All posts in “mental illness”

Fred Victor – Health Services

Group Name: Fred Victor – Health Services

Description: Fred Victor is a social service charitable organization that fosters long-lasting and positive change in the lives of homeless and low-income people living across Toronto.
Every day, more than 1,000 people use our programs and services. And each person who comes through our doors is experiencing poverty or homelessness. Our many programs and services, located at 10 different sites across Toronto, help people rebuild their lives.

People suffering from premature aging, severe mental confusion, post-traumatic stress disorder, communicable diseases and much more all visit our Health and Community Services Centre. A team of nurses, medical doctors and personal support workers provide overall general health services. We also partner with other agencies to provide specialized care clinics.

Shared Care
A partnership with the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), shared care is an on-site nursing care and counselling clinic for people with mental health and addiction issues.

Withdrawal Management Services
A partnership with St. Michael’s Hospital, withdrawal management offers assistance to people who want to stop using.

Where: 145 Queen Street East | Toronto, ON M5A 1S1

Contact: 416-369-1199 | fredvictor.org

Family Outreach and Response -Early Intervention Family Support

Group Name: Family Outreach and Response -Early Intervention Family Support

Description: The Family Outreach and Response organization offers recovery-oriented mental health support services to families. Our staff are professionals who also have either the personal or the family lived experience.

Early Intervention services are geared to friends and family of people between the ages of 14-35 who are potentially experiencing what the medical community calls “first episode of psychosis.” Some people name these experiences things like “spiritual emergencies” or “existential crises.” Regardless of what they get labeled, it can be scary when someone you love is experiencing distressing, intense, mysterious and confusing emotional states for the first time.

We offer a 10 week education and support group called With H.A.S.T.E- Help and Support Through Education that helps people to understand what might be happening with the person they love and how they can help.

Where: 2333 Dundas Street West, Suite 501 | Toronto, ON M6R 3A6

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-539-9449 | connect@fmhr.org | familymentalhealthrecovery.org

Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) – FAMEKids

Group Name: Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) – FAMEKids

Description: FAME supports families so that they can live their lives and care for themselves and their loved ones, even in the face of mental health challenges. Their goal is for no family to experience these challenges alone. FAME helps reduce the stress of coping with mental illness by strengthening and supporting family members in your role as caregivers. They can provide advocacy, education, referrals and counseling to families and caregivers facing the challenges of any mental health issue. FAME works hard to ensure that families have a strong voice within the communities. They are based on a self-help model which respects and supports the expertise that families have regarding their mentally ill relative and their experience in the system.

FAMEKids is a program for children aged 7-12 years old, who have a family member with a mental illness. FAMEkids helps kids learn about mental health in an age-appropriate manner and equips them with coping skills through artwork, discussion and games in a safe, kid-friendly environment. Children learn that they are not alone and to not feel ashamed of their family’s struggle with mental illness. A light healthy snack is provided. ****There is no fee for FAMEkids but registration is required.

Where: 50 Burnhamthorpe Road West | Mississauga, ON M9C 3J5

When: Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. October 2 – November 20, 2014

Contact: Anie Najarian 416-207-5032 Ext. 26 | fame@fameforfamilies.com | anien@fameforfamilies.com | www.fameforfamilies.com

Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) – Dual Diagnosis

Group Name: Family Association for Mental Health Everywhere (FAME) – Dual Diagnosis

Description: FAME supports families so that they can live their lives and care for themselves and their loved ones, even in the face of mental health challenges. Their goal is for no family to experience these challenges alone. FAME helps reduce the stress of coping with mental illness by strengthening and supporting family members in your role as caregivers. They can provide advocacy, education, referrals and counseling to families and caregivers facing the challenges of any mental health issue. FAME works hard to ensure that families have a strong voice within the communities. They are based on a self-help model which respects and supports the expertise that families have regarding their mentally ill relative and their experience in the system.

