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Programs and Services

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A safe and inclusive space to talk one-on-one.

mindSPACE offers free and confidential mental health services without an appointment for children and youth under 18.

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About mindSPACE

What to expect: Immediate, free, and confidential support for you and/or your family for your concerns. We focus on building onto your existing strengths, abilities, and resources while working with you on developing on plan on how to address your concerns. Sessions typically last an hour and you can access the service as often as needed. Children, youth, and families do not need an appointment or a referral. They may simply walk in and ask to meet with one of our Clinicians.

Am I a good fit for mindSPACE?

If you’re not sure, come and ask us. We can help with the little things or help with complicated challenges. It’s free, it’s safe, and it’s available!


Compass Programs

  • Counselling & Therapy

    Counselling and Therapy Services are available to help children and youth who have mental health concerns, and their families that cannot be addressed through less intensive means (e.g. brief services). The clinicians will work closely with the client and their family to specify goals and outcomes. Counselling and Therapy Services can include a range of approaches and settings (e.g., individual, group, family) as well as clinical practices (e.g., cognitive-behaviour therapy). Services are provided within the context of the family, culture, and community, and can be provided in a range of settings and frequency.

  • Crisis Services

    Following an initial crisis assessment provided by Health Sciences North (HSN) Crisis Intervention Program, a consenting client may be referred to Compass. The client will receive immediate, time-limited services in response to their mental health crisis, or a crisis situation that places the child/youth or others at serious risk. Crisis support services work actively to stabilize situations and may facilitate access to a range of longer-term resources and supports.

  • Group Services

    Triple-P
    Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) is a parenting program that addresses behavioural and emotional problems in children and youth. At Compass, Triple P is delivered to parents of children up to the age of 12 years, as well as Teen Triple P for parents of 12 to 16-year-olds.  Specialist programs are also offered for parents of children with different abilities (Stepping Stones) and for parents going through separation or divorce (Family Transitions). Please visit www.parenting4me.com, for more information.

    Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) SNAP is a 13-week evidence-based program for girls and boys, ages 6 -12, and their parents/caregivers. This gender-specific cognitive behavioural model provides a framework for teaching children struggling with behaviour issues, and their parents, effective emotional regulation, self-control, and problem-solving skills.

    FRIENDS Anxiety Group
    This is an evidence-based program created to assist children and youth, ages 4 -15, to learn important skills and strategies to cope with and sometimes overcome, anxiety problems. All groups are age-appropriate and have additional techniques for each stage of development.

  • Supervised Access Program (SAP)

    This Supervised Access Program provides a safe, non–threatening, child-focused, neutral environment for visits and exchanges between children and non-custodial parties or other family members. The program aims to decrease conflict and stress surrounding access to and/or exchange of children for separated/divorced families. It is available to those 18 years of age and younger. SAP is funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General, click here for more information: attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/family/supaccess.php

  • Resource Program

    The Resource Program’s purpose is to ensure the inclusion of children with special needs in licensed child care centres and to maximize their potential for active participation. Resource Workers will work with child care centres, community agencies and parents/guardians to support children with any need, including but not limited to, emotional, social, behavioural, and developmental needs. Compass offers this service in the areas of Espanola, Manitoulin Island, Chapleau and Sudbury East.

  • Developmental Services

    Developmental Services
    This service is available to children and youth under 18 for psychological assessment of a suspected developmental delay or intellectual disability, for updated assessment of a previously diagnosed intellectual disability to support transition to adult developmental services or for assessment of significant behavioural concerns.

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If you or someone you know is in crisis or feeling overwhelmed, please contact Crisis Intervention Services – Health Sciences North. 24 hour hotline—365 days/year 1.877.841.1101

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MINDSPACE offers mental health services without an appointment for children and youth under 18.