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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 | carmenca@houselink.on.ca

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

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

The Mindful Mood Centre – Mindful Living

Group Name: The Mindful Mood Centre – Mindful Living

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.

Mindful Living Workshop
This is an educational workshop for men and women who wish to continue to be well and free from Depression and Anxiety. The basis for the workshop is The Mindful Way Through Depression, by Williams, Teasdale, Segal and Kabat-Zinn, a new ‘Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy’ (MBCT) book. The entire book, reading and exercises, will be covered in the sessions. Applicants must be able to read the book, do the exercises and engage in a daily mindfulness practice. *** All sessions paid by OHIP *except handouts, cost TBA.

*** 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: Thursdays, January 29 – March 26, 2015 (Full Day of Practice, Session 7 – March 12, 2015). Tuesdays August 18 – October 13, 2015, with Full day, Session 7, Sept 29, 2015. Please call for the time.

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

Gerstein Crisis Centre – Women’s Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

Group Name: Gerstein Crisis Centre – Women’s Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)

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.

WRAP stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan. It’s a program that was developed in Vermont, USA, in 1997 by Mary Ellen Copeland and a group of friends who had all experienced the mental health system. Taking care of your physical, mental and emotional health by incorporating physical activity into your personal wellness plan. This 9 week WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) Session will provide you with the resources. To facilitate your own personal growth, Recover and wellness. In a small group setting, Central YMCA WRAP trained Health Educators and Gerstein Centre WRAP facilitators will help you map your own personal wellness plan and assist you in seeing it through.

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

When: Information Session: Friday, February 27, 2015 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. Group starts March 6, 2015: Every Friday for 9 weeks from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Contact: Nicki Casseres 416-929-0149 Ext. 232 | ncasseres@gersteincentre.org
| gersteincentre.org

Margaret’s Housing and Community Support Services – Wellness Recovery

Group Name: Margaret’s Housing and Community Support Services – Wellness Recovery

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.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
WRAP empowers participants to use their internal and external strengths. This is accomplished through a series of workshops that focus on relapse prevention, illness education, and wellness tools. One of the unique aspects of this program is that it operates strictly from a peer-to-peer model.

Where: 301 Broadview Avenue | Toronto, ON M4M 2G8

Contact: 416-463-1481 | info@margarets.ca | margarets.ca

Gerstein Crisis Centre – Wellness Recovery Action Plan

Group Name: Gerstein Crisis Centre – Wellness Recovery Action Plan

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.

WRAP stands for Wellness Recovery Action Plan. It’s a program that was developed in Vermont, USA, in 1997 by Mary Ellen Copeland and a group of friends who had all experienced the mental health system. The WRAP program involves an educational and planning process that is grounded in mental health recovery concepts such as hope, education, empowerment, self-advocacy, and interpersonal support and connection. 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.

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

Contact: 416-929-0149 | admin@gersteincentre.org | gersteincentre.org

Gerstein Crisis Centre – Recovery with Exercise

Group Name: Gerstein Crisis Centre – F.R.E.S.H. (Finding Recovery through Exercise, Skill and Hope)

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.

F.R.E.S.H. (Finding Recovery through Exercise, Skill and Hope) is a peer support model that focuses on helping individuals get physically active, learn new skills, interact socially and find ways to get involved in the community. F.R.E.S.H. services are offered to past and present clients of the Gerstein Centre, Houselink Community Homes and the Primary Support Unit (PSU) The F.R.E.S.H. project offers many activities including Yoga, Gym Groups, Ball Hockey, Walking groups, Nutritional Information, Boundless Adventure Trips and Social Outings.

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

Contact: Michael AuCoin 647 462 9601 | admin@gersteincentre.org | gersteincentre.org

Sheena’s Place – Life After an Eating Disorder

Group Name: Sheena’s Place – Life After ‘ED’

Description: At Sheena’s Place we offer hope and support to individuals, families and friends affected by eating disorders by providing a wide range of professionally facilitated support groups and services. We are committed to inspiring hope, reducing stigma, raising awareness and offering meaningful help and information at all stages of recovery.
Support groups are for those affected by eating disorders, including groups for individuals who are affected themselves as well as family members, partners or friends of loved ones who have eating disorders. There are no fees, groups run for 8 – 10 weeks at a time 4 times a year. Participants must register during one of our registration periods. For more details on groups and how to register please visit our website. ** You must be 17 years of age or older to attend groups at Sheena’s Place.

