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Across Boundaries – Persian Speaking Life Skills Group

Group Name: Across Boundaries – Persian Speaking Life Skills Group

Description: Across Boundaries is a mental health centre which provides a range of supports and services to people from racialized communities in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) who are experiencing severe mental health problems/serious mental illness. The centre believes in a holistic approach to mental health care and operates within an anti-racism/anti-oppression framework. Across Boundaries’ Support Group Services address individual, systemic and ethno specific issues which affect their mental health. The goal is to empower individuals and communities to take control of their health. These groups would include family and peer support groups.

Persian Speaking Life Skills Group: This group provides opportunity for Persian speaking clients to learn and access other resources in the community and improve their communication skills. The group is facilitated by a Persian speaking staff. **** These programs and services are provided for those who are 16 years and older and identify themselves as a racialized individual. Persons wishing to attend must first be enrolled as a client at Across Boundaries and live in the Greater Toronto Area. There is no fee for this program or any meetings.

Where: 51 Clarkson Avenue | Toronto, ON, M6E 2T5

When: Once becoming a client, an event calendar is provided so you may select which support group you wish to attend.

Contact: 416-787-3007 | |

YWCA – Choices for Living Program

Group Name: YWCA – Choices for Living Program

Description: YWCA Toronto is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. We help women and girls flee violence, secure housing, find jobs, establish their voices, enhance skills and develop confidence. We offer a range of housing options, employment and training programs, community support programs, girls’ programs and family programs; we also engage in systemic advocacy.

YWCA Toronto Choices for Living is a free program for women living with mental health challenges. Choices for Living is a support group where women meet to talk about common problems and create a shared community. With the support of program facilitators, women help each other find positive paths through challenges. This program is for women who:

  • are dealing with mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and low self-esteem
  • are feeling isolated and struggling to cope
  • may have a psychiatric diagnosis
  • are interested in giving and receiving support

Where: Y.W.C.A. Toronto | 177 Caledonia Road | Toronto ON M6E 4S8

When: 1ST Group: Provides support for women ages 25 – 50. This group meets once a week on Wednesday from 10:00-12:30 at Black Creek C.H.C.,2202 Jane St.Unit #5. There are no groups in the summer. Participants can attend Wednesday group for up to two years.

2ND Group: For women 50+. This group meets on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Driftwood C.C., 4401 Jane St. Participants can attend this Thursday group for up to two years. Openings as space becomes available.

Contact: Dawn Philips 416-961-5446 Ext. 261 | | |

Bloor Information and Life Skills Centre – Settlement and Immigration

Group Name: Bloor Information and Life Skills Centre (BILS) – Settlement and Immigration

Description: Bloor Information and Life Skills Centre (BILS) was founded in 1971 as a community based non-profit multi ethnic agency. They provide culturally sensitive services in Albanian, Bengali, Cantonese, English, Hindi, Mandarin, Spanish and Urdu. All of their services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL. They are committed towards providing services in an environment which is free from discrimination and harassment.

BILS’ settlement and immigration services are a critical part of the integration process for immigrants and refugees who experience barriers to fully participate in our society.

Services include:
• Refugee application
• Work or study permit
• Sponsorship information
• Permanent resident card
• Amendment of Record of Landing
• Citizenship application
• Information and referral
• Form filling
• Supportive counselling
• Interpretation
• Information on education and studying in Canada
• Career guidance
• Referral to government funded job training programs
• Income Security applications: Canadian Pension Plan (CPP), Old Age Security (OAS), Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS)
• Assistance with: Social assistance, Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
• Child Tax Benefit, OHIP

Where: 672 Dupont Street, Suite 307 | Toronto, ON M6G 1Z6

When: Phone for specific information on programs and services and for an appointment.

Contact: 416-531-4613 |

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