All posts in “family support”

First Episode Psychosis Services, Schizophrenia Services – College Street site – CAMH

Group Name: First Episode Psychosis Services, Schizophrenia Services – College Street site – CAMH


Description: For families and significant others of clients of CAMH’s First (Early) Episode Psychosis division of the Schizophrenia Program. Providing: time-limited psychoeducational and supportive counseling services on a group and individual basis
 • Includes a family psychosis education group
• Crisis intervention and support
• Family therapy, couple and individual counseling on as needed basis
• In-home family support
• Family orientation sessions
• Family mentorship opportunities
• Referrals from across GTA accepted through LEARN (Learning Employment Advocacy Recreation Network)
 Contact: 416 535-8501, ACCESS CAMH (press 2)

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) – CAMH

Group Name: Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) – CAMH

Description: Psychoeducation Support Group at  Russell Street Site.  For families and friends of individuals with BPD. Providing:
 • 12-week group sessions
• topics covered include: making sense of behaviours of people with BPD; using mindfulness strategies to notice/ manage distress; utilizing validation techniques to enhance communication.
Contact: 416-535-8501 ext. 32437, and press 3 to reach our intake line.  For more information see the BPD Clinic webpage.



Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY)

Substance Abuse Program for African Canadian and Caribbean Youth (SAPACCY)

For: Youth (aged 13-24) and their caregivers, siblings, extended family members and community elders

Providing: harm reduction treatment, family support, psychoeducation and support groups to treat addictions and concurrent mental health problems in Black youth, including:

• individual and family interventions conducted either at CAMH or in the community
• psychoeducational and support groups (4 or 16 weeks) conducted either at CAMH or in the community

Contact: 416 535-8501, ACCESS CAMH (press 2)





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 | |

The Sashbear Foundation – Family Connections Program for BPD

Group Name: The Sashbear Foundation – Social Groups for BPD and Emotion Dyregulation

Description: The Sashbear Foundation was started after the passing of Sasha Menu Courey. Our beloved daughter Sasha suffered from a mental disorder called Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and her tremendous emotional pain and suffering caused her to take her own life despite the full love and support of her family and friends. Countless people have been diagnosed and are in dire need for help but the treatment, called Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), is relatively new and resources and adequate treatment programs for this specialized therapy are extremely scarce and/or unaffordable. The objective of this fund is to increase the visibility for this devastating disorder so that more funds are made available to help the countless wonderful people and their families that are affected by this condition.

The Family Connections program is for family members with emotion dysregulation problems. It’s run by family members, for family members. The program provides families with the knowledge and skills to better understand their loved one and their own well-being. It will also help to develop a support network for the family members who participate. This 12-session skills-based group is free of charge, and is being offered by the Sashbear Foundation and Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood and Community Health Centre.

Where: Davenport-Perth Neighbourhood & Community Health Centre | 1900 Davenport Road | Toronto, ON M6N 1B7

When: Starting June 17, 2015 until September 9, 2015. Every Wednesday 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ** No class on Canada Day, July 1st.

Contact: Lynn Courey 416-523-0495 | Gabrielle Langlois 416-656-8025 Ext. 204 | | |

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 | |

S-Anon: Support for Friends and Families of Sexaholics

Group Name: Sexaholics Anonymous

Description: S-Anon is a program of recovery for those who have been affected by someone else’s sexual behavior. S-Anon is based on the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous. The primary purpose of S-Anon is to recover from the effects upon us of another person’s sexaholism, and to help families and friends of sexaholics.

Let us assure you that no matter what feelings you may be having right now, other members of S-Anon have felt similar emotions. Meetings are a vital part of the S-Anon program, providing us with the opportunity to identify and confirm common problems and to hear the experience, strength and hope of others. If this is your first contact with a Twelve-Step program, you may have some questions about meetings and how our group works.

When: Please call to find out locations and times of meetings. Calls are returned within 24 hours.

Contact: 416-763-9024 | |

Family Outreach & Response Program

Families Count: Healing Together

Family members play a pivotal role in their loved ones recovery. All too often caregivers are not offered the guidance and support they need to effectively advocate and care for their relative, while minimizing the risk to their own well-being. This one-day conference is designed to offer information, tools and strategies to assist families in navigating the mental health system and in improving their own wellness.

Keynote Speaker: Jan Wong

When: Saturday April 25, 2015 at 545 King Street West

Workshops: A New Way of Living with Distress (Acceptance & Commitment Therapy)
Taking Care of Ourselves (Yoga for Mental Health and Wellness)
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Families
Navigating the Hospital System & Crisis Supports
What the System doesn’t Tell You – Helpful Tips on Navigating the System from Knowledgeable Family Caregivers

Registration Fee: $125.00. Reduced rates available upon request. Register online

Contact:Linda Amato – Family Outreach and Response Program | 2333 Dundas Street, Suite 501 | Toronto, ON, M6R 3A6 | 416-539-9449 Ext. 226 |

F.E.A.T. : For Children Of Incarcerated Parents

Group Name: F.E.A.T. For Children Of Incarcerated Parents

Description: F.E.A.T. for Children of Incarcerated Parents was founded in 2011 to support the needs of the over 15000 children in the Greater Toronto Area that have a parent in the criminal justice system. The multifaceted impact of parental incarceration on children can be devastating. These innocent children are often faced with a myriad of challenges including; family instability, economic insecurity, societal stigmatization as well as a compromised self-esteem, trust, and sense of security in their familial relationships. F.E.A.T. is dedicated to helping these innocent victims in their feat to rise above adversity. At F.E.A.T., we focus on supporting the unique needs of children affected by parental imprisonment, optimizing the outcomes of these at-risk children, reconnecting families to help break the cycle of intergenerational crime and strengthen our communities.

Programs include: After School Program provides programming twice a week for children (6-9 years), youth (10-14 years) and teens (15-18) in Toronto.
F.E.A.T. provides the free Peer Mentorship Project (with Ryerson University) for three hours, once a week for youth aged (10-14 years) and teens (15-19 years) affected by familiar criminality and imprisonment in high risk neighborhoods in Toronto.
Our Girls Empowerment Retreats provide free supportive programming during three weekends in the fall which are tailored to the unique needs of children aged (7-11), youth (12-15 years), and teens (16-19) have been affected by parental imprisonment.
The Family Visitation Program transports children and their caregivers from Toronto to the correctional institutions in southern Ontario. Our bus enables weekly trips to correctional facilities in Kingston, Gravenhurst, Warkworth, and Kitchener areas.

Where: 432 Horner Avenue , | Etobicoke, ON, M8W 2B3

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-505-5333 | |

Canadian Families and Corrections Network – Support for Families and Friends of Offenders

Group Name: Canadian Families and Corrections Network – Support for Families and Friends of Offenders

Description: The Canadian Families and Corrections Network works toward building stronger and safer communities by assisting families affected by criminal behavior, incarceration and community reintegration.

Do you need some support, information or a listening ear? Would you like to attend a support group for family members who have a loved one incarcerated? ***Please visit their website for locations outside of Toronto.

Where: Box 35040 | Kingston, ON K7L 5S5

When: Meetings are every two weeks in downtown Toronto. Please call for more information.

Contact: 1-888-371-2326 | |

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