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Additional Health Care Needs

Mental Health

Mental health is an important aspect of overall health. Having good mental health is important because it helps us build self-esteem, create positive relationships with others, handle emotions and events, manage stress effectively, and achieve balance in our lives.

Substance Use

An addiction is when a person becomes dependent on a substance or a habit, such as alcohol, drugs, or gambling. An addiction becomes a problem when it starts to affect other areas of a person’s life, such as their relationships with others, their health and/or finances. 


The term disability is used in Canada to describe different physical, mental or intellectual conditions that affect a person’s ability to move, see, hear, or learn. Disability could also refer to intellectual or mental health conditions, such as Down Syndrome, Autism, or schizophrenia. Many organizations throughout Simcoe County have resources, programs, and services to help people who have a disability, and their families.

Visit the Children with Special Needs section to learn more about services for children with special needs aged 0-6 in Simcoe County and Special Needs in the Learning in Simcoe County section to learn more about programs and services through the Ontario public school system available for children and youth with special needs.

Domestic violence

Domestic violence is a term that describes when a person is being hurt or treated badly by a family member or spouse (such as their husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend).  Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, or psychological. It is also sometimes called domestic or spousal abuse and is against the law in Canada.  There are places to find help and temporary shelter for women and children in Simcoe County if you are experiencing domestic violence. 

If you are a woman in an abusive situation, you can call the Assaulted Women’s Helpline, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. They have translation and interpretation services in many languages as well.

Call from anywhere in Ontario: 1-866-863-0511