MOBYSS (Mobile York South Simcoe) is travelling around York Region and South Simcoe to meet your confidential health care needs in a safe, non-judgmental environment.
You can reach them at 289-879-2376
Every Thursday afternoon starting Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M.
The new online clinics don’t require an appointment or health card, and are completely free of charge.
Young people aged 12 to 25, can join via Zoom, where they will be directed to a completely private ‘breakout room’, to be seen by a counsellor, peer support worker or Nurse Practitioner.
Anyone wanting to drop in to the clinic can do so at the following link: https://cmha-yr.zoom.us/j/98702161280?from=addon
Meeting ID = 987 0216 1280
Password = 869125 (not always required)
If you have further questions, feel free to contact the MOBYSS team by email: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 289-879-2376.
CLICK HERE for the Virtual Clinics Flyer. Please feel free to share with anyone you think could benefit from this service.
Are you concerned about birth control, STDs or pregnancy? Feeling down, anxious or coping with drugs and alcohol? Maybe you have a sore throat or another injury. Whatever your concerns, we are here to help.
Services are free and geared for youth aged 12 – 25. You can just walk-in or use our “Save-A-Spot in line” function to virtually line up. A 10 minute text reminder will let you know when it is your turn. The team includes health care from a Nurse Practitioner, specialized youth mental health worker, and peer support specialist.
MOBYSS values and respects your privacy. We place high priority in protecting the identities of the people we serve to ensure MOBYSS’s safe and non-judgmental nature. We will not disclose your personal health information to anyone without your permission (except as required by law such as when a child is in need of protection).
Appointments Not Required
MOBYSS requires no prior appointment or commitment. You can “walk-in” any time during our hours of operation. If, however, you would like to make an appointment, fill out the form below.
Besides the fancy titles like “Nurse Practitioner” and “Peer Support Specialist,” our staff are friendly and non-judgmental. We believe in the importance of autonomy and diversity. You are the expert of yourself. Our goal is to work alongside you and our support provided will be holistic and compassionate.
Coffee lover, amateur RV mechanic, Mom x 2 AND MOBYSS Nurse Practitioner! Youth can see her on the bus for any medical or sexual health concerns. Michelle is excited to be part of the MOBYSS team and enthusiastic about promoting positive health, advocating for, and empowering youth with mental illness in the community.
Ilana Archibald - Mom x 1 and Toronto sports' team fanatic - especially the Maple Leafs and Raptors! Ilana has been part of the MOBYSS team since March 2018 and has worked with adolescents and mental health for almost 7 years. She takes a holistic approach to health and is enthusiastic about health promotion and youth advocacy.
Peer Support Specialist
Lindsay is a fur mommy, foodie, and amateur make-up artist. Lindsay is the Peer Support Specialist with the MOBYSS Program. Lindsay is passionate about working with youth to advocate, empower, and create a safe space for all. Youth can chat with Lindsay about mental health, daily life, relationships, or anything they would like!
Youth Mental Health Worker
Traveler, concert-goer, and animal lover! Jessica promotes a client-focused and strength based approach in her work with youth. Following the completion of her degree in Psychology and an advanced diploma as a Child and Youth Worker, Jessica incorporates realistic tools to help support the youth she works with. Jessica is passionate about working with youth while creating a safe and accepting space for them.
Youth Mental Health Worker
Adrenaline chaser. Wannabe surfer. And nature lover. Ayssa is a Youth Mental Health Worker with MOBYSS who has a listening ear and a genuine heart for every person who walks onto the bus. Whether you want to talk about life events, anxiety, or general mental health and well-being, Ayssa will work with you to help you gain the knowledge and skills to feel empowered in your everyday life. With her certification in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a degree in Psychology, Ayssa is here for you!
MOBYSS offers a ‘walk-in’ environment serviced by Nurse Practitioners who can provide youth with professional, confidential and friendly primary medical care. Whether it’s time for your annual health exam, you aren’t feeling well, or you have questions about your health-we can help you! Services include:
The MOBYSS team provides confidential sexual health and education for youth using a welcoming, non-judgmental and inclusive approach. Services include:
MOBYSS is committed to providing holistic, compassionate and youth-centered mental health services such as counseling, support and referrals. Our Youth Mental Health Workers and Peer Support Specialists are skilled in assisting youth with issues around depression and anxiety, substance use, suicide risk, bullying, harm and risk reduction, issues unique to LGBTQ youth, as well as many other aspects around mental health and illness.
MOBYSS is Ontario’s first mobile walk-in clinic for youth that provides primary care and mental health care to individuals between the ages of 12-25. Our services are completely free of charge, anonymous, and do not require a health card. The MOBYSS team is comprised of a Nurse Practitioner, Youth Mental Health Worker, and Peer Support Specialist.
Your child is doing their best to look after their mental health, physical health, or both. The MOBYSS team prioritizes confidentiality, and while we are unable to tell you specific information related to your child’s health, please know that we are doing our best to support your child in this time of need.
The best way to find out about the kind of help your child is receiving is by asking them. While this is a scary and concerning time for you, it is equally scary and concerning for your child. When your child is ready, they may decide to share this health information with you. In the meantime, the best thing you can do is support your child in their efforts to take care of their mental and/or physical health.
All services offered by MOBYSS are voluntary and depend on the total engagement of the youth. Ideally it is best if your child is ready and open to receive services, however if they are still uncertain, we welcome you and/or your child to drop by the bus to see the space or call/text us at 289-879-2376 and learn more about the program.
