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Community Mental Health & Addictions Program – HSN East Algoma Site (Elliot Lake)  

We are a community based program providing free and confidential mental health and addictions services in Elliot Lake and surrounding communities extending from Spanish west to Iron Bridge and north to Elliot Lake. These services are for individuals, family members and service providers who are looking for support and information for adults with mental health concerns. Referrals can be made by the individual seeking treatment, family with consent and/or health care providers. All services are voluntary so clients must be informed of any referrals made to us on their behalf and agree to participate in our services.  

Referral and Intake: 

During the intake process our team will take you through a screening and assessment process to identify which services can best help you.   


Counselling and Treatment: 

This service is available to individuals 16 years of age and over. We provide a goal-oriented, cognitive behaviourally based approach to treating mental health issues such as excessive worry, persistent low mood, fears and phobias, post trauma effects, overwhelming emotions, etc. Treatment is provided individually and in groups based on best practice. 


Perinatal Mental Health Services:   

Caring for your baby, your family and for yourself can be difficult, especially when symptoms such as depression and anxiety get in the way. The care we provide will help you recognize how these symptoms can sometimes change the way you think and feel about yourself and others, including your baby, and we will help you to explore ways of managing the challenges you face. 

This service offers support to women who are 16 years of age or older, who are experiencing depression and/or anxiety, and who are at least 28-weeks pregnant or have a child who is less than a year old and is living with the mother. 


Early Psychosis Intervention: 

‘Psychosis’ is a medical condition. It is a serious but treatable brain disorder. It can affect anyone. For some, loss of contact with reality occurs, making it difficult to know what is real and what is not. There are many different signs and symptoms. Not every person will have the same experience. This program serves youth and young adults (ages 16 to 35 years) and their families to better understand and manage psychosis.  Early intervention is the key to recovery.  


Case Management/Medication support:

This service provides support to individuals who are struggling with more complex mental health presentations such as schizophrenia.  Services focus on improving quality of life in alignment with client goals.  This may include symptom monitoring, information and support to clients and their families to better understand and cope with illness and medication monitoring to ensure the medication is working and review of side-effects.  Our program nurse may also administer long-acting antipsychotic injections 



Psychiatric services are available both onsite and via videoconference by physician referral only. This service provides assessment, consultation, medication review and follow-up as needed. The service is provided as a shared care model between the client's health care provider and psychiatrist to address any questions or concerns that might arise regarding diagnosis or treatment.  


I’ve been referred to East Algoma services. What happens next? 

You will be booked for an initial intake/screen appointment that will be done either by phone or in-person.  We will discuss with you your main concerns, and what you may be struggling with.  This will help us provide you with recommendations to what treatments may be best for you.   If the service that you require is not available at our clinic, we will let you know about other service options. These may be group based or individual. Some services have wait times – clients are placed on lists based on the date the request was received. 


There are a number of mental health and addiction resources available online. The following are some trusted sources that can help provide you with additional information. 


Mental Health and Addictions Resources 

Mental Health & Addiction Services - ConnexOntario

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health - CAMH

Candian Mental Health Association - Mental health for all (CMHA)



Online Addictions Counselling  

Breaking Free: Community 


Online Mental Health Counselling  

BounceBack - Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario 



Please contact Crisis Response Service at: 

Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm: 705-848-2585

Afterhours, statutory holidays and weekends: 1-800-721-0007


Attend the local Emergency Department at: 

St. Joseph’s General Hospital, 70 Spine Road, Elliot Lake, ON 

North Shore Health Network, 525 Causley Street, Blind River, ON 

Contact Us

Health Sciences North
HSN East Algoma site (Elliot Lake) 
301-31 Nova Scotia Walk  
Elliot Lake, On  

Phone: 705-848-9131


Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed from 12-1pm) (except statutory holidays)s