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Beaches Mental Wellness

Group Name: Beaches Mental Wellness

Description: Beaches Mental Wellness right now is an independent program, and only operates out of the CC55 (Community Centre 55) facility. As things progress, we might become more affiliated with the centre. This is a program started and run by volunteers, as a peer-helping-peer group.

Are you or someone you know, affected by a mental health challenge? The Beaches Mental Wellness Peer-to-Peer meetings are open to anyone who is affected by, or knows someone who is affect by, a mental health challenge. Come out and share your story, hear how others are coping, and gain insight and compassion in a group setting. And every LAST TUESDAY of the month, we have a guest speaker attend and do a short presentation with a Q&A period, followed by the regular sharing and peer support.

Where: 97 Main Street | Toronto ON, M4C 0A1

When: Every Tuesday from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Contact: |

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – The Monday Mood Drop-In Group

Group Name: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – The Monday Mood Drop-In Group

Description: A drop in peer support group for people with Depression, Bipolar and Anxiety. Meets every Monday.

Where: 602-36 Eglinton Avenue W. | Toronto, ON M4R 1A1

When: Every Monday from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Contact: 416-486-8036 | 1-866-486-6663 |

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – LGBTQ Peer Support

Group Name: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – LGBTQ Peer Support

Description: The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario offers free support and recovery programs to people across Ontario living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. They provide drop-in peer support groups, recovery programs, family and youth clinical support, early intervention for mood disorders and psychosis and online tools focused on wellness and recovery.

Now meets twice a month! This is a free peer support drop-in group for those community who are living with a mood disorder. Please join us and learn that you are not alone! The groups are confidential, free, and require no referral or pre-registration.

Where: 602-36 Eglinton Avenue W. | Toronto, ON M4R 1A1

When: The first and third Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Contact: 416-486-8036 | 1-866-486-6663 |

Krasman Centre – Drop in

Group Name: Krasman Centre – Drop-in

Description: The Krasman Centre is a Consumer/Survivor Initiative funded primarily by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care but also receives funding through various grants and foundations. A Consumer/Survivor initiative is an type of organization that is governed, led and staffed by consumer/survivors and family members (when appropriate).The goal of the Krasman Centre is to serve as a physical hub and resource for the community of Psychiatric Survivors and their Families and Friends serving York Region (Richmond Hill main location) and South Simcoe (Alliston satellite location) of the Central Local Health Integration Network. We offer and operate all of our programs through two drop-in centres, with a variety of peer support, mental health recovery* and social services programs serving people who experience mental health extremes or labels as well as people who experience homelessness.

The drop-in is a safe and supportive place that emphasizes helping individuals feel autonomous. The centre helps people help themselves, and one another. It is a place where there are no demands and no pathologizing – where one can just relax, enjoy and experience what the peer recovery movement has to offer. Within the drop-in we also offer the following resources:

  • Information and resources about variety of mental health recovery related topics
  • Training, education and skills building
  • Computer/Internet access, phone/fax/photocopier use for consumer/survivors and self-help initiatives
  • Workshops and groups promoting creativity such as arts and crafts, poetry, and book club
  • Basic needs for people experiencing homelessness: kitchen, assistance with winter needs, shower (Richmond Hill), laundry (Richmond Hill), etc.

Where: 10121 Yonge Street | Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T7

When: Please call for program times and locations.

Contact: 905-780-0491 | 1-888-780-0724 |

Fred Victor – Concurrent Disorder Support Services

Group Name: Fred Victor – Concurrent Disorder Support Services

Description: Fred Victor is a social service charitable organization that fosters long-lasting and positive change in the lives of homeless and low-income people living across Toronto.
Every day, more than 1,000 people use our programs and services. And each person who comes through our doors is experiencing poverty or homelessness. Our many programs and services, located at 10 different sites across Toronto, help people rebuild their lives.

Concurrent Disorder Support Services (CDSS) offers a high-degree of support to its clients by helping them fast-track and navigate the system. Eligibility for CDSS is by referral from a medical practitioner or community-based agency that is working with an individual. Although CDSS encourages referrals through clients’ pre-existing service providers, CDSS also works with people who are new to the system. To be eligible, the person must:

  • be 16 years or older
  • have a co-occurring mental health disorder and be actively using one or more substances
    have other challenges affecting social welfare, such as homelessness, disability, cognitive impairment or history of trauma

Once accepted into the program, individuals are referred to a partner or external agency for a range of services, including case management, addiction medicine, psychiatric consultation, addiction stabilization, mental health counselling, housing access help and much more.

