All posts in “self-esteem”

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

The Body Politic: Social Justice, Gender Equity and Eating Disorders

The National Eating Disorder Information Centre (NEDIC) is pleased to present The Body Politic: Social Justice, Gender Equity and Eating Disorders, a FREE community event presented by Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair (leading expert in child development and family relationships and Author of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age). This talk is a part of NEDIC’s biannual conference, Body Equity: Self-Esteem in the Balance and is intended for all audience levels.

Dr. Steiner-Adair will provide a socio-cultural context to eating disorders, and discuss methods of strengthening one’s resistance to damaging societal ideals.

Where:Chestnut Conference Centre, 89 Chestnut Street | Toronto, ON

When:Thursday, April 16th, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Admission:FREE! Click on the following link to register

Feel Good Fridays: Wellness Beyond Weight

The Self-Help Resource Centre, with the assistance of Houselink, has launched a new peer support wellness group, titled “Feel Good Fridays: Wellness Beyond Weight”. This group is for persons interested in discovering ways to eat healthier and get active, while connecting with other community members.

The group formed by shared experiences of the volunteers, in which medical professions had advised them to lose weight and eat healthy; however, failing to acknowledge that those goals require more than just exercising and eating healthy, but also need peer support and guidance. The premise of this group relies on the acknowledgement that people who are overweight, and people who are not, may experience some of the same things that are not necessarily due to a particular illness or condition; such as, poor body image, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, fatigue and joint pain. Therefore, this group is an inclusive space for those who wish to lose weight and those who would like to gain confidence and positive esteem with their body image.

The group will start with a thirty minute community walk, followed by a one hour discussion. The discussion topics are not limited to the following: accepting and respecting the diversity of body sizes and shapes, emotional eating, body image, mindful eating, etc.

We recognize that each individual is unique and that we all, individually and collectively, have the power and ability to improve our physical and mental health. We would also like to acknowledge that we do not offer medical advice. For additional information and support around eating disorders please visit the following websites.

Sheena’s Place – for eating disorders, self-esteem and eating disorder recovery support
Sistering – for services and support specifically pertaining to women
The National Eating Disorder Information Centre – resources on eating disorders and weight preoccupation.
The Toronto Public Library – for a variety of free resources on exercise, healthy eating, chronic illnesses, and eating disorders.
The Self-Help Resource Centre – database of over 700 support groups in the GTA.

Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – Child & Youth Program

Group Name: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – Child & Youth Program

Description: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter (EWS) was opened in 1983 by a group of community members who saw a need for a safe place for women and children fleeing violence. Since that time, Ernestine’s has assisted many families with critical immediate care services. Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, an organization run by women, provides support and shelter for women and children escaping violence. Ernestine’s assists women and children in rebuilding their lives by providing crisis intervention and a range of holistic support services, while acknowledging the multitude of issues facing survivors of abuse. Ernestine’s adapts its services to honour diversity and the unique needs of the individual.

The Child and Youth Program is dedicated to supporting children and youth between the ages of zero to eighteen, including male youth up to 18 years old, pregnant women and mothers. EWS believes that children have the right to be separate and distinct from their parents and as a result this program is designed to meet the children’s individual needs. The program is designed and facilitated with age appropriate activities to enhance development in the following areas:

  • Healthy Emotional Expression
  • Impact of Violence – creating a safe place for children to discuss and share their own experiences of violence
  • Early Prevention – informing children of their rights and advocacy. The program provides individual and group counselling.

Where: P.O. Box 141, Stn. B | Etobicoke, ON M9W 5K9

When: Please call for more information on location and times.

Contact: 416-746-3701 press O (Crisis Line) | 416-743-1733 (Main Line) | |

Emotions Anonymous

Group Name: Emotions Anonymous

Description: Emotions Anonymous is a twelve-step organization, similar to Alcoholics Anonymous. Our fellowship is composed of people who come together in weekly meetings for the purpose of working toward recovery from emotional difficulties. EA members are from many walks of life and are of diverse ages, economic status, social and educational backgrounds. The only requirement for membership is a desire to become well emotionally. Our program has been known to work miracles in the lives of many who suffer from problems as diverse as depression, anger, broken or strained relationships, grief, anxiety, low self-esteem, panic, abnormal fears, resentment, jealousy, guilt, despair, fatigue, tension, boredom, loneliness, withdrawal, obsessive and negative thinking, worry, compulsive behavior and a variety of other emotional issues.

EA is not a medical or psychiatric service, nor does it provide personal or family counseling. Leadership of group meetings rotates and is non-professional. The leader’s function is simply to conduct the meeting, not to serve as an authority. Our meetings are structured to assist individuals who want to achieve and maintain emotional health by understanding and utilizing the Twelve Steps of Emotions Anonymous in their daily lives. After the meeting anyone can ask questions and talk to anyone. It is important to know that it isn’t a discussion group but more of a sharing one.

Where: PO Box 4245, St. Paul | Minnesota, U.S.A 55104-0245

When: Mondays at 7:30 p.m until 8:30 p.m. at St. Andrew’s United Church, 3rd floor in the St. Enoch room/Elevator up. 117 Bloor Street East.

