Mental health: Adult outpatient services

Mental health: Adult outpatient services

Adult Outpatient Services

Location and Contact

Location: Markham site: Unit 2WF, building B, 2nd floor
Phone: 905-472-7011

Mental health patient navigator: 416-804-9386

The Adult Outpatient Mental Health Program at Markham Stouffville Hospital provides a number of services that include both individual and group therapy.

Our outpatient mental health team consists of psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, social workers, nurses and addiction and mental health workers. The team is trained to support you and your family in recovery from mental illness.

If you are referred to our services, you must reside in the Eastern York Region or North Durham catchment area.   An initial assessment will be offered by one of our clinicians.

Find referral form here.

If you have questions about our services and the availability of these services, please ask your family physician or contact our Mental Health Patient Navigator Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 416-804-9386.

BRIDGE Day Treatment Program

Located at one of Markham Stouffville Hospital’s satellite sites, The Wellness Clinic, the B.R.I.D.G.E. Day Treatment Program is a structured, psycho-educational, group-based program serving the Mental Health System of Markham Stouffville Hospital.

The program encourages and supports the re-integration of learned life skills into real life situations. B.R.I.D.G.E. fosters the building of ongoing community supports and relationships for participants of the program. B.R.I.D.G.E.  provides the opportunity to experience recovery through the process of Building, Recovering, Initiating, Developing, Growing and Empowering. A team consisting of Social Workers, Occupational Therapists, and Mental Health and Addiction Workers coordinate clients’ care throughout the program.

Groups have been designed with the intended purpose of teaching and enhancing life skills. A life skill is the ability to cope with stressors and challenges in daily living.  Life skills can be learned directly through experience and practice. Clients participate in groups focused on building life skills, promoting physical health and wellness, and developing coping strategies. Themes include: life balance, coping with illness, stress management, assertive communication, self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-compassion. 

Due to COVID-19, this program has adapted the daily in-person programming to run virtually through the Zoom platform, enabling clients to continue to receive timely mental health support from their own homes.  The B.R.I.D.G.E. Program offers two streams, including an Adult program (ages 18-65) and a seniors program for those ages 65+. Both streams run for 8-weeks in duration, with the Adult program occurring Monday to Friday and the seniors program occurring every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. 

Admission to the program requires a referral from a Markham Stouffville Hospital Psychiatrist or a Markham Stouffville Hospital Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Out Patient Mental Health Group Therapy 

We offer a number of group therapy programs such as:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • ART Therapy

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

  • Concurrent Disorders Group - Surf’s Up!

  • Emotional resilience therapy group

  • Interpersonal therapy (IPT) for depression

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)

These groups are scheduled throughout the year, depending on suitability and demand.

Find out more about our mental health outpatient group programs.

Medication and Wellness Clinic

If you live with schizophrenia or another major mental illness and you are receiving clozapine or another long-acting depot injection, our Medication and Wellness Clinic can provide you with individual assessment, medication treatment and follow up.

Referrals to this clinic must be made by a MSH psychiatrist.

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS)

Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) is a non-invasive Health Canada-approved treatment for patients living with major depression disorder. rTMS targets regions of the brain that are overactive or underactive in patients with depression. It uses an electromagnet that discharges short, finely-focused magnetic pulses into the brain to stimulate nerve cells and enhance cognitive control.

rTMS is typically well-tolerated and side effects are minimal. The treatment runs five days per week between four and six weeks. This treatment is available to our clients with attending psychiatrists within Oak Valley Health Hospital.

Women’s wellness services

 Offers group therapy programs to support women’s health to improve quality of life. 

Find out more about Women’s wellness services.