How to Get Started

How to Get Started

Thank you for considering the services of Strongest Families Institute. Our evidence-based programs are grounded in 20 years of social science and our outcomes have an over 85% success rate in helping to resolve the issues that have brought you here today.

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

How can I access a program?

Getting started is easy! Simply navigate to the provice in which you live in the chart below and follow the steps detailed for your area.

We are a trusted service provider to Canada’s military and Veteran’s and families. Use the "Military" or “Veteran” tab below.

We extend our gratitude to those who have made our services available to our military and Veteran families: Military Family Services OttawaTrue Patriot Love FoundationRBC, and Bell Let's Talk.

 

Alberta

To access one of our programs in your area, please call the number below in your community.

Calgary zone & Rural Mental Health Clinics- Programs Available are Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety. 

If you’re located in one of the areas below, please contact Access Mental Health at (403) 943-1500 (Ext 1) to access our programs.

  • Strathmore Addiction & Mental Health Clinic
  • Airdrie Mental Health Clinic – Provincial Bldg
  • High River Addiction & Mental Health Clinic
  • Banff Community Health Centre
  • Canmore Provincial Bldg
  • Chestermere Health Centre
  • Okotoks Mental Health Centre
  • Cochrane Community Health Centre

Edmonton Zone - Programs Available are Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety.

Calgary Rural Primary Care Network. Programs Available are Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Night Ahead. 

  • Contact: (403) 901-0142

Regional Collaborative Service Delivery. Programs Available are Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Night Ahead. 

  • Southwest Regional Collaborative Service Delivery (including Piikani Nation School)
    Referrals are made through the school divisions, please speak to a counseling lead in your school division
  • Central East Regional Collaborative Service Delivery, Contact: Scott McLean at scott.mclean@ghsd75.ca
Manitoba

To access one of our programs in your area, please call the number below in your community.

Programs available include: Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead, Chase Pain Away, ICAN Adult Anxiety and Depression Program

Adults can enroll directly for our ICAN Adult (18+) Anxiety & Depression program Adult Online Referral Form

Parents/Caregivers can enroll their children directly for (Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead, Chase Pain Away) SFI Universal Online Referral Form Child and Youth

Referrals in Manitoba can be made by:

  • Schools (teachers, guidance counsellors, administrators, and clinicians)
  • Child and Family Services Agencies
  • Primary Care Providers and other healthcare professionals
  • Manitoba Corrections (Probation or Corrections Officers, restorative justice program employees)
  • Cultural or religious organizations
  • Community-based organizations
  • Referral Form:  SFI Universal Online Referral Form Child and Youth and Adult Online Referral Form
New Brunswick

To access one of our programs in your area, please call the number below in your community or us directly at 1-866-470-7111 option 1 for English, 1 again for main line.

Province wide the programs available include Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead. 

Referrals can be made province-wide, through schools and Child and Youth Family Services.

  • Teachers, guidance counselors, principals, Education Support Services (ESS). Please speak to any of these professionals within the school to make a referral.
  • Child and Youth teams within Integrated Service Delivery (ISD)

Clients can enroll directly for our Parents Empowering Kids (3-12 years old), Defeat Anxiety (12-17 years old), or Chase Worries Away program (6-11 years old). Referral Form

Newfoundland & Labrador

To access one of our programs in your area, please call the number below in your community or us directly at 1-866-470-7111 option 1 for English, 1 again for main line

Province-wide the programs available include Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead, ICAN Adult Anxiety & Depression.

Clients can enroll directly for our ICAN Adult (18+) Anxiety & Depression program. Referral Form

 

Clients can enroll directly for our Parents Empowering Kids (3-12 years old), Defeat Anxiety (12-17 years old), or Chase Worries Away program (6-11 years old). Referral Form

  • Referrals in Newfoundland and Labrador can be made by:
    • Professionals working in Mental Health and Addictions (please see list of phone numbers below for the Regional Health Authorities)
    • Child and Youth Family Services
    • Schools (teachers, guidance counsellors and school psychologists)
    • Nurses
    • Physicians
    • Social Workers
    • Other professionals working with children and youth

    Eastern Regional Health Authority
    Website: Eastern Regional Health Authority

    • St. John’s: (709) 777-2200
    • Bonavista: (709) 468-5318
    • Clarenville: (709) 466-5700
    • Burin: (709) 891-5025

    Central Regional Health Authority
    Website: Central Regional Health Authority

    • Gander: (709) 256-2500
    • Grand Falls-Windsor: (709) 292-2500
    • Central Health Corporate Office: (709) 292-2138

    Western Regional Health Authority
    Website: Western Regional Health Authority

    • Corner Brook: (709) 637-5000
    • Stephenville: (709) 643-8740

    Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority
    Website: Labrador-Grenfell Regional Health Authority

    • St. Anthony: (709) 454-3333
    • Happy Valley-Goose Bay: (709) 897-2000
    • Labrador City: (709) 944-2632
Northwest Territories

To access one of our programs in your area, please call the number below in your community or us directly at 1-866-470-7111 option 1 for English, 1 again for main line”

Province-wide the programs available include Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead, ICAN Adult Anxiety & Depression.

