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Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Managing Depression and Anxiety

Group Name: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Managing Depression and Anxiety

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.

MDAO is offering an educational recovery group focused on developing understanding and tools to manage depression and anxiety. The group will run for six sessions. Each two hour session will involve information presentation, dialogue and activities. Through participation in this group you will:

  • Develop understanding of how thoughts, feelings and behaviours contribute to depression and anxiety.
  • Acquire skills to manage thoughts, feelings and behaviours related to depression and anxiety.
  • Learn strategies to better manage negative thinking, stress and worry.
  • Develop tools to bolster self-esteem and resiliency.
  • Expand understanding of relapse prevention strategies and planning.

*** Registration is required.

Where: 602-36 Eglinton Avenue West | Toronto, ON M4R 1A1

When: Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. starting Wednesday March 11th, 2015 through April 15th, 2015

Contact: Becky Curran 416-486-8046 Ext. 240 | 1-866-486-6663 |

The Mindful Mood Centre – Mindful Living

Group Name: The Mindful Mood Centre – Mindful Living

Description: Dr. Ginny McFarlane is a family physician practicing psychotherapy. She has worked with both individuals and groups. Since the mid-1990’s, Dr. McFarlane has been creating and conducting group psychotherapy workshops such as: The Mindful Mood Workshop, a blending of CBT, Mindfulness and Healthy Living Skills; The Mindful Living Workshop, an MBCT program; The Anxiety Relief Workshop, a sequel to The Mindful Mood Workshop; The Mood Support Group, an on-going group which has met for over 14 years; The DreamPath Workshop, a Gestalt Therapy based personal growth group; and The Summer Sessions, novel workshops on different topics.

Mindful Living Workshop
This is an educational workshop for men and women who wish to continue to be well and free from Depression and Anxiety. The basis for the workshop is The Mindful Way Through Depression, by Williams, Teasdale, Segal and Kabat-Zinn, a new ‘Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy’ (MBCT) book. The entire book, reading and exercises, will be covered in the sessions. Applicants must be able to read the book, do the exercises and engage in a daily mindfulness practice. *** All sessions paid by OHIP *except handouts, cost TBA.

*** Fees only apply for tardiness, missed classes and leaving early. Referrals are strongly preferred but not necessary.

Where: 2243 Queen St. East, 2nd Floor | Toronto, ON M4E 1G1

When: Thursdays, January 29 – March 26, 2015 (Full Day of Practice, Session 7 – March 12, 2015). Tuesdays August 18 – October 13, 2015, with Full day, Session 7, Sept 29, 2015. Please call for the time.

Contact: 416-686-2138 |

416 Community Support for Women – Drop-In Services

Group Name: 416 Community Support for Women – Drop-In Services

Description: 416 Community Support for Women is a daytime drop in program for women looking to gain or give support while coping with, isolation, addiction and/or mental health issues and other difficulties. We are located in a large Victorian home in which we provide a variety of formal and informal supports to some of the hardest to reach women in the community. Basic services include daily breakfast and lunch, weekly food bank, social/recreational programs and life skills training. The centre also offers weekly medical clinics and mental health and addiction case management services on a daily basis.

Along with the provision of supports to meet daily basic needs, staff offer drop in crisis intervention services seven days a week which may include access to our medical clinic and/or mental health and addiction case management staff. Drop In staff also oversee the weekly food bank, facilitate various group activities and provide supportive counselling on a daily basis. The group activities include art and writing classes and various social/recreational programs and life skills training. Since many of the centre’s participants are aging women, staff also focus on assisting with senior age health concerns such as support to follow prescribed medication and dietary regiments.

Where: 416 Dundas Street East | Toronto, ON M5A 2A8
40 Oak Street | Toronto, ON M5A 2C6

When: Any day between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Contact: 416-928-3334 (Dundas) | 416-964-6936 (Oak Street) | |

Mental Health Peer Support Organization

Group Name: Mental Health Peer Support Organization

Description: The Mental Health Peer Support Organization is a group designed to help people with mental health labels and /or challenges live happier and more fulfilling lives. Members within the group, pledge to help each other and themselves at the same time. This group will inspire people to reach their individual goals with the support and encouragement of each other. Sharing, caring and open, honest communication are key to the success of this group and it’s members.

Open to all people with Mental Health “labels”.
The group is also open to supporters of people with said challenges including friends and family. If you have no friends and family then please join as we want you to make new peer support friends!
Many of our members have been volunteers and or professionals in the area of mental health for years. Many of us know peer support works to improve health. Many have personally been and continue to be involved in results that have improved quality of life and even saved lives. **** Registration is required.

Where: St. Joseph’s Health Centre, 30 The Queensway Central Conference Dining Room | Toronto, ON M6R 1B5

When: Meetings are most Mondays from 7 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. plus socials, verify online.

