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YouthLink – Counselling Services

Group Name: YouthLink – Counselling Services

Description: For 99 years, YouthLink has helped thousands of youth overcome challenging circumstances and develop their strengths to build a positive and rewarding future. We are a charitable organization offering a unique range of community services that promote mental health and social well-being for vulnerable youth in Scarborough and the downtown core.

There is a very wide range of issues that individual counselling can help you address. Here are some reasons why young people seek counselling:

  • family conflict or problems in relationships with family/parents
  • mental health concerns such as suicidal thoughts, depression, anger and self-harming behaviour
  • emotional, physical and sexual abuse
  • criminal behaviour
  • sexual orientation concerns
  • substance abuse
  • racial/cultural difficulties

Talking about personal struggles with a counselor can help you understand your problems in new ways, identify your strengths, and discuss possible solutions. Our goal is to work with you to bring about changes as soon as possible and our counsellors will openly discuss the benefit and fit of the services with you.

* Walk-In Counselling available every Wednesday
Come in to our office on Wednesdays between 12 noon and 8 p.m. to speak to a counsellor. Last session is at 6:45PM. No appointment needed – first come, first served.

Where: 747 Warden Avenue | Toronto, ON M1L 4A8

Contact: 416-967-1773 | |

Covenant House – Mental Health Program

Group Name: Covenant House – Mental Health Program

Description: Opened in 1982, Covenant House Toronto was the second international site established in the highly recognized childcare agency. The 21-site network spans from Alaska to Latin America. Today, Covenant House Toronto is a homeless youth agency. More than just a place to stay, we provide 24/7 crisis care and have the widest range of services under one roof, including education, counselling, health care and employment assistance.

Arts and Minds, our day program for youth with mental health issues, is a safe and welcoming place for kids to work towards healing and stability. The innovative program uses art therapy, as well as other hands-on activities like cooking and gardening. Through these creative techniques, we are able to teach kids communication and social skills in a non-threatening way. Art encourages youth to regain the ability to express themselves and rebuild a sense of self-worth. They also volunteer in the community, which gives our youth the pride of making a contribution. Morning sessions include structured activities, while afternoons are spent counselling youth individually.

Where: 20 Gerrard St. East | Toronto, ON M5B 2P3

Contact: 416-598-4898 | 1-800-435-7308 (24 hrs & shelter) |

Eva’s Initiatives – Family Reconnect

Group Name: Eva’s Initiatives – Family Reconnect

Description: Eva’s Initiatives is an organization that operates three unique facilities in Toronto, providing safe shelter and diverse programs and services to help homeless and at-risk youth reach their potential to lead productive, self-sufficient and healthy lives. Eva’s Initiatives staff work with each homeless youth to develop a personalized action plan. This plan is designed to empower each young person to achieve both short- and long-term personal and career goals. This intake, assessment and screening process considers the whole person – mental, physical and aspirational.

The Family Reconnect Program offers individual and family counselling to at-risk and homeless youth. Recognizing the critical importance of family support for teens and young adults, we attempt to connect with and engage families to support their son or daughter to gain stability and experience success.
Our counselling goals are to assist families with the root causes of their struggles, including family breakdown, youth and parent conflict, communication difficulties, sibling relationships, drug and alcohol use as well as life and parenting skills.

The two services offered are:
Early Intervention
This prevention program provides support to at-risk young people (14-24) and their families, exploring difficult issues affecting their relationship. With a family-centred approach, our goal is to help families resolve complex relationship issues, develop positive relationships, increase communication, and, where possible, divert youth from the shelter system.

Family and individual counselling are offered to young people (16-24) who are homeless, living in shelters, “couch-surfing”, or housing insecure. Our objective is to support young people in re-establishing healthy and supportive relationships with those they define as family. When reconnecting with family is not possible or advisable, our service provides individual counselling, including emotional support, grief and loss counselling, life and coping skills.

Where: 360 Lesmill Road | Toronto, ON M3B 2T5

Contact: Nancy Abrams 416-441-3162 Ext. 242 | |

Girls Group Mentoring Program

Community Action Resource Centre (CARC) was incorporated in February 2004 as a result of a merger of the two local organizations that had existed since the 1980s. CARC is a non-profit organization registered in Ontario has federal charitable status, and as such is permitted to provide provide a receipt for donations for income tax purposes.

Community Action Resource Centre is beginning a new Girls Group Mentoring Program with funding and support from Canadian Women’s Foundation. This program will bring together girls aged 9-13 years old with young women mentors aged 16-23 – training and supporting young women to become group mentors while providing weekly workshops and mentoring to girls with the goal of building strong social supports and self-esteem.

We are accepting applications from young women mentors aged 16-23 who are interested in supporting the success of girls in their communities. This is a great opportunity for young women to gain volunteer hours and valuable training and experience. We are seeking applicants that are confident, responsible, and compassionate, and who want to develop leadership and mentoring skills. Applicants must be able to fulfill a 3 month commitment to the program and attend a weekly supervised group program.

Where:1652 Keele Street, Toronto. Every Wednesday from 4-6 pm starting on March 4th, 2015

Contact:Marilia Lana 416-652-2273 Ext. 226 | |

Teen Legal Helpline

Group Name: Teen Legal Helpline

Description: We help teens solve their hardest problems by giving them free and confidential legal advice. Every day, hundreds of vulnerable Ontario teens are forced to deal with legal situations on their own. These problems, like bullying and domestic violence, are more than what a young person can handle alone. We think they deserve better. Teen Legal Helpline connects teens with experienced lawyers to give them the advice they need. Teen Legal Helpline is a Canadian charity committed to access to justice for teens in Canada. We will never charge because you should not be denied help because you cannot afford it.

