone intervention and assessment – 1-844-287-9072
Providing counseling walk-in sessions on Tuesday and Thursday by telephone and/or video.
YFC Highlands YU Chat voice and text service for youth
YU Chat offers an easy way for youth to connect with caring adults in response to the COVID19 pandemic. Youth can reach YU Chat using a phone at 1-800-991-8984 or through a web chat portal yuchat.ca. Initially, service
will be focused on youth in communities across Central Ontario and Muskoka and available from noon to midnight, Monday-Friday.
Simcoe Muskoka Catholic Family Services:
Individual, couple and family counseling for 12 years old and up by telephone and video conferencing. Monday to Friday – 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – 705-726-2503
Group and webinar based counseling/support for a variety of wellness/mental health topics and strategies (radical acceptance, self-care, mindfulness, social media and mental health, the power of emotion, women’s self-discovery).
RAAM Muskoka Rapid Access Addiction Medicine
(Joint effort of the CMHA Muskoka and the North Muskoka Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic).
Supports remain available by phone and/or videoconferencing – 705-645-2262
Online Self Help Support for Addictions:
In The Rooms is a free online recovery tool that offers 130 weekly online meetings for those recovering from addiction and related issues.
We embrace multiple pathways to recovery, including all 12 Step, Non-12 Step, Wellness and Mental Health modalities.
Online Therapists for COVID-19 Frontline Workers:
An emerging network of Ontario-based mental health professionals dedicated to supporting frontline COVID-19 workers during the evolving crisis.
“As the COVID-19 Virus pandemic spreads so will the toll on Ontarians providing frontline healthcare: doctors, nurses, nursing aides, paramedics, and so on. This population may lack adequate emotional and mental support, and feel isolated and stigmatized for their contact with those who have been infected. Our goal is to help these workers feel connected, supported, and to provide one-on-one no-fee therapy for those who need it.” (Local and Ontario-wide).
Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services (MPSSAS):
Helpline is available 24/7 at 1-800-461-2929
Staff are scheduling individual counselling appointments online or by phone, and we are presently able to assist women who need it with access to both, through a limited number of loaner laptops and by assistance with phone minutes. Community based meetings offered via our zoom program.
The Survivor to Survivor mentorship program is continuing through phone and online contacts.
Muskoka Victim Services:
The Victim Quick Response Program+ (VQRP+) provides short-term financial support toward essential expenses for victims, their immediate family members and witnesses in the immediate aftermath of a violent crime to help reduce the impact of the crime, enhance safety and meet immediate practical needs.
Brain Works Rehab (Muskoka):
Anyone can refer – 705-787-7500 ext. 203
Accepts insurer-funded referrals (MVA, WSIB, VAC, etc) for psychology, neuropsychology, social work and psychotherapy. Accepting private referrals for these services as well. We work with individuals across the lifespan, and with a wide variety of presenting issues ranging from “the worried well” to those with diagnosable psychiatric conditions. We are seeing individuals and families through video conferencing and by phone exclusively, until restrictions are lifted for COVID-19.
Cottage Country and Algonquin Family Health Teams:
Mental health teams continue to accept referrals (for adults and children) and are providing counselling sessions either by phone or videoconference. Reminder this is a service to support individuals with who are patients of the Family Health Teams with mild to moderate mental health concerns – children receive up to eight sessions and adults up to 6.
North Muskoka Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic
Mental Health Support provided to patients of the clinic. Tele-psychiatry with the Center for Addiction and Mental Health; Primary Care support with Nurse Practitioners and RNs; individual counseling / psychotherapy with Social Worker. Remote support available – telephone and videoconferencing.
Private Practitioners, Muskoka:
Many local private practitioners can be found on the “Psychology Today” site. Most have COVID-19 accommodations. Some are offering sliding scale. Contact List for Therapists through Psychology Today
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