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Affordable Self-Care

Whether you have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, you are going through a challenging time or just trying to stay healthy and keep balance in this busy world, the same internal and external resources are being used. Eating well, getting exercise and enough sleep, socializing with supportive friends/family, and feeling a sense of belonging with meaning and purpose, contributes to a happy and healthy life.

Knowing what resources you have available and using them when needed is what self-care is all about! Maybe your internal resources include positive self-talk such as:  “this will pass”, “it will all work out the way it’s suppose to”, “I’m not alone”, “feeling down/scared/angry is normal”, “I can do this”. Perhaps they are more of a feeling of hope, acceptance, connection, love, determination or devotion. These internal resources are invaluable to maintaining a healthy perspective but sometimes they are not enough on their own. Sometimes we need external resources to maintain our wellness.

External resources can involve getting your basic needs met such as food, shelter and healthcare but often this alone does not get us to optimum health and happiness. Luckily there are many resources out there that expand on these basic needs.  Food today (especially packaged food) no longer provides the nutrients our body and mind need nor are we provided with education on what is needed. Traditional healthcare has not always maintained a holistic perspective. While trying to “fix” one area of the body, other body, mind and emotional systems have been ignored or are at risk. However, things are changing. Almost every corner has a yoga studio, massage therapist, acupuncturist, health food store, juice bar, etc.

The challenge is, these complementary healthcare providers are often not covered by OHIP and if you don’t have other insurance you are stuck paying ~$100 per visit. Until now! Below is a list of various affordable external resources some of which can even help you further develop your internal resources.

Acupuncture

Toronto Acupuncture Studio  1116 college St / 647-700-4644 / www.torontoacupuncturestudio.com / $20 per visit or volunteer and trade your time working reception for acupuncture sessions

Transense Healing Arts Holistic Centre   344 Bloor St W Suite 610 / 416-916-2980 / www.transense.ca / $20 per visit

Toronto Community Acupuncture  27 Davies Ave / 416-405-8222 / www.communityacupuncturetoronto.ca / $20 per visit

Chiropractic

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College  6100 Leslie St / 416-482-2546 / www.cmcc.ca / Initial visit $28, Subsequent visits $18

Dentistry
Smile City Dental  1554A Bloor St. West / 416-539-9887 / www.dentistrywithcaretoront.ca / Accepting patients with proof of private insurance, Ontario Works, conventional refugee/refugee claimant, First Nations, and ODSP

Education and Healing Workshops

Intuitive Centre Learning Studio & Healing Clinic  Kate Opashinov / 796 Eglinton Ave E / 416-467-1917 / www.kateopashinov.com / Classes offered through TDSB $14 per class or $10 if on ODSP or OW

Energy Healing

Pranic Healing   344 Bloor St W Suite 610 / 905-262-1697 / www.pranichealingontario.ca / Monday healing clinic on donation

Master Sha’s Soul Healing   1160 Ellesmere Rd / 416-609-2777 / www.drsha.com / Free healing Sundays 11am

Food and Nutrition

The stop  1884 Davenport Rd & 601 Christie St. / 416-651-7867 / www.thestop.org / Drop-in, food bank, perinatal program, community action program, bake ovens and markets, community cooking, community advocacy, sustainable food systems education and urban agriculture

Nutritionist  Sheila Ream from Nutritionist in the House / 416-691-1113 / Community Centre 55, 97 Main Street / Free half hour consultations

Massage

Take Your Mark Healing Arts Natasha Boomer / 378 Delaware St. / 416-854-7115 / natashaboomer@hotmail.com / $50 for 90 minute chakra massage from a Reiki master

Mediation

Mindful Mood Ginny McFarlane / 2243 Queen St E / 416-686-2138 / www.mindfulmood.com / OHIP covered

Meditation for Health Lucinda Sykes / 720 Spadina Ave Suite 509 / 416 413-9158 / www.meditationforhealth.com / OHIP covered

Twin Hearts Meditation 344 Bloor St W Suite 610 / Mondays at 7pm / 905-262-1697 / www.pranichealingontario.ca

Narrative Competence Therapy

Dr. Joan Barr 19 Alvin Ave / 416-929-4587 / OHIP covered

Naturopathy

Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic 1255 Sheppard Avenue East / 416-498-9763 / www.rsnc.ca / Adult $42  Seniors $31.50  Students $16.50

Yoga

Moksha (hot) Yoga Volunteer and trade your time cleaning and working reception for yoga classes
www.mokshayogadanforth.com / 372 Danforth Ave / 416-778-7744
www.mokshayogadowntown.com / 577 Wellington St W / 416-361-3033
www.mokshayogabloorwest.com / 2454 Bloor St W #2 / 416-766-9642
Regular yoga
www.breatheyogastudio.com / 2968 Dundas St W / 416-926-YOGA

Many yoga studios throughout the city offer work exchange for classes.

