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Where to Start for Individuals & Families

Where to Start

Navigating the mental health system and understanding what is available to you can be challenging or confusing if you don’t know where to start. Even if you know which service or program would be best for you, you may still need a referral to access that care. Start with talking to your family doctor or primary care provider or find an assessment or access point below.

Find an Assessment or Access Point

Assessment or access points are centralized points in the mental health system where you can apply for mental health and addictions support services and supportive housing. They may offer programs that can support your mental health or addiction needs or they can refer you to the care that you need. Below are available assessment and access points in Sarnia-Lambton.

St. Clair
Child & Youth Services
under 18 years old

129 Kendall St.
Point Edward, ON N7V 4G6

Crisis Line: 1-833-622-1320

Age-Friendly Sarnia Profile

St. Clair Child & Youth Services offers programs and services that provide mental health education, advocacy, and support to children and families. They provide a continuum of high-quality mental health services for infants, children, youth and their families and offer a multidisciplinary team of professionals who are dedicated to helping children, youth and families cope and adapt to life’s challenges. Programs and services offered include:

  • Single Session Therapy
  • Assessment
  • Brief Services
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Youth Justice
  • Crisis Services
  • Early Years Mental Health Services
  • Group Services
  • Counselling and Therapy
  • Infant & Child Development Program
  • Intensive Services
  • Outreach Program
  • St. Clair Early ON Child and Family Centre
  • Workshops & Education

To get started: For most people the Single Session Therapy service is the first point of contact, providing easy quick access to a counselling session (referral not required). Call 519-337-3701 to schedule an appointment or find out more about their services.


Schools lay a strong foundation for healthy development including positive mental health. The staff are able to notice when a student’s development or mental health is being impacted and connect that student to more services, either in the community or through the resources offered by the school board itself.

To get started: Learn about what programs and services are available through your school board here or by reaching out to your teacher, principal, or school board.

Canadian Mental Health Association, Lambton-Kent
18+ years

210 Lochiel St.
Sarnia, ON N7T 4C7
519-337-5411 or

Age-Friendly Sarnia Profile

Canadian Mental Health Association, Lambton-Kent (CMHA-LK) provides services that support individuals experiencing mental health concerns, as well as support for their families. CMHA offers services across areas of crisis intervention and short-term services, integrated client services, and mental health promotion. These services help individuals develop and maintain their capacity to achieve their goals, live as independently as possible in the community, and to develop the personal tools they need to lead meaningful and productive lives.

  • Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) Lead Team
  • Brief Services
  • Clinical Case Management
  • Concurrent Disorders Case Manager
  • Depot/Clozaril Clinic Services
  • Discharge Planning
  • Early Intervention Services (EDIS) for Youth/Young Adults (14-35)
  • First Nations Community Support Services
  • Geriatric Mental Health Outreach Team (GMHOT)
  • HealthLink
  • Life Skills Worker
  • Mental Health First Response
  • Mental Health and Engagement Team (MHEART) in collaboration with Sarnia Police and OPP
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Partnership Speakers Bureau
  • Preventative Education Program
  • Psychotherapy Program
  • Rapid Assessment Intervention and Treatment (RAIT)
  • Supportive Housing Services

To get started: Call 519-337-5411 or visit one of CMHA-LK’s sites across Lambton County (referral not required).

Youth Wellness Hub Ontario Sarnia-Lambton
12-25 years

190 Front St.
Sarnia, ON N7T 5S3

Youth Wellness Hubs Ontario, or YWHO, is an initiative that was founded to fill the service gaps in the youth mental health and substance use system in Ontario. Sarnia-Lambton’ Youth Wellness Hub Ontario is a one-stop shop for integrated youth services for young people all across the area aged 12–25 and their families looking for mental health and wellness support. The youth hub will bring together existing community partners who are committed to working in a new collaborative and innovative way. Programs and services offered include:

  • Initial Assessment through walk in or booked appointments
  • Drop in Groups
  • Case Management
  • Psychotherapy CBT and DBT
  • Peer Support
  • Family Support
  • Vocational
  • Physical Activity
  • Withdrawal Management
  • Supportive Housing

To get started: Call 519-491-1466.

Family Counselling Centre
all ages

1086 Modeland Rd., 2nd Fl.
Sarnia, ON N7S 6L2
519-336-3000 or
1-888-DISTRESS (347-8737)

Age-Friendly Sarnia Profile

The Family Counselling Centre offers counselling services to individuals, couples and families in Sarnia & Lambton County. In addition to counselling services they also offer programs created to address specific issues and concerns including

  • Case management
  • Supports for survivors of sexual assault and abuse
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Children’s mental health
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Critical Incident Response
  • Supervised Access Program Lambton
  • Distress Line Sarnia Lambton and Tel-Check

To get started: Refer yourself, a client or loved one, by calling the Family Counselling Centre at 519-336-3000 or 1-888-DISTRESS (347-8737) or visit for more information.

Bluewater Health Hospital
all ages

89 Norman St.
Sarnia, ON N7T 6S3

450 Blanche St.
Petrolia, ON N7T 6S3

Age-Friendly Sarnia Profile

Bluewater Health’s Mental Health & Addiction Services offers an inpatient unit, and a number of outpatient programs and services located both in the hospital and off-site. These include community treatment orders, crisis intervention, social work, assertive community treatment, and addiction and problem gambling services. Services and programs include:

  • Addiction and Problem Gambling Services
  • Assertive Community Treatment
  • Community Addictions Support Services
  • Eating Disorders Outreach Program
  • Inpatient Mental Health
  • Outpatient Mental Health
  • Smoking Treatment for Ontario Patients (STOP)
  • Withdrawal Management and Stabilization Services

To get started: Call 519-464-4400 for mental health services or 519-332-HOPE(6770) for addictions services. A medical or community referral is required for some programs. A Psychiatric Assessment Nurse is available 24/7 at Bluewater Health Emergency Department.