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Family Services Toronto – Walk In Counselling

Group Name:  Family Services Toronto – Walk In Counselling

Description:  We offer a FREE single session counselling session with a trained Counsellor or Psychotherapist. The counselling session is usually about 50 minutes and is open to all persons 18 years of age and older.  Single Session Counselling can provide you with the emotional support, feedback and ideas on how to make positive changes in your life. Each counselling session is treated like a distinct counselling session with no expectation that you come back for a subsequent session.  Please call the Service Access Unit at 416-595-9618 to inquire about the times when service is offered in languages other than English.

Where:   128A Sterling Road, second floor, suite 202, Toronto, Ontario, M6R 2B7

When:  Wednesdays from 3:30-7:30 p.m.   Registration begins at 3 p.m. and last appointment starts 6:15pm.

Contact:   Service is on a first come, first served basis for the first 2 sessions.  No appointment is required and no pre-registration.  General phone line:  416-595-9230, to request counselling at all locations call 416-595-9618.

Miles Nadal JCC – Together in Movement and Exercise (TIME)

Group Name:  Together in Movement and Exercise (TIME).

Group Description:  TIME™ is a group exercise program originally designed by Toronto Rehab-UHN physiotherapists and led by fitness instructors at local community centres across Canada. The program was developed for adults who have challenges with balance and mobility.

This program is for you if you want to:

  • Get fit and increase your energy
  • Be more confident in your balance
  • Feel stronger and more active
  • Enjoy the many benefits of exercise
  • Move with more ease in your home and community

Join TIME™ in a local community centre for a program that provides safe and beneficial exercise to meet these goals. Classes are one hour long, 1-2 times per week, usually 10-12 weeks.

Participants must be able to walk independently for 10 m (30 feet) with or without a cane or walker. Many of the participants in the class have difficulties with balance or moving around in their home or community due to conditions such as stroke or MS. Registration fees for the TIME program vary. Please inquire at the specific site in your area. Subsidies may be available from the community centre

Where:  Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave, Toronto, M5S 2J2

When:  Wednesdays 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Contact: Colin Blayney Phone 416-924-6211 Ext. 526 | Email: colinb@mcjcc.org

York North Lyme Support Group

Group Name:  York North Lyme Support Group

Group Description:  The York North Lyme Disease Support Group meets monthly and is open to Lyme patients and their caregivers, as well as anyone else who wants to learn about Lyme. Some group members have environmental allergies so please refrain from wearing fragrances such as scented lotions.

Where:  Richmond Hill Police Station, Community Room (171 Major MacKenzie Avenue – south west corner of Yonge/Major Mackenzie).   Please park on Hopkins Street.

When:  A monthly gathering, please contact the information below for this months meeting.

Contact:  For more information email yorknorth.lymegroup@gmail.com or visit the York North Lyme Group  Facebook page.

Discovering Our Power at Bathurst and Finch- North York Women’s Centre

Group:  Discovering Our Power at Bathurst and Finch

Description:  This is the first part of the Women’s Empowerment Series.  In this group, participants will gain an understanding of difficult emotions and the effects they have on mental and physical well-being. They will identify personal strengths and coping strategies to draw upon during stressful situations and learn how to build self esteem and confidence. This program will be delivered in partnership with Unison Health and Community Services.

Where: Bathurst Finch Hub, 540 Finch Ave. West

When:  Every Friday for 9 weeks, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, starts February 12, 2016

Contact:  Please call us at 416-781-0479 for information or to arrange an intake interview.

Gerstein Crisis Centre – Youth WRAP Through Fitness (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

Group Name: Gerstein Crisis Centre – Youth WRAP Through Fitness (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

Description: We have partnered with the Self-Help Resource Centre to offer WRAP specifically to youth aged 16-25. This program is tailored for a younger cohort, with an emphasis on making the process of learning about wellness tools an enjoyable and engaging one. After Youth WRAP Through Fitness, you will have a fully developed Wellness Recovery Action Plan and many new connections to the supports and services available. Within a group setting, individuals explore self-help tools (eg. peer counseling, focusing exercises, relaxation & stress reduction techniques) and resources for keeping themselves well and for helping themselves feel better in difficult times.

This group meets on Mondays for 10 weeks, with the optional fitness component starting at 11:00 am and the WRAP sessions running from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Where: Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2V5

When: Information Session: Monday, November 9th, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at The Gerstein Crisis Centre at 100 Charles Street East | Toronto, ON M4Y 1V3 Group starts November 16th, 2015 and meets on Mondays until February 1st.

Contact: Sign up online at http://gersteincentre.org/wrap/ or contact Laura at
gersteinwrap@gmail.com | 416-929-0149 ext 259

 

Gerstein Crisis Centre – WRAP Through Fitness (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

Group Name: Gerstein Crisis Centre – WRAP Through Fitness (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

Description: WRAP helps you to discover your own simple and safe wellness tools and helps you identify when you need to use them. Anyone can use WRAP to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be.
Within a group setting, individuals explore self-help tools (eg. peer counseling, focusing exercises,
relaxation & stress reduction techniques) and resources for keeping themselves well and for helping
themselves feel better in difficult times.
The group meets for 9 weeks starting October 9th, 2015 and runs every Friday until December 4th, 2015.
WRAP Through Fitness was developed by Gerstein Crisis Centre to incorporate WRAP learning with
physical activity, assisting participants in exploring physical fitness and nutrition as recovery tools. We
have partnered with the Downtown YMCA and access their facilities for this project. While the fitness
component is optional, past participants say it was highly beneficial and added to their overall
experience of WRAP.

