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COVID-19 Youth Resources

Are you experiencing a mental health crisis?

Need Support?

  • Kids Help Phone: Offers 24/7 counselling and referral services across the province. To use this free resource, call 1-800-668-6868, or text CONNECT to 686868.
  • Children’s Mental Health of Leeds and Grenville: Dedicated to serving the mental health needs of children, youth and their families. No professional referral is required. Children 12 and over may self-refer. Our programs are free, accessible, and confidential.
    • Call 1-800-809-2494 between 8:30am–4:30pm to book an appointment. You may leave a message if your call is not answered and they will call back within one business day.
      • After Hours and Weekends: Call the Mental Health Crisis after hours service at 613-281-2911
  • Open Doors for Lanark Children & Youth: Available to children, youth and their families to support mental health needs. They provide services through various virtual means (phone and video, social media which includes Facebook, www.opendoors.on.ca and Instagram) and face to face if needed.
    • Call 1-877-232-8260 Monday to Friday, 8:30am4:30pm; Tuesday 8:30am8:00pm.
      • Offices are closed daily between 12:00pm–1:00pm.
  • Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Addictions and Mental Health: Mental health services are provided for individuals who are 16 years and older and addictions services to persons of any age
    • Call 1-866-499-8445 Monday–Friday 8:30am4:30pm
    • Call their 24/7 Crisis Line: 1-866-281-2911
  • WAY: Wellness Access for Youth (WAY) connects youth ages 12–24 and their families/caregivers to a wide range of services provided by our partners in the WAY collaborative. With one call or email, WAY will connect you to the help and support you need in North Grenville.
    • Call 1-866-741-1929
    • Facebook: @wellness.access.for.youth
    • Instagram and TikTok: @wellnessaccessforyouth
  • Connect Youth: Assist, support and refer young people in need and to advocate for youth in partnerships with our communities. They provide services for youth ages 12–25 in Leeds and Grenville. Primary functions include the provision of basic needs items, referrals to community agencies, life skills education, connections to social and recreation opportunities, as well as transportation and accompaniment to appointments. Their housing program operates 5 transitional apartments which are designed to provide short term stays and intensive case management for youth ages 16–25 experiencing homelessness in Leeds and Grenville.
    • Main phone: 613-918-0173 (Call or text)
    • Facebook: @ConnectYouth01 
  • RNJ Youth Services: Support children, youth (8–17) and their families in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark. They provide a number of services to: help and support in overcoming challenges such as involvement with police or the justice system, get connected to help, support learning, help to make informed choices about substances and make good decisions. They also like to have fun! 
    • Call: 613-342-4238 (Brockville) or 613-284-8304 (Smiths Falls)
    •  Instagram @rnjyouth 
    • Facebook: /rnjyouthservices     
  • Country Roads Community Health Centre: Their mental health counsellor works with clients who experience anxiety, depression or other mental health issues. The counsellor works as a part of the primary care team to provide individual counselling services as well as group programs to our community. Counselling Services are available to help people develop skills to address the challenges they face and to build confidence in their own inner strengths and resources.
    • Portland: Call 613-272-3302
    • Westport: Call 613-273-9850

Feeling Unsafe?

  • Victim Services of Leeds & Grenville: Provides immediate support and assistance to youth and their supports struggling with dating violence, trauma, hate crimes, harassment, assault, abuse, online exploitation, human trafficking and tragic circumstance. Confidential, services available in person, online, phone calls, texting and/ or email.
    • Call: 613-341-7700
  • Victim Services of Lanark County: A 24/7 agency that provides immediate, confidential, crisis intervention services, practical assistance, information, referrals and emotional support to persons affected by crime, tragedy and/or disaster.
    • Call: 1-866-575-0067
    • After-Hours Emergency Homelessness 613-206-1486
  • Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville: Protects children so they can grow up safe from abuse, including physical, emotional and sexual abuse as well as neglect. Anyone can call if they have concerns about the safety or well-being of a child under the age of 18.
    • Call: 1-855-667-2726
  • Assault Response & Care Centre (ARCC): Provides inclusive services to all youth and adults who have been victims of or affected by Sexual Assault, Sexual Abuse or Partner Violence. Support Services include counselling, group work, peer support and specialized nursing care through Brockville General Hospitals Emergency Department.
    • Call: 613-345-3881- 8:30am–4:30pm, Monday–Friday
    • For additional support after hours:
      • Mental Health Crisis Team – 1-866-281-2911
      • Assaulted Women’s Hotline – 1-866-863-0511
      • Male Survivors of Sexual Assault Provincial Crisis Line – 1-866-887-0015
  • Leeds and Grenville Interval House: Provides safe, emergency shelter for women and children fleeing domestic violence. For women, youth and children living in Leeds and Grenville who are experiencing or who have experienced abuse, they offer individual counselling and group support services as well as transitional, housing and court support.
    • Call their 24/7 Crisis Line at 1-800-267-4409
  • Lanark County Interval House and Community Support: offers emergency and on-going programs to women and children living in or escaping from domestic violence.
    • Call their 24/7 Crisis Line 1-800-267-4409

Youth Programs

  • Girls Inc. of Upper Canada: Provides girls with trusting, mentoring relationships; a girls-only environment, and research-based, hands-on programming to help girls lead healthy lives, succeed academically, and have life skills that prepare them for adulthood.
    • Call: 613-345-3295 extension 102
    • Facebook/Twitter/Instagram @GirlsIncUC
  • YMCA of Eastern Ontario: Offers a full range of youth recreational programs such as badminton, volleyball, basketball, hip hop, karate and soccer that take place in safe, non-competitive environments where everyone is treated equally and in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Also offers a Teen Drop-in for youth ages of 13–18; a safe space to hang out, do crafts, play video games, access wifi, have snacks and more. No registration required. COVID-19 protocols are in place. Begins when the YMCA reopens.
    • Hours: Monday–Thursday: 3:00pm–7:00pm and Friday: 3:00pm–6:00pm
    • Call: 613-342-7961
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters: Provides direct service to children by matching volunteers and youths in quality mentoring relationships.
  • RNJ Youth Services: Support children, youth (8–17) and their families in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark. They provide a number of services to: help and support in overcoming challenges such as involvement with police or the justice system, get connected to help, support learning, help to make informed choices about substances and make good decisions. They also like to have fun! 
    • Call: 613-342-4238 (Brockville) or 613-284-8304 (Smiths Falls)
    • Instagram @rnjyouth
    • Facebook: /rnjyouthservices

Resources for Parents/Families and Caregivers

  • Triple P: A parenting program, but it doesn’t tell you how to be a parent. It’s more like a toolbox of ideas. You choose the strategies you need. You choose the way you want to use them. For all families with children from 0–16.
  • PLEO Parents’ Lifelines: A non-profit organization helping parents of children to age 25 facing mental health, addiction, or behavioural challenges.
    • Call: 1-855-775-7005
  • Carebridge Community Support: If you know someone in Lanark County who needs help with shopping, meals, or are simply feeling isolated, overwhelmed or alone, let them know.
    • Call: 613-256-1031 extension 263
  • School Mental Health Ontario: Provides mental health resources for students, parents and families, as well as, helpful links