The Bridges Program

What we do

We understand that adolescence is a time of change and transition.  It is a bridge from childhood to adulthood marked by social, emotional and physical changes. These years present many unique challenges and stresses which can often impact the mental well-being of young people.

We work collaboratively with youth, and their families, to build awareness, skills and the understanding needed to address mental health challenges. Some of our services include:

  • Focused, short-term individual psychotherapy,
  • Family therapy,
  • Skill building groups, and
  • Psychiatric consultation.

Who we see

A person referred to the Bridges Program must be:

  • 13 to 18 years old,
  • able to benefit from a focused, short-term intervention, and
  • able to identify and articulate goals.

Common reasons for referrals are:

  • anxiety,
  • low mood,
  • suicidal ideation,
  • self-harm behaviour or
  • poor coping skills

How to access this service

Admission is determined and coordinated through child and youth intake. Physicians and health professionals can fax a completed mental health and addictions referral form (PDF) to 709-777-2211 or email it to

A referral must include: 

  • a clear description of the mental health problem or illness,
  • a clear description of the situation, and
  • why services are required

Our team

Our team includes:

  • Psychology
  • Social work
  • Occupational therapy
  • Administrative assistants

Where we are

5th Floor, Southcott Hall
100 Forest Road
St. John’s, NL
A1E 1E5

Our hours of operation

We operate Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

How to reach us

Telephone: 709-777-7715

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Last updated: 2020-06-08