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Beaches Mental Wellness

Group Name: Beaches Mental Wellness

Description: Beaches Mental Wellness right now is an independent program, and only operates out of the CC55 (Community Centre 55) facility. As things progress, we might become more affiliated with the centre. This is a program started and run by volunteers, as a peer-helping-peer group.

Are you or someone you know, affected by a mental health challenge? The Beaches Mental Wellness Peer-to-Peer meetings are open to anyone who is affected by, or knows someone who is affect by, a mental health challenge. Come out and share your story, hear how others are coping, and gain insight and compassion in a group setting. And every LAST TUESDAY of the month, we have a guest speaker attend and do a short presentation with a Q&A period, followed by the regular sharing and peer support.

Where: 97 Main Street | Toronto ON, M4C 0A1

When: Every Tuesday from 7 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Contact: admin@BeachesMentalWellness.com | www.beachesmentalwellness.com

The Mindful Mood Centre – Mindful Mood for Mental Health

Group Name: The Mindful Mood Centre – Mindful Mood for Mental Health

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.

The Mindful Mood Workshop
This is a foundational skills group for men and women who wish to learn how to manage their moods better. It combines Mindfulness practice, Cognitive-Behavorial Therapy, and education about Anxiety, Depression and healthy living. It is suitable for people with Depression or Anxiety Disorders. All sessions paid by OHIP* except Mindful Mood Workbook, cost $85, and the textbook, Mind Over Mood, which can be purchased from bookstores. All applicants are assessed individually in a 1.5 hour session at my office at 2243 Queen St East, 2nd floor. This is the same location as the workshop.

*** All interested participants must already have ongoing talk therapy with a health care provider which includes, but are not limited to, psychiatrist, social worker, counsellor). 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: Tuesdays from 1 p.m. until 4:30 p.m., January 20 to April 28, 2015. Spring Session: Tuesdays, May 5-Aug 11, 2015. No Fall Session in 2015.

Contact: 416-686-2138 | www.mindfulmood.com

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Substance Use and Mood Disorders

Group Name: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Substance Use and Mood Disorders

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.

A non-judgmental drop-in peer support group for anyone living with a concurrent disorder (the combination of mood disorders and substance use/addiction issues). We welcome folks in all stages of wellness and recovery, meaning the group is open to both those who are currently using and those who are abstaining. (However, we do require sober attendance). The groups are confidential, free, and require no referral or pre-registration.

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

When: The first and third Sunday of each month, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Contact: 416-486-8036 | 1-866-486-6663 | www.mooddisorders.ca

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – LGBTQ Peer Support

Group Name: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – LGBTQ Peer Support

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.

Now meets twice a month! This is a free peer support drop-in group for those community who are living with a mood disorder. Please join us and learn that you are not alone! The groups are confidential, free, and require no referral or pre-registration.

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

When: The first and third Wednesday from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Contact: 416-486-8036 | 1-866-486-6663 | www.mooddisorders.ca

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: mhpso@yahoo.com | www.meetup.com/Mental-Health-Peer-Support-Organization/

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 | toronto@debtorsanonymous.ca | www.debtorsanonymous.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

Fred Victor – Concurrent Disorder Support Services

Group Name: Fred Victor – Concurrent Disorder Support 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.

Concurrent Disorder Support Services (CDSS) offers a high-degree of support to its clients by helping them fast-track and navigate the system. Eligibility for CDSS is by referral from a medical practitioner or community-based agency that is working with an individual. Although CDSS encourages referrals through clients’ pre-existing service providers, CDSS also works with people who are new to the system. To be eligible, the person must:

  • be 16 years or older
  • have a co-occurring mental health disorder and be actively using one or more substances
    have other challenges affecting social welfare, such as homelessness, disability, cognitive impairment or history of trauma

Once accepted into the program, individuals are referred to a partner or external agency for a range of services, including case management, addiction medicine, psychiatric consultation, addiction stabilization, mental health counselling, housing access help and much more.

Where: 59 Adelaide Street East, 6th Floor | Toronto, ON M5C 1K6

When: Every Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-364-8228 Ext. 3311 or 3365 | cdss@fredvictor.org | fredvictor.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

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