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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.) | | |

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic – Open Expressive Arts Group

Group Name: Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic – Open Expressive Arts Group

Description: The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic is a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence. The clinic offers legal help in family, immigration and criminal law, compassionate support from diverse, skilled counsellors, and interpretation and translation in more than 90 languages. It advocates for law reform and social changes that benefit women. The Clinic also provides professional development opportunities for service providers. Language interpreters are available in over 60 languages for non-English women.

When you feel isolated and alone it is helpful to share your experiences with other women who have gone through similar problems. You do not need any previous group or art experience. If you can draw a stick figure you can do this group. The visual arts are used as a way to communicate experiences and create strategies to address needs. Some topics covered include:

  • different ways of coping with stress
  • ways to create safety
  • exploring what arises for us when we experience conflict
  • how to take better care of ourselves
  • community resources

Space is limited so women must register prior to attending the group. For more information and/or to register, please call Intake. There is a phone interview to be done by the facilitator and a waiting list for this group. Limited child care is available. TTC tokens are available for those in need. Suzanne Thomson, an art therapist, leads all group sessions.

Where: 489 College Street, 3rd Floor | Toronto, ON M6G 1A5

When: Every Tuesday starting on the 3rd or 4th Tuesday of January 2015 until April 1, 2015

Contact: 416-323-9149 Ext. 234 |

LAMP Community Health Centre – Among Friends Program

Group Name: LAMP Community Health Centre – Among Friends Community Mental Health Program

Description: LAMP CHC is a multi-service, community based charitable organization that provides a wide range of programs and services to improve a person’s health. LAMP uses a co-ordinated approach to connect people to medical services and other programs that build personal resources. By providing services that improve physical, emotional, social and economic well being, people can better control their health and environment.

The Among Friends Program is a social/recreation program for adults who live with mental health challenges that have significantly affected their quality of life. At Among Friends we function on a model of recovery that focuses on health promotion, building friendships and the achievement of personal goals. The culture of our program relies on mutual respect of all of our members, staff, students and volunteers.

*** To qualify for admission into the Among Friends program you must be between the ages of 18 and 65, have a psychiatric diagnosis or be experiencing significant symptoms of emotional distress. As a program within LAMP Community Health Centre we also limit access to people living within the service delivery area. There are no fees to join or participate in this program.

Where: 185 Fifth Street | Etobicoke, ON, M8V 2Z5

When: Call for more details on times and activities.

Contact: 416-251-8666 |

Etobicoke Brighter Future Coalition – Home Visiting

Group Name: Etobicoke Brighter Future Coalition – Home Visiting (South Etobicoke)

Description: The Etobicoke Brighter Futures Coalition (EBFC) is a collaborative group of community partners that work together to plan, develop and deliver services and programs that will improve the health and well-being of vulnerable young children within the context of their families and their communities. Our vision is to work toward the creation of a seamless network of integrated services for all young children and their families.

Parent Support Workers visit families in their home to discuss issues and share resources related to raising healthy children. Families receive referrals and information about other community programs and services and assistance in accessing these services. Parent Support Workers can provide some escort service to appointments when necessary. This program is intended to provide support for parents with children age 0-6 who are in crisis, are living in conditions that put the child(ren) at risk for unhealthy development, and/or are experiencing stress. Newcomer parents, teen/youth parents and women who are expecting will also benefit from this program.

*** Interested parents or families living south of Bloor Street and between the Humber River and Etobicoke Creek are eligible for this program.

Where: Services and supports are offered through visits to clients’ homes or at mutually agreed up locations in the community.

Contact: Debbie Bridge 416-252-6471 Ext.285 |

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