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MaleSurvivor – Support for Men of Sexual Victimization

Group Name: MaleSurvivor – Support for Men of Sexual Victimization

Description: MaleSurvivor provides critical resources to male survivors of sexual trauma and all their partners in recovery by building communities of hope, healing, and support. Most of the organizations that serve survivors of sexual abuse have been created by women for women. Because so few people know that large numbers of males are sexually abused, male survivors have been unseen, neglected and therefore underserved. Sadly, for males caught in this tragedy not of their own making, instead of needed understanding they confront profound misunderstanding in a culture that values invulnerability and denial of pain as essential qualities of manliness. Men simply are not allowed to admit that they have been sexually exploited and abused!

MaleSurvivor recognizes and respects the diversity of sexual abuse survivors and caregivers. This problem is not limited to people of any particular gender, race, religion, age, nationality, socioeconomic class, or sexual orientation. Through its informational programs and services, MaleSurvivor also helps the public and the media to recognize and understand males who have been sexually abused, and most important, promotes the actions we all can take to confront and fight the realities, and destroy the myths, of male sexual abuse.

Admission Requirements: Admission interview to determine appropriateness. Survivors of childhood sexual abuse share experiences of hope and recovery. This group is ongoing, open ended. Survivors attend as long as they need to attend.

Where: 4768 Broadway, #527 | New York, U.S.A 10034

When: Mondays from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Please call for more information on meeting location.

Contact: Lynne MacDonell 416 996 4050 | lmtherapy@gmail.com | Craig Bolton craigbolton.recovery@gmail.com | www.malesurvivor.org

Canadian Centre for Men and Families – Male Gender Discussion Group

Group Name: Canadian Centre for Men and Families – Men, Masculinity and Gender discussion group

Description: The first facility of its kind, we are an open, inclusive and safe space dedicated to the health and well-being of boys, men, fathers and their families. We provides workshops, counseling, discussion groups and a variety of special events. Programs include trauma and abuse support, suicide prevention, fathering, tutoring, mentorship and legal aid. We run services, research, advocacy, outreach and public education on all aspects of men’s issues.

Men, Masculinity and Gender discussion group
A men’s health, men’s issues and gender issues discussion group for anyone interested in learning about or discussing gender issues but especially for university students and young men. We will also be using these monthly gatherings as meetings for the Men’s Issues Awareness Society at Ryerson University.
Anyone interested in discussing issues related to men and masculinity or gender is welcome. Undergrad and grad students, alumni, staff, faculty and members of the University communities are especially encouraged to join. ***There is no charge to attend.

Where: 152 Carlton Street, Unit 201 | Toronto, ON, M5A 2K1

When: First Wednesday of every month from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Contact: 647-479-9611 | 1-844-900-CCMF (2263) | info@menandfamilies.ca | www.menandfamilies.org

The Gatehouse – Partners of Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Group Name: The Gatehouse – Partner Support Group Program

Description: The Gatehouse provides a range of both formal and informal support and outreach. Strategies include providing information, referrals and linkages, resource support and groups that address vulnerable target populations, a child friendly environment and integration of outreach strategies that will effectively communicate our vision, mission, objectives and services.

Partner Support Group Program

The 15 week peer led groups offer support for survivors of childhood sexual abuse in a safe and comfortable environment. A place to come together and have their voice heard. Our community based setting, supports adults as they move out of isolation and into inclusion as they continue their healing journey. Through facilitated discussions men and women are given the tools to develop or enhance positive coping skills and the impacts that childhood sexual abuse can have on an individual.

The 15 week groups discuss a different theme or topic each week and are led by two Gatehouse trained facilitators. Some of the topics that are discussed include:

  • Triggers
  • Moving out of isolation into inclusion
  • Anger
  • Inner child
  • Re establishing healthy Boundaries
  • Sexuality
  • Loss and grief
  • Addictions
  • Resiliency
  • Flashback and grounding technique

Your relationship can be a catalyst for the surfacing of past trauma(s) and this process of surfacing can be both profoundly transformational and healing, but it can also be expressed through deep struggles. ***For partners of persons currently enrolled or who have completed a Gatehouse support group program.