Life After ‘ED’
Explore your feelings and experiences of being recovered and what life really looks like after the eating disorder. This is an open group meaning that these groups are seasonal -available to register/join anytime during the season they are offered. Space allowing.

Where: 87 Spadina Road | Toronto, ON M5R 2T1

When: Tuesdays 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Offered: January 6th – March 10th, 2015

Contact: Shelly Dilawri 416-927-8900 | info@sheenasplace.org www.sheenasplace.org

North York Women’s Centre – Reclaiming Yourself After Abuse

Group Name: North York Women’s Centre – Reclaiming Yourself After Abuse

Description: The North York Women’s Centre addresses the well-being of women in the former City of North York. We are a central source of information serving as a link between available resources and the women who need them. Ongoing programs include information and referral services, free legal clinics and a variety of support groups. Seasonal program brochures detail special events and educational workshops. The Centre is a non-threatening, informal and supportive place, accessible to women of all socio-economic and ethno-racial backgrounds. There are no program fees. A commitment to attend and participate is expected. NYWC strives to ensure women have access to our programs. Talk to us about any child-minding, accessibility or other needs you have during registration. Register as early as possible to secure your spot – and please cancel if you can’t attend. TTC tokens are provided when requested at registration.

Reclaiming Yourself After Abuse:
This ten-week support group is for women who have experienced abuse in any form and at any point in their lives. It provides women with a safe and supportive environment to share their experiences and discuss issues related to abuse. The group will provide women with resources to enhance their understanding of the impacts and effects of abuse and support them in developing effective coping skills. A pre-group meeting is required. Start date to be confirmed.

Where: 116 Industry Street (Weston Road and Eglinton area) | Toronto, ON M6M 4L8

When: Call for more information.

Contact: 416-781-0479 | info@nywc.org | www.nywc.org

Friends and Advocates Centre – Wellness and Recovery

Group Name: Friends and Advocates Centre – WRAP Program

Description: Friends and Advocates provides an opportunity for friendship to those recovering from mental illness or emotional distress; arranges social and recreational activities in the community to improve socialization and communication skills; holds interesting discussion groups and life skills sessions to develop interpersonal skills; educates community groups and individuals about mental health; speaks out on behalf of members about mental health issues; provides crisis intervention for members.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (W.R.A.P.) is an intervention that was developed by people who had been dealing with a variety of psychiatric symptoms and who were working hard to feel better and get on with their lives. Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland, an internationally acclaimed author, educator and mental health advocate, initially practiced W.R.A.P. to help with her own struggles with mental health challenges.

This program runs every Monday. It provides a confidential atmosphere for any member wishing to create an individual safe plan when in crisis. Staff and members are present to provide support during this process. Please see staff to sign up for the next start date. WRAP is made up of wellness recovery topics which include:

  • Wellness Toolbox
  • Daily Maintenance Plan
  • Identifying Triggers and an Action Plan
  • Identifying Early Warning Signs and an Action Plan
  • Identifying When Things Are Breaking Down and an Action Plan
  • Crisis Planning
  • Post Crisis Planning

Where: 2340 Dundas St. West, Suite G27 | Toronto, ON M6P 4A9

When: Membership is free to anyone having a mental health issue. Please call for more details.

Contact: Gary 416-234-9245 Ext. 223 | soundtimes.com

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – WRAP for Families

Group Name: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – WRAP for Families

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.

Wellness Recovery Action Plan (W.R.A.P.) is an intervention that was developed by people who had been dealing with a variety of psychiatric symptoms and who were working hard to feel better and get on with their lives. Dr. Mary Ellen Copeland, an internationally acclaimed author, educator and mental health advocate, initially practiced W.R.A.P. to help with her own struggles with mental health challenges.

The purpose of the WRAP for Families program is to provide strength-based support for family members of people with mood disorders. The program will help family members to develop and practice self-care strategies, learn the key concepts of mental health recovery, and be introduced to the concept of peer support. Family members will learn to exemplify recovery principles and in turn be of greater support to individuals experiencing mental health challenges. The WRAP for Families group takes place over the course of eight weeks, meeting once a week for 2.5 hours. *** Registration is required.

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

When: WRAP for Families run every quarter. Currently WRAP for Families is full and starts again in April 2015. Please call anyway. If demand is extremely high, we may start another one before then. People can email Daniel directly to be added to the list and notified of upcoming groups.

Contact: Daniel Farb 416-486-8046 Ext. 237 | 1-888-486-8236 | www.mooddisorders.ca | danielf@mooddisorders.ca

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