  • Beaufort-Delta Region:
    • Aklavik – (867) 978-2941
    • Fort McPherson / Tsiigehtchic – (867) 952-2245
    • Inuvik / Paulatuk – (867) 777-8101
    • Ulukhaktok / Sachs Harbour / Holman – (867) 396-3024
    • Tuktoyaktuk – (867) 977-2511
  • Dehcho Region:
    • Fort Liard / Nahanni Butte – (867) 770-4770
    • Fort Providence / Hay River Reserve / Kakisa – (867) 699-3421
    • Fort Simpson / Jean Marie River / Sambaa K'e / Wrigley – (867) 695-2293
  • Fort Smith – (867) 872-6310
  • Hay River / Enterprise – (867) 874-2446
  • Sahtu Region:
    • Norman Wells / Colville Lake – (867) 444-6717
    • Délįnę – (867) 589-5545
    • Fort Good Hope – (867) 598-2059
    • Tulita – (867) 588-4019
  • Tłıchǫ Region:
    • Behchokǫ̀ / Gamètì / Wekweètì / Whatì – (867) 392-3005
  • Yellowknife Region:
    • Dettah/Ndilo – (867) 920-2925
    • Fort Resolution – (867) 394-4511
    • Lutselk’e – (867) 370-3212
    • Yellowknife – (867) 767-9110
Nova Scotia

To access one of our programs in your area, please complete the self referral form below, or call one of the numbers below

Programs available include:  Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead. ICAN 18+

Clients can enroll directly for our Parents Empowering Kids (3-12 years old), Defeat Anxiety (12-17 years old), or Chase Worries Away program (6-11 years old). Referral Form

Clients can enroll directly for our ICAN Adult (18+) Anxiety & Depression program. Referral Form

Ontario

To access one of our programs in your area, please call the number below in your community.

  • EveryMind- Mental Health Services for Children & Youth (formerly Peel Children's Centre) – Centralized Intake. Programs available include Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety,Contact: (905) 451-4655
  • Woodview Mental Health and Autism Services. Programs available include Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead. – Contact Brant
    Website: https://www.woodview.ca; Contact: (519) 758-8228
  • Hands (Parry Sound and Nipissing). Programs available include Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead. Website: www.thefamilyhelpnetwork.ca – (for local phone numbers). Contact: info@handstfhn.ca
  • Haldimand-Norfolk REACH –Contact: 519-426-7604 Programs available include Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety
  • Linck (formerly Chatham Kent Children’s Services) Programs available include Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead. Contact: 519-352-0440 or call us directly at 1-866-470-7111
  • The Phoenix Centre (Pembroke and Renfrew County) - Programs available: Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead. Contact: 1-800-465-1870 toll-free.
  • Compass (Sudbury, Espanola, and Little Current) - Programs available include Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead. Contact 1-800-815-7126, Website:  https://www.compassne.ca/contact-us/

 

Prince Edward Island

To access one of our programs in your area, please call the number below in your community or us directly at 1-866-470-7111 option 1 for English, 1 again for main line

Province-wide the programs available include Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead, ICAN Adult Anxiety & Depression.

Clients can enroll directly for our ICAN Adult (18+) Anxiety program. Referral Form

Clients can enroll directly for our Parents Empowering Kids (3-12 years old), Defeat Anxiety (12-17 years old), Chase Worries Away (6-11 years old) and Dry Nights Ahead program (5-12 years old). Referral Form

  • Montague: 902-838-0960 1
  • Summerside: 902-888-8180 65
  • Charlottetown: 902-368-4430 1
  • Alberton: 902-853-8670
Quebec

To access one of our programs in your area, please call the number below in your community.

Province-wide the programs available include Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead

Montreal: Direction des programmes santé mentale et dépendances of the CIUSSS de l'ouest-de-l'Ile-de-Montréal SUB: CLSC DLL

West Island Clients:
CLSC du Lac-Saint-Louis - le Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux (CIUSSS) de l'Ouest-de-l’Île-de-Montréal (gouv.qc.ca). Phone number: 514 639-0650

Dorval, Lachine and Lasalle Clients:
https://ciusss-ouestmtl.gouv.qc.ca/contact-localisation/centres-locaux-de-services-communautaires-clsc/clsc-de-dorval-lachine/ . Phone number: 514 639-0650

Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan’s Northern Medical Services.

To access one of our programs in your area, you can call us directly at 1-866-470-7111 option 1 for English, 1 again for the main line.

Programs available for Self Referral in Northern Saskatchewan include Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead, ICAN Adult Anxiety & Depression.

Clients can enroll directly Sign up HERE for our ICAN Adult (18+) Anxiety & Depression program.

