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Krasman Centre – Drop in

Group Name: Krasman Centre – Drop-in

Description: The Krasman Centre is a Consumer/Survivor Initiative funded primarily by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care but also receives funding through various grants and foundations. A Consumer/Survivor initiative is an type of organization that is governed, led and staffed by consumer/survivors and family members (when appropriate).The goal of the Krasman Centre is to serve as a physical hub and resource for the community of Psychiatric Survivors and their Families and Friends serving York Region (Richmond Hill main location) and South Simcoe (Alliston satellite location) of the Central Local Health Integration Network. We offer and operate all of our programs through two drop-in centres, with a variety of peer support, mental health recovery* and social services programs serving people who experience mental health extremes or labels as well as people who experience homelessness.

The drop-in is a safe and supportive place that emphasizes helping individuals feel autonomous. The centre helps people help themselves, and one another. It is a place where there are no demands and no pathologizing – where one can just relax, enjoy and experience what the peer recovery movement has to offer. Within the drop-in we also offer the following resources:

  • Information and resources about variety of mental health recovery related topics
  • Training, education and skills building
  • Computer/Internet access, phone/fax/photocopier use for consumer/survivors and self-help initiatives
  • Workshops and groups promoting creativity such as arts and crafts, poetry, and book club
  • Basic needs for people experiencing homelessness: kitchen, assistance with winter needs, shower (Richmond Hill), laundry (Richmond Hill), etc.

Where: 10121 Yonge Street | Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T7

When: Please call for program times and locations.

Contact: 905-780-0491 | 1-888-780-0724 | krasmancentre.com

Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services – Problem Gambling Counselling

Group Name: Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services – Problem Gambling Counselling

Description: Much like the rich fabric that is Canadian culture, our Polycultural family reflects the cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity of the communities we serve. We are dedicated to maintaining an open, inclusive and welcoming environment for all. Currently, we serve clients in over 40 different languages in our six locations across the GTA. Polycultural supports a holistic approach to serving the needs of our community by providing a range of programs including newcomer orientation, education, language, employment and family support services.

  • Culturally and linguistically appropriate prevention and treatment for gamblers
  • Polish and Russian speaking counsellors
  • Outreach and public education
  • Consultation and referrals to credit counselling and other services.

Where: 17 Four Seasons Place, Suite 102 | Toronto, ON M9B 6E6

When: Please call for more information on location, registration and times.

Contact: 1-844-493-5839 Ext. 4221 | 416-233-1655 | info@polycultural.org | www.polycultural.org

Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services – Multicultural Women’s Wellness Program

Group Name: Polycultural Immigrant and Community Services – Multicultural Women’s Wellness Program

Description: Much like the rich fabric that is Canadian culture, our Polycultural family reflects the cultural, ethnic and linguistic diversity of the communities we serve. We are dedicated to maintaining an open, inclusive and welcoming environment for all. Currently, we serve clients in over 40 different languages in our six locations across the GTA. Polycultural supports a holistic approach to serving the needs of our community by providing a range of programs including newcomer orientation, education, language, employment and family support services.

Weekly support group sessions are provided for Russian speaking women. This program is delivered in partnership with Canadian Mental Health Association. The goal of the Multicultural Women Wellness Program is to promote the well-being of women who are socially isolated, experiencing cultural and linguistic barriers, and/or women who may be at risk of mental health problems due to difficult life circumstances. It is a safe place where women can meet, make friends, network, learn, remain active and have fun. For many this weekly gatherings are the only place they can meet others and avoid isolation. *** Please call ahead before attending. No fees or registration required.

Where: 27 Roncesvalles Avenue, Suite 407 | Toronto, ON M6R 3B2

When: Russian speaking group meets at a temporary location on Mondays at 3 p.m. for roughly two hours. Polish speaking group meets on Wednesday from 2 p.m. for roughly two hours.

Contact: 416-533-9471 (Polish speaking) | 416-233-0055 (Russian speaking) | info@polycultural.org | www.polycultural.org

Malvern Family Resource Centre – Women’s Wellness Group (Patois)

Group Name: Malvern Family Resource Centre – Women’s Wellness Group (Patois)

Description: Malvern Family Resource Centre as a social service agency strives to be sensitive to the different and changing needs of the diverse communities we serve including people with disabilities. Malvern Family Resource Centre is committed to strengthening families and individuals through inclusive and effective programs and services for children, youth, women, seniors and families in the Rouge River riding. Malvern Family Resource Centre is committed to developing policies, practices and procedures that respect and promote the dignity and independence of people with disabilities, as well as integration and equality of opportunity.