Look for a studio in your area www.yogatoronto.ca

Other Free or low cost resources can be found periodically in the biweekly consumer survivor info bulletin www.csinfo.ca  or at www.torontoonthecheap.com

Living With Voices

recovery network: Toronto
Our Vales:
These values inform our daily practice. They also inform all moderating decisions on this website/blog.

We honor each other. We accept people as they are: unique, individuals with something to offer and something we can learn from. We remind everyone that there are no limits to anyone’s recovery. We encourage a sense of hope in everyone for their own ability to recover in ways that is meaningful to them. We validate people’s experience and the insights they draw from them. We treat others with dignity, compassion and respect and hold each other in unconditional high regard. We offer choices and options, not answers and solutions. We believe each of us is expert in ourselves, our own condition and experiences. We support each individual’s right to choose what is best for them and to choose who they turn to for support and guidance in making those choices.

The Living With Voices Workshop
We will share common, simple coping tools and strategies for people who hear voices. Share resources and enjoy a safe place to use creativity and express some of your own experience living with voices.
This is a free event and open to the public. Please contact for more details. Event flyer

Contact: Carmen 416-539-0690 Ext. 256 | carmenca@houselink.on.ca

Where: Houselink, 805 Bloor St W, Toronto

When: Thursday June 11th from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

Moving Towards Fitness

At Gerstein Crisis Centre, we believe every person has the right to live a self-directed life and to pursue their greatest level of wellness and happiness. Gerstein Crisis Centre has actively supported consumer survivor initiatives by employing consumer survivor run businesses (e.g. Abel Enterprises, Fresh Start Cleaning & Maintenance, Raging Spoon and AWay Express) through all of our operations. We support artists with lived experience and are fortunate to have a beautiful collection of art in both our homes. We house the Consumer Survivor Archives and strongly support their efforts.

Moving Towards Fitness is a free program offered by the Gerstein Crisis Centre. Start to reclaim your health by exploring the connection between physical and emotional wellness. Incorporating physical fitness while sharing positive strategies for managing and finding balance in our day-to-day lives. Facilitated By: A trained fitness instructor/ yoga teacher and a community peer support worker. All fitness levels are encouraged to participate! This FREE program will include: A varied terrain walk, an introduction to circuit training workout and a wellness check in. Please bring: Water, athletic shoes and a towel or exercise mat.

Where: We will meet at the entrance on the corner of Bloor Street West and Keele Street

When: Starts Friday May 29th, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. (Rain or Shine) Every Friday for 4 weeks

Contact: 416-929-0149 Ext. 259 or 232 | moving.towards.fitness@gmail.com

Unleash Your Creativity

Group Name: Unleash Your Creativity

Description: It’s been said that there is no heavier burden that an unfulfilled potential. Do you play a musical instrument and would like to showcase your talent? Do you write – poetry, short stories, essays, etc. but don’t know how to get published? Do you paint but have no place to
show off your art work? You have an urge to be creative but are lost on how to get started?

We’ve started a support group – more like of a workshop – where we “unleash our creativity.” Based on Taoism’s interpretation of the Golden Rule, (treat your neighbour’s gain as your gain; your neighbour’s loss as your loss), we will create an environment of INTERDEPENDENCE where we help each other with his/her creativity. Just a few ideas: Play a musical instrument? How about forming a musical combo and entertain in nursing homes and hospitals? Is writing your thing? How about self publishing? Or upload your creation onto the internet? How about painting or artwork? We could showcase your work at our very own exhibit. Who knows! We may even make a few dollars.

