All posts in “psychosis”

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 | |

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 |

Family Outreach and Response -Talk to Youth Now (TTYN) Peer Support Group

Group Name: Family Outreach and Response -Talk to Youth Now (TTYN) Peer Support Group

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.

TTYN Peer Support Group is open to youth aged 16-29 who have experienced mental health distress and would like to connect with others who have had similar experiences. Funding has been generously provided by RBC.

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

When: First Wednesday and third Wednesday of every month from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Tamara Daniel 416-539-9449 Ext. 224 | | |

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 | |

Toronto Western Hospital – Asian Initiative in Mental Health Clinic

Group Name: Toronto Western Hospital – Asian Initiative in Mental Health Clinic

Description: Toronto Western Hospital is located in the vibrant heart of the downtown communities of South Annex, College, Queen and King Street West. It is a 272-bed academic health science centre dedicated to delivering exceptional patient care, providing a breadth of services from emergency care to sophisticated brain surgery.

The Asian Initiative in Mental Health Clinic (AIM) provides comprehensive psychiatric assessment and treatment for people of Chinese background with mental illness. One of our clinic components, the Early Intervention in Psychosis Program, provides dedicated services to those experiencing their first episode of psychosis as well as those who care for them. Our services are tailored to the language and cultural backgrounds of our patients and their families. *** Individuals must live in West Toronto (Eglinton West to Yonge Street; Keel Street and Parkside Drive to Lakeshore Boulevard). Our services include:

  • Public education
  • Comprehensive assessment
  • Education for patients and families
  • Pharmacological therapy, psychotherapy and counseling
  • Community support and outreach
  • Crisis prevention and management
  • Intervention to assist with patients’ basic needs, such as food, housing, clothing, health care and social welfare
  • Help with navigating around language and culture barriers to access mental health care services
  • Help for patients in accessing work, recreation and educational activities

Where: 399 Bathurst Street, East Wing – 9th Floor | Toronto, ON, M5T 2S8

Contact: 416-603-5349 |

LAMP Community Health Centre – Among Friends Program

Group Name: LAMP Community Health Centre – Among Friends Community Mental Health Program

Description: LAMP CHC is a multi-service, community based charitable organization that provides a wide range of programs and services to improve a person’s health. LAMP uses a co-ordinated approach to connect people to medical services and other programs that build personal resources. By providing services that improve physical, emotional, social and economic well being, people can better control their health and environment.

The Among Friends Program is a social/recreation program for adults who live with mental health challenges that have significantly affected their quality of life. At Among Friends we function on a model of recovery that focuses on health promotion, building friendships and the achievement of personal goals. The culture of our program relies on mutual respect of all of our members, staff, students and volunteers.

*** To qualify for admission into the Among Friends program you must be between the ages of 18 and 65, have a psychiatric diagnosis or be experiencing significant symptoms of emotional distress. As a program within LAMP Community Health Centre we also limit access to people living within the service delivery area. There are no fees to join or participate in this program.

Where: 185 Fifth Street | Etobicoke, ON, M8V 2Z5

When: Call for more details on times and activities.

Contact: 416-251-8666 |

Schizophrenia Relatives and Friends

Group Name: Schizophrenia Relatives and Friends

Description: A support group to educate and support families and friends of mentally ill patients. To help them make sense of this complex illness and cope with it effectively. To facilitate links among members and other resources in the community.

Where: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Clarke Site | 250 College Street Rm. 845 | Toronto, ON M5T 1R8

When: Meetings are held every Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. in Room 845, CAMH at the above address. There is no membership fee and groups are for friends and relatives of mentally ill patients.

Contact: Drop in only.

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 | |

Family Support Program – Toronto East General Hospital

Group Name: Family Support Program – Toronto East General Hospital

Family Support Program offers services which include:

  • Eight-week group series to assist families and friends of individuals with a major mental illness
  • Ongoing support group for individuals who have completed the eight-week group series
  • Short-term supportive counselling and psycho-education for individual families

Where: T.E.G.H. Community Outreach Services | 177 Danforth Avenue, Suite 203 | Toronto, ON M4K 1N2

When: Call for information about support groups and programs.

Contact: 416-461-2000 Ext. 223 |

Schizophrenia Society of Ontario – Family Support

Group Name: Schizophrenia Society of Ontario – Family Support

Description: The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario makes a positive difference in the lives of people, families and communities affected by schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses. We envision a world without schizophrenia. For this to happen society must recognize schizophrenia as a serious brain disease, excellence in service and treatment must become the norm, stigma must be eliminated, and a cure must be found.

The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario has a long history of providing support to families impacted by mental illness. Through SSO’s Ask the Expert line, families receive the best combination of information, supportive counseling and system navigation. Family Support Programs you can find at the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario:

  • Individual counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Family support groups
  • Peer-support

To access or find out more about these programs, please contact us.

Where: 302-130 Spadina Ave. | Toronto, ON M5V 2L4

When: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

Contact: 416-449-6830 Ext.252 | 1-800-449-6367 | |

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