Women’s Place provides women with information on issues that affect them, and offer programs, resources and services that will assist them to realize their full potential. It is a place for marginalized and vulnerable women who are isolated and face barriers. The programs focus on ending isolation while strengthening women to build skills and help them become more independent. Women also learn about resources available and how to navigate the system.

Make connections with other women in the community. Make new friends while discussing a variety of wellness issues that affect us all. Presentations and activities will focus on emotional, physical and mental health. ***This program is offered in Patois.

Where: 90 Littles Road | Scarborough, ON M1B 5E2

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-284-4184 | mfrc.org

FCJ Refugee Centre – Wellness Program

Group Name: FCJ Refugee Centre – Wellness Program

Description: FCJ Refugee Centre serves refugees and others at risk due to their immigration status, and welcomes anyone asking for advice, counsel and support regarding these issues. We address systemic issues that newly arrived refugee claimants face in Canada including lack of resources, marginalization, and discrimination. Countless people are touched by our services. Some become residents at one of the houses, and use our refugee settlement services, while some only use the Centre’s refugee protection services. For all these people we advocate in any way necessary: assistance with paperwork, translation and interpretation, accompaniment, referral to immigration lawyers connected to our organization, orientation to local social services, skills development, and counselling to support a healthy and positive start to life in Canada. Still others are guided and informed by our popular education programme, which encompasses training, seminars, workshops, and publications.

Primary Health Care Clinic
Dr. Jim Sugiyama is a family physician, who generously donates his valuable time on every other Saturdays to provide primary health care to the most marginalized populations. Every other Saturday he manage to see children, women, families, youths and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Mental Health Clinic
Ms. Salma Zafar coordinates our Mental Health Clinic. The therapeutic counseling is offered in a holistic and client-centered approach to improve the mental health and well-being of the individuals. It is offered in a supportive, non-judgemental, compassionate and caring environment. Individuals are coming for short or long term counseling as a process of healing and recovery.

Self-Care
FCJ Refugee Centre model of care is holistic focusing on improving mental, physical and spiritual health through yoga. Individuals will learn gentle yoga postures as a relaxing techniques. Yoga has enabled the FCJ Refugee service users to take control of their bodies, minds and lives thus improving their overall wellness. The yoga therapist incorporates breathing and meditation techniques to help individuals to de-stress and helps them to cope with the challenges of living in a stressful environment.

Where: 208 Oakwood Avenue | Toronto, ON M6E 2V4

When: The yoga classes are accessible to everyone, regardless of their ages every Saturdays at 10.00 a.m. The clinics are open every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-469-9754 | info@fcjrefugeecentre.org | www.fcjrefugeecentre.org

Arab Community Centre of Toronto – Problem Gambling

Group Name: Arab Community Centre of Toronto – Problem Gambling

Description: The Arab Community Centre of Toronto (ACCT) is a non for profit organization with charitable status, and is non-political and non-sectarian. The ACCT is proud to be a focal point for all Arab and non-Arab communities in which they can find an outlet for settlement and social services inquiries. We serve newcomers of all cultures, religions and ethnicities.

Problem Gambling is an urge to gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Problem gambling is not just about losing money, it has a negative impact on person’s life. It can affect health, school or work performance, financial and/or interpersonal relationships.

The Arab Community Center of Toronto is currently providing professional and confidential services on Problem Gambling. The services include culturally appropriate prevention, education and treatment for gambling and family members in the Arab Community. Our prevention services include outreach and public education activities directed towards various Arabian groups. We provide services to individuals, couples, family and group counseling for people with problem gambling or those affected. The ACCT during the past year helped more than 20 clients to control over their addiction.

Where: 555 Burnhamthorpe Road, Suite 209 | Etobicoke, ON M9C 2Y3

When: Please call for more information on location and times.

Contact: 416-231-7746 | info@arabnewcomers.org | www.arabcommunitycentre.com

COSTI Immigrant Services – Learning Together Women’s Depression

Group Name: COSTI Immigrant Services – Learning Together Women’s Depression

Description: Meeting the needs of a diverse society since 1952, COSTI Immigrant Services is a community-based multicultural agency providing employment, educational, settlement and social services to all immigrant communities, new Canadians and individuals in need of assistance. COSTI strives to be a leader in community service by using a client focused, proactive, and innovative approach in planning, developing and delivering services. Our programs ensure that regardless of language or cultural barriers, people who arrive in Canada are able to use their existing skills, learn new ones, and participate actively in all aspects of Canadian life.

