Where to Begin

Most of us go through life solving our day-to-day problems without needing help to cope with our feelings. But sometimes, things get out of hand. A severe illness, an accident or an emotional crisis can overwhelm us, at least temporarily, and suddenly we need help.

If you, or someone you know are unable to cope, are depressed, or facing a mental health crisis, please call the Crisis Response Line at 1-877-470-5200 or go to your nearest emergency room.  Crisis Services will help you through your immediate crisis (including the support of the Mobile Crisis Team and Crisis Assessment Team) and link you to supports in the community. 


Here is a list of programs and services offered

Drop-In Clinic
Owen Sound:  Drop in if you have a need for referrals, resources and / or support Thursdays from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at 1024 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ontario. No appointment necessary.

Meaford:  Every Wednesday from 1 – 3 p.m. at the Bethany Church of the Nazarene on 34 Trowbridge Street West, Meaford, Ontario.

Hanover:  Every Tuesday from 1- 3 p.m. at the Loft 250 10th St. Hanover, Ontario.

Employment Services and Identification Clinic
CMHA Grey Bruce has partnered with Shoreline Employment Services and Career Horizons to provide employment opportunities to persons on disability pension. The Identification Clinics help individuals in Grey and Bruce counties replace or obtain necessary forms of identification.

Grey Bruce Friends and Neighbours (F.A.N.) Club
The Grey Bruce Friends and Neighbours (F.A.N.) Club is a puppet program for children ages 4 to 11 designed to increase awareness of mental health and talk about social issues affecting them. More

Leisure Links
This is a group social recreation program that is available to people who would like social interaction with others and assistance to connect with activities in the community. We offer this program in Owen Sound, Markdale, Hanover and Kincardine.

The Men’s Program
The Men’s Program provides services in Grey and Bruce Counties to end gender based violence, for men to become the better parents and for male survivors of sexual abuse to overcome the effects of childhood sexual abuse.

The Partner Assault Response (PAR) Program
The PAR Program focuses on a wide range of personal and cultural issues that lead to controlling behaviours, abuse and violence in relationships. The goals are to help men and women understand and change the underlying beliefs and attitudes that lead to violence in relationships. This will lead to alternative and healthier relationships based on respect and equality. The PAR program is 12 sessions long. Ages 18 year(s) old and up. We have a continuous intake with no or only very short wait times. Client fees are based on income, ranging from $ 5.00 to $ 80.00.

My Dad’s Group Program
My Dad’s Group provides a supportive environment so men may learn, accept and embrace their roles and responsibilities as fathers in enhancing the well-being of their children. This group program helps fathers to better understand their children’s needs at different stages, overcome personal obstacles and develop self-confidence as a parent and co-parent. My Dad’s Group includes a one session orientation, 10 group sessions and 3 co-parenting sessions. Each session starts with a dinner. Groups take place 3 times per year (Winter, Spring, Fall). This program is free of costs.

The Male Survivor Program
The Male Survivor Program is designed for men who have experienced sexual abuse and violence as children and / or youth and are looking for recovery and healing. This program provides individual sessions and is free of costs.

Public education and school presentations on issues of gender based violence.

For information and registration regarding the Men’s  Program, My Dad’s Group, PAR, Male Survivor Program and gender based violence issues please call 519-372 2720.

Brunch Program
Brunch Program provides a nutritious brunch to adults in need who are living with mental illness. Call for locations and hours.

Community Leisure Access (CLA)
CLA provides one on one support to individuals, helping them develop the confidence and social skills needed to be active members of their communities. Programs are available in Owen Sound, Markdale, Hanover, Southampton and Kincardine.

Bruce Shoreline Community Mental Health Team
The Bruce Shoreline Community Mental Health Team is one of five teams in Grey Bruce and part of Mental Health Grey Bruce (MHGB). MHGB is an alliance of three mental health and addictions agencies. Services include information, referral, counseling, case management, housing & outreach community support, social recreational activities, Psychiatry and education. The Shoreline Team is sponsored by CMHA Grey Bruce.

Mental Health Intensive Case Management

An interdisciplinary team comprised of both CMHA and Grey Bruce Health Services Staff developed to meet the complex needs of clients with serious mental illness who require a high degree of support in their community. This program assists clients by bringing mental health services into their community and homes to increase the individual’s quality of life and allow them the opportunity to work towards recovery.

Mental Health Court Support Services

Mental Health Court Support Services are available for persons with a serious mental illness who come into conflict with the law. It is a free service to individuals 16 years or older.

These services are offered through the Mental Health Court Support Services:

  • Court Diversion
  • Case Management
  • Court Support and Consultation
  • Release Planning

Urgent Response Team (URT)

The Urgent Response Team provides mobile crisis support throughout Grey Bruce 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.  The team works in collaboration with first responders to provide telephone or on site crisis interventions.  The mandate of the team is to reduce  unnecessary emergency room visits or re-visits by  providing immediate support in the community.  The Urgent Response Team provides follow up with individuals for a period of up to 30 days.  The Urgent Response Team will be going 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in June 2015.

ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)  

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training ASIST is for everyone sixteen or older who wants to be able to provide suicide first aid. The two day course teaches effective intervention skills while helping to build suicide prevention networks in the community.  More

Mental Health First Aid Training

The MHFA Canada program aims to improve mental health literacy, and provide the skills and knowledge to help people better manage potential or developing mental health problems in themselves, a family member, a friend or a colleague.  Mental Health First Aid is help provided to a person developing a mental health program or experiencing a mental health crisis. Participants will learn the signs and symptoms of mental health problems and where and how to get help in Grey and Bruce. More