Choices

Who are we?

Choices is a counseling service for youth who are:
   - Wondering about their use of alcohol or other drugs
   - Worried about someone else’s problems of alcohol or drugs

What do we do?

  - Listen
  - Help you find out how alcohol and other drugs affect your life
  - Help you find other solutions or other things to do
  - Respect your right to make your own decisions and set your own goals
  - Help you talk to your parents

Are parents/families involved?

They can be, it often helps

How does it work?

  - One-to-one counselling
  - Groups offered from time to time
  - Male and female counsellors
  - Appointment times to fit your schedule
  - Services available to youth under the age of 20 and their parents
  - Outreach to high schools throughout Grey and Bruce counties

Is there a cost?

Choices is a program of HopeGreyBruce Mental Health & Addictions Services and is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Our services are offered free of charge.

Will anyone find out you’re seeing a counsellor?

  - Before we start, any requirements to share information will be explained to you
  - Confidential counselling

What else do we do?

  - Offer counselling for parents
  - Provide information in our office or over the telephone
  - Give talks in the community
  - Keep a library of books and tapes that you can borrow

Information and Support Groups for Parents

There are some local groups that you might want to participate in if you are looking for information and/or support as you deal with challenges presented to parents of adolescents and teens. There is a Monthly Parent Information/Support Night and you can find out dates and location by calling the CHOICES office.

Can we help you?

If you think we might help, just call to get more information or to schedule an appointment in Owen Sound or at other locations throughout Grey and Bruce counties. Phone us at (519) 371-5487 or 1-800-265-3133. Our office hours are from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Evening appointments can be arranged.

Sponsoring Agency - HopeGreyBruce Mental Health & Addictions Services

Choices is a counseling service for youth who are: Wondering about their use of alcohol or other drugs, Worried about someone else’s problems of alcohol or drugs
In crisis?

If you are in crisis, please call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.  You may also call the Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-877-470-5200.

Choices Contact Info

1101 2nd Avenue East, Suite 207
Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2J1
Phone: (519) 371-5487
Toll Free: 1-800-265-3133

Special Announcements
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed by Canadian Mental Health Association Grey Bruce, G & B House, and HopeGreyBruce Mental Health & Addiction Services. Grey Bruce Health Services (GBHS), which serves a large population of outpatient adult clients seeking mental health and addictions support, is also part of the MOU and will be working with the group to transition some of its services to the new agency.
At HopeGreyBruce, our goal is to provide our clients with the best possible mental health and addiction services we can with the resources we have. We rely on our clients to tell us whether or not we are meeting that goal…whether we are providing the services they need…whether we are helping them. Your opinion counts – please let us know what you think we are doing well…and also tell us where we need to make improvements.
HGB News
Who should attend this series? This series of four presentations will be of interest to anyone who would like to learn more about mental illness. It will be of interest to people with a mental illness , family members, friends, neighbours, nurses, social workers, physicians, clergy, students, teachers, and other health and social service workers.
If you are a family member or friend of someone with a mental illness, these meetings may be of interest to you. Would you like to hear about the experience of other who have been there? Would you like to experience support from others who really understand? Are you wondering how other families cope with mental illness? Do you want information and resources to help you understand your role as a family member?
Would you like the opportunity to share experiences and activities with other consumer/survivors? Do you seek understanding in a safe and supportive environment? Are you interested in learning how othere individuals are coping with mental illness? Do you want more information and resources to help you better understand how to live with a mental illness?
Voice of Clients!
Hope is the only thing that keeps me going. I always go to bed at night thinking tomorrow is going to be a better day…not just another day. I wouldn’t have survived without the hope that I receive from the staff at the Markdale office.