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The Family Council – Support for families of People in Addictions & Mental Health

Group Name: The Family Council- Support for families of People in Addictions & Mental Health

Description: The Family Council: Empowerment for Families in Addictions and Mental Health is a not-for-profit corporation funded by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). We are a member-run organization, guided by a volunteer Board of Directors of members, who are elected by the Family Council general membership. Our vision is that families are accepted and valued partners in a responsive community and health care system that honours the experience of people with mental health and addiction issues.

The Family Resource Centre provides support and information for families facing addiction and mental health issues. It is staffed by volunteers who have experienced the impact of mental health and addiction issues within their own circle of family and friends. Based on these experiences, we offer:

  • emotional support
  • understanding
  • education and information guides
  • coping strategies, and
  • opportunities to meet with other family members.

We serve families, friends, consumers/clients, students, and the general public.

Where: 250 College St., Room G21, | Toronto, ON M5T 1R8

Contact: 416-535-8501 Ext. 36490 | family.council@camh.ca | www2.thefamilycouncil.ca

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 | contact@griffincentre.org | www.griffincentre.org

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

Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services – Family Support Program

Group Name: Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services – Family Support 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.

Polycultural understands the many challenges associated with being new to Canada, and we aim to support families through their transition while helping you balance the cultural values, traditions and beliefs that are important to your family.

Counsellors provide assistance to immigrant communities in the GTA through one-to-one and family counselling.

  • Culturally competent guidance and education.
  • Private and confidential counselling is available for each family member who would like to participate.
  • Assistance accessing community legal clinics, social assistance, income supports, Community Care Access Centres, disability benefits, pensions, shelters, housing programs and more.
  • Help accessing health services for people dealing with mental health, addictions or physical illness.
  • Help to identify and resolve personal and/or family problems such as family communication breakdown, violence, parenting, addictions, separation, disabilities, financial difficulties, or homelessness.
  • Referrals to community supports and services.

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

When: There are currently three locations across Toronto offering this service. Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-533-9471 | 416-233-0055 | 416-261-4901 | info@polycultural.org | www.polycultural.org

Arab Community Centre of Toronto – Problem Gambling

Group Name: Arab Community Centre of Toronto – Problem Gambling

Description: The Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT) is a non for profit organization with charitable status, and is non-political and non-sectarian. The ACCT is proud to be a focal point for all Arab and non-Arab communities in which they can find an outlet for settlement and social services inquiries. We serve newcomers of all cultures, religions and ethnicities.

Problem Gambling is an urge to gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Problem gambling is not just about losing money, it has a negative impact on person’s life. It can affect health, school or work performance, financial and/or interpersonal relationships.

The Arab Community Center of Toronto is currently providing professional and confidential services on Problem Gambling. The services include culturally appropriate prevention, education and treatment for gambling and family members in the Arab Community. Our prevention services include outreach and public education activities directed towards various Arabian groups. We provide services to individuals, couples, family and group counseling for people with problem gambling or those affected. The ACCT during the past year helped more than 20 clients to control over their addiction.

Where: 555 Burnhamthorpe Road, Suite 209 | Etobicoke, ON M9C 2Y3

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

Contact: 416-231-7746 | info@arabnewcomers.org | www.arabcommunitycentre.com

Afghan Women’s Organization – Family Support

Group Name: Afghan Women’s Organization – Family Support

Description: Afghan Women’s Organization (AWO) first opened its doors to address the needs of Afghan women living in Ontario. AWO began by offering English training and settlement services for newly arrived Afghan women. Not only have we significantly expanded these particular services, but have also considerably broadened the scope of our projects and programs. Currently, the AWO’s various projects and programs are assisting hundreds of Afghan refugees immigrate to Canada; helping ease the settlement process for many new immigrants in Ontario; providing resources to find employment and training opportunities; offering psychological support; and creating individual and group counseling for families, seniors and youth.

