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Embracing The Powerful Mind




Below is a list of some agencies serving Orangeville that provide mental health and supportive services to youth and families. 

Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Dufferin - (519) 941-6431

  • Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported relationships that will forever positively influence their lives. 


Choices Youth Shelter - (519) 942-5970

  • Provide supportive services to homeless youth between the ages of 16-24. This includes an emergency shelter where youth can reside for up to 30 days, daily services for non-residents, and daily programming aimed at teaching life skills.

DivorceCare - (519) 941-4790

  • Weekly seminar/support group to help individuals heal after divorce. 

Dufferin Child & Family Services - (519) 941-1530

  • An integrated children’s service agency, providing child protection services, children’s mental health services and developmental support services to children and families.


Dufferin Parent Support Network - (519) 940-8678

  • Focused on encouraging, educating and supporting parents of school-aged children by providing opportunities to build positive parenting skills and healthy community connections.


Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) - (905) 452-7770

  • Supports families with mental illness through individual supportive counselling, monthly support groups, education/resources, and coping strategies. 

Family Transition Place - (519) 942-4122

  • Services for women and children who have experienced abuse and unhealthy relationships. Programs for men who have experienced childhood abuse and to teach fathers how to rebuild relationships with their children. Also provides a 24 hour crisis line. 

Just Me and the Kids - (519) 941-4329

  • A 12-week program dedicated to helping build healthy single parent families. Provides an opportunity for children to work through their loss from separation or divorce. Peer support and encouragement from other single parents.


Parents for Children Mental Health - Dufferin County Chapter - (416) 455-4595

  • Support groups and peer-to-peer assistance aimed at improving the lives of families raising children and youth with mental health disorders/illness by building the capacity of families to advocate and access mental health services. 




The pandemic brought about so much change and uncertainty and individuals and communities did their best to navigate the ever changing situation. For some, coping took the form of substance use. Recently, more individuals are reporting an increase in their own substance use or family members are struggling to support a loved one's fight with substances. The resources below are being shared for information purposes only. Please note, that this is not an endorsement of actual treatment facilities.

  • Informational resource for those affected by alcohol and drug dependence. The website also provides information on co-occurring disorders (e.g. eating disorders, depression, and PTSD). 

Granite Recovery Centres

  • Information on alcohol dependence and abuse (e.g. understanding alcohol addiction and recognizing the signs of problematic drinking).

  • Information on holistic approaches to treating substance use issues. 


  • Information about alcohol dependence as well as other substance dependency issues.

This newsletter is a collaboration with my talented colleague, Cindy Nash.


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