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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 | |

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 | |

Olive Branch of Hope, Breast Cancer Support Services – Circle of Friends

Group Name: Olive Branch of Hope, Breast Cancer Support Services – Circle of Friends

Description: The Olive Branch of Hope provides Black women and women of colour with support and promotes awareness of breast cancer. They Provide social, emotional and spiritual support for women whose lives have been affected by breast cancer. Activities include educational seminars on health and nutrition, interactive workshops and presentations, and general information and support for the newly diagnosed.

The Circle of Friends support group sessions allow women the freedom to discuss the disease in a caring, judgment-free environment with women just like themselves.

Where: Breast Cancer Support Services | 845 Wilson Ave., Suite #103 |Toronto, ON M3K 1E6

When: The Toronto East support group is held every 3rd Saturday of each month, and the Peel Region support group is held every 2nd last Saturday of each month. Call for locations and times.

Contact: 416-256-3155 | |

Tips for managing loneliness

The Statistics Canada 2011 Census  “counted more one-person households (3,673,305) than couple households with children (3,524,915) for the first time”. This means that more people  are learning to live alone. For most, this will involve luxuriating in the benefits of living alone (i.e. doing whatever you want, whenever and however you want) and also learning to manage some of the challenges – like loneliness.

While it is normal (and sometimes okay) to “periodically” feel lonely (and to be alone ),  there are instances when prolonged feelings of loneliness (from the inability to connect with others in a meaningful way) and isolation (from real or self-imposed conditions) can start to negatively impact our health.

For anyone trying to manage loneliness, here are three (finance friendly) things worth trying:

  1. Learn more about managing loneliness! At the Discovery website  Susan Sherwood Ph.D. offers ten options for better managing and staving off loneliness.
  2. Join or start a social group!  Visit to find a like-minded group to do an activity with. This website (and the groups hosted) caters to people of all ages and persuasions. There is a large pool of groups to choose from (i.e. foodies, travel, movies, language, karaoke, camping, tea, photography, etc.). 
  3. Join or start a peer support group! Visit to find a peer support, or to learn how to start your own. In a peer support group you can meet and speak with people who are managing concerns similar to your own (.i.e. diabetes, depression, loneliness, social anxiety, death/loss, workplace stress, addictions, etc.).
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