Crisis Outreach And Support Team

The Barrie Police Service has had a Crisis Outreach And Support Team working in Barrie since January 2019. Prior to January 2019, our Service had held several successful pilot projects.

The COAST focuses on extending crisis intervention for citizens of Barrie suffering from mental illness and/or emotional disturbances who are unable or reluctant to utilize existing emergency services.

While a large number of our sworn members have taken part in Crisis Intervention Training, the partnership of a non-uniformed police officer, as well as a Canadian Mental Health Association worker allows for the best and most appropriate response to be offered to those experiencing a mental health crisis.

The COAST teams have varied and rotating hours of operation – responding to community needs and 911 mental health calls for service, including follow-ups, intervention, and connection to needed ongoing supports and services of COAST.

In 2019, the Barrie Police Service COAST attended more than 100 live calls for service and completed more than 200 follow up visits.

Mental Health Resources

Recognizing signs of mental health struggles in yourself and others can be difficult. Different people may have different ways of coping with their mental health challenges. If you or someone you know is acting out of character and you have concerns, please reach out to available resources.


Mental Health during COVID

The Canadian Association for Mental Health (CAMH) has provided resources and information for those who may be struggling with their mental health during the COVID pandemic, or who have loved ones who may be struggling.

Please visit the CAMH website for more information, and please reach out if you or someone you know needs assistance.

Behind every person with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, there are hundreds of people dedicated to helping. The Alzheimer Society is the leading not-for-profit health organization working nationwide to improve the quality of life for Canadians affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and advance the search for the cause and cure. Active in communities right across Canada, the Society has programs and services near you.

Since 1978, we’ve been dedicated to providing help for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their caregivers. That help comes in many ways.

The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) was launched in 1985 by a group who saw the need to provide information and resources to communities to reduce the suicide rate and minimize the harmful consequences of suicidal behaviour. Like many others, CASP envisions a world in which people enjoy an optimal quality of life, are long-living, socially responsible, and optimistic about the future.

CASP’s ultimate purpose is to reduce the suicide rate and minimize the harmful consequences of suicidal behaviour. We continue to be a touchstone for everyday Canadians and members of the media who want resources, guidance, and education.

Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a presence in more than 330 communities across every province and one territory, CMHA provides advocacy, programs, and resources that help to prevent mental health problems and illnesses, support recovery and resilience, and enable all Canadians to flourish and thrive. 

With one national office, 11 divisions in all provinces and one territory, and 75 community-based branches/regions, we provide services and supports to over 1.3 million Canadians through the combined efforts of more than 5,000 staff and 11,000 volunteers.

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world’s leading research centres in its field. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.

With a dedicated staff of more than 3,000 physicians, clinicians, researchers, educators and support staff, CAMH offers outstanding clinical care to more than 34,000 patients each year. The organization conducts groundbreaking research, provides expert training to health care professionals and scientists, develops innovative health promotion and prevention strategies, and advocates on public policy issues at all levels of government. And through our Foundation, we’re working to raise tens of millions of additional dollars to fund new programs and research and augment services.

Find free meals, overnight shelter, drop-ins, free clothes, and more homeless help near you, in the City of Barrie, in real-time, and available 24/7.

This web-based app can help connect you with exactly the resources you need.


The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) leads the development and dissemination of innovative programs and tools to support the mental health and wellness of Canadians. Through its unique mandate from the Government of Canada, the MHCC supports federal, provincial, and territorial governments as well as organizations in the implementation of sound public policy.

The MHCC’s current mandate aims to deliver on priority areas identified in the Mental Health Strategy for Canada in alignment with the delivery of its strategic plan.

The MHCC’s staff, Board, and Advisory Committees all share the same goal – creating a better mental health system for Canadians.

Mental Health First Aid is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem, experiencing the worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. Just like physical first aid is provided until medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate support is found or until the crisis is resolved.

211 connects people to the right information and services, strengthen Canada’s health and human services, and helps Canadians become more engaged with their communities.

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