COSTI’s Learning Together Women’s Depression Group is an open psycho-educational support group offered to Italian-speaking women diagnosed with depression. Learning Together offers women support, information on symptom management, and culturally tailored interventions to cope with depression. This gives women the opportunity to develop a support network, learn coping skills and reduce their isolation. Women can be referred through their family physicians or community health providers. Self referrals are accepted. *** There is $20.00 annual fee associated with the service. Services are available to all Italian Canadian women residing in the Greater Toronto area and York Region.

Where: Family and Mental Health Services, Sheridan Mall, 1700 Wilson Ave., Suite 105
| Toronto, ON M3L 1B2

When: Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Contact: 416-658-1600 | 416-244-7714 | famcounselling@costi.org | info@costi.org | www.costi.org

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Family Matters Program

Group Name: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Family Matters Peer Support & Recovery Program

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.

While family members and caregivers are essential to the support team when addressing the needs of a loved one with mental health and addiction challenges, very often family members become in need of services and supports themselves. This new program will continue to adhere to the individual peer support and recovery work that MDAO does best while expanding upon and strengthening services in the following areas:

  • Counselling support services for family members and individuals challenged with mood disorders and complex mental health needs
  • Educational resources for family members
  • Recovery programs for family members
  • Peer support groups
  • One-on-one family peer support
  • Psycho-educational programs
  • System navigation
  • Support networks
  • Community outreach

Where: 602-36 Eglinton Ave. W. | Toronto, ON M4R 1A1

When: Please call or e-mail for more information.

Contact: Becky Curran 416-486-8046 Ext. 240 | 1-888-486-8236 | beckyc@mooddisorders.ca | www.mooddisorders.ca

All Saints Church-Community Centre – Women’s Drop-In

Group Name: All Saints Church-Community Centre – Women’s Drop-In

Description: All Saints Church-Community Centre is committed to providing a safe and nurturing environment while enhancing the well-being of homeless and street-involved individuals from a harm reduction and human-rights based approach. All Saints provides friendship, social opportunities, group and individual creative expression opportunities, case management, counselling, advocacy, and sanctuary. These services are provided with respect, compassion, and without prejudice to all who seek them. We place people, their goals and needs, at the center of everything we do, and strive to create a place that is welcoming, supportive, and accessible.

All Saints Women’s Drop-In uses a harm reduction and human-rights based approach to work with women (trans-inclusive) who are engaging in sex work in the community. Grounded in the principles of social justice, we work to protect the rights, health and safety of sex workers who by choice, circumstance, or coercion remain in the industry. Our programs strive to address the impact that discrimination, poverty, violence and drug use have on the lives of individuals engaging in sex work. All Saints Women’s Drop-In embraces a non-judgmental, all-inclusive approach while providing a full spectrum of programs to address basic and immediate needs, long-term goal setting and life skills development. ***Women’s group available for women who are not in sex work.

Where: 315 Dundas Street East | Toronto, ON, M5A 2A2

When: Fridays from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. Women’s non-sex work related drop-in: Thursdays from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-368-7768 | admin@allsaintstoronto.com | allsaintstoronto.com

Gerstein Crisis Centre – Telephone Support

Group Name: Gerstein Crisis Centre – Telephone Support

Description: Gerstein Crisis Centre was established 25 years ago in Toronto to meet the recognized need for providing non-medical community based support reflecting the needs and wishes of people experiencing mental health crisis.

Crisis Workers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 416-929-5200. Our goal is to help callers who are experiencing a mental health crisis to work out some effective ways of addressing their immediate problems, and connect them to services that can offer ongoing support. We encourage self-referrals so that we can hear directly from people about what they are going through. Family, friends and service providers, including hospitals, may also refer people to our services by calling our Administration and Referral Line. This line may at times be answered by voicemail. Your call will be returned by a member of the Crisis Team within the hour.

Where: 100 Charles Street East | Toronto, ON M4Y 1V3

Contact: Administration & Referral 416-929-0149 | Crisis Line 416-929-5200 | admin@gersteincentre.org | gersteincentre.org

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