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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.

What Next! Peer Support Program- Canadian Mental Health Association

Group Name: What Next!  Peer Support Program at the Toronto Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Description:  What Next Drop- in Centre is one of many programs run by the Canadian Mental Health Association Toronto- Branch (CMHA). We are a peer run initiative Drop-In Centre for adults living with a mental health and or addiction issue.  The support group is for individuals 19 years of age and older who live with mental health or mental health and addiction challenges.

Where:  3701 Chesswood Drive, Suite 208, North York, Ontario,  M3J 2P6, (west of the Allen, on the corner of Sheppard Ave & Chesswood Drive).

When:   What Next! is open:  Monday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:00 noon to 7:00 pm.  What Next! is closed on Wednesday.

Contact: To become a member, please call 416-449-4555 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to make an appointment for an orientation session or visit our website to learn more about What Next! and to get a copy of our monthly calendar of events: What Next!

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.

Schizophrenia Services Family Support – CAMH

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.

Contact: 416 535-8501, ACCESS CAMH (press 2)

Youth Addiction and Concurrent Disorders Service – Family Addiction Service

Youth Addiction and Concurrent Disorders Service – Family Addiction Service

Description: Family Addiction Service for parents/caregivers of substance-using youth (aged 14 to 24). Providing: Support for parents including:

• Psychoeducation groups (4-6 sessions)
• 2-hour educational workshops for parents of youth with substance use problems (monthly sessions)

Contact: 416 535-8501, ACCESS CAMH (press 2)

The Four Villages Community Health Centre – Polish Diabetes Education Support

Group Name: The Four Villages Community Health Centre – Polish Diabetes Education Support

Description: The Four Villages Community Health Centre is a non-profit, primary health care facility. Since 1991, we have been providing many needed services to the individuals and families living in our service area. We provide primary health care services and programs that include treatment, prevention of illness, health promotion, and capacity building. Our interdisciplinary team works to provide coordinated services and programs for all ages, with a focus on seniors, families with young children (in particular newcomers) and youth. The services and programs are delivered at the individual, group and community levels.

Polish Chapter Of The Canadian Diabetes Association: Diabetes education in a supportive environment for
people who live with diabetes. This is a drop-in program and no registration is required. Cost: free and it is offered in Polish language.

Where: 1700 Bloor Street West | Toronto, ON M6P 4C3

When: Third Thursday of the month from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Contact: Krystyna 416-604-0640 Ext. 1058 |

Ovarian Cancer Canada

Group Name: Ovarian Cancer Canada

Description: Ovarian Cancer Canada is a registered Canadian charity solely dedicated to overcoming ovarian cancer. We provide leadership by:

  • Supporting women living with the disease and their families
  • Raising awareness among the general public and health care professionals
  • Funding research to develop early detection techniques, improved treatments and, ultimately, a cure.

Face to Face Support Groups
Dedicated to sharing thoughts, experiences, and resources, support groups provide an opportunity to learn more about how others navigate the journey with ovarian cancer.

Online Groups
Ovarian Cancer Canada, in partnership with CancerChat Canada, convenes online support groups for women living with ovarian cancer. To connect, please contact the regional office.

Education programs
Ovarian Cancer Canada hosts webinars, workshops and events developed specifically for women and families living with ovarian cancer. For a complete listing, visit

Ongoing Communications
Seeds of Hope, our electronic newsletter, and Ovarian Cancer Canada’s social media pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter provide information on ovarian cancer and inspiration from women and families living with the disease.

Where: 205-145 Front St. East | Toronto, ON M5A 1E3

When: Second Tuesday of each month at the Wellspring Downtown 4 Charles Street East, Suite 400, Toronto from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Every four weeks at Gilda’s Club GTA from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-962-2700 | Gilda’s Club 416-214-9898 | | |

Developmental Services Ontario (Toronto Region)

Group Name: Developmental Services Ontario

Description: We can provide you with information about community services and resources and assist you in connecting with MCSS-funded developmental services and supports. DSO Toronto Region is administered by Surrey Place. Surrey Place Centre serves people of all ages who have a developmental disability in Toronto. It provides individuals and families with specialized services and supports. Our agency is also the co-lead for the Community Network of Specialized Care for Central Ontario.

Developmental Services Ontario Toronto Region (DSO Toronto Region) will provide you with information that helps adults with developmental disabilities find services and support in Toronto. We can also tell you about other community programs that might be useful or interesting to you. Who can apply for Services and Supports from DSO Toronto Region:

  • any individual 16 years or older
  • an individual living in Toronto
  • an individual who has never received services from a developmental service agency after the age of 18, and/or has never been on a service(s) waitlist as an adult
  • an individual applying for Passport funding

Where: Surrey Place Centre, 2 Surrey Place | Toronto, ON M5S 2C2

Contact: 1-855-372-3858 (1 855 DS-ADULT) | |

Regent Park Community Health Centre – Hepatitis C Program

Group Name: Regent Park Community Health Centre – Hepatitis C Program

Description: Regent Park Community Health Centre (RPCHC) was established in 1973. It is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving the health of Regent Park area residents and the community as a whole, by providing high quality, integrated primary health care services, health promotion services and community capacity building. Our priority is to reduce the health inequities experienced by low-income, immigrant & refugee, non-status and marginally-housed & homeless populations.

The Hepatitis C program, a multidisciplinary partnership with South Riverdale CHC, Sherbourne Health Centre and Toronto East General Hospital, has been providing support, information, education and treatment to individuals with chronic Hepatitis C since December 2006. The program includes a weekly group to provide information, education, social support and preparation for the demanding treatment cycle. Treatment has a number of side effects that can be difficult to endure. Clients are assessed as ready for treatment when they have stable housing, financial support, emotional stability and minimal alcohol and substance use. This program also uses a peer model to empower individuals with Hepatitis C. As clients are preparing for treatment, they get a medical workup and are seen by a psychiatrist and infectious disease specialist.

Where: 465 Dundas Street East | Toronto, ON M5A 2B2

When: Please call reception for hours. If you are interested in receiving treatment for Hepatitis C, or would like more information about the program, please feel free to contact us. We accept referrals from individuals living with Hepatitis C, health care providers and other community agencies.

Contact: 416-203-4505 |

Infertility Awareness Association of Canada

Group Name: Infertility Awareness Association of Canada

Description: The Infertility Awareness Association of Canada’s mission is to support Canadians living with reproductive health issues through education and advocacy and to educate the public about reproductive disease. Our vision is that all Canadians living with reproductive health issues have equal access to treatment and public funding for all fertility treatments.

Come and share your experiences, learn, support and be supported by individuals who are walking the same road as you are. Meetings are monthly and free to attend. This group is currently looking for a new co-leader and participants! Almost 60 members strong but not everyone attends each meeting. Registration is done at the Meetup website.

Where: First United Church, 151 Lakeshore Road West | Mississauga, Ontario, L5H 1G3

When: Visit the Meetup website, call or e-mail for more details.

Contact: Eugenia 416-882-3772 | |

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