Clients can enroll directly Sign up HERE for our Parents Empowering Kids (3-12 years old), Defeat Anxiety (12-17 years old), or Chase Worries Away program (6-11 years old).

  • Referrals in areas covered by Northern Medical Services, Saskatchewan can be made by:
    • Professionals working in Mental Health and Addictions
    • Child and Youth Family Services
    • Schools (teachers, guidance counsellors and school psychologists)
    • Nurses
    • Physicians
    • Social Workers
    • Other professionals working with children and youth

 

Yukon

To access one of our programs in your area, please call the number below in your community or us directly at 1-866-470-7111 option 1 for English, 1 again for main line

Territory-wide the child and youth programs available include Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead.  The adult program available is ICAN Adult Anxiety & Depression.

Clients can enroll directly for our ICAN Adult (18+) Anxiety program. Referral Form

Clients can enroll directly for our Child and Youth programs.  Referral Form

Referrals in Yukon can be made by:

  • Professionals working in Mental Wellness and Substance Use
  • Child and Youth Family Services
  • Schools (teachers, guidance counsellors and school psychologists)
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Social Workers
  • Other professionals working with children and youth
Military

If you are a military family and you would prefer to contact Strongest Families directly, rather than receiving a referral through your local MFRC, please call 1-866-470-7111.

Programs available include Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead, ICAN Anxiety & Depression.

Military and military family members can enroll directly for our ICAN Adult (18+) Anxiety & Depression program. Referral Form

Military families can enroll directly for our Child and Youth programs. Referral Form

Nova Scotia

  • Halifax & Region MFRC: 902-427-7775
  • Greenwood MFRC: 902-765-5900

Newfoundland

  • St. John’s MFRC: 709-570-4617
  • Gander MFRC: 709-256-1703
  • Goose Bay MFRC: 709-896-6900

Prince Edward Island

  • Charlottetown MFRC: 902-892-8999

New Brunswick

  • Gagetown MFRC: 506-422-3352

Quebec

  • Valcartier MFRC: 418-844-6060
  • Montreal MFRC: 450-462-8777
  • Bagotville MFRC: 418-677-7468

Ontario

  • Kingston MFRC: 613-541-5010
  • Petawawa MFRC: 613-687-1641
  • Meaford MFRC: 519-538-1371
  • Trenton MFRC: 613-965-3575
  • Borden MFRC: 705-424-1200 ext. 3994
  • National Capital Region MFRC: 613-998-4888
  • Southwestern Ontario MFRC: 519-660-5366
  • Toronto MFRC: 416-633-6200
  • North Bay MFRC: 705-494-2011 ext. 2053

Manitoba

  • Winnipeg MFRC: 204-833-2500 ext. 4500
  • Shilo MFRC: 204-765-3000 ext. 3352

Saskatchewan

  • Central Saskatchewan MFRC: 306-492-2135 ext. 4266
  • Moose Jaw MFRC: 306-694-2222

Northwest Territory

  • Yellowknife MFRC: 867-873-0700

Alberta

  • Calgary MFRC: 403-410-2320
  • Edmonton MFRC: 780-973-4011
  • Cold Lake MFRC: 780-594-6006
  • Wainwright MFRC: 780-842-1363 ext. 1253
  • Suffield MFRC: 403-544-5567

British Columbia

  • Esquimalt MFRC: 250-363–2640
  • Mainland BC MFRC: 604-225-2520 ext. 2518
  • Comox MFRC: 250-339-8211
Military and RCMP Veterans

If you are a Veteran or Veteran family and have questions or would like to speak with someone about registering for our programs, please contact Naomi LeBlanc, Senior Bilingual Services and Case Manager at 1-866-470-7111, Press 1 for English (2 for French), 2, 9512#. Or you can register using our online self-referral forms below.

Our programs are available nationwide for Veterans and their families. Child and Youth programs include Parents Empowering Kids, Chase Worries Away, Defeat Anxiety, Dry Nights Ahead.  Adult program is ICAN Anxiety & Depression.

Enroll directly for our ICAN Adult (18+) Anxiety & Depression program. Referral Form

Enroll directly for our Child and Youth programs. Referral Form

Referrals are available nationwide and can be made by:

  • Veterans and Veteran families
  • Professionals working in Mental Health and Addictions
  • Child and Youth Family Services
  • Schools (teachers, guidance counsellors and school psychologists)
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Social Workers
  • Other professionals working with children and youth

ICAN Self-Referrals (Get started now! No referrals from health agency or physician)

  • Prince Edward Island
  • Manitoba
  • Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Northern Saskatchewan
  • Northwest Territories
  • Yukon
  • Military/Veteran

If you live in one of the above-noted areas you can start services now.  Get started by completing the application form HERE

We extend our gratitude to those who have made our services available to our military and Veteran families: Military Family Services Ottawa, True Patriot Love Foundation, RBC, and Bell Let's Talk.