Your child’s health information is protected under the Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act (2004). This means that any information related to the services they receive on MOBYSS that relates to their physical and mental health must be kept in strict confidence between the practitioner and the youth. By law, MOBYSS staff and employees are unable to release any information related to your client’s file unless you child’s safety is at risk.
MOBYSS is a program designed for youth, but we understand that parents deserve support too! If parents voice that they would like support, the MOBYSS team will provide referrals to other programs that can assist with this.
MOBYSS offers support around mental and physical health, and while we are not a crisis program, you can contact MOBYSS during business hours to learn more about immediate crisis supports in the community. MOBYSS staff are trained and experienced in supporting client’s around a myriad of mental and physical health concerns and also have specialized training in suicide intervention, but if your child is in immediate danger, please call 9-1-1.
If your child is in immediate danger to themselves or others, please phone 9-1-1. If your child does not meet these qualifications but would still like support, you can contact MOBYSS at 289-879-2376 to learn more about community resources that might be helpful in supporting your child. Some of these resources include:
Toronto Distress Centres | Anonymous & confidential telephone counselling | 416-408-4357
310 Cope | Telephone counselling & crisis intervention | 310-2673 (COPE)
Kids Help Phone | Anonymous & confidential counselling | 1-800-668-6868
ONTX | Confidential & anonymous counselling through text message (2pm to 2am) | text 741741
Mental Health Helpline | Support and information on local services | 1-866-531-2600
Telehealth Ontario | Registered Nurse access for any health question | 1-866-797-0000
Street Outreach Van | Mobile van provides health and shelter supports | 1-866-553-4053
For information about other health supports | 211
We primarily provide service to youth ages 12 to 25 years, however if you are outside of this age range, we would be happy to assist you in finding resources and supports that best fit your needs. There are no eligibility requirements to access MOBYSS, but we have the right to refuse care should staff safety be at risk.
While MOBYSS is a mobile service, we are unable to make stops outside of our scheduled rotation. If your child would like to book an appointment to meet one of our practitioners at a scheduled location, please call or text (289) 879-2376.
The MOBYSS unit is normally staffed with three staff at all times. The team has various safety measures in place to ensure all staff and clients on board are kept safe at all times. Staff have also received training in community safety. In addition, MOBYSS has built relationships with all of our community partners so that we have an emergency contact at each site we visit.
If your child is comfortable with your attendance and gives consent, you are more than welcome to attend the session with them! However, if your child would prefer to attend the session independently, we strongly encourage you to support your child in feeling empowered towards making this decision. Services are best provided when the practitioner and youth are able to build rapport and hold a confidential relationship.
The best thing you can do as a parent is support your child in looking after their mental health so that they may feel empowered. Your child will tell you as much or as little about their mental/physical health experience as they would like. Validating their experiencing and ensuring not to pressure them for information can help your child immensely. Let your child know that they can talk to you about their thoughts and feelings. Be there for them and listen to what they have to say, even if you don’t agree or understand. What they are going through is very real to them and it is important for them to know they are not alone.
Under the Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act (2004), your child is empowered with the legal right to make all final decisions regarding their mental and physical health. The best thing you can do as a parent is offer your guidance and support while respecting the decisions your child makes in regards to their health.
MOBYSS has a working relationship with the York Region District School Board and the Simcoe County District School Board. Our team ensures to build and maintain relationships with principals, guidance counsellors, and other staff within each of our partnering schools.
Absolutely! Your child is more than welcome to utilize and access MOBYSS services at any of our sites. Please refer to mobyss.ca for our schedule location.
Being comfortable sharing your health concerns openly with your doctor is important. You have the right to feel comfortable telling your story or asking questions without judgment or fear. Walk-in clinics can help with short term needs, but finding the right care provider for you can help you build your health for the long term.
Here are a few ways you can find a Family Heath Care Provider:
Sex can be a difficult topic to bring up with friends and family, especially when how you feel and how your body reacts are constantly changing. The following links can be useful for answering sex-related questions from “What is sex?” to “How do I find out if I’m pregnant or have an STI?”
If you are thinking of leaving your home it is important that you do so in the safest way possible. Although leaving home may seem like a good idea, there are many factors to consider. Here are some things to consider before leaving:
If you are considering leaving home, here are some links to helpful websites about youth shelters and your legal rights:
If you are considering leaving home, check this site about youth shelters and your legal rights:
Visiting an emergency department can be an unexpected and stressful experience. Knowing your rights and what you can do during your visit can help to ensure that you get the appropriate medical care you need;
For more information on hospitals in York Region and what to expect when visiting the emergency department, click on the links below:
The Youth Justice System can be difficult and overwhelming to understand. Every person and situation is different; however, there are lots of people who can guide you through this process.
The Teen Legal Helpline is free, confidential, and powered by lawyers who care. You can ask questions online and receive free legal advice.
Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) services are carefully targeted to meet diverse client needs and make the most efficient use of their resources. This is a great tool to gather information if you require legal services.
CMHA: Mental Health and Justice Program
We understand that you may be using cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and other substances. We also understand that sometimes you may engage in thrill seeking and addictive behaviours that can cause you stress and concern such as shop-lifting or problem gambling. Know that having all the information can help you make informed decisions.
Here are some useful resources in York and South Simcoe (provided from CMHA):
If this is an emergency, please call 9-1-1! If you are thinking about filing a police report these are the steps you should take:
York Region and South Simcoe Resources
We will contact you when you are close to the front of the line.