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Ontario Brain Injury Society – Peer Support Program

Group Name: Ontario Brain Injury Society – Peer Support Program

Description: OBIA’s Provincial Peer Support Program connects persons with lived experience (the Mentor) with an individual who is living with the effects of acquired brain injury who requires the support (the Partner). The program is available to survivors, family members and/or unpaid caregivers. Mentor/Partner matches are time specific and are made based on similar experiences, needs and personal interests. The program is coordinated through the local brain injury associations across Ontario, making it possible for people to be ‘matched’ province wide.

**This is a free service offered by the Ontario Brain Injury Society**

Where: Toronto Location: Brain Injury Society of Toronto | 40 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 205, Toronto, ON M4T 1M9

When: Please call or email for more information

Contact:  Carla Thoms, OBIA Provincial Peer Support Coordinator | 1800-263-5404 ext. 227 | | 


Simcoe/York Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Peer Support Group

Group Name:  Simcoe/York Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Peer Support Group

Description:  The Simcoe/York Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Peer Support group provides peer support, information and resources for the Simcoe County and York Region areas for persons living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, their caregivers and families.

Where:  Superior Home Health Care, 56 Churchill Drive, Unit 1-3, Barrie ON, L4N 8Z5

When:  Second Saturday of each month from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm, in the community room.

Contact:  Tammy Stadt | Phone: 705-725-5849


What Next! Peer Support Program- Canadian Mental Health Association

Group Name: What Next!  Peer Support Program at the Toronto Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Description:  What Next Drop- in Centre is one of many programs run by the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto- Branch (CMHA). We are a peer run initiative Drop-In Centre for adults living with a mental health and or addiction issue.  The support group is for individuals 19 years of age and older who live with mental health or mental health and addiction challenges.

Where:  3701 Chesswood Drive, Suite 208, North York, Ontario,  M3J 2P6, (west of the Allen, on the corner of Sheppard Ave & Chesswood Drive).

When:   What Next! is open:  Monday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm.  What Next! is closed on Wednesday.

Contact: To become a member, please call 416-449-4555 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to make an appointment for an orientation session or visit our website to learn more about What Next! and to get a copy of our monthly calendar of events: What Next!

Art Meetup For Peers 16-29 yrs.

Group Name:  Art Meetup For Peers

Description:  Stella’s Studio is an arts-based community by and for young adults with lived experience. Peers are welcome to join us to connect and create in a safe space where everyone’s art is celebrated.  The group is for youth aged 16 to 29 years of age.

Where:  Stella’s Place, 18 Camden Street, Toronto, ON

When:   The next Meetup dates are Wednesday March 9 and Wednesday March 23rd,  6:00pm – 9:00pm

Borderline Personality Disorder Support Group

B P D C o n n e c t s a n d P i e c e o f M i n d C o u n s e l l i n g
A support group dedicated to those who directly or indirectly suffer with
anxiety, depression and/or Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

What is Borderline Personality Disorder?
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a psychological disorder that, through
its very intense emotional turmoil, mood swings, and instability, can be very
unsettling to the lives of those affected by it and those living it.

For those experiencing the symptoms of BPD, it can feel like there is no hope.
But, with the right treatment and recovery plan, you can learn to cope with your
symptoms so they no longer disturb the lives of others or your own.

Our Approach
Our main treatment approach is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical
Behaviour Therapy (DBT).

CBT is a type of therapy used for those who have difficulty understanding their
thoughts, emotions and behaviours.

DBT is a type of therapy used for those who experience very intense emotions
and have challenges with impulsive behavior, difficulties in relationships and
feeling lost with their own identity.

Our support group sessions are held on the third Thursday of each
month. Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and are held for one hour.

Where are we? 100 Matheson Blvd, Suite 203 Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 2G7

Please bring a pen and paper along with you.
Refreshments will be provided.

Please contact (647) 680-7327 OR (647) 239-7480 

Introduction to Peer Facilitation Training

On Friday, June 26th the Self Help Resource Centre facilitated Introduction to Peer Facilitation Training at Houselink. A number of topics were covered including: how to create an action plan for starting a peer support group, how to establish a comfort agreement, what strength based language is and how to handle and resolve conflict. A supportive and inclusive environment was created through the group’s participation in discussions and active listening. In addition to a great presentation and engaging discussions there was also a lovely lunch provided by Houselink.

