Youth Crisis Counselling

Youth Crisis Counselling is available to children and youth (18 and under) experiencing school, emotional, and/or behavioural challenges, and to their families.  Priority is given to children and youth with significant mental health concerns such as depression, anxiety and/or self-harming behaviours. 

Counselling and therapy services are designed to:

  • Support children, youth and their families in the receipt of services designed to address identified needs;
  • Reduce the need for more intensive and intrusive intervention;
  • Reduce the severity of mental health problems or symptoms;
  • Strengthen coping and resilience and improve functioning; and
  • Enhance awareness and understanding of the presenting problem.

The goals of the program are to:

  • To improve the quality of the life for children, youth and families by decreasing the incidents of crisis.
  • To provide parents and caregivers with skills to better handle family situations and increase their confidence in responding to children’s behaviour in a positive way.
  • To provide referrals to internal and external resources that will build family resilience and decrease children’s vulnerability.

The Youth Crisis Counselling Program has been funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Capital Grant to compete a project utilizing the AIRO Personalized Stress Relief and Heath Tracker.  Clients who wish to participate in the project will be provided with an AIRO device.  The tracker will analyze your nervous system, while learning about your routines, identifying stressors and incorporating stress-reducing actions and goals into your everyday life.  Through the tracker’s application, you will be sent reminders throughout the day on your mobile device to utilize coping strategies to manage your mental health.  You and your counsellor will review the tracker’s data at each session, identifying stressors and ways in which stress was reduced.  The tracker and associated application will aim at developing skills to independently manage mental health while supporting you to monitor your stressors and remind you to utilize coping strategies discussed with your counsellor.  The program will look at engaging youth while reducing dropout rates, increasing coping strategies and decreasing number of sessions, ultimately reducing wait-times for services within the community. 

To register and/or for additional information, clients are to call Contact Brant at 519-758-8228.  The intake is completed by Contact Brant and includes either a telephone or face to face interview.  Upon completion of the intake, Contact Brant will make the appropriate program referral and a counsellor will be in contact with you to book an appointment.

Eligibility Criteria

Age: 18 and under
Other: Voluntary