• Family Support and Education Groups available, staffing permitting
• Referral to community resources for families
Group Name: Schizophrenia Services Family Support – CAMH
Description: Schizophrenia Services Family Support and Education Group for family and friends of someone dealing with schizophrenia. Providing:
• 8-week group sessions, where participants can meet others for support and discussion of ways to better help and understand family members and friends with severe mental illness.
• topics covered include: the nature of schizophrenia; relapse prevention; dealing with a crisis; caring for the caregiver; medications and treatments, communication strategies, the medical and legal systems; community resources.
recovery network: Toronto
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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 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Houselink, 805 Bloor St W, Toronto
When: Thursday June 11th from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.
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: email@example.com | www.meetup.com/Mental-Health-Peer-Support-Organization/
Group Name: The Secret Handshake – Schizophrenia Peer Support
Description: Formed in 2004 in response to a void in the after-treatment of patients following a schizophrenia diagnosis, The Secret Handshake is a Peer Support facility in Canada created by and for people with schizophrenia. It is similar to the model of peer support organization Alcoholics Anonymous. The Secret Handshake recognizes that peers are uniquely equipped to counsel and support others coping with the illness. Members mentor and share recovery techniques and resources. Most important, we build deep friendships based on mutual trust and respect, breaking the cycle of isolation, stigma and ostracism.
Many people coping with schizophrenia do not have the support or skills to reintegrate into the mainstream. Frequently, they are not aware of important services available to them. We help them navigate the system. They can be very isolated, even in a family setting. Members flourish when they meet regularly with people who are living with the schizophrenia experience. The diagnosis of any mental or physical illness requires treatment and support specific to that illness. This is why there is tremendous value in our Diagnostic Specific model.
Where: 170 A Baldwin st, west of Spadina
When: Monday drop in, art viewing 2.30 – 6 pm
Saturdays art galleree, hours & drop in 2.30 – 6 pm
The last Sunday of every month gala poetry readings 2 – 5 pm
Contact: 416-995-8157 | firstname.lastname@example.org | www.thesecrethandshake.ca
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:
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 | krasmancentre.com
Group Name: Schizophrenia Society of Ontario – Web and Telephone 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.
Do you have questions about living well with schizophrenia or pyschosis? We can help. The Schizophrenia Society of Ontario’s Ask the Expert program addresses practical questions about living with schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses, as well as provides guidance on how to navigate the mental health system and shares information on local resources. It also facilitates local support groups to enable people to come together and share vital information. All questions and responses are kept private and confidential. Here’s how to get in touch:
***Please note that some questions may take longer to answer, depending on complexity. If your situation is urgent you may also call us at 1-800-449-6367
Where: 302-130 Spadina Ave. | Toronto, ON M5V 2L4
Contact: 1-800-449-6367 | www.schizophrenia.on.ca | email@example.com
Group Name: Progress Place – Double Recovery Program
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 Double Recovery program offers those living with mental illness, who also struggle with alcohol and/or drug problems, safe and anonymous support through our informal peer-based meetings. All of our groups are facilitated by staff who are themselves in recovery. Double Recovery hosts weekly discussion meetings at Progress Place as well as many locations throughout downtown Toronto. The objective of our program is to engage men and women to share their mutual experiences, strength and hope so they may solve their common struggles, help each other recover from their particular alcohol and/or drug problem, and discover positive tools to cope with mental illness. Come share your experience and make friends in the process.
Where: 576 Church Street | Toronto, ON, M4Y 2E3
Contact: Kathryn Eve or Christopher Crumb 416-323-0223 Ext. 310 | www.progressplace.org | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.