Our Mental Health and Addictions department includes a wide range of comprehensive inpatient and outpatient services. We have an acute care psychiatric inpatient unit, a psychogeriatic unit, as well as a psychiatric intensive care unit in Owen Sound.
Our team provides short and long term mental health support for patients across the Grey Bruce region. For a listing of local resources, please see the attached Mental Health and Addiction Services Directory
Crisis services are available 24/7 across all Emergency Departments in Grey Bruce. The Mental Health Crisis Line is also available 24 hours per day, 7 days a week at: 1-877-470-5200.
The Family Crisis Support Worker is available Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. for family members and loved ones who present at the Emergency Department of the Owen Sound hospital with a relative or friend in a psychiatric and/or psychosocial crisis. Referrals are made by members of the Crisis Team, self-referrals are also accepted. Family Support is a joint venture of Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce and Grey Bruce Health Services. Services provided by the Family Crisis Support Worker:
- Provide immediate support for the family while their relative is being assessed by a Crisis Worker
- Provide assistance to understand Emergency Department and Inpatient Mental Health Unit policies and procedures
- Provide assistance in navigating the mental health system within the Hospital and Grey Bruce
- Provide information to loved ones about the Mental Health Act and the Personal Health Information Protection Act
- Provide resources and information regarding the various diagnoses of serious mental illnesses
- Offer educational activities that help equip family members and friends to support a loved one with mental illness. These activities may focus on coping skills, communication techniques and problem solving
If you would like more information, or to connect, please call 519-376-2121 ext 2777 or 519-416-9080.
Group – Intro to Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) for Families
The current small groups run within Grey Bruce counties, provide a parallel program for Families. Semi-structured moduled series of 8 weekly sessions, co-facilitated by a trained WRAP facilitator who is also the Family Support Worker for Grey Bruce.
The Family Wrap small group format may interest families with two or more individuals who are struggling after a crisis issue or hospitalization.
Wellness tools, crisis planning is addressed, and each group is customized to YOUR FAMILY WORLDVIEW.
Key Concepts: Hope, Education, Personal Responsibility, Self-Advocacy, Support
- Wellness Toolbox: What keeps your family on track?
- Daily Maintenance Plan: (3 parts) – How do you feel when you are well 2. Everything you need to do everyday to stay well as a Family 3. Reminders of things you might need to do to stay on track
- Triggers/Challenges: (Two parts) 1. Identifying events or situations 2. What’s the plan if this occurs
- Early Warning Signs: 1. Subtle signs that show things are worsening 2. Plan of what to do if you notice any early warnings
- When things are breaking down: What happens to the family when this occurs? Strategies are explored
- Crisis Planning: What’s the plan if things are at a crisis point?
- Post Crisis Planning: Once the situation has stabilized now what? Picking up the pieces to move forward positively
Two time slots available each Monday at 10am & 11am registration is required.
Please contact Family Support at 519-376-2121 Ext. 2777
Grey Bruce Health Services
1800 8th St East, Owen Sound Ontario
Group Room on 4-2
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Borderline Personality Disorder
Hope and Healing after Suicide
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
First Episode Psychosis
Addiction Treatment Services
GBHS offers several problematic substance use programs through its Addiction Treatment Services, which may include assessment, treatment and referral, as well as a three-week day treatment program and ongoing relapse prevention groups.
The Day Program at the CATS is a three-week group-based program which is offered Monday through Friday 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Graduation is Friday afternoon of the third week. Program focus is on relapse prevention through increasing awareness of high risk situations, and developing the skills/strategies appropriate for coping with these situations (i.e. stress/emotion management, assertive communication skills, etc.). Aspects of family and social life are reinforced in such a way so as to encourage a lifestyle of sobriety. Group members are encouraged to have a plan for follow-up/aftercare in place by the time that they have completed the Day Program.
Hours: Monday – Friday – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The RAAM clinic is for people who are seeking help to deal with problematic substance use. The Doctors and Nurse Practitioner at the clinic have experience treating people who are struggling with their addiction, and they know how difficult it can be to ask for help.
To book an appointment at the RAAM clinic, please use the information below.
Phone: (519) 376-3999
Hours: Monday – Friday – 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The Structured Relapse Prevention Group (SRPG) is offered Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Group members are able to negotiate with the group leader a time frame for group membership (generally a minimum of 9 consecutive sessions). The goal of the SRPG is to provide a supportive environment in which its members are able to continue addressing problems of addiction and related issues, within a relapse prevention context. The challenges that individuals may experience in their recovery are reviewed and discussed. Similarly, relapse prevention strategies and individual plans are reviewed and enhanced on an on-going basis.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. -4 p.m.
Individuals may self-refer themselves by visiting the centre at any time, day or night at 495 9th Avenue East in Owen Sound. GBHS also accept referrals from family and friends as well as from physicians and other agencies.
Phone: (519) 376-5666
Hours: 24 hours per day, 7 days per week
The Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Centre
The Sexual Assault and Partner Abuse Care Centre at Grey Bruce Health Services provides patients with prompt and compassionate care and resources in a safe and confidential environment so patients can begin healing. A Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner is available 24/7 and has received advanced training to provide care and treatment to patients who have experienced sexual assault and/or domestic violence.
How do I book an appointment?
Please visit your closest Emergency Department and request a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. Anyone needing assistance can call for service. No referral is necessary.
Sexual Assault & Partner Abuse Care Centre
We offer private trauma counseling to women and men aged 12 and older. The trauma may have been due to:
- Childhood sexual abuse
- Adult sexual assault
- Partner abuse
We provide a safe and accepting place where you may talk about your life. This may help with:
Dealing with ways that trauma is still hurting you. This may include anxiety or depression. Working through feelings. Some people feel shame, betrayal and anger. Developing your sense of worth and value. Learning how to manage strong emotions. Finding more joy and peace in life. Providing you with other readings or resources.
Our staff is familiar with counseling and therapy approaches that are helpful for healing from trauma. These may include body and mind relaxation plans.
Clients may refer themselves for counseling or agree to being referred by a care or service partner in the community.
My Wellness Binder
To access the Adolescent version of the My Wellness Binder, please click here.
Mental Health Mobile Apps
Self-help Anxiety Management
Stop Panic & Anxiety Self-Help
MoodTools – Depression Aid
Depression CBT Self-Help Guide
Best Sleep Hygiene
Self-help for Anxiety Management
Take a break! – Guided Meditations for Stress Relief
PTSD Coach Canada