Contact: |

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 | |

The Secret Handshake – Schizophrenia Peer Support

Group Name: The Secret Handshake – Schizophrenia Peer Support

Description: Formed in 2004 in response to a void in the after-treatment of patients following a schizophrenia diagnosis, The Secret Handshake is a Peer Support facility in Canada created by and for people with schizophrenia. It is similar to the model of peer support organization Alcoholics Anonymous. The Secret Handshake recognizes that peers are uniquely equipped to counsel and support others coping with the illness. Members mentor and share recovery techniques and resources. Most important, we build deep friendships based on mutual trust and respect, breaking the cycle of isolation, stigma and ostracism.

Many people coping with schizophrenia do not have the support or skills to reintegrate into the mainstream. Frequently, they are not aware of important services available to them. We help them navigate the system. They can be very isolated, even in a family setting. Members flourish when they meet regularly with people who are living with the schizophrenia experience. The diagnosis of any mental or physical illness requires treatment and support specific to that illness. This is why there is tremendous value in our Diagnostic Specific model.

Where: 170 A Baldwin st, west of Spadina

When: Monday drop in, art viewing 2.30 – 6 pm
Saturdays art galleree, hours & drop in 2.30 – 6 pm
The last Sunday of every month gala poetry readings 2 – 5 pm

Contact: 416-995-8157 | |

Let’s Talk About Teenage Mental Health

Let’s Talk About Teenage Mental Health is the first in a series of Families First – Parent Education Workshop created at The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. It is scheduled for Thursday, February 26th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Our parent education workshops generally take place at The Hincks-Dellcrest Centre. Please note that registration is required. Childcare is also available and should be requested at time of registration. This workshop is FREE.
Our schedule can also be accessed via our website,, enter site, click on quick links or what’s new, then Community Program for Families.

Where: 1645 Sheppard Avenue West, Toronto.

When: Thursday, February 26th, 2015 from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-924-1164 Ext. 2167

Debtors Anonymous

Group Name: Debtors Anonymous

Description: Debtors Anonymous (D.A>) is a 12-step program in the tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous and is a non-profit organization. For people whose debts or problems with over or under spending have made their life unmanageable, Debtors Anonymous offers a program that works. In Debtors Anonymous meetings, members share their experience, strength and hope and help each other to achieve financial solvency. In D.A., our purpose is threefold: to stop incurring unsecured debt, to share our experience with the newcomer, and to reach out to other debtors.

Please note that unless otherwise noted, all meetings are closed meetings. Closed meetings are for any person who is concerned about his or her own problems with money and debt. Open meetings are for the media, the general public, the professional community or any person who is concerned about someone else’s problems with money and debt.

***(519 Church street location) On the third Saturday of every month, this is an open meeting, where we welcome any members of the public who are interested in learning more about the DA fellowship. One speaker will share their experience, strength and hope of their recovery from compulsive debting.

When: Sundays at 10:30 a.m. “Sunday Morning Tools Meeting” at 6 St. Joseph House (third floor), 6 St. Joseph Street. Please call ahead as this location is used on the same day in the morning for BDA (Business Owners Debtors Anonymous) alternately.

Sundays at 1:00 p.m. “East End DA” Group at Community Centre 55 at 97 Main Street.

Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. “Recovery From Debting” Group at 519 Church Street Community Centre, 519 Church Street.

Contact: 289-805-3286 | |

Margaret’s Housing and Community Support Services – Crisis & Support

Group Name: Margaret’s Housing and Community Support Services – Crisis & Support

Description: Margaret’s provides a continuum of housing and support services for women with mental illness through innovative programming, advocacy and education, which empowers them to build and reclaim their lives. Our programs encompass crisis, interim and long-term solutions for women 18 years and over, and their families. Margaret’s services include helping clients obtain and maintain permanent and affordable housing, Mental Health and Justice, Community Crisis support and Individualized Senior Support. Together they provide clients with a stable living environment, community tenure, care and identity. Our support services are holistic, client directed, and recovery based. They help to identify and reignite the inner strength and resiliency of each client that we support.

Crisis and Support Eligibility
Women, 18-65+ with serious and persistent mental illness, who identify themselves as experiencing a “crisis” and are able to direct their care can receive these support services at Margaret’s: Advocacy, Information and referral, Accompaniment, Counselling and Problem Solving.

Crisis and Support services include: Psychiatric Assessment, Crisis/Safe Bed, 24 Hr. information & referral line, Food/clothing/shoe bank, Respite Beds, and Community crisis support.

Where: 301 Broadview Avenue | Toronto, ON M4M 2G8

Contact: 416-463-1481 | |

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 | |

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