Dual Diagnosis is defined as having a developmental disability as well as mental health needs. Developmental disabilities are liberally defined to include Autism, Down Syndrome, acquired brain injuries, learning disabilities, attention difficulties and a range of intellectual levels. At FAME, we understand that this combination can test your coping skills and those of your loved one. Facing complex and long term challenges is not easy. It’s important to recognize that you, the caregiver will need support along this journey. We’re here to help.

  • By educating family members about the mental health system.
  • Providing information and referral for community resources.
  • Sharing learnings to better navigate the mental health system.
  • Offering advocacy and support for self-advocacy.

Where: 268 Royal York Road, Second floor | Etobicoke, ON M8V 2V9

When: Meetings held in Etobicoke, Scarborough, North York, Mississauga, Bolton. Check website for details.

Contact: Paul O’Donnell 416-913-2144 | fame@fameforfamilies.com | paulo@fameforfamilies.com | www.fameforfamilies.com

Progress Place – Double Recovery Program

Group Name: Progress Place – Double Recovery Program

Description: Progress Place is a community-based organization that focuses on recovery. The only organization of its kind in the city of Toronto, Progress Place offers its 700+ members community, friendship and opportunities for housing, employment and education.

The Double Recovery program offers those living with mental illness, who also struggle with alcohol and/or drug problems, safe and anonymous support through our informal peer-based meetings. All of our groups are facilitated by staff who are themselves in recovery. Double Recovery hosts weekly discussion meetings at Progress Place as well as many locations throughout downtown Toronto. The objective of our program is to engage men and women to share their mutual experiences, strength and hope so they may solve their common struggles, help each other recover from their particular alcohol and/or drug problem, and discover positive tools to cope with mental illness. Come share your experience and make friends in the process.

Where: 576 Church Street | Toronto, ON, M4Y 2E3

Contact: Kathryn Eve or Christopher Crumb 416-323-0223 Ext. 310 | www.progressplace.org | theclub@progressplace.org

Progress Place – Peer Support Telephone Line

Group Name: Progress Place – Peer Support Telephone Line (The Warm Line)

Description: Progress Place is a community-based organization that focuses on recovery. The only organization of its kind in the city of Toronto, Progress Place offers its 700+ members community, friendship and opportunities for housing, employment and education.

The Warm Line: Can’t sleep? Feeling Lonely, isolated or distressed? No one to talk to? The Warm Line is for men and women with mental illness living in the Greater Toronto area in need of a friend with an empathetic ear, someone who will really listen. The Warm Line is operated by peers who have been there, understand, and are aware of the loneliness and isolation felt by the people calling to talk. The Warm Line was the first program in Canada to offer peer support telephone line to people living with mental illness. Originally created to extend support to Progress Place members outside of Clubhouse hours, the Warm Line is available to anyone with mental illness living in the Greater Toronto area. Receiving over 9,000 calls per year, the Warm Line offers support 7 days a week from 8 pm to midnight, a time when most other community mental health services are closed.

Call the Warm Line:

  • (416) 960-WARM
  • (416) 960-9276

Where: 576 Church Street | Toronto, ON, M4Y 2E3

Contact: 416-323-0223 | www.progressplace.org | theclub@progressplace.org

Canadian Mental Health Association – Keele Street Women’s Group

Group Name: Canadian Mental Health Association – Keele Street Women’s Group

Description: CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) is a nation-wide, charitable organization that promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.

  • CMHA’s Vision is “Mentally healthy people in a healthy society.”
  • CMHA Toronto was formed in 1953.
  • CMHA Toronto serves more than 8,000 clients each year.
  • CMHA Toronto employs over 220 Full Time Employees.
  • CMHA Toronto has eleven sites across the city.

Keele Street Women’s Group
KSWG is a social recreational program for women with serious mental illness, providing them with an inclusive and supportive environment where they can participate in workshops and recreational activities. Who is the Keele Street Women’s Group for? Women who are over 18 years of age, who have been diagnosed with a mental illness, who are experiencing social isolation, who reside in the City of Toronto.

