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Yoga Group- Working with Stress and Anxiety – Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) and Family Outreach and Response (FOR)

Group Name:  Yoga, Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS) and Family Outreach and Response (FOR)

Description:  Yoga- Working with Stress and Anxiety is a 5 week introduction to yoga course.  The course aims at assisting participants cope with stress and anxiety.  All abilities are welcome.  Yoga mats and light refreshments will be provided.  

Where:  Central Toronto Youth Services (CTYS), main group room, 65 Wellesley Street East Unit # 300.

When:  January 21rst to February 18th, 2016, Thursdays from 1:45pm to 2:45pm.

Contact:  Gillian Gray at the email address:   gillian_gray@fmhr.org

 

Stella’s Place and the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre – Fitness and Wellness Program.

Group Name:  On Track – Stella’s Place in partnership with Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (MNJCC)
Description:  ONTrack is a FREE, peer-supported fitness, recreational, wellness and physical literacy program, for young adults 16-24 (If you fall outside of these age ranges please contact us and we can direct you to additional resources) with mild to moderate mood or mental health challenges.
Where:  Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre, 750 Spadina Ave. (at Bloor), Toronto Ontario M5S 2J2
When:  The program will Start Feb 8, 2016 and will run for 8 weeks until the end of March 2016.
Contact:  Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre Phone: (416) 924-6211, E-mail: info@mnjcc.org

Gerstein Crisis Centre – Youth WRAP Through Fitness (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

Group Name: Gerstein Crisis Centre – Youth WRAP Through Fitness (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

Description: We have partnered with the Self-Help Resource Centre to offer WRAP specifically to youth aged 16-25. This program is tailored for a younger cohort, with an emphasis on making the process of learning about wellness tools an enjoyable and engaging one. After Youth WRAP Through Fitness, you will have a fully developed Wellness Recovery Action Plan and many new connections to the supports and services available. 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.

This group meets on Mondays for 10 weeks, with the optional fitness component starting at 11:00 am and the WRAP sessions running from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

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

When: Information Session: Monday, November 9th, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at The Gerstein Crisis Centre at 100 Charles Street East | Toronto, ON M4Y 1V3 Group starts November 16th, 2015 and meets on Mondays until February 1st.

Contact: Sign up online at http://gersteincentre.org/wrap/ or contact Laura at
gersteinwrap@gmail.com | 416-929-0149 ext 259

 

Gerstein Crisis Centre – WRAP Through Fitness (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

Group Name: Gerstein Crisis Centre – WRAP Through Fitness (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

Description: WRAP helps you to discover your own simple and safe wellness tools and helps you identify when you need to use them. Anyone can use WRAP to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be.
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.
The group meets for 9 weeks starting October 9th, 2015 and runs every Friday until December 4th, 2015.
WRAP Through Fitness was developed by Gerstein Crisis Centre to incorporate WRAP learning with
physical activity, assisting participants in exploring physical fitness and nutrition as recovery tools. We
have partnered with the Downtown YMCA and access their facilities for this project. While the fitness
component is optional, past participants say it was highly beneficial and added to their overall
experience of WRAP.

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

When: Information Session: Friday, October 2nd, 2015 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. Group starts October 9th, 2015: Every Friday for 9 weeks from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Sign up online at http://gersteincentre.org/wrap/ or contact Laura at gersteinwrap@gmail.com | 416-929-0149 ext 259

 

Youth WRAP Through Fitness

Gerstein Crisis Centre – Youth WRAP Through Fitness (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

 

We have partnered with the Self-Help Resource Centre to offer WRAP specifically to youth aged 16-25. This program is tailored for a younger cohort, with an emphasis on making the process of learning about wellness tools an enjoyable and engaging one. After Youth WRAP Through Fitness, you will have a fully developed Wellness Recovery Action Plan and many new connections to the supports and services available. 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.

This group meets on Mondays for 10 weeks, with the optional fitness component starting at 11:00 am and the WRAP sessions running from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.