Where: 59 Adelaide Street East, 6th Floor | Toronto, ON M5C 1K6

When: Every Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-364-8228 Ext. 3311 or 3365 | |

Progress Place – Double Recovery Program

Group Name: Progress Place – Double Recovery Program

Description: Progress Place is a community-based organization that focuses on recovery. The only organization of its kind in the city of Toronto, Progress Place offers its 700+ members community, friendship and opportunities for housing, employment and education.

The Double Recovery program offers those living with mental illness, who also struggle with alcohol and/or drug problems, safe and anonymous support through our informal peer-based meetings. All of our groups are facilitated by staff who are themselves in recovery. Double Recovery hosts weekly discussion meetings at Progress Place as well as many locations throughout downtown Toronto. The objective of our program is to engage men and women to share their mutual experiences, strength and hope so they may solve their common struggles, help each other recover from their particular alcohol and/or drug problem, and discover positive tools to cope with mental illness. Come share your experience and make friends in the process.

Where: 576 Church Street | Toronto, ON, M4Y 2E3

Contact: Kathryn Eve or Christopher Crumb 416-323-0223 Ext. 310 | |

LAMP Community Health Centre – Among Friends Program

Group Name: LAMP Community Health Centre – Among Friends Community Mental Health Program

Description: LAMP CHC is a multi-service, community based charitable organization that provides a wide range of programs and services to improve a person’s health. LAMP uses a co-ordinated approach to connect people to medical services and other programs that build personal resources. By providing services that improve physical, emotional, social and economic well being, people can better control their health and environment.

The Among Friends Program is a social/recreation program for adults who live with mental health challenges that have significantly affected their quality of life. At Among Friends we function on a model of recovery that focuses on health promotion, building friendships and the achievement of personal goals. The culture of our program relies on mutual respect of all of our members, staff, students and volunteers.

*** To qualify for admission into the Among Friends program you must be between the ages of 18 and 65, have a psychiatric diagnosis or be experiencing significant symptoms of emotional distress. As a program within LAMP Community Health Centre we also limit access to people living within the service delivery area. There are no fees to join or participate in this program.

Where: 185 Fifth Street | Etobicoke, ON, M8V 2Z5

When: Call for more details on times and activities.

Contact: 416-251-8666 |

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario

Group Name: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario

Description: The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario offers free support and recovery programs to people across Ontario living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. They provide drop-in peer support groups, recovery programs, family and youth clinical support, early intervention for mood disorders and psychosis and online tools focused on wellness and recovery.

Where: 602-36 Eglinton Ave. W. | Toronto, ON M4R 1A1

When: Peer support groups held in various locations. Call for more information.

Contact: 416-486-8046 | 1-888-486-8236 |

Mental Health Helpline

Group Name: Mental Health Helpline

Description: The Mental Health Helpline provides information about mental health services in Ontario. We are funded by the Government of Ontario. A helpful Information and Referral Specialist will answer your call, email or web chat 24/7. Our service is free, confidential and anonymous.

We can:

  • provide information about counselling services and supports in your community
  • listen, offer support and provide strategies to help you meet your goals
  • provide basic education about mental illness

Contact: 519-439-0174 Ext. 222 | 1-866-531-2600 | |

Equilibrium-Oakville – Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Group Name: Equilibrium-Oakville- Depression and Bipolar Disorder

Description: Equilibrium, founded in 1991, is a peer support group for individuals and their families who are affected by a mood disorder. Their purpose is to gain a better understanding of the illness, to offer non-judgemental support and to share experiences. No registration or membership is required. All those affected by a mood disorder are welcomed. Just show up.

People are welcomed on arrival by a core group member, who provides them with literature. The meeting lasts from an hour to an hour and a half and is usually attended by 25-35 people. The importance of confidentiality is emphasised at the beginning of every meeting. People attending an Equilibrium meeting for the first time generally sit back and listen. However, they are invited to share their thoughts if they wish. There is no cost to attend meetings or borrow books/videos. Operating costs are covered by donations at meetings.

Where: Evangel Pentecostal Church | 1450 Rebecca Street | Oakville, ON L6L 1Z7

When: Second Tuesday of each month – September to June. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. – meeting begins promptly at 7:30 p.m.

Contact: 905-693-4270 | 1-877-693-4270 | |

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