Mental Health & Addiction Services

  • In any given year, 1 in 5 Canadians experiences a mental health or addiction problem.1
  • By the time Canadians reach 40 years of age, 1 in 2 have – or have had – a mental illness.1

Mental Health and Addiction Services (MH&A) at the Brant Community Healthcare System provides a variety of inpatient and outpatient acute hospital care services. We are a dedicated team made up of psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, dieticians, social workers, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, clerical staff, pastoral care, pharmacists, and volunteers. All of the programs and services we offer are based on recovery, striving to assist individuals in meeting their wellness goals, and transitioning to living well with community supports and services.

MH&A team members are bound by codes of confidentiality. Although the support of family and friends is valuable in assisting the individual to recovery, it may not be appropriate or possible for team members to share all information with family and friends. Please respect this obligation.

Who we serve

  • Primarily individuals living in Brant County and surrounding areas
  • Individuals referred to us by a psychiatrist/physician
  • Individuals 16 years of age and older
  • Our focus is on emergency and acute mental health and substance abuse or dependence care
  • Individuals with a serious and persistent mental illness, who may also live with substance abuse ordependence challenges

Programs we provide

  • Crisis Response
  • Emergency Mental Health
  • Crisis Counseling (available at Brantford General Hospital and every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at The Willett, Paris)
  • Early Intervention and Early Psychosis Intervention Program
  • Inpatient Care
  • Recovery Day Program
  • Medication Clinic
  • Support Programs
  • Patient and Family Education and Support
  • HealthLinks
  • Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
  • CBT

Our core components of service

  • Assessment
    The ongoing comprehensive and holistic picture of the patient's current state of wellness.
  • Individual Therapy
    The one-to one collaborative therapeutic relationship between the care provider and patient that focuses on the patient's wellness goals.
  • Group Therapy
    A form of psychosocial treatment for a group of individuals facilitated by trained therapist(s) where the individuals interact with one another to meet individual wellness goals.
  • Medication Therapy
    Medications may be offered to some patients, to optimize therapeutic outcomes for those individuals.
  • Transition Planning
    Transition refers to as the shift from one type of healthcare service to another. The goal of transition is to provide health care that is uninterrupted, coordinated, developmentally appropriate and psychologically sound prior to and throughout transfer into other parts of the Mental Health and Addiction System. Transition planning and preparation involves providing individual with the knowledge and skills they will need to be successful in achieving these ends.

More about our interdisciplinary team

Health and wellness needs are complex and diverse, and it is recognized that these needs are best met by teams of healthcare providers and other disciplines. We work in collaboration with each other, and with patients, to meet those needs.  Our team includes psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, dieticians, social workers, occupational therapists, recreational therapists, clerical staff, pharmacists, and volunteers. Pastoral care visit regularly, and by request of the patient if desired.

Our Community Partners (Case Managers, Addiction Counselor, and Patient Advocate) will continue to be involved in your care while receiving acute care treatment from us.

Contact Us


Manager, Mental Health and Addictions Services E-Wing. Main Level

519-751-5544 Ext. 2423

Inpatient Unit, Nursing Station E-Wing, Lower Level 1

519-751-5544 Ext. 2425

Outpatient Services

  • for information on crisis counselling, early intervention,  youth mental health counselling, and other out-patient programs and services provided at BGH and The Willett


E-Wing, Main Level

519-751-5544 Ext. 5530

Business and after hours

Acute Day Treatment Program E-Wing, Level 1 519-751-5544 Ext. 2657
Medication Clinic E-Wing, Level 1 519-751-5544 Ext. 2525

1 Smetanin et al. (2011). The life and economic impact of major mental illnesses in Canada: 2011-2041. Prepared for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Toronto: RiskAnalytica.

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