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Mental Health Peer Support Organization

Group Name: Mental Health Peer Support Organization

Description: The Mental Health Peer Support Organization is a group designed to help people with mental health labels and /or challenges live happier and more fulfilling lives. Members within the group, pledge to help each other and themselves at the same time. This group will inspire people to reach their individual goals with the support and encouragement of each other. Sharing, caring and open, honest communication are key to the success of this group and it’s members.

Open to all people with Mental Health “labels”.
The group is also open to supporters of people with said challenges including friends and family. If you have no friends and family then please join as we want you to make new peer support friends!
Many of our members have been volunteers and or professionals in the area of mental health for years. Many of us know peer support works to improve health. Many have personally been and continue to be involved in results that have improved quality of life and even saved lives. **** Registration is required.

Where: St. Joseph’s Health Centre, 30 The Queensway Central Conference Dining Room | Toronto, ON M6R 1B5

When: Meetings are most Mondays from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. plus socials, verify online.

Contact: mhpso@yahoo.com | www.meetup.com/Mental-Health-Peer-Support-Organization/

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, www.hincksdellcrest.org, 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

Margaret’s Housing and Community Support Services – Crisis & Support

Group Name: Margaret’s Housing and Community Support Services – Crisis & Support

Description: Margaret’s provides a continuum of housing and support services for women with mental illness through innovative programming, advocacy and education, which empowers them to build and reclaim their lives. Our programs encompass crisis, interim and long-term solutions for women 18 years and over, and their families. Margaret’s services include helping clients obtain and maintain permanent and affordable housing, Mental Health and Justice, Community Crisis support and Individualized Senior Support. Together they provide clients with a stable living environment, community tenure, care and identity. Our support services are holistic, client directed, and recovery based. They help to identify and reignite the inner strength and resiliency of each client that we support.

Crisis and Support Eligibility
Women, 18-65+ with serious and persistent mental illness, who identify themselves as experiencing a “crisis” and are able to direct their care can receive these support services at Margaret’s: Advocacy, Information and referral, Accompaniment, Counselling and Problem Solving.

Crisis and Support services include: Psychiatric Assessment, Crisis/Safe Bed, 24 Hr. information & referral line, Food/clothing/shoe bank, Respite Beds, and Community crisis support.

Where: 301 Broadview Avenue | Toronto, ON M4M 2G8

Contact: 416-463-1481 | info@margarets.ca | margarets.ca

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 | krasmancentre.com

Seniors Crisis Access Line

Group Name: Seniors Crisis Access Line

Description: The Senior Crisis Access Line is a specialized service for seniors in the Toronto Central LHIN area which provides assistance in stabilizing age-related mental health and addiction crises, risk and safety assessments, immediate referrals to community mobile crisis units, and support for families and caregivers. Senior Crisis Access Line is an initiative of Community Seniors Mental Health and Addiction Services, with funding provided by the Toronto Central LHIN.

Our catchment area is 401 to Lake Ontario and Warden to Islington. Our clients are age 65+ or those from age 55 with age related mental health issues. We offer telephone support from or about seniors. Our partner agencies are Gerstein Centre, COSS (Crisis Outreach Services for Seniors), the Scarborough Mobile Crisis and St Elizabeth Metro Crisis. We provide assistance with the following:

  • Assistance in stabilizing age-related mental health and addiction crisis;
  • Risk /safety assessments;
  • Immediate referrals and linkages to community mobile crisis units;
  • Depression;
  • Suicidal Thoughts;
  • Memory loss or wandering;
  • Self neglect;
  • Elder abuse concerns;
  • Life adjustment problems;
  • Support for family and caregivers.

Where: 2 Lansing Square, Suite 600 | Toronto, ON M2J 4P8

When: Hours are 10:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Monday to Friday *** Note these hours will change as of March 2, 2015 to 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

Contact: 416-619-5001 | 416-498-8600 | info@saintelizabeth.com |
| lindamorrison@saintelizabeth.com | saintelizabeth.com

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Drop-In: Depression and Anxiety

Group Name: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Toronto Drop-In: Depression and Anxiety

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.

A peer support group for individuals living with both depression and anxiety. This group is facilitated by James M.

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

When: Starting February 3, 2015 – 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and occurring the first Monday of each month thereafter at the same time.

Contact: 416-486-8036 | 1-866-486-6663 | www.mooddisorders.ca

Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services – Problem Gambling Counselling

Group Name: Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services – Problem Gambling Counselling

Description: Much like the rich fabric that is Canadian culture, our Polycultural family reflects the cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity of the communities we serve. We are dedicated to maintaining an open, inclusive and welcoming environment for all. Currently, we serve clients in over 40 different languages in our six locations across the GTA. Polycultural supports a holistic approach to serving the needs of our community by providing a range of programs including newcomer orientation, education, language, employment and family support services.

  • Culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention and treatment for gamblers
  • Polish and Russian speaking counsellors
  • Outreach and public education
  • Consultation and referrals to credit counselling and other services.

Where: 17 Four Seasons Place, Suite 102 | Toronto, ON M9B 6E6

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

Contact: 1-844-493-5839 Ext. 4221 | 416-233-1655 | info@polycultural.org | www.polycultural.org

Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services – Multicultural Women’s Wellness Program

Group Name: Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services – Multicultural Women’s Wellness Program

Description: Much like the rich fabric that is Canadian culture, our Polycultural family reflects the cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity of the communities we serve. We are dedicated to maintaining an open, inclusive and welcoming environment for all. Currently, we serve clients in over 40 different languages in our six locations across the GTA. Polycultural supports a holistic approach to serving the needs of our community by providing a range of programs including newcomer orientation, education, language, employment and family support services.

Weekly support group sessions are provided for Russian speaking women. This program is delivered in partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association. The goal of the Multicultural Women Wellness Program is to promote the well-being of women who are socially isolated, experiencing cultural and linguistic barriers, and/or women who may be at risk of mental health problems due to difficult life circumstances. It is a safe place where women can meet, make friends, network, learn, remain active and have fun. For many this weekly gatherings are the only place they can meet others and avoid isolation. *** Please call ahead before attending. No fees or registration required.

Where: 27 Roncesvalles Avenue, Suite 407 | Toronto, ON M6R 3B2

When: Russian speaking group meets at a temporary location on Mondays at 3 p.m. for roughly two hours. Polish speaking group meets on Wednesday from 2 p.m. for roughly two hours.

Contact: 416-533-9471 (Polish speaking) | 416-233-0055 (Russian speaking) | info@polycultural.org | www.polycultural.org

Midaynta Community Services – Gambling and Addictions

Group Name: Midaynta Community Services – Gambling and Addictions

Description: Midaynta Community Services is a registered Canadian charity organization that provides settlement services and other programs that advances education by providing courses, seminars, meetings, counseling and other support services for refugees & immigrant in need. Midaynta Community Services is a social and settlement services agency, working to improve the quality of life of newcomers in Toronto and vicinity.

Gambling and Addictions
Midaynta has been invited to conduct a comprehensive research project on Gambling and Problem Gambling within the Toronto Somali community. This study was completed in February 2003 and its findings are now available on-line. Based on the findings of this study, we are currently working with COSTI and CAMH to provide culturally appropriate preventive, educational, intervention, and treatment programs for problem gamblers in the community. We provide services in the areas of:

  • Individual counselling
  • Group/family counselling
  • Referral to professional services
  • Prevention, education, and treatment of problem gambling

Where: 1992 Yonge Street, Suite 203 | Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-544-1992 | info@midyanta.com | www.midaynta.com

FCJ Refugee Centre – Wellness Program

Group Name: FCJ Refugee Centre – Wellness Program

Description: FCJ Refugee Centre serves refugees and others at risk due to their immigration status, and welcomes anyone asking for advice, counsel and support regarding these issues. We address systemic issues that newly arrived refugee claimants face in Canada including lack of resources, marginalization, and discrimination. Countless people are touched by our services. Some become residents at one of the houses, and use our refugee settlement services, while some only use the Centre’s refugee protection services. For all these people we advocate in any way necessary: assistance with paperwork, translation and interpretation, accompaniment, referral to immigration lawyers connected to our organization, orientation to local social services, skills development, and counselling to support a healthy and positive start to life in Canada. Still others are guided and informed by our popular education programme, which encompasses training, seminars, workshops, and publications.

Primary Health Care Clinic
Dr. Jim Sugiyama is a family physician, who generously donates his valuable time on every other Saturdays to provide primary health care to the most marginalized populations. Every other Saturday he manage to see children, women, families, youths and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Mental Health Clinic
Ms. Salma Zafar coordinates our Mental Health Clinic. The therapeutic counseling is offered in a holistic and client-centered approach to improve the mental health and well-being of the individuals. It is offered in a supportive, non-judgemental, compassionate and caring environment. Individuals are coming for short or long term counseling as a process of healing and recovery.

Self-Care
FCJ Refugee Centre model of care is holistic focusing on improving mental, physical and spiritual health through yoga. Individuals will learn gentle yoga postures as a relaxing techniques. Yoga has enabled the FCJ Refugee service users to take control of their bodies, minds and lives thus improving their overall wellness. The yoga therapist incorporates breathing and meditation techniques to help individuals to de-stress and helps them to cope with the challenges of living in a stressful environment.

Where: 208 Oakwood Avenue | Toronto, ON M6E 2V4

When: The yoga classes are accessible to everyone, regardless of their ages every Saturdays at 10.00 a.m. The clinics are open every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-469-9754 | info@fcjrefugeecentre.org | www.fcjrefugeecentre.org

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