Where: 3101 Lakeshore Blvd. West | Toronto, ON M8V 3W8

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-255-5900 | www.thegatehouse.org

JACS Toronto – Men’s Group

Group Name: JACS Toronto – Men’s Group

Description: JACS(Jewish Addiction Community Services) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to encouraging and assisting anyone struggling with their own or someone else’s addiction to explore recovery in a nurturing and supportive environment. JACS exists as an information resource on the effects that addiction has on family life, with a special focus on Jewish families. JACS provides support for any and all diverse populations and denominations affected by addiction.

JACS Men’s Group is a weekly meeting where men of all ages can come to discuss day-to-day challenges, ranging from work to wives and girlfriends to issues with anger. The group is open to all men in the JACS community, including both addicts/alcoholics and family members. The group is a relaxed complement to those seeking recovery in a 12-step fellowship such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Al-Anon, or Gamblers Anonymous. The only requirements for attendance is that you are male and that you don’t take yourself too seriously.

Where: 858 Sheppard Avenue W. | Toronto, ON M3H 2T5

When: Every Sunday from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. Status: Open to all men in the community.

Contact: 416-638-0350 | www.jacstoronto.org

Bisexual Men of Toronto

Group Name: Bisexual Men of Toronto

Description: Bisexual Men of Toronto (BiMoT) offers a community where bisexual men and men questioning their sexuality can share diverse perspectives on bisexual issues and experiences.
All men are welcome, including transgender and transsexual men. We provide support, a social network, information and referral to other organizations and services.

The meetings involve discussion on topics brought up by those in attendance, and often include:

  • relationships
  • safer sex
  • our place within the larger queer community
  • biphobia
  • coming out
  • the meaning of bisexuality
  • and more!

***In order to create a safe space, confidentiality is emphasized. Afterwards, there is an opportunity for informal social time at a nearby restaurant or bar.

Where: Sherbourne Health Centre -Room 1077, 333 Sherbourne Street | Toronto, ON M5A 2S5

When: Fourth Tuesday of each month (except December) from 8:00 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.

Contact: info@bimot.org | www.torontobinet.org

ACT – Portuguese-speaking Men’s Outreach

Group Name: ACT – Portuguese-speaking Men’s Outreach

Description: Since 1983 ACT (AIDS Committee of Toronto) has developed programs and services that respond to the changing needs of the communities it serves. ACT provides support services that empower men, women and youth living with HIV to achieve self-determination, informed decision-making, independence, and overall well-being. We do this through programs such as counselling, information provision, social support activities and programs that help people with HIV return to work.

We develop and distribute safer sex materials and sexual health promotion information for Portuguese-speaking gay/bi men. Discussion groups, workshops and opportunities for community engagement through ‘Ponto de Encontro’. For more info visit www.actoronto.org/portugues, or call.

Where: 399 Church Street, 4th floor | Toronto, ON, M5B 2J6

Contact: Bruno Bini 416-340-8484 Ext. 242 | www.actoronto.org | bbini@actoronto.org

Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada

Group Name: Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada (Toronto Group)

Description: Willow Breast Cancer Support Canada, founded in 1994, is a national not-for-profit organization that provides free support and information to anyone affected by breast cancer. At Willow, we endeavour to ensure that no one, from the individual diagnosed to their family and caregivers, needs to face breast cancer or hereditary cancer alone. Because everyone at Willow has been personally touched by cancer, we can speak from experience. We understand the importance of timely access to unbiased and practical information, as well as considerate assistance and sensible encouragement.

BRCA Chat Toronto
An informal meet-up for women who are at risk for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer or have a BRCA gene mutation.
Scarborough Breast Cancer Support Group
Support group for women with breast cancer.

