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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

HEALTH CARE COLUMN- Parry Sound

If You Need Mental Health and Addiction Services in the Parry Sound Area:
Help is just a phone call or a click away!
Health Care Column by Dr. Jason Sutherland, Primary Care Lead, North East Local Health Integration Network (North East LHIN)

There are several services available in the Parry Sound area for people living with mental health or addiction issues.

A good place to start can be with your family doctor or nurse practitioner. There are also four ways you can get timely access to help:

1. Feeling low, depressed or anxious and want to learn new skills to manage? The North East LHIN is supporting two new, free self-help psychotherapy services: BounceBack, a telephone-coaching program with workbooks and videos, and Big White Wall, an online peer support and self-management tool. Both programs, funded by the Government of Ontario for its residents, are designed to help adults and youth with depression and anxiety. These two services provide skill-building and cognitive behaviour therapy. For more information on BounceBack go to https://bouncebackontario.ca/ or call 1-866-345-0224. For more information on Big White Wall, go to https://www.bigwhitewall.ca/

2. Interested in exploring what mental health or addiction services in Parry Sound might fit your needs? Help is a couple clicks away. A section of the NortheastHealthline is devoted to mental health and addiction services. Go to https://connect.northeasthealthline.ca for referral forms and to find out more about services in the Parry Sound area and how to access them.

3. Are you dealing with grief, anger, depression, stress? The Canadian Mental Health Association offers an after-hours mental health walk-in clinic in Parry Sound to bring support to those in need. The clinic, located at 26 James Street, is open every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information, call 705-746-4264. To learn more about the mental health programs and services available in the Parry Sound area, go to https://mps.cmha.ca/

4. Feeling isolated and want someone to talk with, or would you like to connect with peers for support? The North East Regional WARM Line offers peer support, self-help groups, social, educational and recreational activities to individuals living with mental health and addiction issues. Peer counsellors are ready to take your call between 6 p.m. and midnight at 1-866-856-9276.

If you need help or support in any way. please reach out to any of the mental health and addiction services available in the Parry Sound area.
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Link to connect.northeasthealthline.ca