Mental Health Services

*Please note that our Mary McGill Community Mental Health program has moved into its new space on the lower level of the hospital.

Click Here for our Counselling and Psychiatric Consultation Referral Form


Main contact line:


24-hour Crisis Line (for after hours)

Phone: 1-888-893-8333 or


Mary McGill Mental Health Program Group Counselling Calendar


Community Mental Health Services

Overview of Services and Program Delivery

The Mary McGill Community Mental Health Program (MMCMHP) opened in 1980 after a psychiatric nurse recognized the need for dedicated mental health services within the community. This nurse was Mary McGill, who was dedicated to ensuring that local community members in south Simcoe had mental health services close to home. She advocated for the program for two years before getting the green light to open the Community Mental Health Centre at Stevenson Memorial Hospital and became the program's coordinator. Sadly, Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer and in 1987, lost her life to the disease. The Centre was then renamed the Mary McGill Community Mental Health Centre in honour of its founder.

The MMCMHP provides individual and group services offered using a variety of modalities including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and mindfulness meditation approaches. The main focus of counselling is to identify goals for change that will improve coping abilities and increase skills training to achieve these goals.

The MMCMHP is a separately funded program of the Ministry of Health; working collaboratively with Stevenson Memorial Hospital to provide community-based mental health and psychiatric services, with a focus on providing timely and accessible services for the community.

Services available

  • Adult mental health – ages 16+
    • Individual counselling
    • Group counselling
  • Consultative psychiatric services (physician referral required)
  • Quick response (crisis services)
    • Provides support to the Emergency Department for clients in crisis
  • Urgent response services
  • On site crisis services available 7 days a week

Service Access: Physician referral for psychiatry; Self-referral for same/next day crisis, counselling and group. 

Catchment: Simcoe County, New Tecumseth (Alliston, Beeton, Tottenham), Baxter, Angus, Cookstown, Innisfil


Program Description

Adult Mental Health – ages 16+

  • Offered through individual counselling and groups
  • Individual (one-on-one) counselling
    • Focus on self-directed goals of recovery and personal change
    • Collaboration between client and counsellor to identify areas of concern, and the skills required to achieve lasting and positive change
    • Physician referral or self-referral
    • The course of treatment is usually limited to 8 sessions, or as identified by the clinician
  • Skills based/psychotherapy groups
    • Client’s are referred based on clinician recommendation or self-referral
    • Client’s often complete a pre-group meeting with facilitator to determine appropriateness for the group
    • Groups are closed once they begin
    • Offered on a rotating basis
    • Typically run from 8 to 12 sessions

Consultative Psychiatric Services

  • Physician referral required
  • Assessment and diagnosis (if necessary) upon referral from family physician
    • Consultative in nature, follow-up in terms of medication and treatment to be completed by family physician
  • Psychiatry available two afternoons per week (by appointment only)

Quick Response (Crisis Services)

  • Provide support to the Emergency Department for clients in crisis
  • Quick response crisis worker available from 0900-1900 (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.) 7 days a week.  
  • Crisis workers can provide follow-up
  • Quick response times
  • Provides assessment for potential transfers to Schedule 1 facility
    • Provides follow-up after release from Schedule 1 facility

Collaborative Program Partnerships

  • Stevenson Memorial Hospital
  • Southlake Regional Health Centre
  • Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care – Penetanguishene
  • Ontario Provincial Police – Nottawasaga Detachment
  • Matthew’s House Hospice
  • Krassman Centre
  • Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) – York and South Simcoe
  • Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling Centre


‚ÄčThe Mental Health Team at Stevenson Memorial Hospital is comprised of social workers, nurses and psychiatrists who work in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary outpatient environment driving a holistic approach that promotes recovery, health and wellness. 


Anger Management 905-895-0577 -

Mental Health and Addiction Services of Simcoe County -

John Howard Society/Anger Management 705-733-0683, ext. 22 -

Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County 1-888-726-2503 -

Drug and Alcohol Helpline -

Ontario Problem Gambling -

Athena's Sexual Assault Counselling Centre, Alliston - 1-800-987-0799 or 705-737-2008

My Sister's Place -

New Path Youth and Family Services -