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

When: Information Session: Monday, November 9th, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at The Gerstein Crisis

Centre at 100 Charles Street East | Toronto, ON M4Y 1V3 Group starts November 16th, 2015 and meets

on Mondays until February 1st.

Contact: Sign up online at http://gersteincentre.org/wrap/ or contact Laura at gersteinwrap@gmail.com  | 416-929-0149 ext 259

 

WRAP Through Fitness

 

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Gerstein Crisis Centre – WRAP Through Fitness (Wellness Recovery Action Plan)

WRAP helps you to discover your own simple and safe wellness tools and helps you identify when you need to use them. Anyone can use WRAP to get well, stay well and make their life the way they want it to be. 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.

WRAP Through Fitness was developed by Gerstein Crisis Centre to incorporate WRAP learning with physical activity, assisting participants in exploring physical fitness and nutrition as recovery tools. We have partnered with the Downtown YMCA and access their facilities for this project. While the fitness component is optional, past participants say it was highly beneficial and added to their overall experience of WRAP.

 

This group starts October 9th, 2015 and runs every Friday until December 4, 2015,  from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m

 

Contact: Laura Shasko 416-929-0149 ext 259 Email: gersteinwrap@gmail.com

Information Session: Friday, October 2, 2015 12:00—2:00 p.m. Located at: The Central YMCA 20 Grosvenor Street.

Sign up online at: http://gersteincentre.org/wrap/

Affordable Self-Care

Whether you have been diagnosed with a mental health disorder, you are going through a challenging time or just trying to stay healthy and keep balance in this busy world, the same internal and external resources are being used. Eating well, getting exercise and enough sleep, socializing with supportive friends/family, and feeling a sense of belonging with meaning and purpose, contributes to a happy and healthy life.

Knowing what resources you have available and using them when needed is what self-care is all about! Maybe your internal resources include positive self-talk such as:  “this will pass”, “it will all work out the way it’s suppose to”, “I’m not alone”, “feeling down/scared/angry is normal”, “I can do this”. Perhaps they are more of a feeling of hope, acceptance, connection, love, determination or devotion. These internal resources are invaluable to maintaining a healthy perspective but sometimes they are not enough on their own. Sometimes we need external resources to maintain our wellness.

External resources can involve getting your basic needs met such as food, shelter and healthcare but often this alone does not get us to optimum health and happiness. Luckily there are many resources out there that expand on these basic needs.  Food today (especially packaged food) no longer provides the nutrients our body and mind need nor are we provided with education on what is needed. Traditional healthcare has not always maintained a holistic perspective. While trying to “fix” one area of the body, other body, mind and emotional systems have been ignored or are at risk. However, things are changing. Almost every corner has a yoga studio, massage therapist, acupuncturist, health food store, juice bar, etc.

The challenge is, these complementary healthcare providers are often not covered by OHIP and if you don’t have other insurance you are stuck paying ~$100 per visit. Until now! Below is a list of various affordable external resources some of which can even help you further develop your internal resources.

Acupuncture

Toronto Acupuncture Studio  1116 college St / 647-700-4644 / www.torontoacupuncturestudio.com / $20 per visit or volunteer and trade your time working reception for acupuncture sessions

Transense Healing Arts Holistic Centre   344 Bloor St W Suite 610 / 416-916-2980 / www.transense.ca / $20 per visit

Toronto Community Acupuncture  27 Davies Ave / 416-405-8222 / www.communityacupuncturetoronto.ca / $20 per visit

Chiropractic

Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College  6100 Leslie St / 416-482-2546 / www.cmcc.ca / Initial visit $28, Subsequent visits $18

Dentistry
Smile City Dental  1554A Bloor St. West / 416-539-9887 / www.dentistrywithcaretoront.ca / Accepting patients with proof of private insurance, Ontario Works, conventional refugee/refugee claimant, First Nations, and ODSP

Education and Healing Workshops

Intuitive Centre Learning Studio & Healing Clinic  Kate Opashinov / 796 Eglinton Ave E / 416-467-1917 / www.kateopashinov.com / Classes offered through TDSB $14 per class or $10 if on ODSP or OW

