New Directions

Who are we?

New Directions is staffed by professionally trained people who work with people that are concerned about:

  • Their use of alcohol or drugs, or about their gambling
  • Someone else’s use of alcohol or drugs, or their gambling

Whom do we serve?

Adults (age 16 and over) who live in Grey and Bruce counties who are experiencing a problem related to drug, alcohol or gambling.

How do I know if I am experiencing a problem?

The following questions could help you decide whether you are experiencing warning signs of a problem:

  • Have you tried to cut down or quit using alcohol or drugs but found it difficult?
  • Do you hide your alcohol, drug use or gambling from others?
  • Has family or friends expressed concerns?
  • Are you drinking or using drugs more often over time?
  • Are you affected by or worried about a loved ones alcohol or drug use or gambling?
  • Do you feel badly after you drink or use drugs or gamble?
  • Do you find yourself spending more time gambling or thinking about gambling?
  • Have you ever gambled more than you intended to?

What are our services?

Our counsellors can offer you an appointment that can provide:

  • Counselling
  • Support
  • Information
  • If you want to explore how alcohol, drugs or gambling affect your life call for an appointment. Our confidential services are available in Durham, Hanover, Walkerton, Kincardine, Southampton, Wiarton, Meaford and Owen Sound.

What are the hours that services are available?

Our normal office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; evening appointments are also available.

Is there a cost?

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

Can we help you?

  • It’s never too late to change: call us today!
  • Learn more about the problem
  • Assess how it affects you and others
  • Find out how to change
  • Discuss concerns with someone you trust
  • Get professional help

Give us a call at (519) 371-1232 or 1-800-265-3133.

Sponsoring Agency - HopeGreyBruce Mental Health & Addictions Services

New Directions is staffed by professionally trained people who work with people that are concerned about: Their use of alcohol or drugs, or about their gambling; Someone else’s use of alcohol or drugs, or their gambling
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.

New Directions Contact Info

1101 2nd Avenue East, Suite 207
Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2J1
Phone: (519) 371-1232
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.