Mental Health

Individual counseling and groups are offered through the Psychiatric Day & Evening Program.

Services Provided


  • Individuals 16 years and older with mental health concerns.
  • Must be a permanent resident of Perth County.


Referral can be made by individuals, physicians, health care professionals and community agencies.

Psychiatric Day & Evening Program Referral Form 

You can also call 519-272-8210 ext. 2570 or 1-888-275-1102 ext. 2570  to start the intake process.

Referrals for Group Programs

  • Referrals can be made by clinicians, central intake, family physicians or self-referral.
  • Please call  519-272-8210 ext. 2570 or 1-888-275-1102 ext. 2570 to speak with our central intake clinician who will ensure you are set up with the right service and/or program.
  • Clients already active with Outpatient Mental Health Services, please ask your clinician about groups available.

Hours of Operation

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Groups include:

Clozapine Group

The Clozapine Group provided follow-up monitoring for patients who have been prescribed clozapine.

Facilitators: Psychiatric Day and Evening Program Staff

Objectives of the Group

  • To provide the opportunity for patients taking clozapine to express any concerns that may occur due to clozapine therapy.
  • To provide the opportunity for staff to assess the mental and physical status of patients taking clozapine.
  • If patients are unable to attend the group, arrangements can be made for follow-up every one, two or four weeks.

Criteria for Admission

  • Patient registered with Novartis and has a CSAN number
  • Patient prescribed clozapine by psychiatrist or family physician
  • Patient is an outpatient
  • Patient is able to manage in the community with support

Frequency of Documentation

  • Every visit on clozapine checklist


Stratford General Hospital - Special Services Building - Room 108

Group Schedule / Format

  • Once weekly, every Wednesday.
  • Lab draws blood samples, clozapine is dispensed by Stratford General Hospital Pharmacy and dispensed to patients.
  • Group time to discuss issues or concerns, allows for social time for group members

Referral Process

  • From Inpatient Mental Health Unit after being started on clozapine
  • Psychiatrist or family physician referral
  • Through central intake assessment


  • No cost

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy - SKILLS Group

Using the Dialectical Behavioural Skills Training (DBT) Manual developed by Marsha Linehan, this program is a broad-based cognitive- behavioural treatment, for individuals who struggle with both over control and under control of emotions and associated cognitive and behavioural patterns.

The purpose of this group is to educate clients on how to assess and identify thoughts, feelings and behaviours and to provide education and training in the areas of mindfulness, interpersonal skills, emotion regulation and distress tolerance.

This group is suited for individuals who have difficulty with exhibiting self-destructive or impulsive behaviours and need assistance managing negative core beliefs and emotions will benefit from this group.

Individuals attending this group must be able to tolerate two hours of group instructions and dialogue as well as complete homework as assigned. This group allows for entry at one of the three dates listed below. Completion of all three parts is recommended to complete the group.

Time: Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Length: 36 weeks

Start Date(s): September 22, 2022 / January 5, 2023/ April 13, 2023
*participants can enter on one of the above start dates

Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is a 10-week closed evidence-based group, designed to enhance participants understanding of the connection between thoughts, feelings and behaviours. This short-term treatment group aims to strengthen skills and strategies for increased coping and more adaptive ways of thinking, feeling and behaving.

Length: 10 weeks

Start Date(s): March 14, 2022 / September 6, 2022 / February 7, 2023

Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

The Introduction to Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) Skills group is a 10-week psychoeducational group. Participants will be introduced to the four categories of DBT skills: mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.

Participants will learn how to set targets for change, analyze their own behavior, increase flexible thinking, and balance acceptance and change. This group is suitable for participants who would like to better regulate their emotions, improve their relationships and increase their commitment to living.

Time: Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Length: 10 weeks
Start Date: March 22, 2023

Mindfulness and Meditation

A 10-week group focusing on deepening mindfulness skills and a meditation practice. It is psycho-educational in format with education, practice and journaling built in to each session.

Time: Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Length: 10 weeks
Start Date(s):  September 28, 2022 / February 1, 2023

Panic & Anxiety Group

This group encourages use of effective coping strategies and is aimed at providing education regarding negative self talk, mistaken or false beliefs, assertiveness, self- esteem, personality styles that perpetuate anxiety and how to identify and express feelings.

Individuals struggling with panic and anxiety or phobias, which may limit the person's daily functioning and participation in normal or usual activities of daily living, may benefit from this group.

Time: Thursdays, 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Length: 10 weeks
Start Date (s): March 22, 2022 / September 22, 2022 / February 23, 2023

Solid Ground

A 10-week psycho-educational group focused on helping women build skills to combat symptoms related to past sexual abuse such as triggers/flashbacks, difficulty with emotional regulation, learning to calm the body/mind and developing healthy self care and sleep habits.

It uses skills from Dialectical Behaviour Therapy as well as art therapy to help women with emotional connection and personal introspection.

Time: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Length: 10 weeks
Start Date (s): April 12, 2022 / September 20, 2022


This group offers weekly virtual drop-in sessions. Various topics will be offered to promote wellness and recovery. This group is beneficial for clients who are seeking maintenance support and/or are on the wait list for services.

Time: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Start Date: Ongoing 

If you need someone to talk to, are struggling with your mental health or addiction, or need to be connected to mental health services please call the Huron Perth Helpline and Crisis Response Team at 1-888-829-7484