Family Support
Through counselling and education, the AWO’s Family Crisis Support Program helps families within the Afghan community resolve domestic issues. The program’s approach to addressing conflicts and crisis within the families is influenced by their understanding of cultural norms and values within Afghan society. The Family Crisis Support program works with shelters, the police, and the court system to provide counseling and education on:

  • Spousal Abuse
  • Child Abuse
  • Child Neglect
  • Conflict Resolution

There are also information sessions on conflict resolution techniques, improving communication between partners, improving communication with children, and improving communication among siblings. Counselling sessions are arranged to help families address and resolve intra-family issues. The counselling sessions are strictly confidential and culturally competent. *Services are provided in Dari, Pashto, Farsi, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi and English.

Where: 789 Don Mills Rd., # 700 | Toronto, ON M3C 1T5

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

Contact: 416-588-3585 | ageneral@afghanwomen.org | www.afghanwomen.org

Native Child & Family Services of Toronto – Youth and Parents

Group Name: Native Child & Family Services of Toronto – Youth and Parents (YAP)

Description: Native Child and Family Services of Toronto (NCFST) was founded in 1986 by concerned members of Toronto’s Native community. The founders were concerned about the high number of children in the care of Children’s Aid Societies and by the issues, such as poverty, addictions, family violence, and homelessness, confronting Native families in the city. The founders were further concerned that while the Native family had many issues before it, few services within the mainstream sector were available to meet the needs of an increasingly voiceless and marginalized community.

Youth and Parents (YAP)
This 12-week program is for parents and youth aged 13 to 17. It is designed to help parents and their teens communicate with each other and lean strategies to create and maintain a positive family atmosphere. The program incorporates traditional culture and spirituality.

Where: 30 College Street | Toronto, ON M5G 1K2

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-969-8510 | info@nativechild.org | www.nativechild.org

Japanese Social Services – Raising ‘amuro’ Kids

Group Name: Japanese Social Services – Raising ‘amuro’ Kids

Description: Japanese Social Services is a charitable and nonprofit organization registered to Ministry of Finance, provides social services to habitants who have Japanese ethno-cultural background, living in southern Ontario centered in City of Toronto.

Raising amuro Kids is a support group for Japanese speaking parents of children with developmental and or physical disabilities. Childcare is provided and there is a sliding scale on fees for families who need assistance. Come and share experiences with other parents who can relate to the feelings and barriers faced by people with disabilities raising families.

Where: Thornhill United Church, 25 Elgin Street | Thornhill, ON L3T 1W5

When: Please call or e-mail for details.

Contact: 416-385-9200 | general@jss.ca | www.jss.ca

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Family Matters Program

Group Name: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Family Matters Peer Support & Recovery Program

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.

While family members and caregivers are essential to the support team when addressing the needs of a loved one with mental health and addiction challenges, very often family members become in need of services and supports themselves. This new program will continue to adhere to the individual peer support and recovery work that MDAO does best while expanding upon and strengthening services in the following areas:

  • Counselling support services for family members and individuals challenged with mood disorders and complex mental health needs
  • Educational resources for family members
  • Recovery programs for family members
  • Peer support groups
  • One-on-one family peer support
  • Psycho-educational programs
  • System navigation
  • Support networks
  • Community outreach

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

When: Please call or e-mail for more information.

Contact: Becky Curran 416-486-8046 Ext. 240 | 1-888-486-8236 | beckyc@mooddisorders.ca | www.mooddisorders.ca

Sotos Syndrome Support Association of Canada

Group Name: Sotos Syndrome Support Association of Canada

Description: SSSAC/ACESS was incorporated January 2002 to provide educational and emotional support to Canadian families of persons with Sotos syndrome and to provide a better understanding to parents, government and the public at large of Sotos syndrome (Cerebral Gigantism) through education.

Since a diagnosis of Sotos syndrome is typically made in the first few years of life, it can be very trying for families as they try to deal with the diagnosis, determine what they can expect for their child, and learn what they can do to best support their child’s development. SSSAC/ACESS endeavours to support families by providing them with access to information by way of handbooks, pamphlets, Internet, public lectures, discussions etc., and with emotional support by facilitating discussions with other parents who have been through similar experiences.

Where: Montreal, Quebec

When: Please e-mail for more information on support. **Include SSSAC / ACESS inquiry in the subject line.

Contact: info@sssac.com | www.sssac.com | sotossyndrome.org

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