Family Services Windsor-Essex Faces Increasing Demand for Service

There are now more options to improve your health and wellbeing in Windsor-Essex.

Family Services Windsor-Essex is now pairing its walk-in counselling clinics with a wellness program.

You can now walk-in to one of the sessions five days a week.

The wellness program is designed to help residents manage their life through different sessions such as “Sense of Self" and how to deal with depression and anger.

Beth Anne Ternovan, the counselling and employee assistance manager, says they extended their hours in response to the demand for counselling services.

"Those high demand issues include the areas of anxiety and depression, anger, self esteem and helping people with relationships so boundaries and communication," says Ternovan.

“In the fiscal 2018, we held over eight thousand counselling sessions and just looking at our data from 2018 to 2019, it increased to over 10 thousand counselling sessions,” adds Ternovan.

The wellness program started in 2012 with a single session weekly in Windsor.

Ternovan says they now have five each week in Windsor and Essex County.

"Those high demand issues include the areas of anxiety and depression, anger, self esteem and helping people with relationships so boundaries and communication."

Ternovan adds they work closely with the Canadian Mental Health Association and Hotel Dieu Grace Healthcare as well as other community organizations.

"Our partner organizations that you mention, whether people are coming from the Transitional Stability Centre or they're coming from the emergency room or they're coming from the psychiatric ward, people need another avenue in addition to what else they're receiving from other organizations."

No sign up is required to attend the sessions.

More information is online