Energy Healing

Pranic Healing   344 Bloor St W Suite 610 / 905-262-1697 / www.pranichealingontario.ca / Monday healing clinic on donation

Master Sha’s Soul Healing   1160 Ellesmere Rd / 416-609-2777 / www.drsha.com / Free healing Sundays 11am

Food and Nutrition

The stop  1884 Davenport Rd & 601 Christie St. / 416-651-7867 / www.thestop.org / Drop-in, food bank, perinatal program, community action program, bake ovens and markets, community cooking, community advocacy, sustainable food systems education and urban agriculture

Nutritionist  Sheila Ream from Nutritionist in the House / 416-691-1113 / Community Centre 55, 97 Main Street / Free half hour consultations

Massage

Take Your Mark Healing Arts Natasha Boomer / 378 Delaware St. / 416-854-7115 / natashaboomer@hotmail.com / $50 for 90 minute chakra massage from a Reiki master

Mediation

Mindful Mood Ginny McFarlane / 2243 Queen St E / 416-686-2138 / www.mindfulmood.com / OHIP covered

Meditation for Health Lucinda Sykes / 720 Spadina Ave Suite 509 / 416 413-9158 / www.meditationforhealth.com / OHIP covered

Twin Hearts Meditation 344 Bloor St W Suite 610 / Mondays at 7pm / 905-262-1697 / www.pranichealingontario.ca

Narrative Competence Therapy

Dr. Joan Barr 19 Alvin Ave / 416-929-4587 / OHIP covered

Naturopathy

Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic 1255 Sheppard Avenue East / 416-498-9763 / www.rsnc.ca / Adult $42  Seniors $31.50  Students $16.50

Yoga

Moksha (hot) Yoga Volunteer and trade your time cleaning and working reception for yoga classes
www.mokshayogadanforth.com / 372 Danforth Ave / 416-778-7744
www.mokshayogadowntown.com / 577 Wellington St W / 416-361-3033
www.mokshayogabloorwest.com / 2454 Bloor St W #2 / 416-766-9642
Regular yoga
www.breatheyogastudio.com / 2968 Dundas St W / 416-926-YOGA

Many yoga studios throughout the city offer work exchange for classes.

Look for a studio in your area www.yogatoronto.ca

Other Free or low cost resources can be found periodically in the biweekly consumer survivor info bulletin www.csinfo.ca  or at www.torontoonthecheap.com

Parkdale Walking Group

Group Name: Parkdale Walking Group

Description: The Parkdale Walking Group will meet every Tuesday at 10:45am to stretch and then depart for a 30 to 60 minute wellness walk. Snacks will be provided. Bring a water bottle to keep hydrated. Don’t forget to wear comfortable and weather appropriate clothing and supportive walking shoes. All fitness levels are welcome! Rain or shine.

Where: In front of Parkdale Library, 1303 Queen St West, at Cowan Avenue.

When: Every Tuesday, meet at 10:45am, leave at 11am.

Contact: parkdalewalkinggroup@gmail.com

Youth Wellness Recovery Action Plan

Self-Help Resource Centre, Gerstein Crisis Centre and the Toronto Central YMCA is teaming up to offer Youth WRAP for ages 16-25!

This 8 week workshop will provide you with the resources to facilitate your own personal growth and wellness and take care of your physical, mental and emotional health by incorporating physical activity into your personal wellness plan. In a small group setting, Central YMCA WRAP trained Health Educators, Self–Help Resource Centre and Gerstein Centre Counsellors will help you map your own personal wellness plan and assist you in seeing it through.

Information Session: Friday, July 3, 2015 2:00—4:00 p.m.

Located at the Central YMCA 20 Grosvenor Street in the Youth Room

This FREE WRAP group starts July 10, 2015 and runs every Friday until August 28th from 2-4pm.

A FREE optional workout/gym access will be offered from 12-2pm at the YMCA every Friday before the WRAP group begins.

 

Contact: Laura Shasko (416) 929-0149 Ext. 259 Email: lshasko@gersteincentre.org

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.

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