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Are you experiencing symptoms of depres- sion, anxiety or trauma? If so, there’s a relatively new program in Cornwall that could help. Launched in 2014, the walk-in counsel- ling clinic, hosted every Thursday at the Counselling and Support Services (CSS) of SD&G (26Montreal Road), provides free help to whomever requires it. “We have a team of seven qualified professionals,” explained Raymond Houde, executive director of the organization. “We have weekly rotations, with two professionals each taking their turns.” The program’s overall objective is to re- duce pressure on local hospital emergency rooms for mental health services as well as to increase access to services for individuals afflicted withmental illness. It was also crea- ted to fill a gap in what has become a highly demanded service. “What is appealing to individuals is

A new walk-in clinic program has been quite successful in serving individuals of the community with counselling.

lowing their sessions. The walk-in clinic is funded by the Jewish Family Services of Ottawa, the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (CLHIC) and the CSS, and is a partnership between

the Cornwall Community Hospital, the Seaway Valley Community Health Center, the Laurencrest Youth Services, the Child- ren’s Aid Society as well as the CSS.

total, 438 patients visited the walk-in clinic. “The program is supposed to only be for two years,” saidHoude. “But we’re hoping it

that the service is of course free, but that there’s no appointment nee- ded in advance,” highlightedHoude. “We do referrals for more in depth cases and have collaboration with several local therapists.”

becomes permanent. There’s a need for ser- vices like these across the province.” According to the clinic’s regional an- nual summary report, the majority of the sessions lasted from an hour to an hour

“We have a team of seven qualified professionals,” explained Raymond Houde, executive director of the organization. “We have weekly rotations, with two professionals each taking their turns.”

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and a half and not one single patient felt rushed by counsellors. Some 59 per cent of them reported a decrease in distress fol-

Initially, the organisation’s main goal was to serve 293 individuals per quarter. In

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