Are you an Ontario teen with a legal question? Teen Legal Helpline is free, confidential, and powered by lawyers who care.

Where: 147 Liberty Street, Suite 215 | Toronto, ON M6K 3G3

Contact: | (non-legal enquiries)

Success Beyond Limits – Support for Youth in West Toronto

Group Name: Success Beyond Limits – Support for Youth in West Toronto

Description: Success Beyond Limits is a collaborative, youth-led, community based movement that provides youth with holistic supports to complete their education and experience success in their lives. Our mission is to improve educational outcomes, expand possibilities, and support youth in Jane and Finch along their individual paths to success.

Our focus is to reduce the impact of external factors that negatively affect the educational success of youth in Jane-Finch. We operate a 6-week summer program that offers credits, mentorship, youth employment, enrichment, nutrition, engagement, graduation, and relationship building.
We continue our support through our presence within Westview Centennial Secondary School, where we operate a youth space. Through this space, our staff support youth during the school day, run an after-school program, and connect youth to an array of diverse opportunities.

Where: Room 217, Westview Centennial Secondary School | 755 Oakdale Road | Toronto, ON M3N 1W7

When: Please call for more information on programs and times.

Contact: 416-395-3320 Ext. 20215 |

Let’s Talk About Teenage Mental Health

Let’s Talk About Teenage Mental Health is the first in a series of Families First – Parent Education Workshop created at The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. It is scheduled for Thursday, February 26th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Our parent education workshops generally take place at The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. Please note that registration is required. Childcare is also available and should be requested at time of registration. This workshop is FREE.
Our schedule can also be accessed via our website,, enter site, click on quick links or what’s new, then Community Program for Families.

Where: 1645 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto.

When: Thursday, February 26th, 2015 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-924-1164 Ext. 2167

Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – Child & Youth Program

Group Name: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – Child & Youth Program

Description: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter (EWS) was opened in 1983 by a group of community members who saw a need for a safe place for women and children fleeing violence. Since that time, Ernestine’s has assisted many families with critical immediate care services. Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, an organization run by women, provides support and shelter for women and children escaping violence. Ernestine’s assists women and children in rebuilding their lives by providing crisis intervention and a range of holistic support services, while acknowledging the multitude of issues facing survivors of abuse. Ernestine’s adapts its services to honour diversity and the unique needs of the individual.

The Child and Youth Program is dedicated to supporting children and youth between the ages of zero to eighteen, including male youth up to 18 years old, pregnant women and mothers. EWS believes that children have the right to be separate and distinct from their parents and as a result this program is designed to meet the children’s individual needs. The program is designed and facilitated with age appropriate activities to enhance development in the following areas:

  • Healthy Emotional Expression
  • Impact of Violence – creating a safe place for children to discuss and share their own experiences of violence
  • Early Prevention – informing children of their rights and advocacy. The program provides individual and group counselling.

Where: P.O. Box 141, Stn. B | Etobicoke, ON M9W 5K9

When: Please call for more information on location and times.

Contact: 416-746-3701 press O (Crisis Line) | 416-743-1733 (Main Line) | |

Griffin Centre – Community/Family Support Services

Group Name: Griffin Centre – Community/Family Support Services

Description: Griffin Centre is an accredited non-profit, charitable, multi-service, mental health agency providing flexible and accessible services to youth, adults and their families.
Since 1975, Griffin Centre has been delivering services to people who thought their needs didn’t count. We continue to expand our programs and services to respond to the changing and emerging needs of diverse individuals in our community. We help them find solutions to their challenges. Griffin Centre’s programs and services are primarily funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. We offer a range of professional services including; assessment, service coordination and planning, individual, family and group counselling, specialized day/residential services and respite services.

Griffin Centre provides support for youth and families dealing with conflicts and concerns at home, in school or in the community. For youth with emotional or mental health challenges which may be accompanied by a mild developmental disability. Who can access these services: youth 12 – 18 yrs of age at the point of referral, have mental health challenges or a dual diagnosis (mild to moderate developmental disability and mental health challenges), have mental health challenges and live in North York or have developmental disabilities and mental health challenges and live in the City of Toronto. How the Community/Family Support Services works:

  • Individual, family, and group counselling or crisis support
  • Telephone support and drop in services
  • Assessment of family strengths, concerns, the current request for service and to explore and coordinate service options with the youth and family
  • Parent education groups and workshops
  • School-based counselling, crisis supports, outreach, and consultation services
  • Assessment and treatment services for youth who have sexually offended
  • Substance use and mental health counselling and day program

Where: 1126 Finch Ave West, Unit 16 | Toronto, ON M3J 3J6

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-222-1153 | |

Family Outreach and Response -Talk to Youth Now (TTYN) Peer Support Group

Group Name: Family Outreach and Response -Talk to Youth Now (TTYN) Peer Support Group

Description: The Family Outreach and Response organization offers recovery-oriented mental health support services to families. Our staff are professionals who also have either the personal or the family lived experience.

TTYN Peer Support Group is open to youth aged 16-29 who have experienced mental health distress and would like to connect with others who have had similar experiences. Funding has been generously provided by RBC.

Where: 2333 Dundas Street West, Suite 501 | Toronto, ON M6R 3A6

When: First Wednesday and third Wednesday of every month from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Tamara Daniel 416-539-9449 Ext. 224 | | |

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