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The following Resources are recommended for Waterloo Region
Here 247 is your front door to the addictions, mental health and crisis services provided by 12 agencies across Waterloo Wellington. All you need to do is reach out. Whether you, a family member or a friend needs help, they do the intake, assessment, referral, crisis, waitlist and appointment booking work for these important programs. It’s their job to be your guide, figure out your needs and help you navigate the system. This leaves you free to focus on maintaining hope.
Ray of Hope Ray of Hope offers addiction treatment programs which assist youth in the Waterloo and Wellington regions on their journey to overcoming addiction and substance abuse. We provide three levels of treatment to youth, as well as support to parents/guardians, with the ultimate goal of helping youth return to a life free of addiction.
KW Counselling Services No referral process is required for our Walk In Counselling Clinic. Simply come to our office on Thursdays during our Walk In Counselling Clinic hours. We endeavour to have clients seen as quickly as possible, and work on a first-come, first-served basis.
St. Mary's Counselling Professional counsellors help individuals review their lifestyle, identify changes they might like to make, and help them develop the necessary skills to make those changes. Referrals to residential treatment programs or community programs are provided. Consultation is also available for family members or friends of individuals who have issues with alcohol, drugs, or gambling. Services are free of charge. Funding for the programs is provided by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Addictions and Mental Health Branch.
House of Friendship House of Friendship provides Addiction Treatment services for adults in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph, including residential and day treatment programs, to help support healthy lives. These include services for people who identify as Lesbian Gay Bi-sexual Transgendered Queer Positive (LGBTQ+).
GRASP GRASP stands for Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing. GRASP is a support group for anyone who has lost someone to substance use. The group was formed to help provide resources of help, compassion and most of all, understanding for families and friends who have had a loved one die through drug or alcohol use. GRASP is a US based organization. The Waterloo Region Chapter was founded by Christine Padaric and Kim Butler. Christine and Kim each lost a son as a result of substance use. You are not alone. Meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Other GRASP chapters can be found in Vancouver, Toronto and Barrie. If you are interested in learning how to start your own chapter of GRASP, please contact Christine by email.
Withdrawal Management Grand River Hospital offers a regional withdrawal management centre at 52 Glasgow Street in Kitchener (at the corner of Park and Glasgow Streets). To contact the centre, please call 519-749-4318. Please call first to determine if a bed is available.
Bereaved Families of Ontario Bereaved Families of Ontario – Midwestern Region provides free peer grief support to individuals and families grieving the death of a loved one. We currently serve Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and Guelph & Wellington County. Their Living with Loss Program comes highly recommended.
One Roof oneROOF Youth Services is committed to providing the safety, support, and overall well-being of youth (age 12-25) experiencing or at-risk of homelessness in the Waterloo Region. Outreach Workers are on the streets daily meeting with youth, building rapport, providing for their basic needs, and offering resources that will help them to make positive decisions and to guide them towards ending their homelessness. One Roof also offers a drop in, essential needs (supplies, toiletries, etc.) and emergency shelter for youth.
Calming Tree Counselling Melissa Reid, MSW, RSW, specializes in trauma and grief counselling. Her 10+ years of experience with grief and bereavement, along with her compassionate nature, makes her an outstanding choice when seeking a therapist to work through difficult issues. Melissa and her team are located in the Doon area of Kitchener.
Waterloo Region Integrated Drug Strategy Did You Know? Compared to youth across Ontario, Waterloo Region youth (grades 7-12):