Don’t just take our word for the fantastic training, read what the participants are saying!

“The presenter was knowledgeable and knew different skills in presenting the material.”
“Easy going atmosphere, filled with positive information.”
“All info was practical”
“What I liked most was group participation; facilitator was welcoming/approachable/supportive/informative.”
“Great workshop, will recommend and spread the word.”
“Thank you for the day.”
“Facilitator = empowering! Thank you!”
“Good workshop, thank you for organizing it.”
“What I found most useful was being with other people working to do something, trying to make something happen. I feel supported in that.”
“What I found most useful was discussing all the topics, hearing different opinions from people.”
“What I found most useful was the comfort agreement and reforming the way we think and speak.”

Recovery Forum 2015

Houselink is a non-profit, charitable agency based in Toronto that provides supportive housing. They offer a range of housing options, individualized supports and community-based programs. Houselink makes it possible for people struggling with extreme poverty, mental health and addiction issues to pursue recovery and build meaningful lives on their own terms.

Houelink’s Recovery Forum 2015 is all about maintaining your wellness. Guest speakers will include a staff and volunteer of the Self-Help Resource Centre. This is a free event and open to the public. Please contact for more details. Event flyer

Contact: Carmen 416-539-0690 Ext. 256 |

Where: College Street United Church, 452 College Street, Toronto

When: Thursday May 21st, 2015 from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Advanced Peer Support Facilitation Training

On Friday April 24th the Self-Help Resource Centre provided its first Advanced Peer Support Facilitation Training to a full house. This training builds on the fundamental concepts explored in the Introductory Training such as the role of the facilitator, how to use a comfort agreement, how to work with conflict in a group, and facilitation skills development. The advanced training starts off like a peer support group with introductions/check in, group objectives and agenda, and the creation of group guidelines/comfort agreement, with an emphasis on using strengths-based language and communication. The training continues with opportunities for peer leaders to bring their experience to the group and explore facilitator ethics, effective communication, tension, conflict, etc. There is also an opportunity to practice facilitation and build personal facilitator skills, such as mindful listening, self-compassion, self and group care, and more.

After completing the Intro and Advanced trainings, participants are welcome to join our monthly community of practice on the first Thursday of the month. This monthly meeting creates a space for peer leaders to get support from other peer leaders, share valuable resources and experiences, learn and develop professional skills, and brainstorm solutions to ongoing challenges in the field. Please note:

Next Intro Training: TBA
Next Advance Training: TBA
Next Community of Practice: TBA

Contact:  416-487-4355 or email

Participant Feedback:

“Lovely to reconnect with others from the first training”

“What I liked the most and found most useful was the experience of facilitating a group and the information about how to deal with challenges in the groups, diffusing tension and conflicts.”

“It was great and a lot of fun”

“Thank you for all your hard work, support and encouragement”

“What I liked most was the atmosphere”

“Networking was the most useful and I like the facilitation practice the most”

“Good Session!!”

“The facilitation practice was the most useful, as it was great to put what we learned into practice and to get feedback for improvement”

“Thank you. I am happy to find my questions answered and I feel confident that I invested in my recovery”

“Feeling great!!!”

“What I liked most and found most useful was the openness and exchange of ideas”

“What I liked most was the people I met”

“Great work!”

“It was a great group”

“What was most useful was the insight into your own triggers and stressors and actions to take”

“The kindness and respect shared by everyone was most useful”

Gay Canada

Group Name: Gay Canada

Description: Founded in 1994, the Canadian Gay, Lesbian & Bisexual Resource Directory (CGLBRD) is an organization dedicated to the collection, compilation and distribution of information important to or of relevance to the GLB communities across Canada. The CGLBRD is a group of hard working people dedicated to bringing information about gay and gay-friendly resources, organizations and businesses to all Canadians as well as visitors to our country. GayCanada is the Internet side of the CGLBRD. It functions as both a primary method for displaying information that the CGLBRD has collected as well as an information gathering tool for the organization.

All information found at GayCanada is available free of charge. We encourage our readers to use and pass on the information which we have collected. There are groups of interest for gays, lesbians, bisexuals, trans and queer including a coming out peer support. Visit the online directory and search for all groups in Toronto.

Where: 971 Corydon Avenue, Suite 296 | Winnipeg, Manitoba R3M 3S7

When: Find support in Toronto through their online directory

Contact: 1-800-245-2734 |

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