Where: CMHA Toronto Social Resource Centre | 2700 Dufferin Street, Unit 56 | Toronto, ON, M6B 3R4

When: Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Members choose one of these group days, and are expected to attend on that day every week.

Contact: 416-789-6880 | westdecisionsupport@cmha-toronto.net | www.toronto.cmha.ca

North York General Hospital – Addiction Program

Group Name: North York General Hospital – Addiction Program

Description: We provide the best care possible for our patients and their families, and have proudly served our community since 1968. North York General offers a wide range of acute care, ambulatory and long-term care services at 3 sites. Our hospital is driven by an ongoing commitment to continually improve the services we provide to best meet the needs of our patients, community and employees.

Addiction Program/Outpatient Substance Abuse Program includes transition age youth concurrent disorders- assessment, treatment, referral. Both abstinence and harm reduction programs for residents of North York with alcohol, drug problems or other addictive behaviours.

Eligibility: Adults who are capable of participating in a group process. Individuals who voluntarily commit to attend the program consistently. Individuals who have concern about their use of alcohol, prescription, over-the-counter medication, street drugs or other harmful addictive behaviours. Individuals who may have a mental illness, as well as a concern about an addiction. ***Accepts self-referrals.

Where: Branson Ambulatory Care Centre- North York General Hospital | Unit 2 Centre- Room 235, 555 Finch Avenue West | Toronto, ON, M2R 1N5

Contact: 416-635-2437 | www.nygh.on.ca

Obsessive Compulsive Anonymous

Group Name: Obsessive Compulsive Anonymous (OCA)

Description: Obsessive Compulsive Anonymous (OCA) Is a fellowship of people who share their Experience, Strength, and Hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from OCD. The only requirement for membership is a desire to recover from OCD. There are no dues or fees, and they are self-supporting through our own contributions. OCA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution, does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to recover from OCD and to help others. We choose to remain anonymous at the public level for several good reasons.

Anonymity allows them to share our personal stories, knowing that they will remain in the confidence of those who attend our meetings. Anonymity also reinforces that it is the program not the individual, that is responsible for the recovery. They have found that together we can get well when separately we could not. The twelve steps, as originated by Alcoholics Anonymous, and adapted for OCA, can bring relief to the common dilemma. Most have found that using this program can reduce or eliminate obsessions and compulsions. Donations are welcomed.

Where: CAMH Building 250 College Street East, Room 634 | Toronto, ON M5T 1R8
CAMH Building 100 Stokes Street, Second Floor, Sacred Space Room | Toronto, ON M6J 1H4

When: Every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. (College Street) and every Friday from 4 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. (Stokes Street).

Contact: Ken 416-481-4076 | Susan N. OCAtoronto@gmail.com | www.obsessivecompulsiveanonymous.org

Mens Sana: Families for Mental Health

Group Name: Mens Sana: Families for Mental Health

Description: Mens Sana Families for Mental Health (Mens Sana) is a non-profit charitable organization started by families of adults with chronic mental illness. It is primarily funded though charitable donations and provides residential and day services to adults with serious mental illness, as well as family support programs for their families.

Mens Sana: Families for Mental Health supports individuals with a chronic mental health problems by providing a residential placement and drop in centre. Drop-in centre offers various activities that develop and enhance self-esteem, activities of daily living, leisure, physical wellness and similar. Their objective is to strengthen, support and educate families, friends and relatives in their roles as caregivers to their mentally ill family members. To rebuild the strengths, abilities and capacities of individuals suffering from mental illness.

Where: 202-5109 Steeles Avenue W. | Toronto, ON M9L 2Y8

When: Meetings are held every Wednesday at 15 Millwick Drive from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Meetings also at 87 Irondale Drive, North York Ontario, M9L 2S6. There is an annual membership fee of $15.00.

Contact: 416-747-6018 | rcastronovo@vitacls.org | www.vitacls.org

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