519 Church Street Community Centre, 519 Church Street, Toronto, Room 204 at 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Starting January 16th, 2015 (this is the first meeting at this location).

Contact: Betty 647-283-0258 (messages returned after 6 p.m.) | | |

Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services – Violence Against Women

Group Name: Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services – Violence Against Women

Description: Flemingdon Neighbourhood Services (FNS) is committed to enhancing the overall quality of life for residents of Flemingdon Park and the City of Toronto. As a multi-service organization, we are dedicated to increasing access to information and community resources for our clients through advocacy, empowerment and education. We facilitate the achievement of personal goals, provide support, promote safety and foster harmony, vitality and community development. We celebrate diversity by promoting understanding, acceptance and respect for each other.

The Women’s Program raises awareness and connects with women in the community regarding issues related to domestic violence, women’s rights and options. We support women through the choices they make, whether they remain in their homes and increase their safety or choose to leave their abusive situation. Individualized support includes and isn’t limited to, providing an understanding, professional and confidential environment for women in abusive relationships, assisting women in crisis due to their abusive relationship, and assisting women who are preparing to leave or have left abusive relationships. Women’s support groups:

  • Groups enable women to build connections through peer support
  • We offer women’s support groups throughout the year
  • Here to Help is a support group for children who have witnessed abuse and their mothers

*** We provide these services primarily to women in Flemingdon Park and surrounding areas.

Where: 10 Gateway Boulevard, Suite 104 | Toronto, ON M3C 3A1

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-424-2900 Exts. 16, 17 | |

Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women – Reduse Abuse

Group Name: Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women – Reduse Abuse

Description: We seek to empower women, seniors and newcomers to achieve their full potential. We provide services focused on promoting healthy families, community relationships and economic self-sufficiency. We believe this work helps empower immigrant and newcomer women, seniors, and families to enjoy all rights and benefits of living in Canada.

The Reduce Abuse program supports women from all walks of life, but notably those of South Asian and Caribbean descent who have recently immigrated to Canada and reside in the Greater Toronto Area. The program is delivered in partnership with Toronto Police Division 31. We work to create a broader awareness of women’s rights in Canada within immigrant communities. This furthers our mission to reduce abuse among newcomers. Women who participate in the program experience a sense of self-realization. They often continue their association with the Centre as volunteers and mentors in their own capacity.

Where: 2350 Finch Avenue West, Unit D | Toronto, ON M9M 2C7

When: Please call for more information.

Contact: 416-663-2978 | |

Frontlines – Youth Programming

Group Name: Frontlines – Youth Programming

Description: In September 1987, Frontlines opened its doors to the children and youth in Weston, offering them a safe place to “hang out” away from the streets. Since then, we have welcomed hundreds of “Westonians”, providing programs and services in our quest to help make Weston a better and safer place. Started as a drop-in centre that focused primarily on music, Frontlines has been a haven for many children and youth from the Weston community – many of whom had lost their way.

We serve children ages 8 to 13 and youth 14 to 21, providing programming that addresses the physical, emotional and intellectual needs of participants. Our programming focuses on fitness, nutrition/cooking, and the performing arts. We work from a relationship model, meaning that programs are used to teach skills and draw children and youth into relationships with our staff and other members of our community. Our staff focus on creating impactful connections with our participants; it is through these relationships and mentoring that we see the greatest transformation in the lives of our participants.

Where: 1844 Weston Road | Toronto, ON M9N 1V8

When: Please contact for more details.

Contact: 416-244-7017 | |

Sheena’s Place – Self Image

Group Name: Sheena’s Place – Self Image

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.

Self Image
For anyone struggling with body image, develop new strategies to improve your self-image while also exploring the thoughts, behaviours and emotions that affect your feelings about your body. Using principles from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), learn practical coping skills and share your challenges with others experiencing similar concerns.

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

When: Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Offered: January 6th – March 10th, 2015. ** This is a closed group meaning it’s seasonal and registration is closed after the second session.

Contact: Victoria Freeman 416-927-8900 | |

Canadian Centre for Men and Families – One on One Therapy/Counselling

Group Name: Canadian Centre for Men and Families – One on One Therapy/Counselling

Description: The first facility of its kind, we are an open, inclusive and safe space dedicated to the health and well-being of boys, men, fathers and their families. We provides workshops, counseling, discussion groups and a variety of special events. Programs include trauma and abuse support, suicide prevention, fathering, tutoring, mentorship and legal aid. We run services, research, advocacy, outreach and public education on all aspects of men’s issues.

One on One Therapy/Counselling
A men’s health, men’s issues and gender issues discussion group for anyone interested in learning about Call ahead to make appointment: 45 minutes, no charge, and confidential. One on One counselling: individual, family issues, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, separation/divorce, social isolation, employment, low self-esteem.

Where: 152 Carlton Street, Unit 201 | Toronto, ON, M5A 2K1

When: The second and fourth Tuesday every month 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Contact: 647-479-9611 | 1-844-900-CCMF (2263) | |

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