Where: 30 St. Patrick St. 4th Floor | Toronto, ON M5T 3A3

When: Aroma Café in the Yonge/Eglinton Centre on the last Tuesday of every month, 7 until 9 p.m. (BCRA Chat Toronto)
McCowan Retirement Residence, 2881 Eglinton Ave East, Scarborough on the last Wednesday of each month from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. (Scarborough Breast Cancer Support)

Contact: 1-888-778-3100 | BRCAsupport@live.ca | Marilyn 416-284-9984 (Scarborough) | Peggy 416-269-7575 (Scarborough) | www.willow.org

Prostate Cancer Canada Network

Group Name: Prostate Cancer Canada Network – Man to Man Peer Support

Description: Prostate Cancer Canada Network (PCCN)- Toronto, is a volunteer based, non-profit prostate cancer support group, run by prostate cancer survivors who help men diagnosed with this disease.

They provide an opportunity for men to talk in a safe and comfortable setting about dealing with their diagnosis of prostate cancer.

Side by Side Peer Support Meetings This program has undergone some recent changes. Our ladies’ support group, although still very active, now provides advice by appointment only. Please visit our website for more information.

Visit here for prostate cancer support groups within Ontario outside of Toronto.

Where: 541 Finch Ave West | Valleyview Residence | Toronto, ON M2R 3Y3

When: Meet for support 1st Tuesday and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at Valleyview Residence 541 Finch Ave. W. (just west of Bathurst Street on the Branson Hospital site) in the All Purpose Room

Contact: 416-932-8820 | info@pccntoronto.com | www.pccntoronto.ca

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health -Gender Identity Clinic

Group Name: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health -Gender Identity Clinic

Description: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, as well as one of the world’s leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.

The Gender Identity Clinic helps gender dysphoric men learn alternative ways of coping with cross-gender feelings and cross-dressing by sharing experiences with similar individuals. They provide an emotionally supportive milieu, in which members can speak freely about their gender-related feelings. This program is intended for married, separated or divorced men or those involved in informal but significant relationships with female partners. In order for you to be seen for consultation, the clinic requires a referral from a licensed physician (designation: MD) or a nurse practitioner (designation: NRP). Ask your doctor to fill out the CAMH Adult Referral Form.

***The CAMH Gender Identity clinic does not offer groups. However, people within the Toronto area are encouraged to contact the Sherbourne Health Centre for their Gender Journeys program, a facilitated, time-limited and closed support group supporting people questioning their gender and/or contemplating transition; the 519 Church Street Community Centre for open-ended, peer-based trans support groups; and Xpressions, a membership-based support and social group for cross-dressers.

Where: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Clarke Site | 250 College Street | Toronto, ON M5T 1R8

When: This is a professionally led support group. Meetings are held weekly, for men only. Those interested must phone for a referral.

Contact: Christina Yager 416-535-8501 Ext. 37043 | www.camh.ca | Access CAMH: 416-535-8501, press 2

The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Female-to-Male (FTM) Support

Group Name: The 519 Church Street Community Centre – Female-to-Male (FTM) Support Group

Description: The 519 is the hub of community life in Toronto’s diverse Church and Wellesley Village. For over 35 years, The 519 has been working with our neighbours and our lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer (LGBTQ) communities to build healthy, welcoming spaces to meet, participate and celebrate together. With the support of our staff team, our communities identify and implement solutions to emerging issues through award-winning programs and services, and with the leadership of volunteers, over 80 community-led programs provide peer support, social, recreational, arts and cultural opportunities in our public meeting spaces.

The FTM peer support group offers a place for all FTM transgender, transsexual, two-spirited and questioning individuals to share their stories, experiences, challenges and victories. Come and explore male bonding at its best! Services include camping trips, movie nights and parties for members, their significant others, friends and families.

Where: 519 Church Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2C9

When: 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month in the East Room of 519 Church Street Community Centre.

Contact: 416-392-6878 Ext. 325 | www.the519.org

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