Queer@ROCK provides prevention-based programming and supports for 2SLGBTQIA+ children, youth, and families through ROCK. The goal for Queer@ROCKis to focus on supporting access to safer spaces, while building self-esteem, creating opportunities for connection to community, and focus on feeling affirmed and seen. These are all incredibly important factors to building strong, resilient mental health, and in protecting against some mental health challenges that folks in the 2SLGBTQIA+ community are more at risk of developing. We’re here to empower our queer youth to know themselves and to be able to advocate for themselves in a society that inherently creates layers of barriers for 2SLGBTQIA+ folks.
Queer@ROCK works from an anti-oppressive lens where we understand, but most importantly, centre the needs and experiences of youth coming from intersectional identities where they experience multiple layers of oppression. Queer@ROCK is preventative mental health programming for 2SLGBTQIA+ folks from across the spectrum of our community.
Danielle’s Place offers numerous groups that promote body confidence with the use of affirming activities that nurture a positive body image and self-esteem. It is designed for female-identifying and non-binary youth ages 8 to 16 (and their siblings). These groups may also support individuals who have been identified as being at risk of an eating disorder diagnosis and may be struggling with low self-esteem, body image concerns, dieting behaviours, over-exercise, negative self-talk, etc.
Danielle’s Place offers groups that promote creative expression using art and other modalities that nurture a positive body image and self-esteem. It is designed for female-identifying and non-binary youth ages 8 to 16 (and their siblings). These groups may also support individuals who have been identified as being at risk of an eating disorder diagnosis and may be struggling with low self-esteem, body image concerns, dieting behaviours, over-exercise, negative self-talk, etc.
Our Community Cares (OCC) programs are for ages five to 17 and their families. They encourage learning, physical activity, and social and life skills. There are also food, clothing, and support with infant items available.
A virtual walk-in therapy session can be booked by calling on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Please call our Access Line at 289-266-0036.
Virtual walk-in provides quick access to a single-session therapeutic conversation that focuses on immediate issues happening now, in your moment of need. For many, a single session is all that’s needed, but you can call more than once, the decision is yours.
This service is available to children and youth up to their 18th birthday, and their parents, caregivers, or service provider. Adolescents aged 12 to 17 years may access this service independently.
Our walk-in services are completely FREE, and an OHIP card is not required for your session.
We see children and their families for a wide range of reasons, including:
Children and youth experiencing anxiety, depression, or other mental health concerns, including the impact of COVID-19
Strong feelings that are impacting behaviour at home, school, or in the community
Parents/caregivers/guardians struggling with their child/youth behaviours
Children, youth, and families experiencing significant challenges due to a change ,such as a new school, a new relationship, or a new community
Challenges for children and youth that impact how they feel about themselves
Issues for youth and/or their parents/caregivers relating to LGBTQ2S+, including gender identity and sexual orientation
Youth experiencing difficulties at school or with parents
Grief, loss, or the impact of trauma
What to Expect
A ROCK clinician will phone you or send you a video link for your virtual session
Since we only have 1 hour to spend with you, we ask that you identify and focus on one concern per session
The clinician you speak with will provide support and guidance based on the concerns you want to talk about
Youth age 12 and over can request a session on their own
Caregivers of children and youth under the age of 16 can request a virtual session, and it is recommended that the child or youth take part in the session
The service is voluntary and confidential, with the exception of a child/youth under age 17 who is deemed at risk of harm, or any person where there is concern they might hurt themselves or someone else
During the session, we will help you to develop a clear plan of action that recognizes your family’s strengths and abilities
We can provide you with resources that can help with your next steps
Youth centres in Acton and Georgetown are operated by the Town of Halton Hills Youth Services and staffed by a number of participating organizations, including ROCK. They offer various supports, including resources for food security, connections for housing, employment, addictions support, and mental health. Recreation-based activities include video games, arts and crafts, lounge space, computers, wi-fi, cooking, special events, movies, and drop-in gym activities (Georgetown location). All admissions and programs are provided at no charge.