Contact: Ken Munro 416-481-4076 | munrokb2003@yahoo.com

Unleash Your Creativity

It’s been said that there is no heavier burden that an unfulfilled potential. Do you play a musical instrument and would like to showcase your talent? Do you write – poetry, short stories, essays, etc. but don’t know how to get published? Do you paint but no place to show off your art work? You have an urge to be creative but are lost on how to get started? Ken Munro has started a support group – more like of a workshop – where we “unleash our creativity.” Based on Taoism’s interpretation of the Golden Rule, (treat your neighbour’s gain as your gain; your neighbour’s loss as your loss), we will create an environment of INTERDEPENDENCE where we help each other with his/her creativity. More details here.

Contact:Ken Munro 416-481-4076 | munrokb2003@yahoo.com

Recovery Forum 2015

Houselink is a non-profit, charitable agency based in Toronto that provides supportive housing. They offer a range of housing options, individualized supports and community-based programs. Houselink makes it possible for people struggling with extreme poverty, mental health and addiction issues to pursue recovery and build meaningful lives on their own terms.

Houelink’s Recovery Forum 2015 is all about maintaining your wellness. Guest speakers will include a staff and volunteer of the Self-Help Resource Centre. This is a free event and open to the public. Please contact for more details. Event flyer

Contact: Carmen 416-539-0690 Ext. 256 | carmenca@houselink.on.ca

Where: College Street United Church, 452 College Street, Toronto

When: Thursday May 21st, 2015 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing

Group Name: Grief Recovery After a Substance Passing

Description: As with everything there is a beginning, a middle and an end. The history of Grief Recovery After Substance Passing (GRASP) actually comes in the middle. The beginning, of course, was the tragically early demise in 1994 at age twenty of our youngest daughter, Jennifer Caroline. After five years of struggling to overcome addictions, her body said,”enough” with a final misdose of heroin. There are many excellent support organizations that help grieving parents, partners, siblings and children in all manner of deaths but not one to address the addictions of substances whether it is alcohol, prescriptions or illicit drugs. To many it is not realized or accepted that addictions are as much a disease as any other medical illness. A misconception is that overdose deaths are suicides. In most cases this is simply not true. With this in mind, coupled by needing to be specific, plus helping others to cope with all that grief entails, the name became – Grief Recovery After Substance Passing or GRASP.

Some may ask: “What difference does it make? Help is help. Sympathy is sympathy.” Those who know, will answer: “The difference is in the faces of other parents.” The shifting to space themselves apart physically and emotionally. The silent response…. or even….. The spoken, “My child was good and didn’t deserve to die!” Which implies that all those who succumb to drugs of varying kinds deserved to leave this earth? And family — especially parents — must be as bad (oh yes, imperfect parents) to have seen and allowed this death to happen. At the meeting one can find solace, support and empathy among friends and family of people who share the same experience. There is no fees and it is a peer to peer group.

Where: 8502 E. Chapman Avenue, #156 | Orange, CA 92869

When: Every Wednesday from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Please contact for Toronto meeting location

Contact: Andrea Rokis 647-274-3224 | grasptoronto@gmail | www.grasphelp.org

St. John the Compassionate Mission – Walking Group

Group Name: St. John the Compassionate Mission – Walking Group

Description: Our vision at St. John the Compassionate Mission is the most fundamental need of people is something that most people take for granted – a meaningful place in a healthy community, a sense of belonging. Without it, drug rehab, improved housing or employment programs have little effect. Without it, people remain trapped in a lifestyle that is difficult to escape. When people do not feel like they belong, they just cannot seem to recover.

Kettle of Fish Programs at St. John the Compassionate Mission offer a weekly walking group, workshop, community dinner and kids corner. Our walking group takes place every Tuesday (rain or shine) from April to June 2015 (with the possibility of extending it into the rest of summer and fall) at St John the Compassionate Mission. We meet at 155 Broadview Avenue, one block north of Queen Street at 1 p.m. where we stretch and hydrate before our walk. Our walks range from 30 to 45 mins at various paces throughout the neighbourhood and into the Don Valley, and end off at a coffee shop for social time as a group. All are welcome.

Where: 155 Broadview Avenue | Toronto, ON M4M 2E9

When: Every Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Contact: Ashley 416 466 1357 Ext. 29 | kofsjcm@gmail.com | www.stjohnsmission.org

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 | info@youthlink.ca | www.youthlink.ca

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