Where: Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2V5

When: Information Session: Friday, October 2nd, 2015 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. Group starts October 9th, 2015: Every Friday for 9 weeks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sign up online at http://gersteincentre.org/wrap/ or contact Laura at gersteinwrap@gmail.com | 416-929-0149 ext 259

 

Youth WRAP Through Fitness

Gerstein Crisis Centre – Youth WRAP Through Fitness (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

 

We have partnered with the Self-Help Resource Centre to offer WRAP specifically to youth aged 16-25. This program is tailored for a younger cohort, with an emphasis on making the process of learning about wellness tools an enjoyable and engaging one. After Youth WRAP Through Fitness, you will have a fully developed Wellness Recovery Action Plan and many new connections to the supports and services available. Within a group setting, individuals explore self-help tools (eg. peer counseling, focusing exercises, relaxation & stress reduction techniques) and resources for keeping themselves well and for helping themselves feel better in difficult times.

This group meets on Mondays for 10 weeks, with the optional fitness component starting at 11:00 am and the WRAP sessions running from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

Where: Central YMCA, 20 Grosvenor Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 2V5

When: Information Session: Monday, November 9th, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at The Gerstein Crisis

Centre at 100 Charles Street East | Toronto, ON M4Y 1V3 Group starts November 16th, 2015 and meets

on Mondays until February 1st.

Contact: Sign up online at http://gersteincentre.org/wrap/ or contact Laura at gersteinwrap@gmail.com  | 416-929-0149 ext 259

 

WRAP Through Fitness

 

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Gerstein Crisis Centre – WRAP Through Fitness (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

WRAP helps you to discover your own simple and safe wellness tools and helps you identify when you need to use them. Anyone can use WRAP to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. Within a group setting, individuals explore self-help tools (eg. peer counseling, focusing exercises, relaxation & stress reduction techniques) and resources for keeping themselves well and for helping themselves feel better in difficult times.

WRAP Through Fitness was developed by Gerstein Crisis Centre to incorporate WRAP learning with physical activity, assisting participants in exploring physical fitness and nutrition as recovery tools. We have partnered with the Downtown YMCA and access their facilities for this project. While the fitness component is optional, past participants say it was highly beneficial and added to their overall experience of WRAP.

 

This group starts October 9th, 2015 and runs every Friday until December 4, 2015,  from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m

 

Contact: Laura Shasko 416-929-0149 ext 259 Email: gersteinwrap@gmail.com

Information Session: Friday, October 2, 2015 12:00—2:00 p.m. Located at: The Central YMCA 20 Grosvenor Street.

Sign up online at: http://gersteincentre.org/wrap/

Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is pleased to announce the release of the Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice.

Hope. Dignity. Inclusion.

The Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice is the first comprehensive Canadian reference document for understanding recovery in practice and promoting a consistent application of recovery principles across the country at a policy, program and practice level. The release of the Guidelines is another significant milestone in taking action on Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada.

While the Guidelines are directed at a wide audience that includes people living with mental health problems and illnesses and their families, they are designed especially for individuals who can help make the practical, organizational and cultural shifts needed to develop a truly recovery-oriented mental health system.

The Guidelines for Recovery-Oriented Practice were developed after extensive consultation and draw on the many existing pockets of excellence across the country. They provide guidance on tailoring recovery-oriented approaches to respond to the diverse needs of people living with mental health problems or illnesses, whatever their condition, background, circumstance or stage of life.

We encourage you to share this document widely and start a conversation about mental health and recovery. Together we can advance recovery-oriented practice in Canada.

Living With Voices

recovery network: Toronto
Our Vales:
These values inform our daily practice. They also inform all moderating decisions on this website/blog.

We honor each other. We accept people as they are: unique, individuals with something to offer and something we can learn from. We remind everyone that there are no limits to anyone’s recovery. We encourage a sense of hope in everyone for their own ability to recover in ways that is meaningful to them. We validate people’s experience and the insights they draw from them. We treat others with dignity, compassion and respect and hold each other in unconditional high regard. We offer choices and options, not answers and solutions. We believe each of us is expert in ourselves, our own condition and experiences. We support each individual’s right to choose what is best for them and to choose who they turn to for support and guidance in making those choices.

The Living With Voices Workshop
We will share common, simple coping tools and strategies for people who hear voices. Share resources and enjoy a safe place to use creativity and express some of your own experience living with voices.
This is a free event and open to the public. Please contact for more details. Event flyer

Contact: Carmen 416-539-0690 Ext. 256 | carmenca@houselink.on.ca

Where: Houselink, 805 Bloor St W, Toronto

When: Thursday June 11th from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

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